CITP Spotlight Elżbieta (Elizabeth) Krawczyński – International Trade Specialist

08/02/2021

Earned her elite CITP®|FIBP® designation: Nov 2020

It was while promoting “Education without Borders” in 2006 as an International Student Coordinator that Elżbieta (Elizabeth) Krawczyński first got a taste of working in international trade. The opportunity proved to be a successful test of her interest and aptitude in global business and she subsequently went on to work in several private companies, helping owners expand their product and service offerings.

My passion was to help develop the company’s long-term strategy in order to streamline business operations and to improve cash flow.

 

Elizabeth’s passion spurred her efforts to gain a specialization in accounting. Her experience in project accounting has been a major launching pad in her career journey so far, as effective management of cash flow is crucial to all entrepreneurial ideas for expansion. 

A business case that has been yielding rich results 

Elizabeth’s favourite career story is a tad unusual as it began on a seemingly negative note. A business case that she had prepared (after doing extensive market research on an additional line of products with required capital investment) was rejected, at first, but is now reaping positive outcomes. 

A couple of years later, I am hearing that my business case has been, after all, incorporated with very successful outcomes including a very nice profit margin, and the business is becoming more competitive due to diversification, as I had originally projected.

 

A deep interest in Canadian-Polish relations 

With a Masters of Transport Engineering degree from Poland and over ten years of experience in accounting as well as business operations, Elizabeth has worked in exceptionally diverse cultural and legal contexts.  

Being native to Poland but also at home in truly beautiful British Columbia, it is only natural for me to be passionate about Canadian-Polish bilateral relations.”

 

Elizabeth at an Embassy of Canada to Poland event.

It comes as no surprise, then, that some of the most interesting projects that propelled her career to the next level happened during her Co-Op Term at the Embassy of Canada to Poland in Warsaw.  

A valuable piece of advice for aspiring International Trade Specialists 

Elizabeth wishes she had started her formal training in international trade earlier in her career. Her message to all those just beginning their professional journeys is to ensure that they are equipped with the relevant education before launching their ventures, rather than learning the hard way.  

Learning by making your own mistakes is possible, but a much better way for your entrepreneurial endeavours is to tackle the markets with the appropriate educational background or with a hired CITP professional.”

 

Trade training that prepared her for real-life business opportunities 

After enrolling for FITT courses at Brighton College in British Columbia, Elizabeth was convinced that this was the direction in which she wanted to take her career. She found the FITT courses to be very useful—especially the research projects.  

When asked about her favourite FITTskills course, she says: 

Feasibility of International Trade was my favourite course, as the research projects required for this course were a great way to put together the skills I had been refining throughout the program.”

  

A task she remembers from a research project from that course required her to assess the feasibility of a proposed business opportunity, including the viability of exportcost of the transaction and risks of the initiative. Extensive secondary and primary research was required, including macroeconomic parameters of the target market, qualitative parameters (legal requirements, cultural preferences, distribution considerations, after-sale services, risk analysis) and detailed profiling of competitors. 

I would like to add that I was recognized as having authored the best research project at the College: “FITT400 Final Project—Feasibility of International Trade—Exporting Canada Goose to Poland.”

  

Obtaining the CITP®|FIBP® designationa single-minded goal 

For Elizabeth, earning the esteemed CITP designation had been her foremost aspiration. The journey to acquiring the credential has enabled her to add valuable skills and tools to her growing expertise in international trade. 

She also wanted to be a part of the dynamic and knowledgeable CITP community that would give her an opportunity to network with her accomplished counterparts in international trade. Over the course of her career, Elizabeth has been following several real-life stories as well as the learning curves of many CITP designation holders—each, posted on the FITT blog and website.  

You have inspired me many times—thank you for this.”

  

She earned the industry-backed CITP®|FIBP® designation in November 2020 and is ecstatic and proud to belong to an elite community of trade practitioners.  

I feel even more motivated to excel in the field of international trade, now as a member of the CITP communityThe CITP designation puts a person above the crowd in many ways. I believe that employers will have confidence in the expertise of a CITP professional. The certification also communicates a high standard of excellence in the person’s professional skills and ethical standing.”

  

Elizabeth looks forward to the new doors of opportunity that the elite designation has opened for her and is eager to expand her network among the CITP community.  

Elizabeth’s knowledge, passion and acumen have already given her a head start in her professional journey. It won’t be long before she achieves all the laurels she deserves—and more! 

Want to connect with Elizabeth?

Twitter:@ek_trade

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Meghana Joshi

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