The Arizona Business Incubation Association (AzBIA) is holding a “Globalization of Innovation” event this Friday, November 20th at the historic DeSoto Central Market in Phoenix. 

The event hopes to build on Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s Mexico trip, and the state’s push to promote international trade. 

The event is for both AzBIA members and non-members. to register, click here.

Here is the agenda:

7:30AM Registration and Refreshments
8:30AM Welcome from Thomas Rainey, President, AzBIA
8:35AM Program Kick-off, Daniel Valenzuela, Vice Mayor, City of Phoenix 8:40AM Global Connect Panel – Mexico & Latin America

  • Kevin O’Shea, Vice President, International Trade, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • James Ahlers, General Counsel & Vic President of Global Initiatives,


  • Honorable Eduardo Gonzalez Diaz De Leon, Director, ProMexico
  • Ana Grief, La Idea; Director of International Development, International Business Innovation Association

9:40AM Global Connect Panel – Canada

  • Henry Dauphin, CEO/Co-Founder, The Refinery, Montreal
  • Glenn Williamson, CEO & Founder, Canada-Arizona Business Council
  • Andrew Currier, Co-founding Partner, Perry + Currier, Toronto 10:25AM Break
    10:40AM Global Connect Panel – Europe
  • Siebe Vanderzee, Honorary Consul, The Netherlands
  • Tobias Lofstrand, President, Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce- Arizona
  • Josh Hottenstein, Arizona Director, Clean Tech Open
  • Kristin Romaine, Co-Founder, Exec. Director, Co-hoots Foundation,

    11:30 – 1:00PM Networking Lunch by the Desoto Market Restaurants