John Zimmerman is the Director of the Ontario Regional Office for Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service (TCS). In that role, he manages a team of 40 Trade Commissioners, based in Toronto, SW Ontario and Ottawa. The mandate of the office is to prepare Ontario companies for export success, and connect them with the TCS network abroad.
Previously, he led the Innovation Team at the Ontario Regional Office.
Prior to his position in Toronto, John completed a series of overseas postings, working at Canadian diplomatic missions in San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. In 2011 John was one of two co-winners of the inaugural Ken Sundquist Award given to Trade Commissioners.
In Hong Kong John also worked in the investment banking sector, leading on deal origination from Canada.
John has also completed assignments in Global Affairs Canada’s Ottawa Headquarters, in the Japan Division as well as the South-East Asia division.
John holds a Master’s Degree from Western University and has completed coursework in Venture Capital at the University of California Berkeley.