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Commercial Service Ottawa

Address: 490 Sussex Drive
Ottawa,Ontario, K1N 1G8

Canadian Mailing Address:

PO Box 866, Station B,
Ottawa, ON K1P 5T1
Phone: (613) 688-5217
Fax: (613) 238-5999
Email: office.ottawa@trade.gov

Christopher Quinlivin
Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: (613) 688-5388
Email: Christopher.Quinlivin@trade.gov

Christopher Quinlivan is a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service. He began his four-year assignment at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China in August 2011. Mr. Quinlivan serves as deputy to the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, overseeing the Department of Commerce’s activities throughout China to promote trade.

Mr. Quinlivan’s prior assignments include: U.S. Embassy Vienna, Austria (2007-2011); U.S. Export Assistance Center in Salt Lake City, Utah (2005-2007); U.S. Embassy Brussels, Belgium (2004-2005); U.S. Embassy Beijing, China (2001-2003) and U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (1999-2001). He also served as an international trade specialist with the Commerce Department in Washington, DC (1994-1999).

Mr. Quinlivan is the recipient of numerous professional honors, including the 2007 Bronze Medal Award for his role in developing a program to quickly assess regional opportunities for exporters and the 2005 Gold Medal Award, Commerce’s highest honor, for his early role in facilitating contracts for American companies related to the 2004 Olympics. He is also a past recipient of two Director General Awards for Meritorious Service in 2001 and 2002 and the 2001 Charles F. Meissner Award. He was also the recipient of three Sate Department Special Act Awards, including recognition for his roles in Presidential visits to Athens in 1999 and Beijing in 2002.

Mr. Quinlivan has seven years of private sector experience, including two years with Pillsbury Company as a merchandising and sales representative and five years as a logistics agent with Outboard Marine Corporation.

He holds a Master of Arts degree in international affairs from California State University in Sacramento and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the same institution. Mr. Quinlivan’s postgraduate studies included a one-year post graduate international business program at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Mr. Quinlivan speaks French and German. He is married and has three children. When in the U.S., the family divides their time between Bellingham, Washington and Park City, Utah.

Sean Kelley, Commercial Counselor
Deputy Senior Commercial Officer
Phone: (613) 688-5222
Email: Sean.Kelley@trade.gov

  • Kelley was assigned as the Commercial Counselor, and Deputy Senior Commercial Officer in Ottawa in July 2014. He is responsible for promoting U.S. exports, government procurement, and advocating on behalf of U.S. firms in Canada. Mr. Kelley was previously the Director of the Commercial Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he led the U.S. Department of Commerce’s export efforts in the State. Mr. Kelley is a Commercial Officer, and a career diplomat with the Commercial Service. He has been posted overseas for 17 years, and served in Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico. Sean graduated from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), and the University of San Diego with a BA/MA in International Relations. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish.

    Kelley was assigned as a Commercial Officer in São Paulo from 2007 to 2012. He was responsible for organizing trade events, logistics, and budgets for some 5 Certified Trade Missions per year. Kelley managed the Gold Key Service and Core service programs in São Paulo, which included supervising 180 Gold Key Services during his last year. He also managed the services, and office operations of the Belo Horizonte Constituent Post.

    Mr. Kelley was the Senior Commercial Officer in Caracas, Venezuela from 2003 to 2007, where he advocated on behalf of U.S. companies under challenging conditions. Mr. Kelley organized Trade Missions in the oil & gas sector to Venezuela and to the U.S. to maintain two way trade for this critical sector. He represented U.S. companies before the Venezuelan exchange board to facilitate the transfer of funds out of the country, and he worked to minimize expropriation risks that were introduced by the Government of Venezuela.

    Kelley was the Principal Commercial Officer in Belo Horizonte, Brazil from 1997 to 2003. In this capacity he significantly increased the presence and activities of the Commercial Service in the state of Minas Gerais, and the Northeast of Brazil, comprising an area of 7 states. He introduced demand-pull programs by working with Brazilian firms to identify U.S. suppliers and partners. Mr. Kelley developed an outreach program establishing 10 virtual offices (Network USA) throughout his region of responsibility.

    Kelley served as Commercial Attaché in Mexico City from 1994 to 1997, where he effectively managed Commercial Service programs responding to an increase in demand for assistance from U.S. firms after the implementation of NAFTA. He was also responsible for developing an environmental exports program with Mexico including identification of projects, working with the NADBANK, USTDA, and other organizations to increase U.S. participation in this sector.

    EDUCATION: American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), M.B.A. University of San Diego, M.A., B.A. International Relations.

    LANGUAGES: Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Lucy Latka, Senior Commercial Specialist
Phone: (613) 688-5219
Email: lucy.latka@trade.gov

Lucy Latka is the Senior Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Embassy
in Ottawa. Her portfolio includes, selling products and services in any sector to the Canadian Government, particularly in the Defense and Safety/Security sectors. Lucy has been with the U.S. Commercial Service in Canada since 1993. Prior to joining the U.S. Commercial Service, Lucy worked in the private sector for over 20 years.

Tracey Ford, Commercial Specialist
Phone: (613) 688-5406
Email: tracey.ford@trade.gov

Tracey Ford joined the U.S. Commercial Service in March 2007 after
serving the U.S. Department of State for five years as a procurement agent.
An Economics graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, her background
in the private sector with Newbridge Networks Corp and Nortel Networks has provided her with the skills and experience necessary to work in her capacity as National Coordinator for the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector. Tracey also helps U.S. companies resolve commercial diplomacy issues including, addressing foreign regulatory trade barriers and policies, ensuring compliance with bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and eliminating or reducing threats to US business interests.

Luz E. Betancur, Commercial Specialist
Phone: (613) 688-5411
Email: luz.betancur@trade.gov

Luz Betancur began her career with the U.S. Commercial Service in 2004, and currently acts as Commercial Specialist counseling U.S. firms that operate in the Military Aerospace and Marine portfolios. Luz formulates strategies and implements trade promotion activities in the defense, marine, and aerospace sectors, targeted to assist U.S. firms successfully export to Canada. Additional areas of expertise include trade counseling, commercial & defense advocacy, and business matchmaking. Luz has previous experience in corporate and financial auditing with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Previous to it, Luz gained knowledge and expertise in the areas of logistics and distribution, and retail chain management while working for the food and leather manufacturing sectors in Colombia, South America. Luz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Post-Graduate degree in Management of Commercial Enterprises from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. Luz was awarded the United States Department of Commerce’s Bronze Medal Award for Superior Federal Service in 2007, and was also awarded the U.S. Ambassador to Canada’s Award for Commercial Service Excellence in 2005 and 2009. Luz is fluent in Spanish, and has a working knowledge of French.

Patrick Barry, Commercial Specialist
Phone: (613) 688-5117
Email: Patrick.Barry@trade.gov

Patrick Barry began his career with the U.S. Commercial Service in 2015. He has an undergraduate degree in International Relations with minors in Economics and Biology and graduate education in International Business Management and International Trade. Patrick is also a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP/FIBP). He previously worked for the Canadian and South African governments as well as with the World Trade Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Patrick’s areas of responsibility include: Sporting Goods, Education, and Travel/Tourism (Eastern Ontario).

Louise Doré, Commercial Program Assistant
Phone: (613) 688-5220
Email: louise.dore@trade.gov

Louise Doré has been with the U.S. Commercial Service since 2002.
In her capacity as Commercial Program Assistant, Louise assists Commercial
Specialists in delivering the core products and services as well as developing trade events and promotional activities to market U.S. products in Canada. Louise is fluent in French and English.

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