The Federation of Canadian-Brazilian Businesses is founded in Ottawa by Youssef Ahmad Youssef, a Brazilian-Canadian business scholar, together with four entrepreneurs, including a Parliament member, Chandra Arya. The motivation came after Youssef noticed that the existing business federations in Canada did not provide support for Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs).
The Federation of Canadian-Brazilian Businesses was born in 2009 from the desire of Brazilian and Canadian entrepreneurs to create a bridge between the two economies, helping Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) to identify business opportunities in both countries.
Over the years, we have been promoting bilateral innovation, investment and trade relations between Brazil and Canada with the support of a team of volunteers and a network of carefully selected business partners that keeps growing every day.
Youssef moves from Ottawa to Toronto to work as a course coordinator at Humber College and offers to establish FCBB’s office at the campus, which is accepted and sponsored by the college. The Federation then moves to Toronto.
Sergio Frias joins FCBB as CCO and is approved by the Board as CEO in October. At this time, the organization has approximately 20 volunteers.
Pedro Pina joins the Federation as Marketing Director and structures the Marketing department and team.
- Patricia Carvalho joins the Federation as Operations and HR Director. The Federation has an exponential growth in the number of volunteers, from 20 to 90 people.
- Vinicius Morandi joins the Federation as Business Development Director and structures the Business Development department and team, bringing new partners and growing the Federation’s network.