Specialist Skill Sets

International Capacity Building on Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS)

TDV Global was the Canadian Executing Agency for a Global Affairs Canada (CIDA) contribution agreement to provide trade-related technical assistance and capacity building (TRTA/CB) expertise on sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures (SPS). The project delivered over $2 million in TRTA/CB services to the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Guatemala. The project utilized participatory planning methods to identify stakeholder needs, then matched our TDV subject matter experts with TDV experts in capacity building. The result was powerful, and the project had great success. Project partners included CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ), the Costa Rican National Animal Health Service (SENASA), and Norms and Regulation Unit in the Ministry of Agriculture in Guatemala (MAGA-UNR). 

Product Safety Laboratory Functional Review: Organizational Analysis and Comparative Assessment

Health Canada’s Product Safety Laboratory undertook a functional review with the aim of identifying the critical success factors, change requirements and implementation path that would contribute to a sustainable, world-class laboratory. Mr. Ennis led the functional review process that analyzed the role and structure of the Laboratory, conducted a comparative assessment of the Laboratory to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Laboratory Sciences and other international benchmarks, identified options and developed, documented and presented recommendations to position the Laboratory for the future. 

Caribbean Public Health Agency – Costing Options and Change Management Plan

TDV Global was contracted by the CARICOM Secretariat to provide expert advice and support on the establishment of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The goal was to consolidate five regional health institutes (RHIs) located in three countries into one single agency in Trinidad and Tobago. Another layer of complexity was that two of the RHIs were administered by PAHO. TDV Global Partner Brian McKay led the multi-disciplinary team that included experts in global public health, laboratory management, human resources, finances, economics, and IM/IT. Over a one-year period the team undertook a costing study that identified three possible options on establishing CARPHA and the requisite resources, and developed a Change Management Plan that provided the CARPHA transition team with a three-year road map for implementation.  

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association – Prudent Use Guidelines

The emerging threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has the potential to greatly impact on the health system’s capacity to deal with infections and outbreaks. To help address this threat, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association enlisted TDV Global Inc. and its team of veterinary experts to revise and update guidelines on prudent use of antibiotics in animals. These guidelines provide the veterinary community with the latest information on appropriate use of antibiotics in an effort to maintain the utility of antibiotics used in human medicine. 

CL3 Commissioning of the Health Research Innovation Facility, University of Alberta

The University of Alberta Health Research Innovation Facility (HRIF) is a medical research project containing an Animal Services Containment Level 3 (CL3) Suite. TDV assisted the HRIF Commissioning and Project Managers with the complicated processes of construction, commissioning and certification, to federal standards, of the CL3 laboratory within the new research facility.