The biggest threats and opportunities in tomorrow’s global marketplace


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Kid on roof looking at the sky through binoculars

More people seem to be talking about international trade than they have in years, whether they are directly involved in importing and exporting, or they are merely engaged as citizens while the latest policy changes shake out.

With all of the publicity surrounding Brexit, CETA and NAFTA renegotiations it’s no wonder chins are wagging. So we thought this was the perfect time to ask the experts what’s in store for global business, and where tomorrow’s biggest threats and opportunities will be.

FITT’s upcoming Your Future in Global Markets conference will address just that, so there were no better experts to ask then those who will be leading these discussions at the conference. Five of the #YourFuture2017 speakers obliged us and shared their insights in this month’s #TradeElite Twitter chat.>

Here’s what they had to say.


Nicole Verkindt (@OffSetMarket) – Founder, OMX, “Dragon”, Next Gen Den, Panellist, CBC News, The Exchange based out of Toronto, Canada

Amy Karam (@AmyKaram) – Author, speaker, instructor and global expansion and competitive strategy consultant based out of Ottawa, Canada

Jyll Saskin Gales (@jyllsaskingales) – Export Consultant, Google based out of Toronto Canada

Marcos Vaena (@MarcosVaena) – Chief, Sector and Enterprise Competitiveness, International Trade Centre, based out of Geneva, Switzerland

Adrian Mutton (@AdrianMutton) Founder and CEO of Sannam S4 and U.S. Business Centers, based out of Washington D.C. and London, England.

Let’s get the threats outta the way first. What’re the biggest threats global businesses will face in the next year, 5 yrs, beyond?

What are some things businesses of all sizes can do today to prepare to face these threats?

Is there any emerging tech that could help businesses and individuals mitigate risks in tomorrow’s global trade environment?

Moving into opportunities, what are some of the biggest, opportunities tomorrow’s global businesses can take advantage of?

Are there any markets that may challenge the BRICS in terms of import/export opportunities for global businesses?

In your view, do the opportunities of tomorrow’s global marketplace outweigh the challenges for those just getting started?

Any other thoughts you’d like to share on tomorrow’s global marketplace?

Read the rest of the chat and follow future discussions by following the #TradeElite hashtag. Stay tuned for the next #TradeElite chat, coming up Thursday, September 14 at 2:30-3:30PM ET.

About the author

Author: Pamela Hyatt

I am the Content Marketing Specialist for the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT). You can find some of my work on My background is in copywriting, journalism and social media. My passion lies in connecting people to the stories that are most important to them.

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