Marvin Hough

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Marvin K. Hough



Marvin Hough established Marvin Hough International Research & Analysis Ltd (MIRA) in 2009 to assist Canadian and international companies and trade facilitators in navigating in international markets. He has a long history in supporting Canadian companies in international markets through 30 years of service with Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s official export credit agency.

He continues to draw on his extensive international experience and his various Associates while serving MIRA’s clients who include exporters, trade facilitators and business schools.

Mr. Hough held positions within the full spectrum of EDC’s programs including export financing, credit insurance, domestic business development and international business development. Over the years, he has helped to guide and facilitate business for hundreds of Canadian firms in the international marketplace and has held assignments in Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto, New Delhi, Beijing, and Mexico City.

In Asia, Mr. Hough managed EDC’s financing operations in both the South Asia and Pacific North Asia regions. He also served a four-year interchange assignment with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where he was a Senior Trade Commissioner in New Delhi, India. Mr. Hough also helped EDC to establish its first international representation in Asia which was set up in in Beijing.

On the Latin American front, Mr. Hough was EDC’s first Chief Representative for Mexico, based in Mexico City and played a key role in growing EDC’s portfolio in the Mexico and Central America region. Following his assignment in Mexico, Mr. Hough assumed the role of Regional Vice-President for Latin America where he oversaw business development throughout the entire region including EDC’s offices in Brazil.

Following his retirement from EDC, Mr. Hough joined the Telfer School of Management and has been actively involved in the international business area through teaching courses in the EMBA, MBA and Undergrad programs. He has also been a key participant in the annual EMBA international business consulting trips to markets including China, Vietnam, Brazil, and South Africa.

Mr. Hough has served on the Boards of the Canada China Business Council, Canada-India Business Council, The Hong Kong Canada Business Association and Centennial College’s International Business Program. He is currently a Director of the National Capital Branch of the Canadian International Council.

Mr. Hough has been honored with an Award of Excellence by the Indo-Canada Ottawa Business Chamber for his work in facilitating Canadian business with India. He has also written various publications including “A Career in International Trade – Living the Dream” and the “International Business Culture Pathfinder.

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Mr. Hough received a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with Distinction) and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alberta. He has also achieved the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation from the Forum for International Trade Training.

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