June 15, 2023 (PARIS) – ADIT Group today announced the coming together of its branches GoExport and Salveo Canada with the launch of ADIT North America, expanding ADIT Group’s globally integrated risk advisory firm specializing in strategic intelligence, compliance and due diligence, business diplomacy and security. Assuming the role of President and Managing Director of ADIT North America is the Honourable Erin O’Toole, an experienced corporate lawyer, retired Captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force, former Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, and the former Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Serving in elected office for the last decade, Mr. O’Toole is currently transitioning out of his role as a Canadian Member of Parliament. Mr. O’Toole will also sit on the global executive committee of ADIT Group.
Part of the Paris-based ADIT Group led by CEO Philippe Caduc, ADIT North America will provide advisory and operational services to companies, investment funds, and agencies operating or investing globally. With a worldwide network of over 1,000 consultants, analysts and correspondents, ADIT Group provides on-the-ground intelligence analysis in more than 130 countries. ADIT North America will allow North American clients to access ADIT’s unparalleled global reach and advisory services, while also enhancing ADIT Group coverage for its European and global clients.
ADIT North America will bring together the strengths of GoExport and Salveo in Canada and Mexico with offices in Montreal, Toronto, and Mexico City. GoExport is a Quebec-based trade consultancy with a 15-year track record of helping exporters, agencies, and SMEs grow their sales by accessing new markets around the world. Salveo Canada also has an established presence in Canada and Mexico offering payroll services, recruitment and outsourced export and business development services for SMEs, sub-national governments, and public agencies.
ADIT Group is the European leader in economic intelligence with a 30-year reputation built upon trust, service excellence, and high ethical standards. With its origins in global diplomacy and intelligence gathering, ADIT Group’s mission is to eliminate risks and reduce the uncertainty related to growing businesses or investment opportunities around the world. ADIT Group serves more than 500 clients worldwide, including multinational groups, companies, investment funds, institutions, and SMEs, and employs over 700 employees.
Erin O’Toole is the President and Managing Director of ADIT North America. One of Canada’s most respected thought leaders on geopolitical and domestic policy issues, Mr. O’Toole served as a Member of the Canadian Parliament for a decade and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2020-2022. Prior to his election to Parliament, Mr. O’Toole served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked in the private sector as a corporate lawyer and advisor.
In government, Mr. O’Toole served as the Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade during final negotiations on Canada’s historic free trade agreement with the European Union. He was involved in trade negotiations with South Korea, Honduras, and countries within the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and led efforts related to regulatory cooperation between Canada and the United States. He also served as Minister of Veterans Affairs and improved service standards and mental health support for Veterans and their families.
In opposition, Mr. O’Toole served as the Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs before becoming the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2020 to 2022. In 2021, Mr. O’Toole ran for Prime Minister of Canada in a general election held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He won the popular vote and advocated for a series of economic and geopolitical policies that continue to impact debate in Canada today.
A graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, Mr. O’Toole was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force flying on the Sea King helicopter and sailing operationally with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration for his service and received a Sikorsky Helicopter Rescue Award.
Following his service in the military, Mr. O’Toole graduated from Dalhousie Law School and worked as a corporate lawyer and business advisor at two of Canada’s largest law firms and as in-house counsel to one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies.