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GIA Conference in Toronto Wins Enthusiastic Followers

Participants at this year’s North American GIA Conference in Canada rated the learning and networking opportunities at the event highly, with a total score of 4.5 out of 5 on average.

Held between October 22 and 24 at The 1King West Hotel in Toronto and organized by Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA), the annual strategic market intelligence event featured seasoned experts. Various leading global companies were represented, including Bennett Jones LLP, Best Buy, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Cintas, Cohesion Inc., Endo Health Solutions, Fidelity Investments, Fiserv, IBM, Jarden Consumer Solutions, Johnson Controls, Owens Corning, SAP America Inc./USA, Smith’s Medical and Starbucks Canada.

Conference participants commented that they were especially pleased that there are no vendors or other commercial activities at GIA Conferences, and that the focus is kept purely on exchanging ideas and intelligence best practices. The friendly and exclusive nature of the event encourages open sharing of best practices.

Seventy percent said they would definitely return to attend the next GIA Conference in North America in 2013. Some ratings in the feedback survey for the event include:

Average rating (out of 5)     
    
Pre-conference workshops     4.70
    
Presentations                          4.25
    
Conference Organization        4.70 
    
Networking opportunities        4.67

“With each GIA Conference, we try to surpass the last with more and more interesting topics and presentations. We aim to ensure each session is highly valuable to attendees and demonstrates how companies are applying best practice tools and resources. At the end of the day, we know that our conference attendees will walk away from their time at GIA Conferences with some very practical ideas that they can apply immediately in their own companies,” said Joost Drieman, Vice President, Intelligence Best Practices, Global Intelligence Alliance.

“GIA Conferences truly stand out in that they provide a forum in which leading companies share their recipies for success in organizing market intelligence. We find our sessions on early warning systems, megatrends and developing intelligence for strategic impact to be exceptionally popular. Such high quality of content would not be possible without the active contributions and support from all our outstanding speakers and panelists,” said Rahul Dhingra, chairman of this year’s GIA Conference in Toronto.

The next upcoming GIA Conference will be held in spring in Europe, in Dusseldorf, Germany.

For other information, visit the www.globalintelligence.com or send an email to media(a)globalintelligence.com.

About GIA Conferences

GIA Conferences are leading Strategic Market Intelligence events where business professionals can learn how leading companies apply high impact Market Intelligence to improve their decision-making. Speakers from leading global companies share best practices and case presentations. In addition, GIA Conferences include interactive workshops and panel discussions on current hot topics in the area of Strategic Market Intelligence. GIA Conferences focus strictly on delivering best-in-class educational programs.

About Global Intelligence Alliance

Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA) is a strategic market intelligence and advisory group. GIA was formed in 1995 when a team of market intelligence specialists, management consultants, industry analysts and technology experts came together to build a powerful suite of customized solutions ranging from outsourced market monitoring services and software, to strategic analysis and advisory.
Today, we are the preferred partner for organizations seeking to understand, compete and grow in international markets. Our industry expertise and coverage of over 100 countries enables our customers to make better informed decisions worldwide.

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