Canada, Australia, New Zealand and two tiny city states (Singapore and Hong Kong) are the easiest places on earth to start a new business. The once great United States has fallen to 20th place in this World Bank survey, behind such stalwarts as Armenia, Azerbaijan and Malaysia. Starting a business means getting prodded, delayed and taxed by bureaucrats before you can turn on the lights. (The same applies at the other end when you have to downsize or shut a business. It can take years and bankrupt you in some countries.)
The chart means Canada should network with the other top four. They are tucked by the edge of up-and-coming but badly-run China and Canada is cozied up against the other somewhat badly-run super power. Canada, a former British dominion, has location-location-location. Network with the city states and Britain's former dominions in the south seas. A trading empire doesn't have to be a military one. Remember a few centuries ago when Amsterdam, London , tiny Portugal and Spain were the heartbeat of world commerce?