This dynamic partnership is a significant step forward in getting domestically manufactured PPE into the hands of Canadian healthcare workers
WATERLOO, ON | MARCH 11, 2021 —The Canadian Shield is proud to announce that it has partnered with Oakville, Ontario-based Canadian Hospital Specialties (CHS), a national specialty distributor of medical and surgical products to help strengthen the medical device industry in Canada.
With the shared belief that a strong medical device industry is necessary to provide safety and security for the country’s healthcare system, this new strategic partnership will propel The Canadian Shield one step closer in fulfilling their commitment to making Canadian-made Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) accessible for Canadian hospitals.
The alliance between The Canadian Shield and Canadian Hospital Specialties will see The Canadian Shield’s medical-grade procedural and surgical face masks as well as other Class 1 medical devices included in a number of CHS surgical kits distributed to hospitals across the country.
“Over the past year, domestic PPE manufacturers have worked hard to build a medical device manufacturing industry from the ground up in Canada — and as we approach our one year anniversary, we are proud to be at the forefront of medical device manufacturing automation, IP, and innovation on a national level.” said Jeremy Hedges, CEO and founder of The Canadian Shield. “Securing strategic partnerships with like-minded distributors such as Canadian Hospital Specialties is an important step forward in our growth as a scaling manufacturer of PPE in our country.”
Considering the current Canadian healthcare market and medical device procurement system, the country faces its own set of challenges when it comes to PPE manufacturing and distribution. With many Canadian hospitals and procurement groups locked into multi-year contracts with foreign importers, getting Canadian-made PPE into the healthcare system has proven difficult for many medical device manufacturers.
Canadian Hospital Specialties is dedicated to partnering with manufacturers who are working to make a difference in the market with new and innovative solutions. The organization’s extensive product portfolio serves the majority of Canadian hospitals, in addition to a robust network of 400+ national active alternate care dealers and pharmacies.
“The Canadian Shield’s core values in meaningful work and supporting domestic supply and labour is one we share as we continue to invest in new technologies bringing value to supplier partners, customers and patients in the Canadian healthcare market,” said Mike Canzoneri, CEO. “We are thrilled to embark on this journey with The Canadian Shield as we work to maximize opportunities for Canada’s healthcare system together with Canadian made products.”
The partnership with Canadian Hospital Specialties aligns with The Canadian Shield’s commitment to working with national distributors who understand the value of a Canadian medical device manufacturing sector, and are actively working to favour domestic PPE production over foreign importation.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN SHIELD
The Canadian Shield is a Waterloo Region based advanced manufacturing company that specializes in the design and production of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and the public.
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