Upcoming Events

World Coffee House

Our World Coffee House is a space for expression and sharing of ideas. Come chill and share with people around a cup of coffee.

When: September 28th, 11.30am to 2.30pm

Where: HEC Montréal, Room Tata

World Coffee House
Colombia: A Booming Country

Colombia: A Booming Country

Colombia appears to be entering a new era of peace and stability after the historic signing of a peace agreement between the government and the FARC. Come learn about the business opportunities in this booming country.

When: October 4th, 7pm to 9pm

Where: HEC Montréal, Salon L'Oréal

Beta Africa3

Finance gurus to be, here is your chance to convince! Join our stock analysis competition Beta Africa3, and show our expert judges that you know what you are talking about when you say "It worth it!".

Do it for the challenge and the pride...and get back home with the prizes...

Details to be announced soon...

Beta Africa 2017
iPitch 2017

iPitch Montreal 2017

Entrepreneurs, young professionals, students...get prepared to pitch! iPitch Montreal is back for its 2017 edition, giving you the opportunity to stand up for your ideas and passions in front of experts and renowned business partners.

You could win cash prizes, consulting services, business support, network access...

Details to be announced soon...

Past Events

iPitch 2016

iPitch 2016

Entrepreneurship Competition

iPitch is an annual entrepreneurship competition throughout Quebec targeting young professionals, entrepreneurs and students.

The competition aims to strengthen trade relationship between Canada and Hong Kong through business projects that include Hong Kong as a significant component of their business plan.

Beta Africa 2016

Beta Africa2

Finance Competition

Βeta Africa is an annual equity analysis competition about African stock exchanges, highlighting a sector in conitnuous expansion.

This contest aims to educate young professionals and students on the growth of African markets, while offering them a practical analysis experience on these.

International Coffe House

World Coffee House

Forum & Coffee

Our World Coffee House is a space for expression and sharing of ideas. Come chill and share with people around a cup of coffee or tea.

During this informal meeting, you can share your opinion and views on the global economic and political issues with people from diverse background and with various kinds expertise.

Evening Canada-Tunisia

Canada-Tunisia Evening

Conference & Reception

Welcoming Ms. Amel Azzouz, Tunisia Secretary of State for International Cooperation, the Forum and MENA were pleased to help you discover the business and investment opportunities.

His Excellency Mr. Riadh Essid, Tunisian Ambassador to Canada, also painted a portrait of diplomatic and business relations between Canada and Tunisia.

Branding in Asia

Branding in Asia

Conference & Cocktail

In the context of growing international trade, market products and building brand beyond borders is an ambitious project that can not be improvised.

The internationalization of a brand requires an appropriate branding strategy to face the many challenges that are commercial, socio-cultural and linguistic.

Negotiating in China

Negotiating in China

Conference & Cocktail

It is not a secret that China occupies a prominent place in international affairs. As Canada's second largest trading partner, it is also a heavy concern within business networks.

Reputed to be tough negotiators, the Chinese are for thousands of years in the heart of trade between the various economies of the world.

Energy in Africa: Black Gold under the Sunlight

Energy in Africa: Black Gold under the Sunlight

Conference & Cocktail

Major and recurring issue of African economies, the exploitation of fossil resources has implications both on climate and local communities.

This event addresses various issues related to the cooperation between Canada and Africa and the growth drivers of the African mining sector.

Ivory Coast and Senegal: Business Opportunities

Ivory Coast and Senegal: Business Opportunities

Conference & Cocktail

Recognized as two agricultural nations, both countries have, beyond the benefit of their coastal position, many development opportunities.

The conference focus was aligned on business and investment opportunities for Canadian companies toward Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Beta Africa

Beta Africa

Finance Competition

Βeta Africa is an annual equity analysis competition focusing on a region of the world we mostly know for economic development troubles.

Despite the public perception of African finance, mainly focused on microfinance, this first edition aims to unveil the wealth and diversity of African stock exchanges.

Cooperative Approach: a Path to Success

Cooperative Approach: a Path to Success

Conference & Cocktail

Quebec sure has an expertise in cooperative funding outside and within developing countries.

Bringing a parallel between South America and Africa, this activity highlights the business opportunities for Quebec companies through development of these regions.

India and its Neighbours: Geopolitical Tensions

India and its Neighbours: Geopolitical Tensions

Conference & Cocktail

With the completion of the separation wall near the border with Bangladesh, India neighborhood policy is of growing appeal internationally.

The Forum addresses the opening opportunities for India and their alignment with the recent economic and political reforms.

The Impact of Made in China for Québec's Fashion Industry

The Impact of Made in China for Québec's Fashion Industry

Conference & Cocktail

Quebec was recognized for its textile production until the abolition of quotas in 2005 and the relocation of a major part of production to China.

New business models for Quebec companies in the fashion industry have emerged to meet the demand and adapt to the sector.

Pacific Alliance: Insights and Explanations

Pacific Alliance: Insights and Explanations

Lunch Conference

While the need for better international integration has long been sought by markets, regional integration led latin american countries to unite through the Pacific Alliance.

Welcoming the Consul General of Mexico in Montreal, we learned more about the alliance and its challenges.

NGO's Executive: President Like Others

NGO's Executive: President Like Others

Conference & Cocktail

Jacques Serba is former president of the Action Against Hunger, and specialist of the organization and functioning of NGOs.

He shares his approach of the function of president within a humanitarian NGO based on the French Doctors movement.

Mexico: a Business Eldorado

Mexico: a Business Eldorado

Conference & Breakfast

NAFTA member and gateway to South America for the USA and Canada, Mexico's business environment remains unknown to many Canadian.

This new business "Eldorado" offers, beyond its rich history and its dominant service sector, many opportunities for both multinational companies and SMEs.

Think Africa

Think Africa

Conference & Cocktail

The African continent is considered by many as the "new China", offering to multinationals and SMEs a "playground" of sight to grow.

This growth in Africa, is accompanied by a major constraint: a labor market adapted to the development of businesses based on the expertise available in each region.

iPitch 2014

iPitch 2014

Entrepreneurship Competition

iPitch is an annual entrepreneurship competition throughout Quebec targeting young professionals, entrepreneurs and students.

The competition aims to strengthen trade relationship between Canada and Hong Kong through business projects that include Hong Kong as a significant component of their plan.

Discussion with Senator Oh

Discussion with Senator Oh

Meeting

Victor Oh was appointed to the Senate of Canada in January 2013, on the advice of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

A prominent member of the Chinese-Canadian community, Senator Oh has devoted himself to helping newcomers establish themselves in Canada and start their own businesses.

Meet Hong Kong

Meet Hong Kong

Workshop

Since 1997 and its retrocession to China, Hong Kong has the status of Special Administrative Region (SAR) allowing its own governing structure along with free economic ruling.

As the official representative, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office's role is to promote and facilitate exchanges between Hong Kong and Canada.

China: a Changing Reality

China: a Changing Reality

Conference & Cocktail

Both ancient and modern, China is undergoing major transformations. It is both a fascinating and yet daunting country to do business with, while navigating through its landscape.

Panel speakers from key industries including transportation, marketing and manufacturing discussed their recent experiences and insights.

Doing Business with India

Doing Business with India

Round Table & Cocktail

India is a nation of fast­‐paced growth and potential opening its trade to the rest of the world. Yet navigating its landscape can be challenging.

While advances in society and quality of living in India are undeniable, much work remains to be done to balance business growth opportunities and social development.

Doing Business with China

Doing Business with China

Conference & Cocktail

China has been heavily discussed and pointed for the past decades regarding its overwhelming growth and the business opportunities it brings for foreign companies.

Yet the Middle Kingdom is not an easy place and remains a mystery for many; lots of companies even facing troubles when doing business with China.

Our Partners

Where we come from

Back in 2012 in Montreal, a group of young professionals involved in international relations and business came up with the desire to spread the word...about the world.

Looking to exchange about their interests which were focusing on emerging countries, they realized no such dedicated structure was existing for them. This could not last longer...

Merging their business networks across the Globe with the business community in Canada, the Global Business Forum was born in February 2013 as a not-for-profit organization.

The Global Business Forum then started to gather people from different backgrounds and citizenships, willing to learn and share their experience about international relations and business.

Our mission

Keeping it simple, the Global Business Forum defined its mission as to make people learn about other ways to do business in the world by creating a strong and open forum.

Aiming to promote the awareness for international relations and business among business networks, the Global Business Forum puts together resources for interested and curious minds, with a particular focus on emerging markets.

Through its networks within the international relations and business fields, the Global Business Forum provides to professionals the opportunity to discover and share about hot topics and business practices from all over the world.

The Global Business Forum also looks for fostering international relations between Canada and emerging countries, through the development of events and materials enabling a better understanding of daily constraints and long term involvements.

3 Key Focus

Business Environment

globe

Develop a forum allowing a better understanding of business around the world

Culture

culture

A platform to explore the various cultures from all over the world

Business Mindset

brain

A true opportunity to cultivate business acumen with a global perspective

Questions? Wanna have a coffee with us? Let us know!