About Us

About Us


The Canada-Vietnam Trade Council is an incorporated not-for-profit national organization with two main objectives:

1. To facilitate trade and investment between Canada and Vietnam
2. To support business-related training and educational exchange, and to promote corporate social responsibility.

We have members across Canada and Vietnam, and we collaborate with trade organizations in both countries. We work closely with representatives from a) government agencies, including Global Affair Canada, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, City of Toronto – Economic Development & Culture, Export Development Canada,  Trade Facilitation Office Canada, and the Trade Office at the Vietnam Embassy in Canada, b) trade organizations, such as the Boards of Trade in Greater Toronto Area, the Organization of Women in International Trade (Toronto Chapter), the Forum for International Trade Training, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Business Associations.


Our business group has been active in promoting trade and investment between Canada and Vietnam since 2007. Our Trade Council is federally incorporated and was formally inaugurated in September 2010. We currently have three Directors:

1. Elizabeth McIninch
Ms. McIninch is President of Moody’s International Business Consultants (Canada) Ltd. She has been active in international business for several years. She served as Executive Director of Vietnam-Canada: Friendship Beyond Borders published in 2007 and 2013 by the Embassy of Vietnam in Canada. Ms. McIninch has also edited several economic policy books for the Embassy of Indonesia.

2. Julie Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours Economics from Concordia University, a Master’s in Economics and a Ph.D. (2004) in Interdisciplinary Studies and Asian Research both from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She was a consultant for the United Nations in Hanoi in 1997 and a research associate at the Centre for Southeast Asia Research at UBC. Dr. Nguyen conducted her post-doctoral research at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto (U of T), and taught courses in Political Science and Asia-Pacific Studies at U of T. She is currently a professor of international business at Centennial College, Chair of Canada-ASEAN Initiatives at York University, Vice-President Educational Partnership of the Organization of Women in International Trade – Toronto, and a board member of the McCormick Playground Arena, City of Toronto.

3. Femi Oloruntoba
Femi is a seasoned business development and strategic marketing leader with over 10-year experience delivering revenue growth and customer experiences through customer engagement, strategy development, and execution, new and reoccurring sales generation within the medical device, software, wholesale, construction sectors with high energy, analytics, and pragmatism. He is a co-founder and Chief Growth Officer at Esta Link Inc. Femi holds a Bachelor’s (Hons) in Chemistry, a Graduate Certificate in International Business Management from Centennial College (2011), and an Executive MBA from Cornell University and Queen’s University (2018) with a focus on international business, growth strategy and the re-engineering of a global enterprise.

Da Nang Business Forum - Aug 31 2018Da Nang Trade and Investment Workshop, August 31, 2018
at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, Toronto

Vietnam Business Forum - Oct 26 2017 2Vietnam Business Forum, October 26, 2017
at the Ontario Investment and Trade Centre, Toronto
with the presence of Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ambassador Nguyễn Đư’c Hòa

Michael ChanVietnam Business Forum, September 24, 2015, at the Ontario Trade and Investment Centre, Toronto
with the presence of Ambassador Tô Anh Dũng and
Minister Michael Chan, Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration, and International Trade.