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Early Stage Business Expansion


Can a new Canadian company build a sustainable business in an emerging market? Yes!

Throughout the years that I’ve worked internationally, I’ve realized that most Canadian companies are more comfortable with testing their business in the North American market first. But what if your technology is truly meant to serve an emerging market instead? What do you do then?

I believe that Canadian companies can play a much bigger role in helping solve “pain points” in emerging markets.  My company, Douglas McNeill (named after my father and grandfather), based in Ottawa, Canada, is helping a new breed of Canadian companies make their mark in emerging markets. 

How did this start?

I grew up in the small town of Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, and my first “real” job was working for a supply chain management company in downtown Kabul in 2003, living “outside the wire”.  It was a big change, but I loved learning about a new culture and figuring out how to build and maintain a business in a place like Afghanistan. After Kabul, I lived and managed companies in Baghdad, Djibouti, Kuwait and traveled on business to Jordan, UAE, Ethiopia and Sudan.  I’ve also built and run a successful engineering consulting company in Afghanistan that designed 700 kilometres of rail in Northern Afghanistan, oversaw the construction of 3,000 Housing Units, and won $150 million worth of projects for our Afghan Clients.

Why does this matter? 

It matters because I know how it feels to explore a new market and build something successful from the ground up in truly challenging environments. It can be intimidating, but once you get your feet on the ground you’ll find that it isn’t that different after all. With the right team and the right approach, success can and will happen -- of course, you’ll need me as well!  

I’m going to help you build an international business that you can be proud of, with partners and clients that you’ll enjoy developing relationships with and that you can trust.   At the end of the day, you’ll sit back and say, “why didn’t I start this earlier?”.  


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Hello! How Are You? Here's how you can get in touch with us:

Phone - Andrew Matthews

+1.613.808.2633 - mobile


183 Prince Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1K 1Z8





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Douglas McNeill is owned and operated by me (Andrew Matthews).  I look forward to talking to you about your business.

Call: +1.613.231.2693 or Email: