Address: Suite 602 - 480 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V2
Phone: (416) 595-5412
Canadian Mailing Address:
360 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1S4
Shakir Farsakh, Acting Principal Commercial Officer
Phone: (416) 595-5412, ext. 236
Shakir joined the Foreign Service in May after an eight-year tenure as the Director of the Long Island Export Assistance Center, for the U.S. Commercial Service, providing international business development, matchmaking and export educational support to companies in Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York. He has worked as an International Trade Specialist in Manhattan and Boston, and in Commerce Department HQ as the Associate Director for the Africa, Near East, and South Asia office. In addition, he managed strategic partnerships for one of the pioneer cloud computing companies in the Boston area, creating the template for strategic partner interaction. Shakir has served as the Senior Commercial Officer to Morocco in 2008, and the United Arab Emirates in 2004, on a temporary duty basis.
As a member of the site advance team for Secretaries of Commerce Brown and Daley, he had most notably helped set up the first ever cabinet level meeting with Secretary Ron Brown and PLA Chairman Yasser Arafat in Gaza. He is a graduate of The Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and has studied Arabic in Egypt and Jordan. Shakir also speaks French and a little Russian.
Stefan Popescu, Commercial Specialist
Phone: (416) 595-5412, ext. 223
Previously Stefan managed start-up companies and subsidiaries of Panasonic Corp. and Siemens, after starting his career in engineering for nuclear power plants. Stefan has engineering and economics degrees and business administration certification, and he speaks several languages.
Ruth Williamson, Commercial Specialist
Phone: (416) 595-5412, ext. 238
Ontario (Regional) coverage: Film/Video and Recordings; Marine Equipment; Plastics/Chemicals.
Pixie Irving, Commercial Assistant
Phone: (416) 595-5412 ext. 224
Ontario (Regional) coverage: Giftware; Jewelry; Musical Instruments; Personal Products; Sporting Goods; Textiles/ Apparel; Toys & Games.
Pixie is also the Budget and Systems Administrator for the office and is the National Coordinator for the CS Canada Internship Program which she also manages regionally for the CS Toronto office.
Bojan Opsenica, Investment Assistant
Phone: (416) 595-5412 ext. 221
Oksana Solovei, Commercial Assistant
Phone: (416) 595-5412 ext. 227
Trade Support: Energy Power-Gen; Oil & Gas Services
Beyond the Border – Border Issues
Anya Yablonska, Commercial Assistant
Phone: (416) 595-5412 ext. 229
Ontario (Regional) coverage: Aerospace; Provincial Government Procurement