International relations and business development – these are key aspects at the core of Mark Wilger’s 25 years of experience. A natural people person and experienced with multiple start-ups himself, Mark is quickly able to understand and empathize with those leading the charge into a new market. He is very familiar with cultural differences and sensitivities. He was born of Ecuadorian and German ancestry and is married to a wonderful Chinese lady. He has lived in China, for over 12 years, as well Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Myanmar, Ecuador, Mexico, and Qatar, among others. Conversant in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin, Mark enjoys connecting with people of all cultures and backgrounds.
Mark was born and raised in Saskatoon and grew up working in family businesses in the agricultural, manufacturing, and plastics industries. He graduated with great distinction from Chemical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and immediately sought out an international opportunity. His international oil and gas services career started with advanced technical and management training and aggressive personnel development programs. Breaking off into another small but expanding company, Mark learned first-hand the process of starting a new company in China. He repeated this in China, again in Calgary, then in Singapore.
As General Manager, Mark oversaw and was responsible for providing full administrative and human resources support for oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, and construction companies, large and small, that started up or expanded in China. Mark was able to provide some of the resources, advice, connections, and tips that were key to their success. From cultural aspects to tax policies to the best restaurant in town, Mark openly shared his experience as well as the lessons learned by dozens of other companies that he helped do business in China. This helped many companies avoid pitfalls, saving them both time and money.
Mark moved to Calgary in 2014 as his children were getting ready for high school. He is here now and ready to share his China experience and connections with you as he helps provide you with any support you need.