Ricardo Pereira is currently Senior Manager at BDC’s Technology Industry group.
Over his 20-year career in international trade and finance, he has held several leading positions that had a direct impact on entrepreneurs in Canada and overseas.
Before joining BDC, Ricardo worked as Deputy Director for Switzerland Global Enterprise in Brazil for over 10 years where he was responsible for export and trade of hundreds of Swiss companies in that market.
Since he arrived in Canada in 2009, Ricardo has worked for the Government of Canada as Senior Marketing Manager and Policy Analyst, Small Business. In 2011, he became an Entrepreneur providing innovative business financing solutions to SMEs. While running his financing venture, he spent 2 years as Head of Communications Technologies at Invest Ottawa where he was responsible for bringing Ottawa’s ICT companies to foreign markets and for attracting foreign direct investment into Ottawa.
Ricardo is passionate about SMEs and takes great pride in supporting entrepreneurs grow and overcome challenges.
He holds a Bachelor of International Business from the John Molson School of Business. A father of a boy and a girl, although Ricardo grew up in Brazil (a soccer nation), he spends quite a bit of time watching his kids play hockey.