Re: "Canadian businesses not seizing on CETA as much as Europeans, need a culture shift, say analysts," (The Hill Times, April 24, p. 5). This story included a quote that misrepresented Export Development Canada’s (EDC) mandate and our commitment to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Contrary to what NDP MP Tracey Ramsey suggested in this story, we exist to support all Canadian businesses engaged in export, regardless of size. In fact, our portfolio runs the gamut—from micro-businesses and start-ops to large multinationals—but the bulk of our customers are small- and medium-sized enterprises. Last year, we saw a 40 per cent increase in the number of customers served, rising to more than 13,000 from 9,400 in 2017. Of those 13,000 customers served last year, 84 per cent were small- and medium-sized. That figure isn’t an accident—we’ve been working for years to meet companies where they are in their exporting journey and provide the varied solutions required, depending whether a business owner is only beginning to think about exporting or has been doing it for years. For example, EDC’s enhanced partnerships with Canadian banks allowed for greater support to companies pursuing international opportunities. That program, called the Export Guarantee Program, helped 30 per cent more companies access working capital through their banks to fuel their international growth; that year-over-year growth was comprised mainly of SMEs. We have always and will continue to support Canadian businesses of all sizes, in an array of sectors, with diverse leaders. This is the way we’ve successfully met our mandate to support and develop the country’s export trade year after year, with a consistent record of profitability that has allowed us to declare more than $7.4-billion in dividends to the Government of Canada. David Bhamjee Vice-president, corporate communications and public affairs Export Development Canada Ottawa, Ont.