13 ways Canadian SME’s can improve on their dismal export rates

For all the talk about Canada being a trading nation, we aren’t when it comes to small and medium sized enterprises. While SME’s account for roughly 95 percent of all companies in Canada, and create 65 percent of all jobs, Canadian SME export rates are at less than 2 percent.

Doug Taylor, CITP|FIBP

Doug, CITP|FIBP, is the Managing Director of Pacific Business Intelligence Ltd. (PBI). PBI provides professional consulting services in the core areas of international business development, strategic market planning and corporate guidance. PBI has undertaken assignments in over thirty countries in East and West Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle East and the Caribbean for private industry, governments and international organizations.

Damien Violante, CITP|FIBP – Product Purchaser

Damien Violante is a Product Purchaser and Team Leader with over 10 years of experience in the industrial field.
Over the duration of his career, he has worked in all areas of supply chain management in an industrial setting, developing expertise in sourcing, purchasing, supplier relationship management and negotiation in North America and Europe.

Pamela Hyatt

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

How to succeed in Africa by choosing partnership over corruption

There is no doubt that the continent of Africa is a land rich in opportunities for international businesses. With an abundance of natural resources, some of the world’s fastest growing economies, and booming demand for technological growth, it’s not hard to see why businesses look to succeed in Africa.

Richard Bistrong

Richard Bistrong is CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC. He consults, writes and speaks about compliance issues from his experience as an international sales VP and conviction for violating the FCPA, where he pleaded guilty, cooperated with international law enforcement, and served fourteen and a half months in prison. He can be reached via his website, twitter and e-mail at richardtbistrong@gmail.com

How linguistic abilities and training in practical skills leads to international business success

Sonia Mancuso Root, CITP®|FIBP®, is Vice President of Business Development at Agrisource Food Products Inc., a world-class broker and distributor, where she helps companies manage their offshore arrangements and keep their supply chains running smoothly.
She has over twenty-five years of experience in international business and has been a CITP®|FIBP® since 2009. She credits the practical skills gained through her education and her linguistic abilities with her success in the industry.

Pamela Hyatt

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

How to update your supply chain strategy for maximum efficiency

Without an efficient supply chain strategy in place, customers cannot be serviced properly and maximum profits cannot be achieved.

Emiliano Introcaso MBA CITP PLOG CCI

Emiliano has more than two decades of experience working with manufacturers and exporters looking to increase their global growth by providing them with support and guidance in all things export. His strategy not only focuses on navigating companies through the complexities of global supply chains, but also in the small details that can make or break an international trade transaction. Emiliano is an International Business Advisor at Export Development Canada (EDC), a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) with the Forum For International Trade Training (FITT), holds the Professional Logistician (PLOG) designation from the Logistics Institute, is an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Registered Trainer on Incoterms® 2020 and a Certified Instructor (CCI) with the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA). Emiliano completed a Master of Business Administration (Global Leadership stream) at the University of Fredericton. More blogs by Emiliano at TradeInsights: https://www.edc.ca/en/bio/emiliano-introcaso.html

Next #TradeElite networking session & recap of why international trade is all about profit margins

You’ve decided to start selling your product in a market outside your own borders. Maybe it’s an emerging market, or perhaps you’ve gone with a market that’s a bit more established; but either way you’re going to need a system to get your product to market. You’re going to need to develop an international value chain.

Daniella D'Alimonte

With her background in writing, marketing and business journalism, Daniella focuses on crafting quality stories and relevant content to inform and inspire the international business community.

What it means to be a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®) [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Certified International Trade Professional (CITP®) designation has been around for more than 15 years. It was the first professional designation in the world created…

Jacob Varghese

Jacob is the VP of Marketing and Technology at the Forum for International Trade Training. Focused on improving the customer experience. A Content chef; words, images, some code and a healthy serving of web analytics.

Tips for successful market entry into Alberta’s oil sands industry

The Canadian oil sands are one of the three largest reserves of oil in the world and currently boast over 170 billion barrels of oil in place which are recoverable with today’s technology and economic factors.

Sara Luc

Sara Luc, CITP/FIBP, Business Analyst, Strategic Development for Rainmaker Global Business Development, is a Mount Royal University graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business. Sara has worked with clients ranging from raw chemicals to modular fabrication from Europe for the past year and a half. She has organized trade missions for foreign companies that were interested in potentially entering the Canadian market. Rainmaker Global Business Development is a market entry and business development consulting firm headquartered in Calgary but has offices all over the world.