Achieve your export potential with Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program

Vancouver Board of Trade TAP program
New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make today an ideal time for small- and medium-sized enterprises to extend their reach through the export of goods and services.

The World Trade Centre Vancouver dedicates itself to strengthening the export performance of small- and medium-sized businesses in BC. The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) provides small and medium-sized businesses with access to some of Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources, and contacts, while giving them hands-on training on expanding internationally.

The World Trade Centre Toronto had introduced the TAP program in 2015. In 2017, World Trade Centre Vancouver launched the first TAP cohort, and now in partnership with the Federal Government, TAP is a national program. With a proven track record of helping participants get results, TAP graduates have found that after just six months of graduating the program, on average, export revenue increased by 28%.

Companies participating in the TAP program get access to trade and investment resources and learn to navigate the complexities of the global trade ecosystem through industry experts, workshop exercises, and one-on-one mentorship meetings. This nine day program is structured over seven weeks, assisting companies in gaining a deeper understanding of international best practices, expanding their global footprint, and increase revenue through exposure to new markets.

Are you ready to take your business international? The Trade Accelerator is now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort.

To learn more about the Trade Accelerator Program, or to apply to participate, visit

TAP Graduate Testimonials

“The TAP program forced us to plan in advance, as opposed to reactive planning. The information and connections made during the program were extremely beneficial, and having such comprehensive feedback from peers reinforces our future plans and adds confidence moving forward.”
— Michelle Konkle, Director, Excel Career College

“I found the TAP program very informative on a number of different levels. There are so many factors to consider when looking at creating an export plan that you are bound to overlook something that might seem trivial but is actually very important. Gaining perspective from all the presenters and experts in their respective fields gave me a much better understanding of the complexity of becoming an exporter and we are now much better prepared to take on this challenge.”
— Edward Sawchyn, President, Cooler Heads Safety Inc.

Application deadline: September 30



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