(1) Define the international sector. What is meant by international trade? What activities does it encompass?

(2) Define the labour force engaged in international trade. What is the composition of the labour force? What are the demographics of workers? To what extent are international trade workers employed in each industry?

(3) Identify the trends that are impacting international trade. What are the drivers that are shaping the growth of international trade and how will international trade change in the future? What are the human resource needs and requirements for international trade in the future?

(4) Determine gaps in human resource-related knowledge and determine the scope of future research needs. Is there a need for an in-depth sector study of the human resource challenges in international trade?

To achieve these objectives, FITT selected a research method that coupled secondary research with industry engagement with 47 selected stakeholders in order to uncover and describe the realities that Canadian businesses face in international trade, as well as the human resource challenges that are emerging and shaping the sector’s future. Interview participants included Canadian business leaders who are active in markets in North America, Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and represent a broad set of industries across Canada.1 Senior government officials and education representatives were also interviewed. This report synthesizes the findings from the pre-assessment research and provides recommendations for a comprehensive assessment of the sector and its human resource challenges.

Download the Executive Summary http://www.fitt.ca/sectorstudy/executivesummary

The Full Report will be released shortly.