The Team Finland network promotes Finland and its interests abroad: the internationalisation of Finnish enterprises, investments in Finland, and the country brand. The Team Finland operating model brings together the key actors and services in these fields. The core of the network consists of the publicly funded organisations operating in these fields, such as the ministries, Finland’s network of diplomatic missions, Finpro, Tekes, national culture and science institutes, Finnvera, Finnfund, and the regional internationalisation services, built upon the ELY Centres.
The Team Finland network will help your enterprise become more international, grow, and succeed in the global market. For more information on services to companies seeking internationalisation, see: services.team.finland.fi.
Jarno Valkeapää, Councellor, Commercial and Trade Affairs
Tel. 1 613 288 2233
Vesa Lehtonen, Ambassador
Finpro (Washington D.C.):
Tomi Rauste, Vice President, Head of Region Americas
Canada is a very interesting country for Team Finland activities. Finland and Canada have many things in common, such as shared values, Northern location, highly educated population, political and economical stability and even rather similar mentalities. Finland is known and highly regarded in Canada.
The objectives of the Team Finland network in Canada are to advance economic relations between the two countries and promote Finland’s country brand in Canada. Team Finland aims to both facilitate business activities of Finnish companies in Canada, and boost Canadians’ interest in investing in Finland. There is need for Finnish know-how on several sectors in Canada, including bioenergy, environmental technology and cleantech, wireless information technology and communications, forest technologies and Arctic know-how. Innovation and technology cooperation is already off to a good start on federal level and in Alberta, and next stop is to strongly promote it even in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
In a country as vast as Canada, it is imperative to bring together all Finnish players and make Team Finland effective. One of the objectives is that Team Finland has a network of people to promote Finland’s economic interests not only in Ottawa, but in all provinces. Team Finland Canada consists of the Embassy of Finland in Ottawa, Honorary Consuls of Finland around the country and the Canada-Finland Chambers of Commerce in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.