Anna Keller, senior legal counsel, Canadian Commercial Corp.

Anna Keller
Anna Keller
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For nearly a decade, Anna Keller has facilitated growth in dozens of new foreign markets for her employers and clients alike by developing business outreach strategies and acquisition plans. 

As a corporate lawyer at Shopify in 2018, she spearheaded an international corporate structure that enabled the company to seamlessly expand into overseas markets – a goal she is continuing to pursue in her current role at the Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Crown corporation that helps Canadian exporters sell products and services abroad, where she is the only female senior legal counsel. 

While Keller’s work is currently focused on guiding businesses through international expansion, she previously worked on internal business and revenue growth initiatives while working in private practice and saw the firm’s clientele increase by 20 per cent.

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Outside of work, Keller is the youngest female independent director on the University of Ottawa Board of Governors, and she is a sessional lecturer at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business. 

Prior to taking the bar, Keller worked as an award-winning journalist at the Toronto Star, where she covered local and national business news. 

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