Ontario’s Ministry of International Trade is pleased to announce that it has appointed three new Senior Economic Officers (SEOs) to the province’s Trade & Investment Offices in Seoul, New Delhi, and Munich.
The Senior Economic Officers are the province’s official representative in their respective markets, where they build relationships and make connections to strengthen commercial ties with Ontario. They support Ontario communities by:
• Sharing market intelligence to strengthen trade and investment activities;
• Advocating on behalf of communities to in-market decision makers;
• Connecting local businesses, post secondary institutions, and research centres to foreign businesses and organizations; and
• Providing program advice for inbound/outbound missions.
If you would like to work with any of the SEOs, contact International Program Officer Michelle Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ontario has Offices in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, China, Japan, and South Korea.
Seoul, South Korea (opening September 2017)
Sonja Panday will be our new Senior Economic Officer at Ontario’s new Seoul International Trade & Investment Office located in the Embassy of Canada in Seoul, South Korea. Sonja will be starting her role in September.
Prior to joining MIT, Sonja worked for Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, where she served as Deputy Director of North America Advocacy, implementing Canada’s strategic engagement with the new US Administration. Previously, Sonja was Senior Policy Advisor for the Government of Canada's engagement with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and APEC Coordinator during China's APEC year (2014). As a career diplomat, Sonja has worked in Washington DC, Abu Dhabi, and Beijing, and has supported Ontario’s ICT and financial services industries in their efforts to enter new and challenging markets.
Sonja was born and raised in Seoul and has an in-depth understanding of the Korean business and socio-economic environment. Her education includes an MA in East Asian Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul and a Master of International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
New Delhi, India
Terrie Romano will be our new Senior Economic Officer at Ontario’s New Delhi International Trade & Investment Office located in the High Commission of Canada, New Delhi, India. Terrie will be starting her role in October.
Terrie’s most recent position had her join MIT as the Director of the International Missions Secretariat, where she oversaw the International Missions Management Unit during the Premier’s trip to South Korea, Ministers’ Mission to UAE, as well as the establishment of the new Inbound Business Initiatives Unit. Terrie has also served as Ontario’s SEO in our Munich TIO, leading the team of Locally Engaged Staff representing Ontario’s trade and investment interests in Germany by attracting investments, generating new business opportunities for Ontario companies, fostering research collaboration and raising Ontario's profile.
Fluent in French, German and Italian, as a Canadian diplomat Terrie was posted to Detroit and London, England and undertook a number of overseas assignments in Kenya, Denmark, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. The holder of a Ph.D. from Yale University, Terrie had a distinguished academic career that included time as an Assistant Professor at Queen’s School of Medicine in Kingston, a Visiting Scholar at Bielefeld University in Germany and a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University in England, before she joined the Canadian Foreign Service.
Chris Begley will be our new Senior Economic Officer at Ontario’s Munich International Trade & Investment Office located in the Consulate of Canada in Munich, Germany. Chris will be starting his role in September.
Prior to joining MIT, Chris worked for Global Affairs Canada where he worked in the Trade section of the Canadian Embassy to Germany since 2014. While working there, Chris has worked on a wide range of projects including leading two German venture capital delegations to Toronto and the visit of Ontario Minister of International Trade Michael Chan to Germany in 2015.
In addition to spending the last three years in Berlin, Chris worked for two years as the desk officer for Germany at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. His connection to Germany runs deep, with his great-grandparents emigrating to Canada in 1912 to the German community of Bruderheim, Alberta. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.