Pacific Rim Luncheon: Building Business Relationships in Australia, Japan, and Canada

Pacific Rim Luncheon: Building Business Relationships in Australia, Japan, and Canada

  • Date(s): Thu, Apr 23, 2015
  • Time(s): 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  • Location: Microsoft Events Center at the Seattle Metro Chamber
  • Address: 1301 Fifth Ave., Ste. 1500, Seattle, WA, 98101 (Get Directions)
  • Additional Information: Members: $45 ($55 after 04/20)
    Non-members: $70 ($110 after 04/20)
  • Questions: Contact Harry Cheema at 206-389-7215

Pacific Rim Luncheon: Building Business Relationships in Australia, Japan and Canada

As a key trading partner for the Pacific Rim with the closest US ports to Asia, Greater Seattle businesses have opportunities that many parts of our country do not. A necessary part of selling to overseas customers is to be well –informed about how these Pacific Rim countries operate. Understanding issues such as the role of relationships in driving business in Japan, business culture in Australia, and public relations regulations in Canada are important when selling your products and services overseas.

Join us for lunch as we discuss the nuances of relationship building with Australia, Japan and Canada, three of our region’s top Pacific Rim trade partners.

The panel will focus on four specific areas that are key to doing business overseas:

  1. Communication – How to navigate communication challenges during cross border business transactions
  2. Culture – Major differences in doing business with Australia, Japan, and Canada, including etiquette, language barriers, business drivers, and regulatory issues that don’t exist in the United States
  3. Location – Why Greater Seattle’s geographic presence gives our city and businesses a competitive advantage
  4. Perception – What is Seattle's brand among Pacific Rim companies?

Our global panel is comprised of small business owners and executives who are part of the Public Relations Global Network (, all who work with clients from every major industry around the world. 

Panelists Include:

  • Mark Paterson, Principal of Currie Communications (Australia)
  • Carol Levine, CEO and co-founder of energi PR (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Canada)
  • Judy Kuramata, Executive Director and co-founder of Integrate Communications (Japan)


  • Aaron Blank, President and CEO, The Fearey Group

This event is open to all Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce members, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle members, and The Fearey Group clients and friends.

Thanks to Our Partner Sponsors:

  • The Fearey Group
  • TDA

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