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Helping Canadian businesses absorb the COVID-19 shock: An overview of financing support programs

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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A live webcast with Mairead Lavery – President and CEO of EDC and Michael Denham – President and CEO of BDC, animated by Derek DeCloet

A live webcast with Mairead Lavery – President and CEO of EDC and Michael Denham – President and CEO of BDC. They will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Canada’s businesses and will present an overview of financing support measures designed to support them. During this interactive fireside chat animated by Derek DeCloet, you will hear about: The impact of COVID-19 on Canadian entrepreneurs and an overview of financing programs available for business owners and how to access them Business owners’ response to the crisis and how they adjusted to the new reality.


Mairead Lavery is President and CEO of Export Development Canada (EDC). Mairead is determined to see EDC help thousands more Canadian companies “go, grow and succeed internationally.” A passionate promoter of the Crown corporation and Canada’s exporters. As Canada’s export credit agency, EDC supports and develops Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities.

Michael Denham is President and CEO of BDC, Canada’s only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. A strong advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation, Michael drives BDC’s commitment to be the Number 1 ally of Canadian entrepreneurs. BDC works with 60,000 business owners in all industries and at all stages of growth, providing them with loans, investments and advice.


Derek DeCloet is the managing editor of Bloomberg News in Canada. He has been a business journalist for more than 20 years, and previously was executive editor and business editor of The Globe and Mail.