Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), our study is on the role of the private sector in achieving Canada's international development interests. We'll begin.
I want to welcome Wendy Hannam, who is the executive vice-president of sales and service, products and marketing for Scotiabank international banking.
Wendy, thank you very much for being here today.
Colleagues, we have changed the order today because we wanted to make sure we would have as much time as we could with the ministers this afternoon. We appreciate everyone's flexibility.
Wendy, we certainly appreciate your flexibility as well in meeting with us.
We're probably going to have bells in, I'm going to suggest, the next 20 or 25 minutes. We'll see if we can go for at least half an hour—I think that would be reasonable—so that we can get some testimony and then have at least one round of questioning. When we come back we'll be with the minister.
I'm going to turn the floor over to you, Wendy. You have an opening statement. Then we'll have questions back and forth from both sides of the table.
Again, welcome. The floor is yours.