June 2019

Exports: A New Era ft. Minister Mary Ng & EDC President & CEO, Mairead Lavery

7:30am-9:00am | The Westin Ottawa - 11 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa

Canada has access to 1.5 billion customers through 14 trade agreements including the new NAFTA, CPTPP and the CETA and yet only 12% of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are exporting. The Government of Canada has set a goal of increasing Canada’s overseas exports by 50% by 2025 and has made a $1.1 billion investment to help Canadian SMEs get ready to export and take advantage of new markets. 

Join the Economic Club of Canada on June 6th to hear about what the Government of Canada and EDC is doing to support SME's. This discussion will be moderated by Lisa Kimmel, Chair & CEO, Edelman Canada and Chair, Latin America & Global Women’s Equality Network.

- Breakfast will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- For information about accessibility, please email julia@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to julia@economicclub.ca at least 48 hrs before the event.
- Refunds/credits: We require three business days notice in advance of the event date for ticket cancellations

*The views expressed on the Economic Club platform are not that of the Economic Club or its affiliates but of the speakers alone and the organizations they represent*

Hon. Mary Ng

Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion & International Trade
Government of Canada

Hon. Mary Ng

From promoting Canada to the world as a great place to do business, to helping our entrepreneurs and businesses grow and access new markets – Minister Ng is focused on helping Canadians succeed.

First elected the Member of Parliament for Markham–Thornhill in April 2017, Minister Ng was first appointed to Cabinet in July 2018 as Minister for Small Business and Export Promotion. After being successfully re-elected in November 2019, she became Canada’s Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade.

Prior to serving as a Member of Parliament, Minister Ng served as Appointments Director for the Prime Minister.

Throughout her 20 years of public service, Minister Ng has been a devoted community leader with a focus on creating jobs, fostering entrepreneurship, and empowering small business to innovate and grow.

Mairead Lavery

President & CEO
Export Development Canada

Mairead Lavery

Mairead Lavery joined Export Development Canada in 2014 as Senior Vice-President for Business Development. From day one, she has been a passionate promoter of the Crown corporation and Canada’s exporters. Appointed President and CEO on February 5, 2019, Mairead is determined to see EDC help thousands more Canadian companies “go, grow and succeed internationally.”

Prior to EDC, Mairead held numerous executive roles at Bombardier. During sixteen years, she managed large and complex portfolios, including Finance, Strategy, Business Development and Business Transformation. Since coming to EDC, her focus has been on expanding the Crown corporation’s impact on behalf of Canadian exporters by understanding their needs and championing their objectives here in Canada and in markets around the world.

Mairead is committed to social and environmental responsibility, addressing in particular the challenges of climate change, human rights and gender equity. She also believes in the imperative of a diverse and culturally inclusive workforce.

Mairead is also the first woman to occupy EDC’s chief executive role in its 75-year history.

A native of Northern Ireland, with a degree in Management and Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast, Mairead is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. In 2015, shortly after joining EDC, Mairead experienced another very personal and proud landmark when she became a Canadian citizen.

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