As part of Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan, Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and Wendy Zatylny, President of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding that will see the placement of one full-time Canadian trade commissioner assigned to the Association of Canadian Port Authorities.


Among other supports to be provided to boost exports, Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan will see 27 trade commissioners placed with business associations across Canada to gain better insight into export-sector needs and coordinate government trade-promotion services and activities.

The trade commissioner will be based at Halifax Port Authority to provide client services to Canadian companies looking to increase their international expansion and will support the 18 Canadian Port Authorities across the country.

In a recent interview with Canadian Sailings (CS February 16), Ms. Zatylny advocated for an expanded role for Canadian trade commissioners “to help them better understand the value-add that is the National Port System.”