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NATIONAL LEAD, INDIGENOUS EXPORTERS, EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CANADA
As National Lead for Indigenous Exporters, Todd’s role is to advance Export Development Canada’s understanding of the needs and challenges of the Indigenous business community, and to lead EDC’s strategy for serving this market. Todd is responsible for EDC’s engagement with external stakeholders and Indigenous clients. He works closely with his EDC colleagues and senior management to support the growing export needs of Indigenous businesses.
Prior to taking on his current role, Todd was a principal with EDC’s Economics team. His previous positions at EDC include director of economic analysis and forecasting, and director of the corporate research department. Before joining EDC in 1997, Todd worked with various public and private sector organizations including Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Economic Council of Canada, the Conference Board of Canada and HLB. His areas of expertise include economic development and international trade.
During his 23 years with EDC, Todd has led numerous initiatives including development of the Corporation’s Canadian economic benefits framework, developing the Global Export Forecast and he is a key author of EDC’s integrative trade methodology. He has published several articles on issues around international trade, foreign investment and global supply chains. More recently, he has been working closely with a team of his EDC colleagues and Indigenous business partners to build and implement EDC’s Indigenous export strategy.
Todd has a BA degree in economics and statistics from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a MA degree in economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Todd is proud of his Mi’kmaw culture. He is a traditional pow wow dancer and plans to spend a lot more time on the pow wow trail when he retires.