Humans of the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS)

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Trade Commissioners are the heart and soul of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. We are on the ground in over 160 cities around the world. We are the Humans of the TCS. Get to know us a little better.

#HOTCS: Jan Scazighino, Rome

Let’s say a Canadian supplier has been selling to the Italian market, but one of its product lines isn’t as successful because of competition from the United States. Well, guess what? Suddenly the tariff for that product line drops from 15% to zero, because CETA is now in force. And now that product...

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#HOTCS: Jordan Reeves, Mumbai

Here, I was on my way to play Santa for the consulate’s annual staff holiday party. India is a diverse country and is home to many religions and festivals. However, I don’t think those two guys expected to see Santa Claus walking the streets of Mumbai with a red bag over one shoulder. As Trade Commi...

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#HOTCS: Andree Cooligan, Helsinki

There was a shipment of Saskatoon berry plants from Canada stuck at the border in the United Kingdom. The shipment wasn’t being allowed into the EU because it was determined to be a novel food to Europe. So, the company in Saskatchewan gets this information from the freight forwarder, and after havi...

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#HOTCS: Bunleng Men, Phnom Penh

When I’ve made a perfect match, when a deal has been concluded between clients and our local contacts, and when I hear feedback from clients about our important role in the process, to me, those are my proudest moments as a Trade Commissioner. I’ve been lucky to have helped Canadian companies for ov...

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#HOTCS: Ryan Ward, Nairobi

For Canadian companies, there’s a gap in understanding “why” they should be thinking about Africa instead of “easier,” more traditional markets, like the US and Europe. Canada doesn’t really have a history here outside of the extractive sector, so I spend a lot of time at trade shows bringing a pers...

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#HOTCS: Tina Shih, Los Angeles

My last assignment before coming to L.A. was in India: a very important emerging market, where there’s lots of opportunity, but the culture and the regulatory and business environment can be very challenging for Canadian companies. So I started the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) in India prog...

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