Get help from the Development Assistance Market Support Network
There is a broad network, that offers Canadian firms and individuals with intelligence, advice, and follow-up when pursuing IFI and UN-sponsored projects. More specifically, this network will offer:
- help to find opportunities by offering an understanding of the mandate and operations of the IFIs
- advice to refine your business and marketing strategy
- qualified contacts and advice on how to approach them most effectively
- help with troubleshooting bidding procedures and procurement problems
- information on new IFI developments, initiatives and business opportunities
- guidance on finding the best information available during each stage of the project cycle
- exposure through in-market trade missions or trade events and conferences in Canada and abroad
Get help from the network
Begin by contacting a trade commissioner in Canada, who can help you prepare for international markets or, they can connect you to the right IFI/UN support partners that make up the network, including:
- Offices of Liaison with the International Financial Institutions (OLIFI) are the primary TCS contacts for Canadians pursuing business opportunities related to the international financial institutions (IFIs).
- Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLOs) are a network of local Canadian contacts (originally created by the World Bank Group), established to facilitate small and medium-sized enterprises’ access to IFI products and services, as well as fostering interactions between the IFIs and the private sector. Canada is a member of this global network.
- Offices of the Canadian Executive Directors based in the IFIs, represent the interests of Canada at regional multilateral development banks. These offices can provide strategic information on Canadian policies related to their respective IFI’s policies, as well as on current priorities and activities.
- Canadian trade offices in UN agency host cities, are TCS contacts that can offer advice on the role of United Nations’ agencies located in their region.
Offices of Liaison with International Financial Institutions
African Development Bank - Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Mr. Emmanuel Richmond, Trade Commissioner
Asian Development Bank - Manila, Philippines
Mrs. Kayla Slobodnik, Trade Commissioner
Ms. Lina Pulian, Trade Program Assistant
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank - Beijing, China
Ms. Lilian Zhou, Trade Commissioner
Caribbean Development Bank - Bridgetown, Barbados
Ms. Tammy Brathwaite, Trade Commissioner
World Bank Group, Inter-American Development Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Millennium Challenge Corporation - Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Ms. Leah Johnston, Trade Commissioner
Ms. Julie Mann, Trade Commissioner
Offices of the Canadian Executive Directors
African Development Bank
Mr. Edmond Wega, Executive Director
Asian Development Bank
Mr. Donald Bobiash, Executive Director
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Martin Tabi, Alternate Executive Director
Mr. Daniel Koldyk, Advisor
Caribbean Development Bank
Ms. Sharon Peake, Executive Director
Ms. Dorothee Roy, Alternate Executive Director
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Ms. Sarah Fountain Smith, Executive Director
Mr. Andrew Smith, Alternate Executive Director
Ms. Savi Wesche, Board Advisor
Inter-American Development Bank
Ms. Caroline Leclerc, Executive Director
Ms. Marie-Josée Gingras, Senior Counsellor
World Bank Group
Katharine Rechico, Executive Director
Ms. Laura Dorling van der Oord, Senior Advisor
Canadian Trade Offices in UN Agencies Host Cities
New York City, U.S.A.
See OLIFI in Washington, D.C., above.
Mr. Richard Higginson, Trade Commissioner (CETA)
Ms. Carolyn MacLeod, First Secretary
Contact the Trade Section of the Embassy of Canada in Rome
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