The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Colorado, the Nordic Consuls, and the international business community are coming together to organize the first Nordic Commerce Conference in Colorado on September 21, 2018.  

Mark your calendar for this full-day conference focused on promoting business opportunities and connections between the U.S. and the Nordic countries. The event will feature keynote speakers and presentations, a live video conference with experts in the Nordic countries, sector-specific discussion groups, and will end with an international networking reception and an exclusive Swedish crayfish festival in the evening. 

Get your tickets here and if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, or if you would like to promote your products and services, please contact us for more information on how to take part in the Nordic Commerce Conference.


Day Program Venue: CU Denver Student Commons Building 1201 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80204

Evening Program Venue: Marriott Springhill Suites (by CU Denver Campus) 1190 Auraria Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

Parking directions can be found on the Tickets page.


Organized by The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce-CO and the Nordic Consuls in Colorado.


If you are interested in the Nordic markets and want to develop strategic business relationships, or if you are a Nordic company seeking to gain exposure to the U.S. market  and the Rocky Mountain region, then this is the event for you.








Venue:  University of Colorado - Denver, Student Commons, 1201 Larimar St.

Registration Desk Opens; Sign up for Sector Discussion Group and Speed Networking Table

7:00 a.m.

Nordic Business Networking Breakfast | Sponsored by Hestra

Welcome, Overview of Events, Appreciation to Our Sponsors; Donald Peterson, Swedish Honorary Consul, Denver

Overview of Nordic economies, projected growth sectors, U.S.-Nordic trade and investment | 

Aki Luukkainen, Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Finland, Los Angeles

Market Entry Roadmap | Marta Laurell, Attorney at Morris Law, Stockholm, Sweden

Moderator: Paul Kullman, President, Business Beyond Borders

7:30 a.m.

Live web conference - Nordic Business Opportunities Sponsored by Coan Payton & Payne

Live web conference with commercial specialists from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland about major Nordic private and public infrastructure projects and ecosystems seeking international investment, products, services and technologies

Welcome remarks: Dr. Linda Bowman, Vice Provost and Vice Chancellor for Access & Achievement, CU Denver

Mailiina Turanlahti, Senior Director, North America, Business Finland

Rebecca Scheel, Director, Invest in Norway, USA

Hlynur Gudjonsson, Consul General & Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Iceland, New York

Sebastian Damm Wray, Investment Manager, Invest in Denmark, Consulate General of Denmark, New York

Robin Pettersson, Invest Manager, Infrastructure & Construction, Business Sweden, Stockholm

9:00 a.m.

Fika (Coffee Break) | Sponsored by Taste of Denmark and Ogletree Deakins (Lobby)

10:15 a.m.

Business Panel Discussion | Sponsored by Iceland Air

Nordic companies’ experiences and plans in the U.S. market; Nordic company representatives discuss their challenges entering the U.S. market and business expansion plans, including identifying partners, distributors, buyers, employees and technologies.  

Hans Jespersen, Vice President, Vestas Blades America

Richard Goering, Senior Vice President, Sales & Operations, Bona AB

Jarle Sky, Chairman, Xledger

Dino Dardano, President, Hestra USA

Moderator: Television Host Ernie Bjorkman

10:30 a.m.

Expo | Organizations exhibit their products and services (Lobby)  

12:00-2:00 p.m.


Introductory Remarks | Deborah Cameron, Chief Economic Development Officer, Denver

Nordic Cultural Fun Quiz

Keynote “Thriving in a Multicultural Business Environment” | Paul Kullman, President, Business Beyond Borders                                         

Moderator: Juha Makikalli, Honorary Consul of Finland, Denver, USA

12:30 p.m.

Sector Discussion Groups (Sign up for a sector discussion group at registration desk), Breakout Rooms on 4th floor

Energy & the Environment - Discussants: J.B. Holston, Dean, School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Denver; Maria Brinck, President, Zynergy Coaching – Room 4125

Information & Communications Technologies - Discussants: Steve Suneson, Attorney, Coan Payton & Payne; Andreas Lidholm, Software Programming Specialist – Room 4119

Education & Training – Discussants: Michelle Carpenter, Chair, Visual Arts Dept., College of Arts and Media, CU Denver; Helle Hegelund, President, Hegelund Consulting – Room 4017

Retail & Recreation – Discussants: Dino Dardano, President, Hestra USA; Harpa Thordardottir, Owner, Iceland Outfitters – Room 4113

2:00 p.m.

Speed Business Networking

U.S. and Nordic entrepreneurs, business people and students engage in short meetings to network and identify possible synergies. (Sign up at registration desk for one of six sector groups)

Coordinator: Ann Miller, Speed Networking Facilitator, Nordic Commerce Conference

3:00 p.m.

3:00-4:15 p.m.

Fika during networking and break (Coffee Break) | Sponsored by Ogletree Deakins (Lobby)


Venue: SpringHill Marriott, 1190 Auraria Parkway (walking distance from Student Commons)

Evening Reception Sponsored by New Belgium Beer and Sjoeblom Winery

Hotel Reception Ballroom, Second Floor

5:00 p.m.

Performance by Nordic Dance Troupe

Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Nordic Dance Troupe by Paul Kullman, President, Business Beyond Borders

5:30 p.m.

Remarks by His Excellency Geir Haarde, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States

Introduced by Donald Peterson, Swedish Honorary Consul, Denver

6:00 p.m.

Swedish Crayfish Festival Sponsored by Bona

With live Nordic music and “snaps” songs

Hotel Dining Ballroom, Second Floor

6:15 p.m.

Conference Ends

9:00 p.m.


Prize Drawing, Donated by Maja Stefansdottir, Honorary Consul of Iceland, Denver 

Awards Ceremony | Awards given to individuals and companies that “Enhance U.S.-Nordic Friendship and Commerce” - Media present

Presented by: His Excellency Geir Haarde, Ambassador of Iceland to the United States 

4:15-4:45 p.m.