Andy Merchant is an award-winning Businessman and has played a pivotal role in building bilateral trade relations between Canada and Pakistan for several years. He completed his textile engineering degree from Germany in 1969 and was awarded a Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement by the Pakistan Memon Jamaat.
Andy’s business success story started after he immigrated to Canada in 1959. He served as Vice President for International Sales and Marketing for Hartford Fibers and received “National Export Award” in 1992 from the Government of Canada for opening markets in over 40 countries around the world. Andy also co-invented a fiber and patented it in USA.
In addition to his professional achievements, Andy served as the President of Canada- Pakistan Business Council from 1996-2012 and organized 18 successful trade missions between the two countries during his tenure. Moreover, during this period Andy served on the Board of several professional, business and international organizations in Canada including the Kingston Area and Economic Development Corporation, the Empire Club, TVO, Textile Society of Canada, HRW, Royal Commonwealth Foundation, SOS, Toronto Chapter, Rotary Club and the Toronto World Cup Committee.
Over the years Andy has been recognized for his contributions by different governments. In 1998, the Harrison Government appointed Andy as “Business Ambassador” for the province of Ontario. In 2007, the government of Pakistan appointed him as the “Member of the Advisory Council” for Overseas Pakistanis in Canada. In 2012, the Canada- Sri Lanka Business Council awarded Andy with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” and he also received the prestigious “Queen’s Diamond Jubilee “ medal that year.