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Exploring Life Sciences Opportunities in Switzerland

November 6, 2023 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Nadja Schauer, Senior Trade Commissioner and Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of Canada in Bern for a lively discussion on Switzerland’s Life Sciences sector and opportunities for Canadian businesses.

 When: .Monday, November 6, 2023  12:30 – 1:30 pm

Where: Life Sciences Nova Scotia, 1344 Summer Street, Main level, Executive Boardroom

Please RSVP if plan to attend to Ciara McGlinchey – Executive Assistant   Email

Participants will benefit from:

  • An overview of the Swiss Life Sciences sector and opportunities for Canadian companies;
  • Practical insight on navigating and doing business in the Swiss Life Sciences sector;
  • An overview of the services/support provided by the Trade Commissioner Service in Bern;
  • An opportunity to bring visibility to your company and its capabilities to Canada’s trade team lead in Switzerland.

Target Audience

This session is aimed at Life Sciences companies interested in Switzerland as a potential market for business or partnership development, companies already exporting to surrounding countries (e.g. France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain), as well as companies already active in the Swiss market but seeking to expand their presence there.  

About Switzerland

Switzerland is a landlocked country in the middle of Europe, but not part of the European Union. With a population of 8.7 million and a GDP of CAD 1 trillion in 2021, Switzerland has one of the highest GDP per capita in the world. The economy of Switzerland is diversified, with a dominance by the service sector, as well as some industrial companies. While Swiss SMEs form the backbone of the economy, there are a number of well-known MNEs headquartered in Switzerland, including ABB, Roche, Novartis, Nestle, Swatch, Rolex, as well as commodity traders and financial institutions. Switzerland is also ranked as the most innovative country worldwide, and is home to the best university in continental Europe, ETH Zurich.

About Nadja Schauer

Mrs. Nadja Schauer is the Senior Trade Commissioner and Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of Canada to Switzerland in Bern since 2021. As the head of the commercial section, she oversees bilateral commercial relations, including the mandates of export promotion, foreign direct investment attraction, and collaboration on science, technology and innovation.

Prior to her role in Switzerland, Mrs. Schauer was a Deputy Director for export promotion at the Toronto Regional Office of the TCS, covering sectors such as Life Sciences, ICT and Automotive. Mrs. Schauer has extensive experience in trade policy, building on her assignment at the Embassy of Canada to the European Union during the negotiations for CETA. Prior to joining Global Affairs Canada in 2009, Mrs. Schauer worked as a Senior Analyst for CIBC in Toronto. Mrs. Schauer holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.

**Please note: your registration gives Life Sciences Nova Scotia permission to use the photographs taken during the event for any legal use. 



November 6, 2023
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm