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U.S. Commercial Service, Toronto

Eric Crowley

Principal Commercial Officer
Phone: (416) 595-5412, ext.222
Email: Eric.Crowley@trade.gov

Eric is a commercial diplomat with 18 years of experience promoting trade and investment across a wide range of industry sectors in the Greater China region. He has helped thousands of companies generate billions of dollars of business and has been recognized with numerous awards from the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State. Eric’s specialties include the promotion of international trade, investment, tourism, and education; trade events; trade missions; international marketing; managing cross-cultural teams; and doing business in greater China. Eric has had tours of duty in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Boston.

Marixell Garcia

Commercial Officer
Phone: (416) 595-5412, 236
Email: Marixell.Garcia@trade.gov

Marixell Garcia joined the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) in May 2015 and is currently serving as a Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto, Canada. Previously, she spent two years completing her domestic assignment at the U.S. Export Assistance Center (USEAC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she covered several sectors as part of her portfolio, including Travel & Tourism, Healthcare, as well as Design & Construction. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked as a Senior Business Executive in the Corporate & Multinational Division of a commercial bank with a presence in 12 different countries. Ms. Garcia also has many years’ experience working for State Department in the Economic Section at the at the U.S. Embassy in Managua. She also served as a Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, helping to develop and later implement Nicaragua’s National Export Promotion Strategy.

Stefan Popescu

Commercial Specialist
Phone: (416) 595-5412, ext. 223
Email: Stefan.Popescu@trade.gov

Senior Advisor/Commercial Specialist covering the following focus sectors across Canada: FDI SelectUSA programs -planning , coordination, major investors development in Financial, Insurance and other key sector; Energy power generation, transmission, and distribution – coordination, FDI, advocacy; Automotive – coordination, FDI, advocacy. He also covers general industrial equipment and provides guidance for technical sectors.

Previously Stefan managed start-up companies and subsidiaries of Panasonic Corp. and Siemens, after starting his career in engineering for nuclear power plants. Stefan has engineering and economics degrees and business administration certification, and he speaks several languages.

Ruth Williamson

Commercial Specialist
Phone: (416) 595-5412, ext. 238
Email: Ruth.Williamson@trade.gov

Ruth has national responsibilities for Travel and Tourism, and Entertainment (Film, Music), and serves on the CS global teams for these sectors. She brings extensive experience in a wide range of industries. Ruth worked at CS Toronto for several years starting in 2001 as a contract consultant, contributing to all the agency’s sectors. Subsequently, Ruth joined the State of Illinois Canada Office, as an International Trade Specialist, where her responsibilities included travel and tourism, foreign direct investment, and international trade (all sectors).

Attending university in Montreal where she earned her B.Com. Marketing, Ruth also ran a marketing consulting firm for over 10 years serving major national and Fortune 500 companies. At the same time, Ruth sidelined as a freelance journalist covering travel and tourism, sports events, and a winter Olympics.

In March 2008, Ruth returned to the U.S. Commercial Service in Toronto where she is the Canadian team leader for Travel and Tourism. She was appointed International Advisory Committee (IAC) Chair by the U.S. Travel Association in Washington, representing Canada for IPW (International Pow Wow). IPW is the travel industry's premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S.

Bojan Opsenica

Investment Assistant
Phone: (416) 595-5412 ext. 224
Email: Bojan.Opsenica@trade.gov

SelectUSA, Canada representative. Responsible for assisting Canadian companies with all matters related to investment and operational expansion in the U.S., including: Counselling, ombudsman service, events, and contact with U.S. Federal agency, State and Regional representatives.

Mehdi Azeriah

Administrative Commercial Assistant
Phone: (416) 595-5412 ext. 226
Email: Mehdi.Azeriah@trade.gov

Prior to joining FCS in September 2018, Mehdi worked as a Political Assistant at the U.S. Embassy in Morocco and a Grant Manager & Travel Coordinator at the U.S. Peace Corps office in Morocco. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. An avid sports enthusiast, Mehdi is a big Buffalo Bills fan.

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