Christina Fisker is an international trade professional, with over 20 years’ experience working in customs and global logistics. Her experience spans a few industries, including customs audits & accounting with KPMG, import-export compliance with Pitney Bowes global e-commerce, as well as freight forwarding, brokerage and compliance within a family entrepreneurship. Christina began her career in 1992 at FCI Fisker Cargo Inc., which was sold in 2005 to DSV. FCL Fisker Customs & Logistics Inc. was established in 2010, where Christina is Vice-President.
Since 2011, Christina is Director of the Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce (DCCC), which works to promote relations and business development between Canada, Denmark and the European Union (EU). DCCC has a broad network which extends to the EU Chamber of Commerce (EUCCAN), an umbrella organization of 28 EU Chambers, based in Toronto and founded to strengthen economic ties between Canada and Europe.
Additionally since 2012, Christina hosts social networking for Toronto chapter of DABGO – Danes abroad business group who meet on a monthly basis. She believes strongly in the value of networking, to get involved, connect with others and gain new perspectives.
What is your experience of a glass ceiling?
While I appreciate that there’s a glass ceiling, my experience has taught me to be prepared to negotiate. Regardless of role and gender, know your value based on skill set, experience and responsibilities. What you agree to will often set the tone for future contracts and expectations. Stay confident and do your research to align your value proposition with a motivating compensation package.
What advice do you have for others in business, particularly women?
Have a 10-year plan and stay committed to your goals. Keep an open mind along the way, always listen to your intuition and apply logic. Define your own meaning of success, be flexible and keep pursuing it. Be proud of all your accomplishments! Communication is key, respect others and treat them equally regardless of age, gender, role, etc.
What is your opinion on quotas and the gender pay gap?
I have seen an increase with women on company boards and believe that the effort needs to come from both sides in terms of the pay gap, between employer and employee. I prefer to look at things from an individual perspective and believe it’s important to communicate any concerns in a professional manner, and seek out alternative options where you could find a more suitable business relationship that’s mutually beneficial.
Are you aware of government certifications and schemes for women in business?
I admire Trudeau’s stance on feminism, he leads by example in having the first ever gender-balanced cabinet in Canada. The Status of Women organization within the federal government is there to support women’s economic prosperity, end violence and promote their leadership. It’s an exciting time, forming part of a global movement highlighted in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. I am inspired by our Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, and applaud her career accomplishments.
What do you think the #MeToo movement needs to do in order to make a huge impact in women’s professional lives?
The #MeToo movement has been very effective in raising awareness in the fight against sexual harassment of women. I think it should be utilized as one spark of many, to effect more meaningful change and equality for all.