EMC Burlington/Oakville & Milton Consortiums
Front line managers, supervisors and team leaders learn principles to better execute priorities and manage workloads!
Doug Heidebrecht www.managingme.com was a recent guest presenter for our EMC members in Burlington / Oakville. With 20 years experience specializing exclusively in workload and priority management learning, Doug helps teams and individuals do more with less, reduce overwhelm and better execute on strategic priorities.
The presentation to the EMC members included an assessment of planning practices to identify opportunity…
- to 'raise the bar' for personal planning
- to spend less time on…
At the latest Burlington / Oakville / Milton SIG event, EMC members gathered to learn more about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Laura Rourke of EMC gave an impressive presentation! She led off with an update on MOL Blitzes for 2012-2013.
May - Aug 2012
|New and Young Worker (i.e. farming, service, logging sectors)|
Oct - Nov 2012
|Manufacturing (machine guarding, MSD, workplace violence)|
Feb - Mar 2013
|Slips, Trips and Falls (ladder safety and fall protection hazards)|
The group then discussed the Safety Group Element Requirements Chart…
The Burlington Oakville SIG event for April focused on Customer Service & Marketing for manufacturers, with Cindy Stradling of Athena Training & Consulting providing an exceptional interactive presentation!
Cindy described the "Disney strategy" as an exemplary customer service model for manufacturers to follow, and the attendees discussed the following 7 lessons from the strategy:
- the competition is anyone the customer compares you with
- pay fantastic attention to detail
- everyone walks the talk
- everything walks the talk
- customers are best heard through many ears
- reward, recognize and celebrate
- xvxryonx makxs a diffxrxncx (everyone makes a difference)
Cindy's entire presentaion can be…
Employment Law issues faced by Burlington / Oakville and region manufacturers was a hot topic for the SIG event for March!
The Burlington / Oakville SIG event for March featured a presentation from Brent Foreman of Evans, Philp LLP. During the presentation, Mr. Foreman and the EMC members discussed and shared experiences with Employment Law issues that they face as manufacturers today, especially their challenges with:
Our discussion topic for our February event focused on the challenges of managing a workforce with workers over age 65. It is clear that many workers are choosing to continue to work beyond 65 years of age either due to a desire to keep working or financial need. As an employer there is a great value to having them continue working since they often have a lot of technical and job specific knowledge.
Our February SIG was hosted by Mancor in Oakville. A Big thank you to Jadra for that! Our discussion topic for our February event focused on the challenges of managing a workforce with workers over age 65. It is clear that many workers are choosing to continue to work beyond 65 years of age either due to a desire to keep working or financial need. As an employer there is a great value to having them continue working since they often have a lot of technical and job specific knowledge. …
Too often Lean is seen as an isolated program that despite positive results does not sustain itself. "Employee Engagement in Continuous Improvement" answers the question – “How do we sustain Lean and transfer Lean thinking to our daily work practices?" Companies that systematically engage their people in eliminating waste, improving productivity and reducing costs are finding that they are more competitive and able to reap immediate financial and operational benefits.
Our guest speaker, Bruce Craig, discussed the topic of creating and maintaining a lean culture with a great group of participants. We talked about how employee engagement fits into the mix and discussed ways to sustain Lean and transfer Lean thinking to our daily work practices. The rewards are significant: companies that are engaged in Continuous Improvement are finding that they are more competitive.
A great discussion took place with some of the following comments/thoughts:
- I didn't…
I have had a great opportunity to be a part of fabulous peer-to-peer networking events every month in the 3 consortia that I manage. Guelph Area, Brampton/Caledon/Orangeville and Burlington/Oakville/Milton manufacturers have challenges that are unique to their respective sector and geography but what has proven to be true in 2011 is that no one person or one company has all the solutions to all of their challenges.
Strategic Interest Group events prove to be an excellent resource for manufacturers, so they can meet these challenges head on with the help of their trusted peers.
I must first commend all members on the strength of their resolve, as 2011 has shown that manufacturers in Ontario are strong and ready to increase their manufacturing competitiveness with all the vim and vigor that they have shown in the past. We came into the year with trepidation and hoped that 'the worst was over'. While we…
on January 13th, EMC Members met in Burlington to benchmark their efforts in reducing their costs of energy and minimizing their ecological footprint. A spirited discussion took place with members sharing successful programs in their facilities.
EMC is listening to member needs and to industry trends, so this year we will be facilitating a number of "Green-focused"/Environmental Sustainability SIGs. These sessions will provide manufacturers the opportunity to learn from their peers and industry leaders on what incentives have been used, strategies implemented and successes realized.
Here are ideas/strategies that were shared during roundtable discussion:
- using eco-friendly chemicals (talking with suppliers about alternatives)
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium and Northbridge Consulting are offering a free information session for manufacturers to learn more about the SR&ED program and how current EMC members are maximizing their claims on February 24th in Milton.
EMC SR&ED Program - Over $120 Million in new claims, $58 Million already approved, additional $62 million pending! Resulting in a potential $40 million in cash & tax credits for members.
Did you know that most manufacturers that submit an SR&ED claim are leaving money on the table?
EMC, realizing the potential for member companies, is undertaking a massive effort to ensure that every manufacturer knows how to receive benefits under the SR&ED program.
Manufacturers often struggle to bridge the language barrier in describing their activities to the Canada Revenue Agency (oversees SR&ED). Many manufacturing companies shy away from potential SR&ED claims because…
Not unlike any other region, the manufacturing sector has met with some real challenges over the past 12 months. As I toured the region and met with EMC Members and soon-to-be EMC Members, the common theme was transition. The transition that manufacturers in this area of Ontario were dealing with was to move towards a more efficient and less wasteful operation. This is not to say that most facilities hadn't already had some strategies and tools in place prior to the economy tanking but the…