Who We Are
Canadian Presence Founder and CEO – Doug Gilbert
Doug Gilbert founded Canadian Presence indirectly in February of 2002. We say indirectly because it was the realization of being “relieved” from a high paying high- profile sales engagement that first three rules of sales were really driven home. An idea emerged that would deliver results, lower sales costs, and yield a better quality of life beyond airports.
From the time he sent out resumes from the American Airlines lounge in Dallas to his arrival home in Toronto and driving past Canada’s first Krispy Kreme Doughnut Store at 2 AM (with over a thousand-people lined up outside…in the cold and snow) he had 14 job offers. Doug’s thinking after incredulously witnessing first-hand the “Krispy-Khaos” was how can he take all of these opportunities forward?
It took another 2 years for Doug to act and launch “Actual not Virtual” a little too sarcastic a name, but you get the point, no virtual offices which were all the buzz at the time. Canadian Presence evolved as sales approach for companies expanding into Canada from the US and Europe.
We now work routinely with American clients in Canada, and European clients in both Canada and the USA as a fully functional Sales and Business Development arm of their organizations.
Doug still thinks that if an American Doughnut Store can get Canadians to stand outside in a snowstorm at 2:00 AM…. Canadian Presence can sell your solution.