Startup Canada Podcast Ep.139: Building a global business with Canada’s Chief Trade Commissioner

Ailish Campbell

Ailish Campbell’s seasoned history in the public service is the foundation for her ability to create long lasting impact in policy.

Campbell is the driving force behind exporting, investing, and partnership developments for entrepreneurs in Canada.

“I think it is our job to help entrepreneurs navigate government,” said Campbell. “Our trade commissioners know the entire ecosystem and follow the exporter through their whole journey.”

Campbell is one of Canada’s leading women role models in the public service as the Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada and Assistant Deputy Minister of Global Affairs. A government game changer, Campbell is working to shape the lives of Canadians through policy and reform.

In this week’s #StartupPodcast, host Rivers Corbett talks to Campbell about what it takes to empower a generation of women entrepreneurs and how she’s working to create a globally competitive Canadian economy.

The Startup Canada Podcast Show is a production of Startup Canada, a grassroots, entrepreneur-led movement to bring together, celebrate, and give a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurship community. On the podcast, award-winning entrepreneur host Rivers Corbett speaks with the movers and shakers of Canada’s entrepreneurship community to give a glimpse into the future of business, and share insights on everything from social innovation to the future of work, investing, and why we need to think bigger to take our businesses global. Join Rivers Corbett for new episodes every Tuesday airing at 10 AM ET for lessons, trends, and opportunities in entrepreneurship from Vancouver to Fredericton; and Israel to Peru.

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