Global Business Centre Resources
The mandate of Calgary Economic Development’s Global Business Centre is to promote trade and business activity in Southern Alberta. In partnership with Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, we help in connecting international companies to the opportunities and advantages this region has to offer.
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The Global Business Centre has compiled an exhaustive list of resources for organizations looking to bring their business to Calgary or take their business abroad. For more information, please contact the Sector Specialist.
Our Trade Partners
Domestic Trade Partners
Alberta International, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs: International and Intergovernmental Relations coordinates Alberta’s relationships with various levels of government in Canada and around the world. Working on behalf of Albertans, the department enhances Alberta’s national and international presence in areas such as export development, investment attraction and governmental relations.
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC): BDC is a crown corporation owned by the Government of Canada. BDC is tasked to deliver investment, financial and strategic consulting services to small and medium sized Canadian companies.
Business Link Alberta: Provides information on business services and regulatory and taxation information for Alberta businesses.
Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters: The CAIE is Canada's key source of information on Canadian customs and trade policy. The CAIE provides Canadian importers and exporters with critical and timely information, effective representation to government and effective solutions for members' concerns.
Canadian Automated Export Declaration: Registered exporters and agents can report goods electronically to the Federal Government of Canada.
Canadian Commercial Corporation: This federal Crown corporation acts on behalf of Canadian industry and makes it easier for Canadian exporters to sell their products and services around the world.
Canada Border Services Agency: This Government of Canada agency provides a number of resources to businesses to help them meet the requirements for exporting goods and services.
Canada Export Centre: Connects buyers and sellers of products and services creating trade relationships with the primary objective of generating sales.
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA): CIDA helps people of developing countries to achieve self-sustainable economic and social development, thereby contributing to Canada's political and economic interests abroad.
Canada Revenue Agency: This Government of Canada department administers tax laws for Canada and most provinces and territories, as well as incentive programs delivered through the tax system.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce: As Canada’s largest and most influential business association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the primary and vital connection between business and the federal government. It also has links to international chamber of commerce organizations.
FITT (Forum for International Trade Training): Is an international trade training and professional certification body. As the only organization of its kind in the world, FITT sets the standards and designs the training programs leading to the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation. FITT’s quality training programs impart knowledge and practical skills that provide a competitive advantage to trade practitioners while elevating their position in world markets.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: This federal department is not only tasked with operating Canadian foreign embassies and posts, but also negotiates Canadian trade agreements. The site maintains and excellent virtual trade commissioner website, which provides market information and contracts in nearly every country.
Global Answers for Business Worldwide Corp.: Global Answers for Business (GAB) is an online provider of answers to core business questions for corporations with, or considering, foreign operations. GAB has partnered with leading reputable corporate law firms around the world, married their expertise with today’s technology to provide clear, accurate, up-to-date answers to key questions about doing business internationally, saving companies time and money.
Export Development Canada (EDC): This Crown corporation offers financing, insurance and risk management solutions to Canadian businesses. Export Development Canada helps Canadian exporters and investors expand their business into international markets.
Western Economic Diversification Development Canada (WD): WD works to strengthen western innovation, business development and economic development. Click the title for contact information for Calgary’s office.
Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada: Represents manufacturers of agricultural equipment throughout Canada. Many associated suppliers and marketing companies participate in this association.
Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE): CAMESE is a trade association made up of Canadian member companies offering products and services to the mining industry. It was established in 1981 for the purpose of assisting members in exporting their goods and services.
Canadian Manufactures & Exporters (CME): For more than 130 years, CME has successfully represented the interests of Canadian business, keeping members on the competitive edge of world-class manufacturing and trade.
The Canadian Special Crops Association: Establishes trade rules and serves as a forum for exporters, dealers, brokers and processors involved in the industry of trading Canada's special crops: dried peas, lentils, mustard seed, canary seed, dried beans, chickpeas, faba beans, sunflower seeds, safflower seeds and buckwheat.
The Canadian Technology Network: Links federal and provincial government labs and agencies, universities, community colleges, industry associations, technology centers and economic development agencies.
International Trade Partners
Asia Pacific Foundation: The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is an independent, not-for-profit think tank on Canada's relations with Asia.
The Canada-Arab Business Council (CABC): Is a Canadian chartered, non-profit organization formed in 1983 by the Canadian private sector. Its activities are designed to promote and enhance two way commercial relations between Canadian companies and companies from the Middle East and North Africa.
The Canada Bangladesh Business Council (CBBC): Is a non-profit, non-partisan, member supported organization which provides a forum for discussion of key economic, commercial and other issues of interest to Canadian companies currently involved or planning to do business in Bangladesh.
The Canada China Business Council (CCBC): Is a private-sector, non-profit membership organization incorporated in 1978 to facilitate and promote trade and investment between Canada and the People's Republic of China.
The Canada-India Business Council: Is the leading private sector association of Canadian companies doing business in India.
The Canadian-Turkish Business Council (CTBC): Was founded by several major Canadian corporations with business interests in Turkey. The aim of the Council is to promote bilateral trade and investment between Turkey and Canada.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong: Is a proactive, non-government body representing more than 1150 members of every industry and size with business interests in Canada, Hong Kong and Mainland China.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ): Is a not-for-profit, membership organization made up of companies and individuals with an interest in the Canada-Japan relationship.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines: The chamber has recognized and reconfirmed the commitment of Canadian business to the development and welfare of the Philippines and the Filipino people.
Central North America Trade Corridor Association (CNATCA): Is the conduit for corridor growth. They promote and develop Trade, Tourism, Training, Technology, and Transportation (5T's).
Equipment Marketing & Distribution Association (EMDA): Is the international trade association of independent wholesaler-distributors and manufacturer’s representatives engaged in marketing specialized agricultural equipment, outdoor power equipment, light industrial equipment, forestry equipment, or parts and components for those segments of industry. EMDA members have served for generations as the vital link between manufacturers and retail dealers. EMDA is the result of the merger of FEWA and AIMRA – strengthening the position of the Association in North America as a marketing and distribution organization designed to promote marketing of equipment.
The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA): This association and its website provide information on international business news, international trade shows, market intelligence and contracts. It is also the source for B2B leads, news, events and links to 7,000 international trade-related websites.
Germany Trade & Invest: This organization promotes Germany as a business and technology location and supports companies based in Germany with global market information.
Hong Kong Canada Business Association (HKCBA): An organization which helps its members to conduct business between Canada and Hong Kong and encourage Canadian companies to utilize Hong Kong as their business “Smart Link” to China and the rest of the world. It also facilitates business relationships amongst its membership in Canada.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC): Is the statutory organization of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to promote Hong Kong's trade in goods and services.
Invest in France Agency (IFA): The IFA is responsible for promoting, prospecting and facilitating international investment in France, and for the economic attractiveness and image of the country.
The Lebanese Canadian Business Association (LCBA): This association encourages joint-venture partnerships between Canadian and Lebanese companies. The LCBA strives towards increasing bilateral relations in economic, social, educational, humanitarian, commercial, industrial sectors, etc.
Manufacturers’ Agents National Association (MANA): MANA through a major emphasis on education, aids in the development and promotion of mutually profitable relationships and ethical standards of behavior between multi-line professional sales representatives, their principals and their joint customers. For more information visit www.manaonline.org
Office of the State of Bavaria: Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs offers a wide range of customized, confidential and complimentary services and information to companies and investors interested in expanding to Bavaria
ProExport Colombia: Provides business opportunities, clear information on requirements, strategies for expanding services and goods at an international level, participation in business fairs and assistance by experts for investors, exporters, and professionals.
Trade Chile: Trade Chile offers international business development services in Chile and Argentina. Their services include sector studies, representation in trade fairs, organization of trade missions, matchmaking and videoconference services. In addition, Trade Chile also offers an innovative, cost-effective approach to entering a new market through its branch office showroom.
Trade Facilitation Organization: This non-profit organization works to connect Canadian business to importers and suppliers in developing countries.
UK trade and Investment (UKTI): A trade organization who works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.
World Trade Centre Pozan (Poland): A member of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) a worldwide organization with the aim of promoting and facilitating international trade. They co-operate very close with Poznan International Fair and the City of Poznan. The World Trade Center Poznan Club is one of the largest commercial organizations in the world with over 500 000 participating members belonging to over 330 WTCs in over 100 countries. Membership is a great opportunity for establishing new business contracts.
Click here for a full list of foreign representatives in Canada
Consulates in Calgary:
United States of America
U.S. Consulate General
615 Macleod Trail S.E.
Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4T8
100-1011 6 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 0W1
Consulate General of Japan in Calgary
#2300 TransCanada Tower, 450-1st Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 5H1
833 4th Avenue SW, Suite 1100
Calgary, AB, T2P 3T5
German Honourary Consulate in Calgary
1900-633 6th Ave SW
Calgary, AB, T2P 2Y5
Consulate of France in Calgary
525, 11th Avenue SW, Suite 500
Calgary, AB T2R 0C9
3000-150 6 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 3V7