Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

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Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort of the Trade Accelerator Program are NOW OPEN!

We're bringing you an all-new VIRTUAL Trade Accelerator Program experience, to comply with social distancing guidelines and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Prepare your business for the next level.

The Trade Accelerator Program is an innovative initiative, designed to accelerate the strategic development of your business and to better prepare you for an expansion into international markets. In addition to our in-class program, virtual formats are now available, depending on the region. Please contact us for more details.

Grow with the right tools.

We will connect your business with top industry experts, provide you with the necessary coaching needed to build a personalized export strategy, and equip you with the tools and resources to find success as you grow your business.

Explore New Markets

More than 71% of participants are now actively exporting in markets including China, India, Mexico, Japan, Sweden, U.K., Italy, and the United States.

Grow Your Business

Average growth of 33% in export sales on year after participation.

Build Confidence

Nearly 90% of participants declared themselves better prepared to do business internationally upon completing the program.


Day 1: Support and Advisory Resources - October 20, 2020

Day 2: Strategic Planning - October 21, 2020

Day 3: Legal and Tax Implications to Going Global - October 27, 2020

Day 4: International Finance - November 3, 2020

Day 5: Building Capacity & Supply Chain Management - November 10, 2020

Day 6: Sales & Marketing - November 17, 2020

Day 7: Sales & Marketing - November 18, 2020

Phase 1: Discover

The program comprises intensive workshops that familiarizes participants with the available exporting resources, introduces high-level experts in key functions of international trade, stimulates peer-to-peer exchange of ideas & experiences, and provides guidance in recognizing and handling business challenges.

Phase 2: Develop

Participants will receive hands-on support from leading Canadian export advisors in the development of their Export Plan. Participants will initiate tackle key sections of their export plan, detailing strategic objectives, market entry methods, international marketing plan, as well as supply chain and operational resources.

Phase 3: Build

Over the course of the program, participants will develop their trade plan. They will have the full support of export advisors to guide and assist them in developing an export plan that is realistic, high quality, and fully integrated with their overall business strategy. All export plans receive a written assessment from our expert team.

Phase 4: Accelerate

The final phase of the program is focused on mentoring, constructive feedback, solutions, and reinforcing business relationships. After reviewing the export plan, participants will receive individual mentoring sessions from our expert partners where potential solutions and ways forward are explored. Participants will walk away with a complete Strategic Export Plan!


TAP Virtual is delivered in 7-half day sessions held over several few weeks, concluding with a one-on-on mentoring session.


The program fee for TAP is $5000 per company. However, through the generous support of our sponsors, a bursary will be provided to you to lower the cost to $499 plus HST per company.

Please note: Nominated companies who do not attend all seven (7) TAP sessions and complete an export plan prior to the One-on-One Mentoring Day will be charged the full program fee.


  • Dedicate two senior representatives to participate in the program.
  • Commit to attend all 7 half-days in full.
  • Complete an export plan prior to the one-on-one mentoring day.
  • Bi-annually share information about your company's exporting activity after completing the program through an online survey link you will receive.



  • Ideally, your company generates $500K+ in annual gross revenue.


  • Your company is currently not exporting but has taken exploratory steps abroad; or
  • Your company is already exporting a product or service and wishes to increase its market share; or
  • Your company is motivated to expand to new markets.


  • Your company has a product or service with a defined competitive advantage.


  • Your company has two years of financial records.


  • Your company has a good record of Corporate Social Responsibility.

*Exceptions to the above-mentioned criteria are made for companies in growth industries such as technology and healthcare. Applications are reviewed on a case by case basis. For more information, or to understand if your company qualifies, please contact:

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