WE ARE...

A team with a successful track record of working with companies across all sectors and at various stages of development.

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Experts in assisting companies achieve new market development for their products and services with a clear understanding of the challenges facing companies today. We have experience in foreign direct investment including; site selection, incentives, client hosting and partnering opportunities to assist with business expansion.

 

Professional B2B matchmakers with an extensive network of domestic and international contacts, experienced in counselling and mentoring for growth, and are certified in International Trade by FITT.
We roll up our sleeves, get into the trenches with you, and take you from Start-up to Scale-up quickly and smartly. Then, we help you find soft-landing in global markets, making connections for your international business development along the way.
We help you navigate through the local ecosystem, and are at your side all the way, leveraging our connections for you so you can focus on your business.
We are an economic development boutique, catering to your (you)nique goals in international trade, focused on your (you)nique markets, and dedicated to your (you)nique timelines.

CORE TEAM

Bernadette Fernandes, CEO & International Trade Consultant

Bernadette Fernandes is known throughout her network as a connector, quickly recognizing problems and connecting them to solutions within the ecosystem. With five languages under her belt, she is a proud immigrant by birth, and a proud New Brunswicker by choice.

Ronnie Cousins, Chief Operating Officer

Ronnie was coaxed out of a happy retirement after lending her good friend, Bernadette Fernandes, a hand doing research on specific global projects. Ronnie's role as Chief Operating Officer is to keep the train running smoothly down the track, and ensuring that every client and every detail is looked after.

Jean-Guy Ferlatte, Chief Financial Officer

With years of experience in accounting and bookkeeping, Jean-Guy is known to be detail oriented and meticulous when it comes to crunching numbers. His 16 years in Information Technology adds to his extensive portfolio, giving him a unique advantage when it comes to working with clientele in the technology sector.

Denisa Prdova, Process & Business Improvement Consultant

A Certified Project Manager with 17 years of experience in international business environment, Denisa is experienced in supply chain operations with focus on process and business improvements. 

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CONSULTANTS

Lynda Arsenault, Foreign Direct Investment Consultant

Lynda Arsenault is an expert in showcasing the Canadian Investment Advantage. With over 18 years of experience working in both the public and private sector, she has been instrumental in assisting international companies succeed in-market.

Jim Robins, Director of International B2B Development

Jim Robins is a serial entrepreneur and consultant and has nearly 20 years of experience arranging high level B2B Meetings and Sales Presentations around the planet for companies looking for new business relationships.

Andrea Johnson, Int'l Business Development Consultant

As a seasoned professional and effectual leader, Andrea has a reputation for her proven ability to exceed sales quotas. With over 20 years of sales, operations and marketing experience, Andrea works best in competitive sales environments.

Bruce Kennedy, Telecom Consultant

Bruce Kennedy is a senior telecommunications professional with experience in engineering, program management, project management, sales and marketing. Bruce’s communication skills and experience allows him to work with executives, management, partners and peers in planning and delivering the required results on projects.

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                            The Varanda Network provides services for Start-ups, Immigrant Entrepreneurs, SMEs and Multi-Nationals across all sectors.

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