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Atlantic SMEs urged to grow business by boosting safety in new workshop series focused on supplier readiness

Published by Derek Lothian on April 16, 2012

Investing in workplace safety helps manufacturers sharpen their competitive edge and opens the door to new business: that's the message being delivered at the second installment of a new workshop series, designed to prepare small and medium-sized enterprises to access supplier opportunities in ‘megaprojects' across Atlantic Canada.

Hosted by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Ready, Set, Go...CME's Guide to Supplier Readiness educates Nova Scotia companies on how to tackle key challenges en route to becoming viable suppliers for major private sector and public infrastructure projects, such as shipbuilding, offshore energy development and construction.

"Safety is a priority for many companies simply because they view it as an employer responsibility," explains Ann Janega, vice president, CME Nova Scotia. "But few realize the significant role it can play in business development. Maintaining a high standard of safety on the shop floor can give manufacturers the upper hand in the procurement process and nurture a culture of success within the organization."

The session is scheduled to run Wednesday, April 25, in Halifax, sponsored by law firm, McInnes Cooper.

The program features a presentation from Stuart MacLean, chief executive officer of the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) of Nova Scotia, as well as keynotes from Charmaine Mullins, occupational health and safety and environment manager at IMP Aerospace, and Paul Reeves, director of human resources at Ultra Electronics Maritime Systems.

"Conditions have never been better for SMEs to get their foot in the door of supply chains," says Janega. "There are billions of dollars on the table right now, and knowledge will be the most in-demand resource. The key is being prepared."

Registration is open to the public. For more information, visit


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