Mr. Eric Eide Joins MAPLE Business Council as a Strategic Advisor

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We are delighted to announce that Mr. Eric Eide has joined MAPLE Business Council® as a Strategic Advisor. In this part-time role, Eric will assist in growing the organization’s presence throughout Southern California and enhancing its contributions towards greater collaboration between Southern California and Canada.

Most recently, Eric was the Director of International Trade at the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role, Eric worked to increase international business activity, facilitate the import and export of goods, and attract investment to Los Angeles.  Before that he served as an Advisor for Strategic Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, where he assisted U.S.-based entrepreneurs, firms, and universities with interests in South and Central Asia.  Prior to this role, Eric was an Economic Officer at the State Department advancing foreign policy goals to address the bilateral U.S.-India relationship.  Eric holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Now a principal in his own consulting practice, TradeWorks Global, Eric advises local companies on how to explore opportunities and do business in international markets, assists international companies and investors on how to connect to opportunities in the LA area, and advises clients on how best to navigate public sector opportunities.

The appointment of Eric Eide follows the recent appointment of Rashma Agarwal, the former Deputy Consul General of Canada in Los Angeles, as a fellow Strategic Advisor.  Now in our third year, MAPLE Business Council is an internationally recognized executive organization that promotes bilateral investment, trade, and entrepreneurship between Southern California and Canada.

Please join us in welcoming Eric to our MAPLE community. For those interested in contacting Eric directly, he can be reached at We look forward to his contributions.