Executive Director Spotlight: Jim Zhang of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

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Executive Director Spotlight: Jim Zhang of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Canadians are, by nature an opportunistic people.  After all, Canada was formed by individuals seeking new opportunities in a new land.  That spirit has never died.  When we seek out economic opportunities now, we often look outwards to countries that we may need to relocate to, or take our businesses to. When we decide to do this, working with a local Canadian Chamber of Commerce or Business Council in the region can provide a wealth of resources to help get started and subsequently grow. Jim Zhang, Executive Director with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan let us know a little bit about himself, and his role.  He helped give us some insight on what he does, how the chamber can benefit businesses, and how being a part of the chamber has provided him with new opportunities.

 

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Canadian Government Invites Canadian Expats’ Views on NAFTA

Canadian Government consultingCanadian Government Invites Canadian Expats’ Views on NAFTA

Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs in a statement on June 3rd, is reaching out to Canadians regardless of where they might live to provide insight into NAFTA as the government prepares to negotiate with the US.  Canadian Expats and particularly those living in the United States and Mexico are in a unique situation to provide an informative narrative on how NAFTA affects their lives and work.

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Giving Employees an International Assignment: Cultural Opportunity or HR Nightmare?

New Trowbridge Logo 2015It sounds like an exciting proposition…offering your employees the opportunity to move abroad. And easy too. Isn’t that what every employee is hoping for? The perception is that everyone would like the opportunity to travel and live in new locales and have their job waiting for them to do it.

However, it may be more difficult than you think. Not everyone is interested, and the ones that are, need to be the ‘right’ ones.

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CBC Dubai announces new Executive Director

cbc dubai logoThe Canadian Expat would like to extend a warm welcome to Beth Hirshfeld, the new Executive Director of the CBC-Dubai (Canadian Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates).

The CBC has been representing Canadian businesses and Canadian business interests in Dubai and Northern Emirates since 1993. Beth replaces Anne Marie Queitsch, who led the CBC for almost 2 years, developing a great slate of member events, and facilitating numerous fruitful connections amongst members.

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The Importance of Networking in Fulfilling Toronto’s Talent Needs

Toronto Homecoming smallTalent professionals from different industry sectors met in Toronto to discuss the challenges of bringing talented Canadian professionals, who are working abroad, back home to pursue their careers. They agreed that it is more efficient and productive for companies and candidates to meet in focused networking events like Toronto Homecoming. 

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Toronto Homecoming Lures Expats Back

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Toronto Homecoming, an exclusive networking event, connects Canadians and those with ties to Canada who are working abroad with career opportunities
in the Toronto region.

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Toronto Startups Partner With Toronto Homecoming to Recruit Expat Canadians Back Home

Toronto Homecoming smallTORONTO, ON- A group of rapidly expanding Toronto startups is joining forces with Toronto Homecoming, an event that showcases career opportunities to Canadians currently living outside of Canada, to launch a new startup stream. Bionym, along with other partners such as Wattpad, Freshbooks, Shopify, and InteraXon, aims to show that a strong career move for Canadians living abroad is to join a high-potential, growing company in Toronto's thriving technology startup ecosystem.

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Canadian Expat Assists in Strengthening Economic Ties Between Arizona and Alberta

Canadian Expat Assists in Strengthening Economic Ties Between Arizona and Alberta

As if we needed further proof of the value that Canadian Expats and Canadian organizations abroad provide both to Canada and to their host nations, October 15th marked another milestone in the growth of bilateral trade between Canada and the state of Arizona.  The State of Arizona and the Canadian Province of Alberta formally recognized an agreement based upon an Arizona statute that establishes reciprocity of enforcement of money judgments.  Due in no small way to the effort of Canadian Expat Glenn Williamson the founder and CEO of the Canada Arizona Business Council and Honorary Consul for Canada in Arizona. 

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Why Invest Internationally?

Why Invest Internationally?

By Matthew Carvalho, CFA, CFP
Chief Investment Officer, Cardinal Point Capital Management

Diversification is the most important concept in investing, but also perhaps the least exciting. If anyone knew for sure exactly which one company or country would have the highest return in the coming year, there would be no reason to hold anything else. But while being able to predict markets with any certainty sounds great in theory, in practice nobody has been able to consistently outsmart the market. So what do you do if you can’t know for sure if Pepsi or Coke, or the US or Canada will be the best performer in the coming year? You diversify. This is especially important when it comes to financial planning.

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