Intnl Trade Branch
ON Min. of Citizenship, Immig. & Intnl Trade
Debbie Walker is Director, Community Export Development, International Trade Branch, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.
The International Trade Branch assists Ontario businesses to develop targeted export strategies for international markets. The Branch’s international market consultants provide a number of core programs and services including one-on-one export consulting, market and sector-specific export seminars and workshops, trade missions and exhibitions as well as in-market trade support.
As a member of the International Trade Branch team, Debbie works with federal, provincial, regional and municipal economic development organizations, local chambers and boards of trade to build awareness of her ministry’s trade programs and services. Debbie also delivers a continuum of exporter education programs across the province including the First Steps in Exporting seminars, the New Exporters to Borders States (NEBS) program, and U.S. Customs Documentation, NAFTA, HTS Classification and Trade Compliance workshops.
Debbie joined the provincial government in 1984 as an international trade consultant. Her trade portfolios with the Ontario government have included the United States, Germany, Japan, India, and Australia. From 1986 to 1988, she was the Executive Assistant to the Agent General, Government of Ontario trade office in Tokyo, Japan.
Debbie holds a B.A. (Asian Studies) from the University of British Columbia. Prior to graduating from UBC, she attended the International Christian University, in Mitaka, Japan.