Export Navigator

Export Navigator


What is the Export Navigator Program?

The Export Navigator Program offers businesses access to community-based export specialists who can provide a personalized, step-by-step approach to exporting and help connect your business to the market information, export programs, financial services, and business development experts it needs at every stage of the process.

Who is Eligible?

Small and medium-sized businesses operating in the following six regions:

  • Cariboo (Based in Prince George)
  • Kootenay Boundary (Based in Nelson)
  • North Okanagan (Based in Vernon)
  • Pacific Northwest (Based in Prince Rupert)
  • Vancouver Island – North (Based in Port Alberni)
  • Vancouver Island – South (Based in Duncan)

For businesses in the Lower Mainland and those outside of the service areas, there are resources to assist you with exporting. For more information please email: info@exportnavigator.ca

Export Navigator Services

  • Expert advice and guidance throughout the entire process
  • An export readiness assessment
  • A business needs assessment
  • Market entry strategy support
  • Market tools and information
  • Streamlined service connections to support services

Benefits of Expanding Your Markets

Diversifies Your Customer Base

Expanding to new markets increases the size of your target market, may broaden your product offering and offset seasonal fluctuations in sales.

Increases Profitability

Increased production generally leads to economies of scale and decreased cost per unit, which increases your profit margins.

Fosters Innovation

Expanding to new markets fosters innovation in your goods and services, which enhances your competitiveness.

Upcoming Seminars Hosted by Export Navigator

Getting Ready to Sell Your BC Products Online May 31

In 2016, Canadians shopped online to the tune of $18.3 billion. By 2021, that figure is expected to reach almost $29 billion. As a small business owner, entering this growing market will enable you to sell your products online to a broader and more diverse audience. This seminar will help you learn the basics and begin preparing to sell online, both legally and profitably.

Learn How to Sell Your Products to the United StatesJune 17

In 2016, U.S. companies purchased 72.6% of Canada’s total exports, valued at $453.7 billion. B.C.’s small businesses must consider heading south when exporting their products outside of Canada. This seminar will help you learn the basics of selling your goods to US importers, wholesalers and distributors and you will hear directly from a Customs Broker sharing insights on how to do it right. Signup to learn the next steps to get your products into Canada’s largest trading partner.

Questions and Answers


Export Readiness Quiz

  1. Has your company received sales inquiries from outside of B.C.?
  2. Does your company have international business experience?
  3. Is your company’s management willing to dedicate time and money to develop a new market for a sustained period of time?
  4. Is your company willing to conduct market research?
  5. Does your company have excess production capacity or the ability to scale operations?
  6. Does your product or service have a competitive advantage (quality, price, innovation, etc.) over similar products in your target market?
  7. Is your company able to secure financing to adapt, ship, and market your product in your target market?


For services in your community, please contact

Cariboo Region

Community Futures Fraser-Fort George
Phone: 250-960-0246
Charles Scott at charles@exportnavigator.ca

Central Vancouver Island Region

Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot
Phone: 250-724-1241
Darrell Goertzen at darrell@exportnavigator.ca

Community Futures Cowichan

Phone: 250-746-1004

Kootenay Boundary Region

Community Futures Central Kootenay
Phone: 250-352-1933
Michael Hoher at michael@exportnavigator.ca

North Okanagan Region

Community Futures North Okanagan
Phone: 250-545-2215
Ken MacLeod at ken@exportnavigator.ca

Pacific Northwest Region

Community Futures Pacific Northwest
Phone: 250-622-2332
John Farrell at john@exportnavigator.ca
Eli Kelly at eli@exportnavigator.ca

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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, and the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada.