Succeed in export markets faster with the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

In-depth workshop sessions for enhanced export knowledge.

TAP by the numbers*:

18%

average growth of international sales reported by  TAP participants one year after completing the program

40

number of new markets penetrated by TAP participants, including China, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Sweden, the UAE and the U.S.

95%

proportion of participants who said the TAP program helped prepare them to grow their export activities

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How does TAP accelerate my company’s growth?

TAP is an innovative program designed to help small- and medium-sized enterprises gain knowledge and a network of contacts to unleash their export potential. Through a series of in-depth workshop sessions with trade and industry experts, Canadian business leaders learn to overcome export barriers and reach new markets faster.

Ready to expand your business horizons? Through TAP, you’ll learn the ins and outs of exporting, discover the resources available to companies like yours, and find out how to build and sustain a profitable future.

*Toronto Board of Trade, June 2018

Find a TAP session near you

City Cohorts 2-day Workshop 3rd Day Export Plan 1 on 1 Matchmaking Day

Abbotsford

April

Apr 24-25

02-May

30-May

Kelowna

February

Feb 4-5

12-Feb

12-Mar

Prince George

November

Nov 6-7

14-Nov

12-Dec

Vancouver

February

Feb 28-Mar 1

08-Mar

05-Apr

Vancouver

October

Oct 23-24

01-Nov

28-Nov

Victoria

June

June 18-19

26-June

24-July

 

Winnipeg

February

Feb 27-28

07-Mar

24-Apr

Winnipeg

October

Oct 29-30

Nov (TBC)

12-Dec

 

Calgary

March

Mar 5-6

22-Mar

18-Apr

Calgary

May

May 13-14

28-May

18-June

Calgary

September - General

Sept 9-10

23-Sept

23-Oct

Calgary

November - Services

Nov 7-8

18-Nov

18-Dec

Edmonton

February

Feb 21-22

01-Mar

02-Apr

Edmonton

May

May 29-30

07-June

03-July

Edmonton

September

Sept 11-12

24-Sept

17-Oct

Edmonton

November

Oct 31-Nov 1

19-Nov

12-Dec

 

Brampton

June

June 20-21

27-June (TBC)

12-Sept (TBC)

Kitchener

September

Sept 16-17

TBC

TBC

London

October

Oct 10-11

17-Oct (TBC)

21-Nov (TBC)

Niagara

October

Oct 15-16

24-Oct

25-Nov

Toronto

Food and Beverage

Feb 12-13

20-Feb

27-Mar

Toronto

April

Apr 2-3

11-Apr

16-May

Toronto

June

June 5-6

13-June

17-July

Toronto

August

Aug 21-22

27-Aug

26-Sept

Toronto

Technology

Sept 4-5

11-Sept

17-Oct

Toronto

October

Oct 2-3

10-Oct

12-Nov

Toronto

November

Nov 5-6

14-Nov

17-Dec

 

Montreal (ENG)

January

Jan 29-30

07-Feb

12-Mar

Montreal (FR)

September

Sept 25-26

3-Oct

30-Oct

Saskatoon September

Sept 25-26

07-Oct

TBC


Don't see your city listed? TAP is adding new cities all the time. 

Contact us for more information.

What you’ll get from the program

TAP can help your company make the most of your export capabilities. Through the program, you will:

1) define a growth strategy;
2) identify and analyze your target market;
3) complete an export plan; and
4) identify the resources available for international expansion.

TAP enforced discipline to focus on export growth specifically. It broadened my horizons in terms of the government agencies and programs to facilitate export sales.

David Dickson  —  VP Finance Signifi TAP Toronto

TAP at a glance

TAP is made up of three concentrated learning sessions held over four days.

TAP Session 1

Session 1

Through dynamic interactive workshops, this two-day session introduces your company to the exporting resources available and explores the principles of building and implementing an export plan.

TAP Session 2

Session 2

Session two is an intensive day of mentoring by TAP partners. You'll begin crafting an export strategy and export plan.

TAP Session 3

Session 3

The final session involves a day of one-on-one meetings between participating companies and export specialists. You’ll learn how each specialist’s solutions can support your sustained growth abroad.

How to get started with TAP

If your company fits the criteria below, you’re ready to expand your export capabilities with TAP. Participating companies must have:

  • 2 years of commercial operations
  • A strong competitive advantage
  • More than $500,000 in annual revenue
  • 2 years of income statements
  • A clean record: no corruption or environmental or human rights violations
  • Desire to diversify into export markets, to explore the steps needed to expand into new markets and/or some past export experience
  • Two senior representatives dedicated to the program

TAP changed the whole way we are doing business. We had been doing exports for 20 years thinking we were good at it... TAP opened new doors and gave us opportunities and access in ways we never thought were possible.

Paul Kalia  —  CEO Hofmann Plastics TAP Toronto

95% of participating companies declared that the TAP program helped prepare them to grow their export activities. Are you ready?

Apply now and a TAP representative will get in touch to discuss this opportunity in further detail.

Developed by industry experts

TAP was developed by the Toronto Board of Trade and is now organized by economic development agencies throughout Canada. This includes regional boards of trade, chambers of commerce and associations. The program is supported by EDC and other dedicated partners who participate in a value-packed curriculum, offering expertise, resources and valuable networking opportunities. With TAP, you’ll be in good company.

 

Canada trades network

Program partners 

TAP national partners