How being part of a Global Trade Enthusiasts Meetup group can grow your career prospects


Vancouver Global Trade Enthusiasts Meetup Group

Vancouver Global Trade Enthusiasts Meetup GroupWhile there are numerous skills and competencies that import export professionals need to succeed in their industry, few of them are as important as the ability to build meaningful global business partnerships and relationships.

The people you know in the industry are not only potential partners, clients, suppliers or other connections, but also resources of information, and sometimes even friends.

Since October 2014, the Vancouver Global Trade Enthusiasts Meetup group has been an ideal place for professionals in the city and surrounding area to get together and learn from each other’s experiences, network, and to share common interests for business growth and development.

The meetings have now become a monthly tradition which give the group’s 141 members the chance to regularly connect and, most recently, participate or listen to panel discussions on topics we’re interested in.

We aim to give people an opportunity to share their knowledge in business and learn from each other, and we’re glad to see a lot of enthusiastic and self-driven people joining us.

David Smythe, Export Liaison with W.A. Grain & Pulse Solutions continues to be an active co-organizer for the International Trade Enthusiasts group and actively promotes a balance of students & professionals at each event.

Great discussions about Canada-EU trade

Most recently, Dr. Michele Vincenti, CITP|FIBP, President and CEO of Alvana Business Consulting Inc., chaired a panel on January 5th about the updated status of CETA (European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) at the Ascenda School of Management.

Since the European Union is Canada’s second largest trade and investment partner, after the U.S., we wanted to give our members a chance to learn more about this important issue, as it could have immediate and significant benefits to their businesses.

We were also fortunate to have several notable experts involved, who were able to speak in-depth about the most crucial issues.

Vancouver Global Trade Enthusiasts Meetup
From Left to Right: Dr. Michele Vincenti, CITP|FIBP, Alex Martyniak, Celso Boscariol, Juan Angel Becerra, John Treleaven, CITP|FIBP

Alex Martyniak, Executive Director EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada–West, opened the panel discussion by presenting new tendencies regarding current and future activities of the EU Commerce Chamber and trade relationships with Canada.

Afterwards, Celso A. A. Boscariol, Partner, Watson Goepel LLP and the President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Canada West, and of the European Chamber of Commerce – West, highlighted legal issues and business law updates pertaining to international trade and CETA such as investments, public procurement, intellectual property rights and sustainable development.

Juan Angel Berecca, Partner at Calderon Gonzalez and Carvajal SC, kept the attentive audience on the edge of their seats as he tackled the issue of international taxation systems and legal regulations in Europe and internationally.

Vancouver Global Trade Enthusiasts Meetup
From Left to Right: Celso Boscariol, Juan Angel Becerra, Alex Martyniak

Finally, special guest panelist John Treleaven, CITP|FIBP, a longtime member of FITT’s Board of Directors, shared his own experiences with participants and gave valuable advice on how to engage the world to become a successful entrepreneur.

Meetups are an excellent chance to learn, meet new people and grow in your career

While we always hope that each event is successful, the feedback that we receive from group members has been helpful and encouraging.

One of our members who attended this latest event, João Paulo Zanchet Vilela, posted on social media that it was a “Great experience! I met good people and shared useful information.”

Olga Zykova, a Master’s student in Administrative Science and Leadership and one of the assistant organizers for the event, says that “I came here as a student, and for me is it a good opportunity to meet and learn from people with outstanding career achievements, along with solid experience in trade and business. I hope this society will grow and develop, and more people will join.”

It’s been a wonderful opportunity to see people of all levels of experience, from student to mid-level to high level executive, come out to our events and learn from one another.

We’re always happy to welcome new members, but if you’re not in our area, please contact to find out whether there is a group near you, or to start a new group in your area.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the contributing author, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forum for International Trade Training.

About the author

Author: Dr. Michele Vincenti, CITP|FIBP and Olga Zykova

As the President and CEO of Alvana Business Consulting Inc., Dr. Michele Vincenti, CITP|FIBP is able to bring over 30 years of experience to help businesses at the C-level, particularly in financial matters. He has also used his considerable international trade expertise to teach at a variety of post-secondary institutions in Canada and abroad, and is passionate about sharing his knowledge with new generations of business professionals. Olga Zykova, Assistant Organizer to Vancouver Global Trade Enthusiasts, is currently enrolled in a Masters degree program in Administrative Science and Leadership. She has a Bachelor's degree in international marketing from SolBridge School of Business (South Korea) and a Bachelor's degree in supply chain management from Far Eastern State Transport University (Russia). She has obtained strong overseas professional background in marketing, brand and social media management, and public relations.

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