When doing business in any of the larger cities, business suits and ties are standard attire for men with conservative suits and dresses for women.

However, if doing business with smaller companies in more rural areas (or on the West Coast) do not be surprised to find a much more relaxed and casual approach to dress code. It is probably a good idea to do some research in this area before travelling to meet any new company or organisation.

Take the weather conditions into account if travelling to Canada. Winters are, of course, very cold but summers can be hot and humid.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Canada

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Canada. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Canada and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips