Stewart Beck is the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Prior to joining APF Canada, Mr. Beck served as the Canadian High Commissioner to the Republic of India with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Bhutan and to Nepal. He joined the Department of External Affairs and International Trade in 1982 and served abroad in the United States, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China. In Ottawa, he held a number of positions, including director general of the North Asia Bureau, director general responsible for senior management, and rotational assignments and assistant deputy minister for international business development, investment, and innovation. He was consul general in Shanghai and prior to his posting to India, he was consul general in San Francisco. Mr. Beck may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Moran was promoted to President & CEO of Calgary Economic Development in 2015. Mary joined Calgary Economic Development in 2010 as Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Research and has extensive leadership experience working across a number of sectors for both national and multi-national companies including TELUS, Delta Hotels, Canadian Airlines, and WARDAIR. Mary has led teams in the development of strategy, marketing, stakeholder relations, and fund development.
During her time at Calgary Economic Development, Mary steered the update of the 10-year Economic strategy for Calgary: Building on our Energy; led the flood recovery YYCisOPEN campaign; and created the Calgary. Be Part of the Energy promotional brand.
Mary holds an MBA from Royal Roads University and is an active community Member. She is currently a director on several non-profit boards including Sport Calgary, Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, Calgary Police Foundation and YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre. She is also past president of Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. She is a competitive synchronized figure skater and an avid skier and runner.
Racim Gribaa is the President of Global LNG Consulting Inc, he lead Deloitte’s LNG practice in Canada for the last 3 years and has over 20 years’ experience practicing in Oil and Gas, International business, LNG and Mergers and acquisition. Prior to joining Deloitte, Racim headed the LNG Marketing and Shipping Optimization Department of ExxonMobil & Qatar Petroleum Joint stock company RasGas, a major integrated LNG Company in Qatar operating the north field 900 Tcf, (Qatar exports about 30% of the world LNG), RasGas operates seven of the 14 LNG trains in operation, 27 LNG vessels and producing about 37 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) with customers in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. Racim worked across the globe with Baker Hughes (GCA) in Houston TX and spent 10 years with Petro Canada in Strategic Planning, heading the M&A Evaluation department and played a key role developing the international business of Petro-Canada with over $3.3 Billion in acquisitions. Racim holds a Bachelor of Commerce from “École Supérieure de Commerce” and an MBA from the University of Alberta.
As the President and CEO of Rainmaker Global Business Development, Clark fosters business growth and expansion by building and implementing effective strategies for global market development in the energy, mining and infrastructure industries.
Clark also brings this passion for business connections to his positions as Vice Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Canada; Canadian member of the SME task force in preparation for the G20 in Turkey in November 2015; Country representative for Belgian Industry Associated AGORIA in Canada; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Management at the University of Lethbridge.
As one of the founders of Rainmaker Global Business Development, headquartered in Calgary, Clark Grue has built a unique organization designed to evaluate and open markets within the energy sector abroad for Rainmaker clients. Having established offices in the UK, Houston, Dubai, New York, Bogota, Vienna, Munich and Toronto, Clark takes pride in using creative strategic approaches to assist companies as they expand globally in the most cost effective way possible to drive ROI.
Clark’s international focus on the energy market has guided him to roles such as VP of Network Innovations, focused on clients in Africa; the first Director of the British Trade Office in Alberta for the British Government; VP International Business & Trade Development for Calgary Economic Development, and now President and CEO of Rainmaker GBD.
Didier Lhuillier, has been with the ENGIE Group for almost 20 years, as an Executive Director for International Business Units and now as the CEO of ENGIE Fabricom in Canada.
Today, Didier Lhuillier leads the charge in Canada with a diverse set of skills proven effective on projects around the globe. Before launching ENGIE Fabricom in Canada, Mr. Lhuillier was the Managing Director of the Energy Division for Cofely in Italy, Director of Power Generation in the United Kingdom, Project Manager in France, and Project Engineer in Turkey.
With diverse international experience in Power Generation Energy District Heating networks, Natural gas distribution networks and Industrial facilities, Mr. Lhuillier has developed a proven platform of success – hire great talent, inspire them to achieve and manage projects to optimize deliverables. Combined with exceptional skills implementing Performance Plans, Engineering and Project Management, Didier Lhuillier has built a global reputation as delivering on time and on budget.
Mr. Lhuillier earned a Mechanical Engineer degree from INSA de LYON in France and spent one year as an exchange student at University of Waterloo, Canada.
The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Perrin is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Perrin was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
Alex L. Fallon was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) in 2014.
Alex has over 15 years of experience in international business and economic development roles, having held senior management positions in Europe (London), Asia (Tokyo) and Canada.
Alex served as Director of Investment Attraction for Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Economy where he led a team responsible for attracting foreign direct investment into Saskatchewan and promoting the province on the global stage. From 2006-2010 Alex was Manager, Marketing (Canada) for Cameco Corporation where he was responsible for Cameco’s uranium sales and business development activities across Canada.
Alex was appointed as the first ever British Honorary Consul to the Province of Saskatchewan in May 2013. Alex holds a Bachelor of Business & Economics (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) both from the UK.
Adam Jones-Kelley is a leading expert in cross-border investment and corporate expansion strategy. He has worked with Conway, Inc., for 17 years and served as President for four. Prior to becoming President of Conway Adam managed the award-winning international magazine Site Selection.
Adam has two decades of experience in economic development, publishing and marketing. He’s been a featured speaker at events around the world and has been interviewed for various news media in the US and Europe. Adam has consulted for dozens of government economic development agencies on six continents, helping them position themselves to attract domestic and foreign corporate investment and create jobs.
Adam is also an accomplished writer, having produced original content for Site Selection magazine, OnSite Travel and The FDI Report.
Over the last four decades Adam has visited more than 80 countries. A deadly parasite in Ghana nearly killed him, as did stepping in front of a tram in Prague, adventures which he dutifully chronicled for the aforementioned OnSite Travel.
Adam grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and Auckland, New Zealand. He and his wife, renowned photographer Soo Jones-Kelley, reside in Peachtree Corners, a suburb of Atlanta where they’re raising a pair of rambunctious kittens.
This idyllic life leaves Adam a little restless. He’s an avid adventure-sport enthusiast who enjoys activities such as bungee jumping and diving with sharks, and does philanthropic work for endangered and abused animals.
Caroline replaced Tony Kay as British Consul General in Calgary in May 2016. Her role covers Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and is primarily focused on further building on the strong UK- Canada trade and investment relationship. The UK is Canada’s second largest investment partner (for flows in both directions) and the UK is Canada’s third largest trading partner, behind the US and China.
Caroline is a career diplomat with diverse experience overseas and in London. Her most recent Foreign Office roles in London were Head of Global Challenges and Innovation (leveraging international innovation collaboration to address trans-boundary challenges like climate change and anti-microbial resistance) and Head of Global Low Carbon Growth (making the case internationally for a managed low carbon transition). Her previous overseas assignments have been as Deputy Consul-General and Head of Trade and Investment in Brisbane, Australia; Political and Media Officer at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Development Attache at the British High Commission in New Delhi, India. She has also worked at UK Trade and Investment in London on export strategy and in the Foreign Office on chemical and biological weapons disarmament policy.
John Baird is a Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP and a former Senior Cabinet Minister in the Government of Canada.
An instrumental figure in bilateral trade and investment relationships, Mr. Baird has played a leading role in the Canada-China dialogue and worked to build ties with ASEAN countries. In addition, Mr. Baird has worked closely with international leaders to strengthen security and economic ties with the United States and Middle Eastern countries.
A native of Ottawa, Baird spent three terms as a Member of Parliament and four years as Foreign Minister. He also served as President of the Treasury Board, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Baird spent ten years in the Ontario Legislature where he served as Minister of Community and Social Services, Minister of Energy, and Government House Leader.
In addition to his work with Bennett Jones, Mr. Baird sits on the advisory board of Barrick Gold Corp., the corporate boards of Canadian Pacific, Canadian Forest Products (Canfor), the FWD Group and PineBridge Investments. He also serves as a Global Strategic Advisor to Hatch Ltd, a Canadian global multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy, and is a Senior Advisor at Eurasia Group, a global political risk consultancy.
Mr. Baird also volunteers his time with Community Living Ontario, an organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities, the Prince’s Charities, the charitable office of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, and is a board member of the Friends of Israel Initiative. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University at Kingston.
Bob is involved in business, professional, academic, public policy and not-for- profit organizations. He currently serves as a director of ATCO Ltd. and of Prospect Human Services Society. He previously served as a director of Canadian Utilities Limited, the Canadian Energy Law Foundation, and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He is a past president of The Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada. Bob received the Institute-certified Director qualification (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors on March 13, 2009.
Bob is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in Energy Law (2016, Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. 2015, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Energy: Oil and Gas. 2015, Best Lawyers in Canada).
Tom Palaia arrived in Calgary in August 2015 to take up his post as Consul General for Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Tom is a career diplomat who joined the U.S. State Department in 1998. His previous assignments include postings in U.S. Embassies in Poland, Guatemala, London and Panama. He also served in Washington, D.C., more recently directing an office in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. In his most recent assignment to what is now the U.S. Embassy in Havana, he worked as counselor for political and economic affairs. Prior to joining the State Department Tom worked in Boston as an economic consultant. Tom received a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard and a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University. Tom is married to Sarah Hale, and they have two wonderful daughters, Margaret and Violet.
Mr. Olsen is an experienced financial services professional with over 20 years in the industry. He currently serves as the Regional President and Principal Officer for PNC Bank Canada Branch in Toronto, Ontario.
Working across a broad spectrum of banking in the United States and Canada, Mr. Olsen has developed a deep-seeded knowledge of corporate banking, treasury management, business banking, retail banking and risk management. During his tenure with PNC, he has held a number of leadership roles. Prior to his current position, Mr. Olsen served as chief operating officer in Canada; regional sales director for the regional president organization; division manager in treasury management, with responsibility for corporate banking product management (deposits, loans, check, vault and pricing); corporate banking relationship manager; workout loan officer; business banking underwriter; and retail branch manager.
Mr. Olsen serves on the Public Affairs Committee of The Canadian Bankers Association. He is the chairman of Select USA in Toronto, and is also a member of the board of directors for the Greater Toronto Area Chapter of The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada.
Mr. Olsen has a B. S. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His personal interests include running, and cycling.
Josh Soloway is a seasoned entrepreneur, corporate attorney, strategic advisor, investment banker, and commentator.
As Managing Director of Rainmaker New York, where he brings a multi-faceted perspective to each project through his diverse professional experience and expertise. His clients encompass energy, mining, tech, and industrial companies, including a Fortune 500 midstream company and a Chinese state-owned enterprise.
He is also Managing Partner of Soloway Group PC, a New York law firm that counsels growing and middle-market companies on corporate finance, cross-border, capital markets, and general corporate matters.
Previously, Josh co-founded Ameritus Capital, a boutique financial firm that advised energy clients and institutional investors on private placement transactions.
While at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Josh advised financial institutions, investment funds, and multinational clients on international investment and fund structures.
Josh began his career with a successful Silicon Valley startup valued at $100M upon its acquisition. He remains active in the tech sector as an investor and advisor.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Josh serves on the board of Child Rescue, a non-profit that fights child trafficking and exploitation. He also co-hosts Ideation Collective’s successful Innovation & Leadership show (top 2% of iTunes). Colorado. He holds Series 63 & 79 securities licenses, and is an active member of the New York State and American Bar Associations.
David Downey has over 17 years of experience in Canadian energy, specifically within mining and oil and gas. During his career, David has focused on business development for electronic and electrical manufacturers servicing the oil & gas, mining, and agricultural sectors.
In addition to his role with Rainmaker, David acts as a director with EVELIN Technologies Inc. David’s past clients include NWR Partnership, Suncor Energy, Shell Oil Sands, BHP Billiton, and Acuity Brands. His involvement in the manufacturing, engineering, construction and producer segments has allowed David to develop a broad network of contacts.
David is actively developing Rainmaker’s network of decision makers and influencers in eastern Canada, while also working with Rainmaker’s New York office to achieve growth in Eastern North American markets. Fostering alliances between complementary suppliers allows David to provide vertically integrated supply chain packages to various projects he’s involved with.
Stephan Poirier oversees the Airport Authority’s commercial development portfolio which includes commercial and retail properties, land, transportation, air service, cargo and logistics. He is also responsible for corporate communications, government affairs, public relations, community engagement and marketing. Stephan has had extensive senior management experience including positions with an international cargo airline, les Aéroports de Montreal and a large venture capital company. He holds a B.Com degree from Concordia University in Montreal and an MBA from the University of Oxford, England. Stephan joined the Executive Team in 2002 as a Senior Director, Passenger & Cargo Air Service Development before becoming a Vice President in 2006.
Born in Mexico City, she grew up in Germany, due to the diplomatic assignment of her father. She holds a Bachelor in International Relations by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), postgraduate courses on Foreign Policy and
International Security, and has published research documents. She is fluent in Spanish, German, English and French.
She has worked mainly in the governmental sector at the
Ministry of Public Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but also as an independent editor and in the United Nations system, at the Regional Office on Drugs and Crime for Mexico and Central America.
As a member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1992, she has served in different positions at headquarters in Mexico City as Publishing and Research Coordinator at the Diplomatic Archives and the Diplomatic Academy; as Deputy Director for the Protection of Mexicans on Death Row; Director for International Cooperation in the fight against drugs; Advisor to the Under-Secretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights; Director for Candidacies and Security Council and Deputy General Director for Environmental Affairs.
Her appointments abroad have been as Deputy Consul in Hamburg, Germany; Deputy Permanent Representative at the Mexican Mission before the United Nations Office for Education, Culture and Science (UNESCO) in Paris, and Chief of Chancellery in the Mexican Embassy in Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia, and Deputy Permanent Representative at the
Mexican Mission before the International Organizations based in Vienna, Austria.
Mr. Paul Dornian has been the President & CEO of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since July 1, 2015. Prior to his role with the Calgary Philharmonic, Dornian was Director of the Mount Royal University Conservatory. Under his direction, the Conservatory grew to become one of Canada’s premier music and speech arts education institutions, and his vision was instrumental in building the Bella Concert Hall.
Dornian has also contributed to the Canadian cultural scene as a performer, instructor and arts advocate. As a clarinetist, he is familiar to audiences as both a soloist and chamber musician, including nine seasons with the chamber ensemble Aubade, and has been featured on CBC Radio in both capacities. Dornian continues to teach private students at the Conservatory and is part of the Morningside Music Bridge faculty.
An active and community-oriented leader, Dornian has served as a long-time board member and as Board Chair for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a board member for the Calgary Arts Development Authority and a member of the Honen’s International Piano Competition Artistic Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Prairie Regional Council for the Canadian Music Centre, a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of new Canadian music.
Heather Campbell, P.Eng.
As a Regional Director, Heather Campbell supports SDTC’s efforts from her base in Calgary, Alberta. As a member of the Partnerships team, she is one of a team of professionals acting to nurture, build, launch and grow successful Canadian clean technology companies.
Ms. Campbell has a diverse energy industry career spanning two decades, having held technical, commercial, and business advisory positions within petrochemicals, oil and gas, energy consultancies, and energy industries. Heather gained her foundation skills by working with NOVA Chemicals, ARC Resources, and ICF International. Prior to joining SDTC, Ms. Campbell led and operated a consultancy specialized in management, business, and technical advisory for energy policy, energy strategy, and energy development as the Principal of Enthalpic Strategies.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Laws in Energy Law and Policy from the University of Dundee. She is a licensed Professional Engineer practicing in Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Campbell is an engaged, lifelong community volunteer, actively sharing her talents, resources and time by participating and often leading a purposely diverse range of organizations. Heather is a director on the board of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, director-at-large on the board of the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance (ACTia), a member of the Advisory Council for Western Engineering, and is vice-chair of the board of Downstage Theatre, theatre that creates conversations around social issues.
Denis holds the position of Business Development Manager, Americas, Foreign Investment Affairs at Investment Quebec. He is in charge of providing all internal and external financial tools and activities related to the development of foreign investment in the province of Quebec. In addition to overseeing all strategic initiatives aiming at enhancing Investment Quebec’s international reputation and image. He is also responsible for the elaboration and roll-out of customised strategies required to attract and retain foreign investment. These include structuring viable financial solutions by showcasing all the financial tools managed by Investment Quebec and its partners.
Prior to joining Investment Quebec, Denis held several management positions notably with the Transcontinental Group (GTC), and the Metropole Communications group. Denis is an active member on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce, Quebec chapter.
Chad Saunders joined the NMC management team, as NMC’s new Manager – Operations/Special Projects on February 13, 2012. Chad will oversee office administration, HR, IT and numerous other activities that are part of NMC’s transition. Chad comes to NMC after 11 years as the station manager for CJSW – Calgary’s campus and community radios station.
Since then, he has shaped and guided this unique radio station – with five employees, more than 200 volunteers and programming in 12 languages – to win many awards (including FFWD’s ‘Best Radio Station’ ten years running), create one of the most successful annual funding drives in North America (and increase funding from $135,000 to over $200,000), improve the station’s transmitter infrastructure, acquire new studios and office space and grow the listenership.
Under Chad’s leadership, CJSW has nearly tripled its budget from $400,000 to $1.4 million and the station has been recognized and awarded for providing innovative programming highlighting U of C students, local news and public affairs, multicultural communities, the arts and non-mainstream music.
Chad shares his considerable expertise in promoting and preserving community radio with colleagues across the country, mentoring stations on board governance, fundraising and programming. As president for the National Campus and Community Radio in 2007, Chad lobbied the CRTC and commercial radio operators to help create the Community Radio Fund of Canada, which helps sustain community radio stations.
Chad has been named a “Top 40 Under 40” by Avenue Magazine, Calgary Inc, the Globe and Mail and the U of C Alumni Association. For several years, he has been voted the city’s “Best Radio Personality” for his Friday afternoon show “Allergy to the Fans.”
He volunteers his time for the Cultural District Board, Sled Island Music Festival board and Calgary Search and Rescue.
John J. Evans
Mr. Evans is a founding partner and the Managing Director of Tractus Asia Ltd. Tractus is an Asia-based advisory providing both public and private sector trade and investment assistance. Over the years, Mr. Evans and the firm have advised on more than US$ 5 billion in trade and investment transactions across a wide variety of sectors.
Mr. Evans has been a leader and instrumental in the development and growth of the firm’s four practice areas: Economic Development, Strategy & Implementation; Corporate Finance; and its Tractus Business Inc.ubator™ which is a low-cost, low-risk platform for companies to enter and compete in the developing Asian economies.
Leading Tractus from its inception in late 1995 as a small Bangkok-based site selection consultancy, Mr. Evans has helped Tractus evolve into a leading strategic advisory firm specializing in the Asia-Pacific region. Tractus is now a 60-plus person firm, domiciled in Hong Kong, with subsidiary offices in Shanghai, China; Pondicherry, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Jakarta, Indonesia; Yangon, Myanmar; Singapore, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
During his two plus decades in Asia, Mr. Evans has gained both the on-the-ground knowledge and the networks necessary to become a trusted advisor to numerous multinational companies and economic development and investment promotion organizations across the Asia-Pacific region, Middle East, Europe and North America.
Mr. Evans sits on several boards in Asia and has been an investor into several early stage technology and manufacturing companies targeting the Asian growth markets. He is a former board member of Princeton’s Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).
Mr. Evans authored several chapters of the 2003 Handbook for Setting-Up Business in China and frequently writes articles, gives lectures, participates in interviews, and conducts workshops around the world on trade and foreign direct investment trends and doing business in Asia, having been featured in the Economist, CNBC Squawk Box, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and numerous U.S. Trade and Investment Offices. He earned his degree in East Asian History at Princeton University. Mr. Evans is fluent in Thai and Spanish and has basic Mandarin Chinese.
At the Halifax Port Authority, Patrick works with supply chain partners to grow the business at the Port of Halifax marine terminals that handle container, roll on/roll off, breakbulk and bulk cargoes. He is also the lead business development executive for the H.P.A.’s – Port of Sheet Harbour Management Inc., subsidiary.
Considered one of the largest, most impressive natural harbours in the world, the Port of Halifax is a cornerstone of Nova Scotia and Canada’s trade economy. The strategic location has been a gateway for settlers and shippers since the founding of Halifax in Year 1749. The Halifax Port Authority leads in the development of the Port of Halifax to benefit the local, regional and national economies.
Patrick is a strategic business development executive and professional logistician with 20 years executive level business experience. Patrick is well versed in logistics management for global manufacturing industries, international trade flows and capital projects in a variety of global businesses. Aside from expertise in project cargoes and ocean shipping, he has operations and infrastructure experience with shipping lines, marine terminal operating companies, railroads, trucking and intermodal providers and third party logistic companies around the globe.
Patrick holds an MBA and the CCLP professional designation in logistics from the CITT. He has recently completed Dalhousie University’s Executive Education two year Leadership Development Program for high potential managers and is presently working to complete the American Association of Port Authorities “Professional Port Manager” certification, as part of the Class of 2019.
Ed Dancsok, P. Eng., P. Geo.
Ed Dancsok is Assistant Deputy Minister, Senior Strategic Lead, Petroleum and Natural Gas Development, in Saskatchewan’s Ministry of the Economy. In the role of Senior Strategic Lead, Dancsok leads a cross-ministry team responsible for formulating and executing petroleum and natural gas development opportunities in Saskatchewan.
A member of the Ministry of Economy’s Executive Management Team, Dancsok has spent his entire 34-year career in various roles in the Petroleum and Natural Gas division, from reservoir engineering to resource assessment through to tenure and regulatory policy development and division head. He has co-authored a number of technical papers dealing with the petroleum potential of deeper horizons in the Williston Basin of Central North America.
Dancsok received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1982 and serves on numerous regulatory and steering committees including past chair of the Canadian Energy Resources Committee, the executive committee of the Western Regulators Forum and the national advisory committee for the Canadian Pipeline Technology Collaborative.
Ms. Esmonde-White joined the Invest in Canada Bureau in July 2016 as Director of Investor Services, which is where she began her career with the Canadian Government in April 2004 as an account executive. In that capacity she worked with Canada’s missions abroad and partners to attract foreign investment from Latin America – in particular from priority markets Brazil and Mexico.
Just before returning to the Invest in Canada Bureau as Director, she completed a three-year assignment as Director – Clean Technology, Infrastructure and Life Sciences in the Trade Sectors Bureau where she and her team guided and supported the Trade Commissioner Service network in Canada and abroad and to match Canadian industry capacity, know-how and interests with international opportunities in trade, investment and science, technology & innovation, with the advice of the private sector and in collaboration with partners.
From 2006-2013, Ms. Esmonde-White worked on Latin America Bilateral Relations at Global Affairs Canada, first joining the Brazil team of the Latin America & Caribbean Commercial Relations Division as Deputy Director responsible for bilateral commercial relations between Canada and Brazil.
In May 2010, her responsiblities expanded as she became Deputy Director for Brazil in the South America Relations Division responsible for managing and coordinating the overall political and commercial dimensions of the bilateral relationship between Canada and Brazil.
Prior to joining to what was then the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, she worked in Ottawa as a consultant performing market research for what is now Global Affairs Canada and the U.S. Commercial Service. She also worked with the Australian High Commission as Research Officer.
Prior to moving to Canada in 1994, Ms. Esmonde-White was employed in the commercial section of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington D.C. where she was responsible for investment attraction and technology transfer to Brazil. Ms. Esmonde-White also worked with law firms in Washington D.C. in various capacities, including as an international trade analyst representing Brazilian interests in the U.S and on a major regulatory case on behalf of the State of Alaska concerning the costs to construct the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
She obtained her Masters Degree in International Economics and Latin American Studies, with a focus on Brazil, from the Paul A. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. While at SAIS she also obtained proficiency in Portuguese and was awarded an internship to work with a Brazilian company in Sao Paulo by the Center of Brazilian Studies. She also worked as an intern in the Energy program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and for Washington Post foreign affairs columnist Philip Geyelin. She did her undergraduate studies in International Relations at Vassar College in New York.
She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Rod has spent his career designing and building transportation infrastructure. As a regional business leader in western Canada, he builds teams to pursue and deliver transportation infrastructure projects. Whether that’s a traditionally delivered arterial for a local municipality or a billion dollar P3 on a multimodal corridor, he recognizes that our people are our most valued resources.
Rod is leveraging the experience he’s gained through involvement with projects like Active Aurora, Canada’s largest CAV test bed, to design and construct tomorrow’s intelligent transportation systems today. With a focus on building smarter cities, Rod is always striving to find greater infrastructure efficiencies that positively impact the built environment.
Dwayne Dreger is the newly appointed head of Invest Alberta, a government branch housed within the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade responsible to attract investment to Alberta to diversify and strengthen the provincial economy.
Mr. Dreger comes from a life-long career in the financial services sector both domestically and internationally, having helped manage firms from small start-ups to global asset management titans. He a holder of the Charter of Financial Analysts (CFA) designation and is a fellow of the Canadian Securities Industry.
Kim Matheson joined Export Development Canada (EDC) more than 25 years ago and has developed expertise in a wide variety of senior roles in the Accounts Receivable Insurance and Bonding Programs. In 2015, she became the District Manager of the Calgary and Interior British Columbia regions, where she is responsible for a team that focuses upon business development opportunities with small, mid-sized and large enterprises across a spectrum of industry sectors. Kim holds an MBA from the University of Quebec.
Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada’s export credit agency. Our mandate is to support and develop Canada’s trade, and the capacity of Canadian companies to participate in and respond to international business opportunities. We provide insurance and financial services, bonding products, small business solutions as well as online credit risk management tools. Our customers are Canadian exporters, investors and their international buyers. We place a particular emphasis on small and medium enterprises by developing tools to help them succeed in international markets. EDC is a Crown corporation, wholly owned by the Government of Canada and accountable to Parliament through the Minister of International Trade. We are financially self-sustaining and do not receive parliamentary appropriations; our revenue is generated primarily by collecting interest on our loans, fees on our guarantee products and premiums on our insurance products.
Paul Van Coillie
Paul has a Masters in Business from the University of Leuven in Belgium. From 1984 – 1988 he was the ICT Manager at Vincotte, and International Business Vice President from 1988 – 1991. In 1991 Paul started ARCO Information and is currently Arco Information was first established in 1993. Its registered office is located in Mechelen (Belgium). The Arco Group employs more than 40 people in Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Arco Information develops, sells and implements software products in the domain of document management, electronic archiving, workflow management, e-invoicing and mail management. Next to its own software, Arco also offers solutions for scanning and OCR. Solutions are offered in the Cloud and as software to be installed on the customer site.
Nichola Wade has over 25 years’ senior level experience in the British Columbia Public Service. She has held key positions as an Executive Director; Treaty Negotiator; and a Senior Policy Advisor. Currently, Nichola is the Executive Director, Strategy, Business Intelligence and Marketing at the Ministry of International Trade. Previous postings have included, Executive Director, Negotiations and Corporate Initiatives for Municipal Affairs, Director, Federal, Provincial and Territorial issues at Emergency Management BC, and Executive Director, Community Engagement and Sustainability at the Olympic Games Secretariat. Prior to the Games, as a senior leader in the Climate Action Secretariat, she was responsible for Strategic Partnerships and Outreach and lead and developed the government’s carbon neutral by 2010 commitment – the first of its kind in Canada.
Nichola is deeply committed to community and has served a number of terms as a Councillor in the District of Saanich. Nichola is known for her ability to build and maintain positive stakeholder relationships, and for her success in developing and implementing significant corporate policy and financially sound, negotiated settlements. In 2006, Nichola was awarded the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the category of Public Service. Nichola has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and is a certified negotiator and mediator. In her spare time she enjoys competing in dressage on her horse and running half marathons.
Mr. Dylan Jones was appointed Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) on June 20th, 2016.
Mr. Jones was President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation from 2012 to 2016. Prior to that, he served in various roles in the federal and Saskatchewan governments, including Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs for Saskatchewan.
Mr. Jones’ academic credentials include degrees from McMaster and the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in law from Oxford. He is a Wesbrook Scholar and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Premier’s Award for Excellence (Leadership).