The outcome & benefits
The project disrupts the current domestic PPE industry as it pushes boundaries with new manufacturing technologies, built-in testing capabilities and fully automated systems. The new equipment will provide customized flexibility to modify materials and mask fit, creating the highest level of quality and test-controlled respirators within the Canadian marketplace.
Jason continues: “Domestic manufacturing is important. ‘Made in Canada' is important. Not just for PPE—but for all kinds of critical infrastructure. It's good for the economy, for national security, and for our country's morale.”
Providing guidance to these manufacturers in their new Canadian-made initiative gained BDO two new clients. Prior to any funding grants, both Novo and Harbour have been incurring their own costs to develop technology, machines, and finished products. Throughout the process, the manufacturers have constantly been working with BDO's help to answer all of NGen's questions to secure a final contract for funding.
“Another crucial element,” Jason suggests, “is to have advisors that are unbiased and arms-length that can offer critical perspective on the project.”
"An expert team of advisors like George and the BDO team in the background is essential. Having them on hand to vet all your entrepreneurial ideas and tell you ‘yes, this is going to work' or ‘let's rethink this' strengthens the process."