Media advisory - BDC & EDC to lead session on the risks and opportunities in the automotive sector

Department of Foreign AffairsTrade and Development (DFATD) to participate

CAMBRIDGE, ON, March 20, 2015 /CNW/ - The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), in collaboration with Export Development Canada (EDC), will lead a panel discussion on the automotive industry.  

The breakfast event entitled, "How to Capitalize on the Current Automotive Industry Environment" will feature keynote speaker, Christian Bertrand, Sector Advisor -Automotive, EDC, who will share the latest industry findings, as well as insights into the risks and opportunities for business.   

A panel discussion and question and answer session will follow. Panelists include Steven Oliver, Assistant Vice President - Business Development, BDC and Maria Stihovic, Trade Commissioner, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). They will also be joined by industry stakeholders, John Pavanel of Pavaco Plastics and Ray Finnie of Mechtron Innovations.

Topics explored include industry trends and forecasts, services offered by government agencies to support this sector, supply base insights (such as access to credit and payment terms), and production and sales trends in North America.

Media: Interview and photo opportunities with panelists available following the event.

Joint BDC and EDC event:  "How to Capitalize on the Current Automotive Industry Environment". Keynote speech followed by panel discussion and Q&A session.


Tuesday, March 24


Mr. Bertrand's speech, 8:00 am

Panel discussion, 8:30 am

Q&A session, 9:45 am


Holiday Inn Cambridge-Hespeler Galt

200 Holiday Inn Drive

Cambridge, ON N3C 1Z4


About BDC
Canada's business development bank, BDC, puts entrepreneurs first. With almost 2,000 employees and more than 100 business centres across the country, BDC offers loans,  consulting services, growth and business transition capital, securitization, as well as venture capital to more than 30,000 small and medium-sized companies. Their success is vital to Canada's economic prosperity. To learn more, please visit


SOURCE Business Development Bank of Canada

For further information: Maria Constantinescu, Senior Advisor, Public Relations-BDC,, (514) 496-7146, (514) 518-1577 (mobile)


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