Women in Business in Canada

Much progress has been made in the last few years and many women are now found in very senior management positions.

Women visiting Canada on business will encounter few if any problems relating to gender bias. Women are expected to behave in a professional and competent manner and will, in return, receive professional respect and be able to develop good working relationships.

Great emphasis is placed on diversity in all its facets and a gender blind approach by employers is not only seen as a legal requirement but also an ethical one.

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