IT’S TIME TO BUILD A GLOBAL BUSINESS NETWORK OF CANADIANS ABROAD, TASK FORCE SAYS

 OTTAWA, Feb. 23 – Canada’s expatriates are a vast untapped resource for our economy, says a new report by the Action Canada Task Force on Expatriate Engagement.

“Canadian citizens are leaders in the global economy,” said Phillippe Ouellette, the report’s lead author. “We will only reach our potential as a country when we invite all of our citizens, including those living abroad, to help build our economy.”

“Canada has a long history of successful diplomacy and trade promotion, but we currently build social networks, not business networks, when we connect to Canadians abroad,” added Task Force Co-Chair François Vincent. “What Canada needs now is a comprehensive global business network of Canada’s leading expatriates.”

“A global business network of Canadians would identify and recruit several hundred ‘Global Canadians,’ to make connections, create business opportunities, and offer advice to Canadian businesses and governments,” said Task Force Co-Chair Mark Podlasly. “We cannot afford to wait.”

In its report, entitled “Where in the world is Canada? Building a global network of Canadians abroad,” the Action Canada Task Force on Expatriate Engagement makes two key policy recommendations to the federal government:

  1. Identify Canadians living abroad. Canada lags behind other countries in tracking what our expatriates are doing abroad, and what types of social and economic links they maintain to Canada. The Task Force recommends that the Government of Canada fund and publish, through Statistics Canada, a full-scale survey of Canadian expatriates.
  2. Build a global business network of Canadians. Many other countries have built global business networks, which have helped to grow their economies. In Scotland, for instance, the GlobalScot network has an annual budget of £300,000, yet added more than £28 million to the Scottish economy in two years, between 2004 and 2006. The Task Force recommends that the Government of Canada develop and fund a public-private partnership to create a global business network of Canadians.

“Canada’s next big business opportunity is found within our own population,” concluded Task Force Co-Chair Mark Podlasly. “A Canadian global business network will connect our economy to our largest untapped resource – talented Canadians abroad.”

 Action Canada is Canada’s leading public policy fellowship. For more information, visit www.actioncanada.ca.

Final report : Where in the world is Canada? Building a global network of Canadians abroad

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Action Canada Task Force to Release Final Report on Canadians Abroad

OTTAWA, Feb. 22 – Media representatives are advised that members of the Action Canada Task Force on Expatriate Engagement will hold a press conference on Parliament Hill to release their final report, “Where in the world is Canada? Building a global network of Canadians abroad.”

The report contains recommendations that could transform the way Canadian businesses and governments connect to Canadian citizens living abroad.

The Action Canada Task Force on Expatriate Engagement is comprised of:

  • François Vincent, Policy Analyst, Canadian Federation of Independent Business;
  • Erin Spink, Senior Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement, Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario);
  • Mark Podlasly, Co-Founder and Lead Principal, PPA-Limited.com;
  • Phillippe Ouellette, Director, Population Growth Secretariat, Government of New Brunswick;
  • Kyle Hill, Sauvé Scholar, McGill University; and,
  • Adam Goldenberg, Speechwriter, Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

 

For more information, visit www.whereiscanada.ca.

Date:                     Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Time:                    2:00 p.m.

Location:             Charles Lynch Theatre

                               Room 130-S, Centre Block

                               Parliament Hill

                               Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0A6

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Contact:

Adam Goldenberg

adam_goldenberg@actioncanada.ca

1-888-597-5580

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WE MUST DO MORE TO CONNECT CANADIANS ABROAD, EXPERT PANEL SAYS

TORONTO, Jan. 14 – Canadians living abroad are an untapped resource for Canada, and a network of Canadian expatriates could help businesses and governments compete globally, an expert panel said today at Queen’s Park.

“There are nearly three million Canadians living abroad. Many of them are highly educated, highly skilled, and highly connected. We should bring them together, to strengthen our economy,” said Mark Podlasly, Co-Chair of the Action Canada Task Force that organized the public forum in co-operation with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.

“We propose an international business network for Canada,” added Task Force Co-Chair François Vincent. “Such a network would identify and recruit several hundred ‘Global Canadians,’ to make connections, create business opportunities, and offer advice to Canadian businesses and governments.”

“This project could change the way Canadians project themselves as global citizens and, as a result, the way we understand our country and its role in the world,” said John Ralston Saul, Co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, who spoke at today’s event.

Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation President and CEO Tom Axworthy, who moderated today’s public forum, agreed. “In a globally-connected world, we cannot afford to forsake the talents of any Canadian, no matter where in the world they live,” he said.

“We’re so pleased at the response to our proposals,” said Mr. Podlasly. “We’re confident that we can change the way Canadians do business in the world.”

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SAVE THE DATE! JANUARY 14, 2011

Please join us for a Public Forum and share your opinions:

Where in the world is Canada? Building a global network of Canadians abroad 

Welcome from

John Ralston Saul, C.C.

Co-Chair: Institute for Canadian Citizenship 

 

Moderated by

Tom Axworthy, O.C.

President / CEO: Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation

 

Panelists

Sonia Plaza – Senior Economist, WORLD BANK

Serafina Maiorano – CEO, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA

Jorge Zavala – CEO, TECH BA (Mexicans Abroad Network)

Ion Valaskakis – Executive Director, JEANNE SAUVÉ FOUNDATION

Colin Robertson – Vice President, CANADIAN DEFENSE & FOREIGN AFFAIRS INSTITUTE

 

 
Friday – January 14, 2011 Ontario North Room – MacDonald Block
7:30 AM – Breakfast & Registration 900 Bay St. (Corner Wellesley & Bay)
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Public Forum Session Toronto, Ontario

Email: info@whereiscanada.ca

Toll-Free: 1 888 597-5580

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged.

RSVP: http://whereiscanada.eventbrite.com

Millions of Canadians live and work abroad. Many of these Canadians are highly skilled and connected to the world’s fastest growing economies.  In an interconnected world, these people are in a unique position to help build our economy. Expatriates are not a loss to our national economy; rather, they are an untapped resource, lost to Canada because we do too little to harness their skills. How can we change this?  How can we as a country make better use of our talent abroad? How are other countries tapping their expatriates in Canada to build their home economies?  Join experts on global talent mobility from Canada, the World Bank, Europe and Asia-Pacific for a public dialogue session on connecting Canadians abroad. 

 Hosted by Action Canada in co-operation with the Institute of Canadian Citizenship

“This project has been undertaken pursuant to an Action Canada fellowship.  Action Canada Foundation, doing business as Action Canada, is a registered charity with a mandate to build leadership for Canada’s future. www.actioncanada.ca Neither the contents nor the conclusions of this publication have been endorsed or approved by Action Canada Foundation, Action Canada or the Government of Canada.”
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