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From Export to Investment: A Discussion on Entering the UK Market

  • Monday, November 19, 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Gowling WLG. 100 King Street W #1600 Toronto, ON M5X 1G5


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Join OWIT and the The British Canadian Chamber of Trade and Commerce (BCCTC) for an informative and exciting panel discussion with outstanding experts addressing important questions surrounding opportunities and challenges present in the UK market.


  • Key points for companies starting to export 
  • Considerations for companies looking to expand from exporting to investing in a physical presence in the market 
  • Support that is available for Canadian companies 
  • The impact of global political developments on investment and exporting patterns



    Rita helps Ontario-based companies in the aerospace, defense and security and clean tech sectors grow their export sales in Europe. Her previous roles include working with the Ministry to help Ontario companies in the clean tech sector export to the United States, President of Global Strategies Consulting Services, providing strategic direction, market readiness assessments and export business planning to businesses expanding into foreign markets.

    In addition to her time as an entrepreneur, she was Chair of the Toronto Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada and spent six years as Senior Trade Advisor with the trade promotion arm of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and 16 years as Trade Consultant with the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto.


    KC is the founder and Managing Director of Red Dot Digital, launched in 2014, to bring greater diversity and her signature dynamic approach to the world of digital and social media. Her previous roles include managing digital and social media for Deloitte Canada and its global team and directing social media for Ford. Since 2016, KC has been a lecturer at the Grenoble School of Management in Paris for the Master's program in Digital Strategy.

    She recently joined the WMBA Advisory Board at Imperial College in London, UK, and was the keynote speaker for the new class induction in April 2018. As a member of the Women Executive Network (WXN) since 2016, KC has written articles pertaining to women’s entrepreneurship, such as “200 Million Female Entrepreneurs Can’t Be Wrong!” Most recently, she won OWIT-Toronto's JoAnna Townsend Excellence Award in September 2018.


    Kelly White is an Investment Associate with the UK Department for International Trade. Based in Toronto, Kelly supports Canadian businesses that are interested in establishing a physical presence in the UK. Kelly works with companies from a broad range of sectors to ensure that their entry into the UK market is seamless and that they are aware of the plethora of support available.

    Previously, Kelly was a policy advisor to the Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, advising on a number of files including the resettlement of refugees, business migration, foreign credential recognition, and the integration of newcomers in Canada. Through her role as Manager of Engagement for Women in Foreign Policy, Kelly is passionate about supporting greater female participation in foreign fora – including international trade.


    November 19th 


    6 pm – 8 pm 


    Gowling WLG 

    100 King Street W #1600 

    Toronto, ON M5X 1G5 


    OWIT/BCCTC Members: CA $20 + HST 

    Non-Members: CA $25 + HST 

    We thank Gowling WLG for their support in providing the venue and refreshments for this event. Registration fees collected will be directed to OWIT-Toronto and the BCCTC, both of which are not-for-profit organizations.

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