Interbrand’s Leaders Come Together to Help Emerging Canadian Businesses Grow Globally

May 19, 2016


The Honourable John Baird, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and BNN’s Kristina Partsinevelos join a lively dialogue on growth

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Jez Frampton (Global CEO, Interbrand), Mary Whittle (President, Clear Lake Wineries), Kristina Partsinevelos (Reporter, BNN), Jahan Ali (CEO, mobileLIVE), Jan De Silva (President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade), Carolyn Ray (Managing Director, Interbrand Canada) and Paul Kalia (CEO, Hofmann Plastics) at Wednesday’s Growing Global event. 

Toronto, ON — May 19, 2016 – Yesterday in Toronto, Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy, and the Toronto Region Board of Trade teamed up to host “Growing Global,” an event focused on helping businesses grow outside Canada.

Jan De Silva, President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade and Jez Frampton, Global CEO of Interbrand, spoke to a room full of senior leaders, all of whom are looking to grow their business globally. Interbrand’s global leadership team—representing 29 offices across Europe, South America, Asia and India— also participated in roundtable discussions with Canadian businesses seeking global growth.

“Growth is simply a permanent process of curiosity, learning, and developing,” said Jez Frampton, Global CEO, Interbrand. “It’s about being creative and constantly curious about what is possible in our market. It’s also about innovating, learning what works and what doesn’t, then developing from there.”

Kristina Partsinevelos, a business reporter at BNN, hosted a panel discussion that included three Canadian businesses from the Board’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP): Paul Kalia, CEO, Hofmann Plastics – Europe & Latin America; Mary Whittle, Founder, Clear Lake Wineries; and Jahan Ali, CEO, MobileLIVE. The panelists discussed some of the challenges they faced expanding into global markets, and how the TAP GTA program helped them overcome those barriers and succeed in foreign markets.

“Going global can be a daunting challenge, but access to the right resources and a solid export strategy will enable more of our businesses to take advantage of global markets,” said Jan De Silva, President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade. “To give businesses the tools they need to activate, we launched TAP GTA in November. Our graduates tell us that they are seeing increased sales, gaining access to new markets, and creating new jobs within their companies.”

“Multiple new venture capital funds have launched in Canada within the past year, while U.S funds are turning to Canada to invest in start-ups. We, as Canadians, are inspired, energized, and optimistic-and, here at Interbrand, we can’t wait to help emerging businesses take hold of that opportunity and grow both their brands and their businesses,” said Carolyn Ray, Managing Director, Interbrand Canada.

In his closing remarks, Mr. Frampton solidified Interbrand’s support for growing businesses by announcing that Interbrand, in partnership with Facebook, the New York Stock Exchange, and Ready Set Rocket, is launching a new Interbrand Breakthrough Brands report. The report will celebrate up-and-coming brands that Interbrand believes will have a significant impact on the market.


About Interbrand
At Interbrand, we believe that growth is achieved when an organization has a clear strategy and delivers exceptional customer experiences. We do both, through a combination of strategy, creativity, and technology that helps drive growth for our clients’ brands and businesses. With a network of 21 offices in 17 countries, Interbrand is a global brand consultancy, and publisher of the highly influential annual Best Global Brands and Breakthrough Brands reports, and Webby Award-winning brandchannel. Interbrand is part of the Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC) network of agencies. For more information, please contact us, or follow Interbrand on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

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About Toronto Region Board of Trade
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