Call for Consultants - Application Form

In order to join the TFO Canada Associates’ roster, consultants should have at least seven (7) years of experience in a relevant field and, ideally, some previous experience applying technical skills in the context of a developing country, in one or more of the following areas:

 Marketing and market entry for SMEs in Canada
 Product development process
 Packaging and labeling
 Compliance

Please provide examples of experience for each area as it applies to you.

- Participation in trade missions
- Business support examples
- One example of a challenge, the solution you offered and outcome
- Success stories
- Training
- Mentoring
- Presentations

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    Expertise in the Canadian import market

    Please indicate your expertise in the Canadian import market in one or more of the following sectors/product groups. Please remember to specify the countries of origin/region.
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    Language proficiency

    Please indicate your level of language proficiency in the following sections. In your answer, please determine your level in spoken, written and presentation skills. Please provide a brief example of your ability to give presentations in the following languages. Please determine your level according to the following criteria: Limited working proficiency -Able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirement -Can handle with confidence most basic social situations including introductions and casual conversations about current events, work, family, and autobiographical information -Can handle limited work requirements, needing help in handling any complications or difficulties; can get the gist of most conversations on non-technical subjects (i.e. topics which require no specialized knowledge), and has a speaking vocabulary sufficient to respond simply with some circumlocutions -Has an accent which, though often quite faulty, is intelligible -Can usually handle elementary constructions quite accurately but does not have thorough or confident control of the grammar. Professional working proficiency -Able to speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most conversations on practical, social, and professional topics -Can discuss particular interests and special fields of competence with reasonable ease -Has comprehension which is quite complete for a normal rate of speech -Has a general vocabulary which is broad enough that he or she rarely has to grope for a word -Has an accent which may be obviously foreign; has a good control of grammar; and whose errors virtually never interfere with understanding and rarely disturb the native speaker. Full professional proficiency -Able to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels and as normally pertinent to professional needs. -Can understand and participate in any conversations within the range of own personal and professional experience with a high degree of fluency and precision of vocabulary -Would rarely be taken for a native speaker, but can respond appropriately even in unfamiliar grounds or situations -Makes only quite rare and minute errors of pronunciation and grammar -Can handle informal interpreting of the language. Native or bilingual proficiency -Has a speaking proficiency equivalent to that of an educated native speaker -Has complete fluency in the language, such that speech on all levels is fully accepted by educated native speakers in all of its features, including breadth of vocabulary and idiom, colloquialisms, and pertinent cultural references.
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