Canada-born James Gulkin founded Siam Canadian in Thailand in 1987 with the goal of starting a seafood trading company to handle exports from Thailand into North America and Europe.
It was during this time that Thailand’s seafood industry was entering a period of dynamic growth, fueled by the rapid expansion of shrimp aquaculture in the country. Siam Canadian saw the growth opportunities in the seafood business, and frozen seafood soon became its core business and the main focus of its expansion.
In 1992, Siam Canadian opened its first overseas branch in Vietnam, followed by opening additional offices in China, India, Indonesia and Myanmar. It later added the International Trading Division to its Bangkok headquarters to facilitate procurement of products from other countries where Siam Canadian does not maintain its own offices.
Siam Canadian currently procures product from North America, South America, Europe as well as Bangladesh, Korea and Japan. It sells to importers in more than 70 countries. The United States is still the company’s largest market, followed by Canada and Western Europe.
In September 2018, the company announced the launch of a new subsidiary in Poland, Siam Canadian – Meat Division, with the objective to build a significant position in the meat industry.