Exporting: A Key Driver of SME Growth and Profits

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) conducted a first-of-its-kind study of Canadian SME export strategies, and identified three factors strongly associated with export success based on a survey of over 700 established SME exporters. BDC also partnered with Statistics Canada to look, for the first time ever, at newly-available data on SME export performance. This helped identify previously unknown information, such as the foreign markets where Canadian SMEs have most often secured repeat sales. 

Join us for this live webinar co-hosted by ACEC-Canada, where BDC Economist Tom Corner will share the results of this latest research on exporting, a key driver of Canadian SME growth and profits. You’ll also discover how to prepare yourself to export or continue exporting successfully.  Peter Ficocelli, Director, International Expansion, will share with you how they can help your business export.

This is a must attend event for any CEO/CFO, Principle and senior manager who wants to learn more on how their firm can expand their business markets through export and how BDC can help them achieve that goal.

Date: Thursday June 1, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 1 pm ET
Target Audience: CEOs, CFOs, Principles, Senior Managers

Space is limited to 50 participants for this event. 


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Our experts

Tom Corner, Economist, BDC

Tom Corner is an economist at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) in Montreal. He has authored three major studies since joining the bank, the most recent of which looks at Canadian small and mid-sized business export success strategies. Tom is the author of BDC’s monthly oil market newsletter, and follows a range of other commodities on behalf of the economics team. Prior to joining BDC, Tom worked in financial sector policy at the federal Department of Finance. He was lead financial services analyst in several international trade negotiations, including the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Partnership Agreement. He holds a Master’s in Economics, as well as bachelor’s degrees in French and Economics, from the University of Victoria.

Peter Ficocelli, Director, International Expansion, BDC

With more than 35 years of entrepreneurial and international business experience, Peter helps Canadian SMEs grow their export revenue with comprehensive go-to-market strategies and channel entry solutions. He has set up distribution channels that have realised major contract wins in Europe, USA, South America, South East Asia and Australia in various industries including Information and Communications Technologies, Photonics and Energy. Prior to joining BDC, Peter held senior roles with Weatherford, Perkin Elmer, Bragg Photonics and LxData.

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