Doing his part to help York Region grow
When it comes to York Region, Gordon Scheel is a walking encyclopedia of facts and figures.
It’s not all that surprising, considering a major part of his job as a business development advisor is to attract international and domestic companies to one of the fastest growing regions in the GTA.
“The research aspect of my job never ends,” Gordon says. “Even when you find the information you are looking for, you always need to keep it updated and current.”
Gordon was hired to work for The Regional Municipality of York after graduating from Seneca’s International Business Management program in 2009.
The one-year graduate certificate prepares graduates for successful careers in international trade. Over the years, students have gone on to establish careers within trading houses, banks, multinational corporations, transportation companies, governments and international institutions.
In Gordon’s case, he used the sales and market research skills he developed in the program to arrange an informational interview with the director of economic development for the region.
This discussion led to an opportunity for Gordon to prepare a series of international market assessment reports for York Region companies identifying international market opportunities for their products and services.
The success of the reports paved the way for Gordon’s transition into the region’s export advisor position, where he worked one-on-one with companies to help them overcome any exporting issues they were facing. In this role, he learned all about the new innovative products and services York Region companies are developing and bringing to market.
Since then, Gordon’s position has expanded and now he is involved in business development activities targeted at bringing foreign direct investment to York Region. In fact, the region is home to 30,000 businesses, including multinationals like IBM, Teva, Open Text, AMD, Sanyo, Magna, Pfizer and Mitsubishi to name a few.
Today, he says he is proud of the small part he is playing in the region’s continued growth.
“It’s very rewarding knowing you have played a role in creating new jobs in the community you live in.”
For more information on the International Business Management program visit: senecacollege.ca/fulltime/IBS.html.