The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is unveiling an advisory group of 20 chief and senior executives to help businesses large and small manage their operations through restrictions and public health concerns.
Among the group are the presidents of vaccine-makers Pfizer Canada and Providence Therapeutics, as well as executives from Shoppers Drug Mart, WestJet and BlackBerry.
Chamber president Perrin Beatty says the businesses involved will look for ways to protect their employees and customers and help with vaccination efforts.
Among the items on the group’s agenda will be coming up with ways to encourage employees to get vaccinated and protocols for using rapid tests that have languished in warehouses despite repeated requests from companies for their use.
Beatty says the lack of government strategy on the use of rapid tests is a real challenge to reopening parts of the economy safely.
He says doing nothing until everyone gets vaccinated will take time, and businesses have to be willing to do whatever it can to help hurry the pace of shots and the use of personal protective equipment.
“It’s not simply sitting on the sidelines and telling government what they should be doing, but taking what actions businesses can themselves to help to protect their customers and their employees,” Beatty says.