The BABC will hold its Annual Transatlantic Business Conference for 2012, in Edinburgh, Scotland, from May 16-18, 2012.
Previous Transatlantic Conferences
Spring 2011 - San Francisco, USA
A record number of delegates, representing almost all the BABC's 24 chapters throughout the US, UK and Canada, came together for the BABC's Annual Transatlantic Business Conference, The Impact of Innovation, held in San Francisco from May 11-13, 2011.
More than 50 leading Chief Executives, opinion-formers and industry experts participated as speakers and panellists in the discussions, which covered the impact of innovation on a broad range of sectors and issues, including energy and green technology, biotechnology, social media, talent recruitment and retention, cloud computing, profitability, societal change, transportation, the law and the financing of innovation.
Lord Green of Huntspierpoint, UK Minister of State for Trade and Industry (and immediate-past Chairman of HSBC) delivered a keynote address to a sell-out audience over lunch on May 12; and presided over the BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards Gala Dinner on the same evening.
The Conference was held at the classic Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco, and also attracted a broad range of senior business executives from the business communities of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
'We are delighted that more BABC members than ever before, from throughout the BABC network, joined us for this superb Conference, and took advantage of this great opportunity to expand their business network, develop new business and learn about important innovation opportunities', commented Robin Hayes, outgoing President of the BABC and Chief Commercial Officer for JetBlue.
'This turnout is a great tribute both to the outstanding program that the BABC of Northern California laid on for us, and to the unique and increasing strength and credibility of the BABC as the leading transatlantic business network.'
Stuart Keirle, President of the BABC of Northern California, added: 'We were very pleased to welcome so many delegates from so many BABC chapters to San Francisco for this Conference, and are very grateful to them, and especially to all our sponsors and speakers, for their invaluable role in helping us make this Conference so successful.'
Conference sponsors included: McKinney Rogers, British Airways, KPMG, Squire Sanders Hammonds, UK Trade & Investment, United Airlines, 20/20 Productions, British American Business LEAP, Genentech, HSBC, MacKenzie Communications, Inc., SNR Denton, CyraCom International Inc., Deloitte., Silicon Valley Bank, Wales, UK.
Spring 2010 May 12-14 - London UK
More than 300 delegates, representing more than 20 of the BABC’s chapters, came together for the BABC’s Annual Transatlantic Business Conference, Strategies for Success, 2010-2020, held in London from May 12-14, 2010.
L-R: 1. BABC Conference 2010 - Day 1. 2. David Brennan, AstraZeneca receiving The Channing Award
30 leading Chief Executives, opinion-formers and industry experts participated in the discussions, including the CEOs of Allied Healthcare, AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and Willis Group; the Editor-in-Chief of the Economist, Editor-in-Chief/Europe for the Wall Street Journal, Assistant Editor of the Financial Times and London Bureau Chief for the New York Times; and the Senior Partner of McKinsey as well as the US Ambassador to the UK and CEO of UK Trade & Investment.
‘We are delighted that so many BABC members, from throughout the BABC network, could join us for this superb Conference’, commented Robin Hayes, President of the BABC and Chief Commercial Officer for JetBlue. ‘The business and social programs were outstanding, the networking opportunities were tremendous, and the feedback has been hugely positive – our participants clearly greatly enjoyed and benefitted from the experience.’
The business agenda of the Conference focused on analyzing how companies in 8 leading business sectors could best take advantage of the opportunities – and contend with the challenges – of the coming decade. The social program included a Reception at the Royal Academy of the Arts and a Gala Dinner at historic Lancaster House, the venue for G7 Summits, the Zimbabwe Independence Negotiations and other major international meetings.
Spring 2009 April 29 - May 01, Washington DC, USA
The BABC recently held another successful conference with BABC members from more than 20 major business centers on both sides of the Atlantic gathered in Washington, DC, for the BABC's Annual Transatlantic Business Conference, Strengthening Transatlantic Links, from April 29-May 1, 2009.
Timed to coincide with the '100th Day' of the Obama Administration, the Conference program addressed key issues facing the transatlantic business community, including the financial/economic crisis, energy/sustainability, competitiveness, homeland security, defense cooperation, Open Skies and the growing threat of protectionism. Conference Speakers included the Chairmen and CEOs of major multinational companies, Congressional leaders, top government officials and international thought-leaders.
On the evenings of April 29 and 30, Sir Nigel Sheinwald, British Ambassador to the United States, hosted a Reception for some 300 guests at his Residence; and Sir Michael Rake, Chairman of BT, addressed a packed house of delegates at the Conference Gala Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton.
From Left to Right: 1. Sir Nigel and Lady Sheinwald with Mike and Sue Ferguson a the British Embassy Residence Reception 2. Eamonn Cooney, Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), US House of Representatives, Committee on Homeland Security, and Clive Wright
Spring 2007 16th - 19th May, Los Angeles, California, USA
The BABC held its Transatlantic Business Conference for 2007 at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles, California from 16th May to 19th May. This transatlantic business conference was attended by key business and political leaders, influencers and investment agencies from both sides of the Atlantic. Conference participants included representatives from the British Consulate, UK Trade & Investment and many local, national and international senior executives from multi-national and global organisations, in addition to smaller and medium-sized enterprises.
Spring 2006 29th – 31st March, London, UK
March 29th – 31st for the British-American Business Council’s Annual Transatlantic Business Conference, ‘Gateway’. The sell-out conference focused on discussing the upcoming challenges and opportunities for transatlantic business, and providing business networking opportunities for participants. It also highlighted London’s key role as the main business ‘gateway’ between North America and Europe.
Autumn 2005 21st – 24th October, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Spring 2005 1st – 4th April, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Autumn 2004 22nd – 25th October, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Spring 2004 23rd – 26th April, Midlands, UK
The BABC celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the 2004 Transatlantic Conference, held in the British Midlands from 23rd – 26th April 2004. 200 delegates from the BABC’s chapters throughout North America and the UK participated in the conference, as well as many senior executives from the Midlands business community. Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States, was the keynote speaker at a dinner held in the magnificent Stanford Hall on the Saturday evening. Other speakers included Mike O’Brien, British Minister for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs; Sir Nicholas Scheele, President, Ford Motor Company; Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, Chairman, British Airways; Ambassador Philip Lader, Chairman WPP Group plc; and Digby Jones, Director General, CBI.
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