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Export Development Support for Alberta Companies
March 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MST
Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation and Canadian Trade Commissioner Service will be providing an overview of export development supports.
The RWEIT program in partnership with RINSA presents Export Development Support for Alberta Companies, a lunch and learn session where attendees will recieve an overview of services offered from both Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.
Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation has a team of market specialists that support Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food companies to prepare for and enter new markets and expand sales in current markets. Through this presentation you will learn more about these services, including a blend of expertise, market research, assistance in navigating market entry, business-to-business introductions, and opportunities to profile Alberta’s agriculture and value-added agriculture industry.
Now more than ever, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is helping businesses start or continue selling their products and services abroad, through its funding and support programs and network of trade commissioners in over 160 cities worldwide. This includes trade commissioners in both Calgary and Edmonton who can help small and medium sized businesses:
• Prepare for international markets
• Assess potential for specific international markets
• Find vetted business contacts
• Problem solve
• Navigate the benefits of free trade agreements
Meet Your Presenters: Paola Zaragoza, Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation
Paola joined Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation in 2011 as a Trade Development Officer, responsible for the United States and Mexico. She is currently Manager of the Export Development Team. For the past 19 years, Paola has worked for the Government of Alberta in the international marketing, trade development and investment attraction field, supporting Alberta companies in the agriculture, oil and gas and environmental industries to export products and services to international markets.
In her current role, Paola is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in all matters related to export development of Alberta agriculture and agri-processing sectors. The team delivers specialized service to support Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food sector to prepare for and enter new markets and expand sales in current markets. These services include a blend of expertise, market research, assistance in navigating market entry, business-to-business introductions, and opportunities to profile Alberta’s agriculture and value-added agriculture industry.
Paola was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from Instituto Tecnologico de Queretaro, with a Major in Business Management, and completed the GOA’s Management Development Program at the School of Business, University of Alberta. Paola lives in Edmonton with her son Matias, and her miniature schnauzer, Luke.