Thinking Globally, Acting Globally

    International Business on the Rise for Many Canadian Companies, Survey

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Barriers to world markets have been steadily
eroding for many firms in recent years. In a survey of senior executives from
across Canada, half of respondents (51 per cent) said their companies are
doing more international business today than five years ago.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world's
premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a
project and interim basis. The poll includes interviews with 100 senior
Canadian executives - including those from human resources, finance and
marketing departments.
    Senior executives were asked, "Is your company doing more business
internationally, through international office expansion or a global customer
base, than it was five years ago?" Their responses:

        Yes...................  51%
        No....................  47%
        Don't know............   2%

    "As more companies experience an increase in international business, an
exceptionally prepared workforce is necessary to compete on a global basis,"
said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources.
"Firms today need a common understanding of cultures, languages and ethical
standards to better serve customers across different countries and time
    McDonald also noted that financial regulations and reporting standards
may have an impact on recruiting efforts. "Accounting and finance departments
within firms that operate globally will require professionals skilled in both
generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and international financial
reporting standards (IFRS)."

    Robert Half Management Resources has more than 140 offices throughout
North America, South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers
online job search services at

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Montreal,
    Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver please contact Jason Chapman at
    416-350-5201, extension 62070.

For further information:

For further information: Robert Half Management Resources, Jason
Chapman, (416) 350-5201 extension 62070,

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