Business Opportunities in Canada Webinar
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
(GMT-07:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada)


July 18, 2024 10:00 am – 11:00 am PST – Virtual & FREE 

Join U.S. Commercial Service and Federal partners U.S. Small Business Administration and Export Import Bank of the U.S. to learn about Canadian export opportunities.

As Canada is one of the United States' largest goods export markets, join and learn how your company can benefit in our webinar!

In July 2020, the United States, Mexico and Canada updated NAFTA to create the new "USMCA". This free trade agreement will create a more balanced environment for trade.

Gain a broader understanding of the new provisions for trade with Canada!


Welcome Remarks - Andy Seeto, Director U.S. Commercial Service Fresno

Moderator: Bernadette Rojas, Central Valley & Coastal California Director

How to connect with international buyers virtually. Programs and services available to support businesses with export promotion -
Maryanne Burke, Director U.S. Commercial Service, Ventura 

Business Challenges and Opportunities in Canada - Brad Harker, Principal Commercial Officer and Stefan Popescu, Senior Commercial Specialist, U.S. Commercial Service Toronto, Canada 

  • Canada big picture
  • Key focus sectors – opportunities
  • Market approach and regulatory environment
  • CS Canada / Toronto presence

Accessing Small Business Capital Trade Finance, STEP Grants - Mike Fazio, Lead Export Finance Manager, U.S. Small Business Administration

Solutions to increase sales to foreign buyers. Export credit insurance allows businesses to extend open account terms to foreign buyers -
Greg Moore, Regional Director, Export Import Bank of the United States

Business Testimonials
Open for Questions 

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U.S. Commercial Service Toronto Canada

Brad Harker

Principal Commercial Officer

Brad Harker is a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Foreign Commercial Service. He is currently serving as the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, Canada.  In this position, Brad and his team assist U.S. companies to develop their international sales, marketing, and trade efforts in Canada.  

Stefan Popescu

Senior Advisor, Commercial Specialist

U.S. Small Business Administration

Mike Fazio

Lead Export Finance Manager, Northern and Central CA

Mike Fazio is a with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Based in the San Francisco U. S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC), he works with banks and SBA Resource Partners throughout Northern California to increase access to capital for small business exporters. 
Export Import Bank of the United States

Greg Moore

Regional Director

Greg joined the Export-Import Bank in 2012. Exim Bank provides payment risk mitigation services to businesses that sell overseas. It insures open account transactions to overseas buyers. It also provides term financing for overseas buyers purchasing U.S. products and facilitates working capital financing — both pre-and post-shipment — for U.S. exporters.
U.S. Commercial Service Central Valley and Coastal CA

Bernadette Rojas

Director Central Valley and Coastal CA

Alicia Rios

CS Bakersfield Director, International Trade Specialist

Andy Seeto

CS Fresno Director, International Trade Specialist

Maryanne Burke

CS Ventura Director, International Trade Specialist