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A new cohort of Manufacturers ready to conquer the world, thanks to the TAP!

23 June 2021

May marked the end of the first cohort of the Trade Acceleration Program (TAP) - Innovative Manufacturers. There is already a second cohort scheduled for September 16th, 2021 and it promises to be very interesting. The program is a comprehensive training and support initiative for Innovative Manufacturers looking to enter new markets with a structured export plan.



Live filming of the cohort - Innovative Manufacturer, TAP, April 2021. From left to right: Lydia Cappelli, Export Commissioner, DESTL and the CCMM technical team



To date, more than 800 businesses have participated in TAP.

There has been an average growth of +30% in export sales only one year after participation in the program. (source : ACCLR, CCMM, TAP )


Exporting is essential for Quebec businesses that are limited by the potential of their current markets and that want to pursue their growth at the national and international levels.


In collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM), DESTL's export team accompanied 12 businesse for 5 weeks, addressing all aspects of an export plan, including :


  • Selection of a target market
  • Establishing a value proposition to distinguish your company from the competition
  • Pricing and export budget
  • Sustainable development
  • Customs
  • Standards and transportation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Distribution channels and sales



During the half-day training sessions, businesses were provided with valuable information that will save them time and money as they expand into their target markets.


In addition to developing a solid network of contacts and increasing their resources, companies learned to develop their activities internationally, in foreign markets with often unsuspected growth potential.


Our participants also had the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the highly automated facilities of renowned Laurentian business, Adfast, a manufacturer of adhesives and sealants whose export value proposition is made possible by technology.


The businesses are in the final stages of their training. They will be submitting their detailed export plans in the coming weeks for evaluation by international trade and development experts and our dedicated export commissioners.



"The TAP Program we participated in gave us the right insights to help our application be convincing and warrant government funding."


- Kristy Pealow, Vice President, International Markets, TRANSTEX, Innovative Manufacturer Cohort, TAP, April 2021





" I like the format, very satisfied with this virtual interactive training and found it to be productive.

I wish I could have taken this program 2 years ago! "


- Kim Anderson, President of Dymedso Inc. Innovative Manufacturer Cohort, TAP, April 2021





" There is nothing to lose, even when you think you know everything, there is always more to learn. You develop your network of contacts. You meet interesting people from different industries. When developing a business, no matter the field, the philosophy remains the same! In this type of training, new businesses and established businesses learn from each other ".


- Chris Papp, Founding President, SienaBlü, Manufacturer Cohort, TAP, March 2020









For interested businesses, a new cohort of the Trade Accelerator Program (in virtual format) will start on September 16th, 2021.

For more information, contact Matthieu Garaffini.




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