About Us

Foreign exchange solutions for Canadian businesses

Since 1993, we’ve known how important trust is in a business relationship. In the same way that you’re careful about who you work with, we also choose our partners carefully in order to build strong, long-lasting relationships. Our partnerships with EDC, CIBC, and BMO allow us to deliver unique products, access niche currencies, and offer a range of settlement options. Regulated by FINTRAC, we are held to the same stringent processes and controls as the Chartered Banks of Canada.  We back all of this up with regular audits from industry leader Grant Thornton.

We are one of Canada’s longest established currency exchange specialists and our mission is to offer seamless solutions at better rates by focusing our three pillars of success; expertise, commitment and value. By giving you direct access to an experienced currency trader who is committed to you, we are able to build a foreign exchange strategy that adds value to your business.

In 1993, founder Stephen Lau, envisioned a service that gave small businesses the best deal on currencies they traded in. Many of those early clients remain with us and trust our knowledge and expertise to save them millions.

“I can confidently say many of our clients have been with us from day one. I believe it is our commitment to serving Canadian small business that got us here.”
Stephen Lau, Founder & President


We are serious about helping you quickly and efficiently. When you sign up with Mercantile Exchange, we assign you a dedicated currency trader who is an expert in corporate foreign exchange. They will be there to help you every step of the way and manage your needs as your business grows.


We understand the importance of a sound financial strategy and the value it can bring to your business.
Markets move, but through our decades of experience and our connections with financial institutions around the world we always provide our clients competitive rates.