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  • Monday, April 18, 2016 6:43 PM | Anonymous

    The federal budget included key provisions about Canada’s trade future, tying it to the growth of the middle class, an improved employment landscape, and the ability of companies to compete internationally.

    Among the highlights:

    • The government, which hasn’t made a final decision on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and is still consulting with Canadians, noted that the deal would provide opportunities to bolster Canadian trade with the Asia-Pacific region, enhance North American production and improve job quality in Canada
    • Ottawa stated its intent on forging a stronger trade relationship with significant emerging markets like China and India
    • The budget addressed Canada’s manufacturers, a sector which has struggled for more than a decade from intense competition and a high dollar, and promised to remove some tariffs and provide $9 million in tariff savings over the next five years to Canadian manufacturers in the consumer goods and transportation sectors
    • The Liberal government plans to hold public consultations on scrapping tariffs on food manufacturing ingredients other than supply-managed products. The government’s rationale is that eliminating tariffs on imported ingredients will bolster investment and job creation by sharpening the competitiveness of Canadian agri-food processors at home and abroad
    • Ottawa also aims to strengthen its trade remedy system by consulting with stakeholders and address unfairly traded goods entering the Canadian market, including through legislative amendments

    For more information about 2016 budget. Click here 

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 4:39 PM | Anonymous

    Look at what is going on with OWIT International!

    • OWIT's Webinar "Celebrating 25 years of OWIT Past, Present, and Future" Highlights
    • OWIT International new website has been launched!
    • Introducing our OWIT International Executive Team for 2016-2017
    • Kudos to Miami Chapter for hosting our Fall Board Meeting!
    • Save the date: Geneva (Switzerland)
    Download your copy

  • Friday, January 15, 2016 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    In response to the Action Plan for Women Entrepreneurs announced by the Minister of Status of Women in 2015, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is stepping up its efforts to help women‑owned businesses grow and reach their business goals through financing and consulting services.

    It has committed to increasing its term lending to majority women‑owned businesses to at least $700 million over the next three years. Details

  • Tuesday, January 05, 2016 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    A new program to increase the competitiveness of Canadian companies, CanExport, was announced on January 5, 2016. It will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking to develop new export opportunities, particularly in high-growth priority markets and sectors. For more information, visit the CanExport website.

  • Friday, January 01, 2016 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 1, 2016) – The Organization of Women in International Trade (“OWIT”) is pleased to announce that a team of dynamic and accomplished group of global women elected to serve on the 2016-17 OWIT Executive Committee assumed their roles January 1, 2016.  These Executive Committee members will lead the world’s premier organization for women and men who are focused on sharing global business knowledge and contacts, peer mentoring, professional development and entrepreneurship. More

  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Joy Nott, President & CEO, I.E.Canada (The Canadian Association of Importers & Exporters), is this year’s recipient of the JoAnna Townsend Excellence Award for Leadership in International Trade, presented at the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) – Toronto Annual Awards Gala.  (news release)

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    The Government of Canada announced a new export market development program which would provide a total of $50 million over five years in direct financial assistance to entrepreneurs seeking to export to emerging markets for the first time. News release

  • Friday, January 30, 2015 1:04 PM | Anonymous
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 30, 2015) – The Organization of Women in International Trade (“OWIT”) is pleased to announce selection of Ms. Alma Farias as the 2014 Woman of the Year, Ms. Beatrice Kagondu as the 2014 Chapter Member of the Year, and OWIT-Ottawa as the 2014 Chapter of the Year. Read the news release

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    The Organization of Women in International Trade-Toronto (OWIT-Toronto) is pleased to announce that a dynamic and accomplished group of women were voted in this week as the 2015 Executive Committee of theToronto chapter of the world’s premier organization for women interested in doing business globally. (news release)

  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:05 PM | Anonymous
    Alma Farias, owner of Trade Partners and Ontario Representative for TFO Canada, is this year’s recipient of the JoAnna Townsend Excellence Award for Leadership in International Trade, presented at the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) – Toronto Annual Awards Gala.

    Diana Pitsolis, President & CEO of Spongezz, clinched OWIT-Toronto’s Woman Exporter Award, which recognizes an Ontario woman entrepreneur who exports to more than one international market.

    Winner of the Student of the Year Award is Laura McLeod who participated in the U.S. Commercial Service Internship Program at the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto in 2013 with consistently outstanding results.

    News release

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