Growing Businesses Internationally Beyond Canada

Our world is becoming increasingly more integrated and connected together. It’s more important now than ever for businesses to establish a global presence. Today, the Centre for Global Enterprise and Startup Canada are proud to announce a new partnership designed to equip businesses to successfully engage with the global economy outside of Canada’s borders.

Receive detailed advice from expert consultants

The Centre’s involvement with the Schulich School of Business allows entrepreneurs in the Startup Canada community to become research sites for IMEP, CIM, MBA, or BBA courses at the Schulich School of Business. By doing so, entrepreneurs can discuss pain points and gain professional consulting insights from faculty and students in such programs to help grow their business internationally.

According to Dr. Atipol Bhanich Supapol, Executive Director of the Centre for Global Enterprise, “The world is a big place. It is not enough for Canadian business executives to be equipped to operate locally or even the North American market,” said Dr. Atipol Bhanich Supapol, Executive Director of the Centre for Global Enterprise. “Increasingly, business challenges and opportunities will originate outside our borders and our business leaders must be capable of recognizing and dealing with them.

Get direct support for larger strategic issues

The second pillar of the Centre’s operations is supporting small and medium-scale business and the ecosystem of organizations that support their international success. As Douglas Kennedy, RBC Managing Director of the Centre for Global Enterprise, puts it “Many SMEs are too busy focusing on meeting that next payroll to pay attention to the larger strategic issues they face as they scale up. Many are put off by the cost in money, time, and executive focus required to manage the additional challenges in engaging global markets. Our objective is to reduce that opportunity cost to business as much as possible.”

“Many entrepreneurs face lots of barriers when they’re scaling up,” said Kayla Isabelle, CEO of Startup Canada. “With our new partnership with the Centre for Global Enterprise, we’re looking forward to equipping Canada’s entrepreneurs with the skills and support they need to grow their business internationally.”

About the Centre for Global Enterprise

The Centre for Global Enterprise is based at the Schulich School of Business, Canada’s Global Business School. In addition to the Schulich School, the Centre is supported by both the public and private sectors. Our mission is to equip businesses to successfully engage with the global economy outside Canada’s borders. A particular focus is small and medium-scale businesses seeking to scale up to international relevance. The Centre is geographically and industry-sector agnostic. And while exporting remains an important element, the Centre covers other forms of international business engagement including inward/outward direct investment, value chain creation and management, intellectual property monetization and similar issues. The Centre for Global Enterprise’s website ( is unique in showcasing not just the resources of Canadian government and non-government organizations but international agencies, foreign governments, and private business.


About Startup Canada

Startup Canada is the gateway to Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We’re here to connect entrepreneurs with the support, community, and tools they need to build a successful business in Canada. Since our inception in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to support more than 122,000 entrepreneurs annually and an ever-growing grassroots community network from coast to coast to coast. Through our flagship and digital programs, we provide guidance, eliminate barriers, and champion the needs of each and every entrepreneur to private and public sector partners. Startup Canada supports entrepreneurs in starting up and scaling up to ultimately make Canada the best place to start and build a business.