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“From ships to shore”: New workshops aimed at helping Atlantic SMEs access major supply chains

Published by Derek Lothian on March 16, 2012

A new series of interactive workshops hosted by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) aims to help small and medium-sized enterprises prepare for and access a myriad of business opportunities in ‘megaprojects’ across Atlantic Canada.

Ready, Set, Go…CME’s Guide to Supplier Readiness will assist Nova Scotia manufacturers 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.

“The opportunities are boundless, but planning for business growth can be a daunting task,” explains Ann Janega, vice president, CME Nova Scotia. “Companies must consider what certifications they’ll need, what quality assurance measures must be implemented, and what capacities should be in-place. These workshops will offer an important roadmap for joining the supply chain.”

The series is set to launch in Halifax on Tuesday, March 20, in partnership with law firm, McInnes Cooper. 

The program will feature a presentation from Allendale Electronics President, Cyril Meagher, who will explain how his small, rural business is gearing up to pursue shipbuilding contracts, while Shawn Levangie, president of Trail Blazer Products Limited, will also detail lessons learned from his firm’s impressive growth. Trail Blazer has transitioned to a major international exporter, working with more than 20,000 retail outlets worldwide.

“From ships to shore, there are literally billions of dollars on the table for savvy businesses who are able to take their operations to the next level,” says Janega. “Companies like Trail Blazer demonstrate how small Nova Scotia firms can take local success to a global marketplace.”  

Tuesday’s session will be held at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. Registration is open to the public by visiting

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