3 Ways to Engage Canada's Tech Companies in Global Development

Lessons for Canada from the G20 Investment Summit

Why It Matters

Canada’s role in emerging markets needs inspiration. According to Digital Opportunity Trust founder Janet Longmore, deeper engagement with home-grown technology companies could serve as the perfect jumping-off point for Canada’s development organizations working abroad.

Attending the G20 Investment Summit, held recently in Berlin, I was impressed at how German companies were collaborating — in partnership with the German government — to invest in skills development in emerging markets. This is resulting in job creation and sustainable business models that are aligned with both purpose and market ambitions.

Canada must not be left behind. However, our presence in emerging markets is far from encouraging and is mostly limited to our mining and extraction companies, our construction sector (for example SNC Lavalin), and our transportation giant Bombardier. There is more that Canadian industry can do, particularly in markets that are establishing themselves

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