Jan 13th, the WMCO featured a doubleheader event on the award-winning and highly successful Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) as well as the WMCO/CME Health & Safety Excellence Program (HSEP) designed to bring structure and order to health & safety policies in the workplace while providing money back on company’s WSIB premiums in the form of rebates.
Leading off the event were Cecilia Turnbull and Tony Jabour, both from the Toronto Region Board of Trade, providing a program overview of the success TAP delivered for many companies and how the program is designed to help businesses develop or expand into export markets.
“Throughout these seven half-day sessions, as you’re working through and doing research and talking to experts, you will also be doing an export plan. This is essential when you’re applying for funding and looking to work with the trade commissioner.” – says Cecilia Turnbull, Toronto Region Board of Trade (TBOT).
Joining Cecilia to describe the upcoming program was Tony Jabour, TBOT continuing to say:
“The Trade Accelerator program combines different resources and puts them in one program where we can introduce the resources to you.
“We’re going to have the international trade ecosystem available with us – for example, Export Development Canada; Business Development Canada; Bank of Canada; Trade commissioners; Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade (just to name a few)”.
“It’s extremely important to build this connection with the ecosystem when it comes to international trade.”
– Tony Jabour, Toronto Region Board of Trade
The second half of the event was Health & Safety Excellence Program (HSEP) Specialist James Ebidia, CRSP, and partner with the WMCO to deliver the WMCO CME HSEP.
James returns, sharing with attendees’ insight to the program and the value it provides to add structure for a company’s health and safety policies and provide a rebate back on their WSIB premiums. The benefit of this program is how it offsets costs that companies are indirectly already paying when implementing their H&S policies in their factories and warehouses.
The WMCO now has an ongoing monthly meeting for wood companies signed up to the WMCO CME HSEP. The group meets to review any questions, share ideas, exchange resources and best practices throughout their journey.
To see the entire Double Header event and other past events, WMCO members can log in to https://www.wmco.ca/events-archive/ to watch it again on demand.