Overview

The 2nd HBBG Conference will be held at the Hilton Vancouver, Metrotown in Vancouver, British Columbia , February 24-26, 2023

The Handcrafted Bath & Body Guild is bringing back the best of the best soap conference to Canada.

Expect a completely packed schedule with classes and presentations during the day and special events in the evening. Breakfast and both morning and afternoon snacks every day are included. Lunch is included on two days, and dinner on the last night (the Awards Dinner).

Here’s just a few reasons you should be there:

· Education: Attend a variety of workshops, hear from industry experts during our interactive panel & develop your skills and grow your business. Perhaps you want to learn how to make new products to add to your line or build on your existing techniques, maybe you want to build your business strategies or learn about regulations. With many workshops to choose from you will have access to some of our industries best!
· Networking: Meet likeminded makers from across the country. Catch up with old friends and finally meet with all your social media connections face to face to make new friends!
o Did you know… networking has been proven to improve both mental & physical health? Connection improves our sense of value & provides an emotional boost, increasing self confidence!
o Networking within your industry helps to back up existing skills and learn new ones through shared knowledge.
· Supplier Pop-Up Shops: meet your favourite vendor members & discover new ones at our pop-up shopping area! Get a chance to sniff those fragrances you’re dying to try before buying, find out who has the perfect molds or tools & supplies you’ve always been looking for or never knew existed! The pop-up shopping area will be open throughout the conference giving you plenty of time to visit each one without missing any of the workshops.
When: February 24th, 25th & 26th, 2023
Where: The Hilton Vancouver, Metrotown
6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC V5H 2W7
The hotel is in the heart of Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver. It is walking distance to one of the largest shopping malls, Metropolis at Metrotown, and SkyTrains to Downtown Vancouver & the Vancouver international airport. A special room rate of $169/night +tax has been arranged. Most rooms have two beds so bunk with a friend & split the room cost!
What’s included:
Registration opens Friday, Feb. 24th at 1pm followed by a reception dinner at 6pm, Saturday & Sunday will be packed with workshops, a guest panel, and AGM (annual general meeting).
Your attendance fee includes full access to the conference including breakfast, lunch & breaks on Saturday & Sunday days as well as the 2 dinners on the 24th & 25th. There will be many workshops to choose from with details of each sent to attendees in advance so you can plan your time.

Registration DOES NOT include:

  • Guestrooms at the Hilton Vancouver. (However, attendees ARE entitled to a discounted room rate.)
  • Ground transportation to and from the hotel.
  • Any meals outside of those outlined in the conference schedule.

Registration Fees and Deadlines

All prices Canadian Dollars

 

Rate ClassMemberNon-MemberExpires
Early Bird
– paid in full
– 4 installments
 $375
$400
$575
$600
October 15,2022
Regular Rate 1
– paid in full
– 3 installments
$475
$500
$675
$700
November 15, 2022
Full Rate
– paid in full
– 2 installments
$575
$600
$775
$800
December 15, 2022
Full Rate
-paid in full only
$575$775after December 15, 2022

* Registration at the full rate will be available until the conference starts on February 24, 2023,
UNLESS the conference reaches capacity and is sold out before then.

 

Guests

If you want to bring a guest with you who won’t be attending the conference but wants to join you for meals, you may purchase a guest meal ticket. The cost is $275.00 and covers all meals, the Awards Dinner and any special parties.

Associates

A member may bring up to 4 associates (family members, business partners, staff, etc.) to the conference under his/her member number and take advantage of the member rate for the associates.

Exhibitors

Exhibitor space is available for vendors and suppliers who offer products and/or services to the industry. Throughout the conference, plenty of time is set aside for attendees to visit the Exhibitor Hall. If you are interested in being an Exhibitor at our conference, email us at conference@hbbg.ca, and we will send you a Vendor Package. Opportunities for sponsorship and advertising in our Conference Program will be available soon as well. Please indicate in your email if you are also interested in more information about that.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds unless the event is cancelled by decision of the Directors of the HBBG or the hotel. Should you purchase attendance your registration is fully transferable to another attendee. To do that you must email the guild at conference@hbbg.ca identifying the full name of the person you have transferred to so that we can change the attendee records.