Business development officers and consultants conduct research, formulate policies and manage programs to stimulate industrial and commercial business investment or tourism in urban and rural areas, or to promote commercial or industrial products and services. They are employed by government departments, international organizations, and business associations or may be self-employed. (NOC)

Economic development officers (EDOs) promote economic growth in communities through initiatives such as, attracting new businesses and encouraging the expansion of existing businesses. (alis)

Business Development Officers/Executives/Managers assist companies to acquire new customers and sell additional products or services to existing ones; this means the role is a crucial one for any business with the ambition to expand or the necessity to diversify its clientele. (The Telegraph Media Group Ltd.)

Occupational profile


Educational requirements vary by position. A bachelor's degree in economics, commerce, business administration or public administration may be required (NOC). Students interested in this field may also consider other majors with a complimentary minor. Students are encouraged to speak with employers and view a sample of job postings to better understand employment requirements.

At the University of Manitoba, in addition to the faculties and departments below, other faculties and departments offer courses related to business, marketing, research, leisure and tourism.

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Information for foreign-trained Business Development Officers - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

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