Business Etiquette is different all around the world and this includes meetings. Take a look at the following resources for some perspectives on meetings in Canada and how they compare to meetings around the world.
- This article looks at various aspects of meeting in Canada – Business Culture in Canada, worldbusinessculture.com
- This article compares business etiquette from around the world – Business Etiquette Tips for International Travel, www.forbes.com
Two very important tips to remember are:
- be on time and
- all attendee are expected to express an opinion.
“Furthermore, Canadians prefer to keep their business dealings as direct as possible. Cockiness and flaunting are looked down upon, even viewed suspiciously. Of course, it goes without saying that punctuality is crucial to reputation and building mutual trust. After all, if you’re late for a business meeting, your business counterpart will start getting negative ideas. Punctuality is also important for proceedings to run smoothly and on schedule.
Canada is a cultural mosaic and adheres to British practises that have accumulated over the past 200 years
Canadian business meetings are also more democratic as efforts are made to reach a consensus between all parties involved. Parties are always encouraged to make their thoughts known and are pushed to play fair. Patience is a similarly important factor of the business deal. Moroz explains: “business negotiations are likely to end in a plan of action, but the decision process is not hurried. Be patient, as it may take some time to receive the green light on a project’s go ahead.”
Oxana Tsirelman: Canadian Business Etiquette 101, arbitragemagazine.com