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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

For those attendees that will be traveling to Vancouver from outside of Canada, we recommend that you check your national Department of State for travel information. For travelers from the United States, click here to view passport requirements and travel updates. For those flying into Canada from the United States, you will be required to have a passport. Passport cards may only be used for those attendees entering Canada by boat or car. International travelers may also want to connect with phone providers in advance of traveling to prevent large charges from international roaming fees.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Early Arrival Day

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Optional Tours & Welcome Reception 
Space is limited on the optional tour.

6:30-8:00 am Breakfast for Optional Tour Attendees, Mosaic Restaurant
8:00 am Buses Depart for Optional Tour Day
  Attendees are required to bring passports and comply with border crossing regulations. Delays should be expected when crossing the border into Washington State and when returning to British Columbia. Lunch provided on tour.
4:30 pm*
Buses Return to Hotel
5:00-6:00 pm  ​Registration Desk OpenOxford/Prince of Wales Room
5:30-7:00 pm Welcome Reception & Suppliers' Tell-n-SellOxford/Prince of Wales Room
  Attendees enjoy a hosted bar with appetizers while meeting with supplier members and visiting suppliers' table top displays. (Supplier Members: To reserve your table top display, register for the event and email events@retailconfectioners.org.)
  Dinner on Own
7:30 pm  Next Generation Event, Off Site (Meet in Hotel Lobby)  ​Sponsored by Barry Callebaut
  RCI members in their twenties and thirties are invited to this fun mixer designed to help you get to know the next generation of industry leaders. 


Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Education Day 

7:00-8:30 am Breakfast BuffetRegency D
7:30-8:45 am ​Registration Desk OpenRegency D Hallway
8:30-9:20 am
Education: Creating & Maintaining a Successful Corporate CultureRegency D
  Presenter: Peter Higgins, Purdys Chocolatier
9:30-10:35 am
Education: Communication Styles - Creating ConnectionsRegency D
  Presenter: Carolyn Stern, Carolyn Stern & Associates Inc.
10:45-11:35 am
Education: Manufacturing - Ways to Begin Using AutomationRegency D

Presenter: Jim Pritchard, Purdys Chocolatier
11:45 am-1:30 pm  Lunch on Own
12:45-1:15 pm
Candy Clinic Set-UpRegency E
1:30-2:20 pm  Education: Creating an Amazing Guest Experience, Regency D
  Presenter: Jeffery Smith, Peterbrooke Chocolatier 
2:30-3:30 pm Candy Clinic (RCI Members Only), Regency E
  Attendees may enter ideas in the following categories:
                  Best Summer Idea
                  Best New Piece
3:30-4:30 pm  Kettle Talk (RCI Members Only), Regency F
  Dinner on Own
5:00-6:00 pm
Executive Board MeetingSeymour
6:00-8:00 pm
Board of Directors MeetingSeymour
9:00 pm Sweet MeetGrouse
  Stop by RCI's networking reception hosted by RCI President, Judy Hilliard McCarthy, after you return from dinner. 


Friday, September 23, 2016 - Tour Day 

6:30-8:15 am Breakfast, Mosaic Restaurant (You will receive a breakfast ticket in your name badge.)
7:30-8:15 am Registration Desk Open
8:30 am Buses Leave for Off-Site Tours
  Lunch provided on tour 
4:45 pm*
Buses Return to Hotel
5:00-6:00 pm  Farewell Reception
  Join us after the tours and say your final goodbyes to RCI friends as we unwind with a hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres. 
  Dinner on Own 

*Note: All travel times are approximate and dependent on local traffic, construction and other factors that are beyond the control of RCI.