Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo CanadaMOL Information Sharing Event<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/bVB0gJPEjX/thumbnails/larger_Mar 2018 1.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="larger_Mar%202018%201.jpg" class="fr-fic fr-fir fr-dii" data-ig-embed-key="bVB0gJPEjX" data-src="/.api2/binaries/bVB0gJPEjX/thumbnails/larger_Mar 2018 1.jpg?width=300">On March 20, the room was packed with local manufacturers, eager to get some details regarding recent changes to employment standards in Ontario.  Geoff Becker, Regional Coordinator with the Ministry of Labour, presented detailed information, including:</p> <ul> <li>basic employment regulations</li> <li>public holiday pay</li> <li>vacation pay</li> <li>leave of absence</li> <li>documentati…</li></ul></div>Kim WolfWed, 21 Mar 2018 12:20:02 -0400 Members Engaged Over Employee Engagement!<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/DDkYn6rer3/thumbnails/Group pic Mar 2018 Ingenia.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="Group%20pic%20Mar%202018%20Ingenia.jpg" class="fr-fic fr-fir fr-dii" data-ig-embed-key="DDkYn6rer3" data-src="/.api2/binaries/DDkYn6rer3/thumbnails/Group pic Mar 2018 Ingenia.jpg?width=300">What does employee engagement mean to YOUR company?  How do you keep new hires, tenured employees, cross-functional teams, and multiple location teams all engaged and working toward a common goal?  How do you break down barriers between functional teams?  How do you ensure that every employee feels like they are a part of the success of your…</p></div>Kim WolfMon, 19 Mar 2018 11:41:49 -0400 Sales Landscape Has Changed<div><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong>There is a lot more than just taking an order when it comes to sales!</strong></span></span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><span style="font-size: 14px;">To be truly effective, companies need to optimize their sales teams, strategy and structure. The days of relying upon inbound leads and orders continue to fall behind us. Processes must support the shift to consultative selling, relationship based sales and strategic account…</span></span></p></div>Gabriela BernardoWed, 19 Jul 2017 12:02:07 -0400 First!<div><p>January, April &amp; June saw three great companies host in bringing people together to help each other improve safety in their workplaces. Specifically, this SIG was created by the members who are seriously interested in accelerating their Hazards Analysis &amp; Risk Assessment processes.</p> <p><strong>Two key components driving the events are identification…</strong></p></div>Gabriela BernardoSat, 17 Jun 2017 08:14:15 -0400 is Great When it Works as Expected<div><p><em><img src="/.api2/binaries/ngrwKNvXyZ/thumbnails/IT_BlogWFS.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="IT_BlogWFS.jpg" class="fr-fic fr-dib fr-fir" data-ig-embed-key="ngrwKNvXyZ" data-src="/.api2/binaries/ngrwKNvXyZ/thumbnails/IT_BlogWFS.jpg?width=300">Not too long ago and thanks to our hosts at <strong>Wallenstein Feed and Supply(WFS),</strong> folks came together to talk about  I.T. Management. Everything from how I.T. is used to manage Logistics &amp; Warehousing to Cyber Security was discussed along with some not so good experiences and the lessons learned were shared amongst the participants.  </em></p> <p><em>At WFS,…</em></p></div>Gabriela BernardoTue, 13 Jun 2017 22:48:07 -0400 are not Toyota!<div><p>It’s become a spring ritual for CI Leaders, and Safety Focused employees and any one else in the plant looking for new ways to do things to attend the ever popular Toyota(TMMC) Tours in Cambridge. Once again, we had a tram full of folks registered this past week and the a common theme in feedback every time seems to be:</p> <p><em><strong>“We are not like Toyota at…</strong></em></p></div>Gabriela BernardoTue, 13 Jun 2017 21:04:35 -0400 When You Are Ready<div><p><em>No one can help you, unless you want to help yourself improve in how you live each day</em>. This is very important for employers to remember. Even threats of losing one’s job is often not a motivator for an employee to seek out the needed help for what is in their way of being healthy and productive individuals. You can not help someone until they are…</p></div>Gabriela BernardoWed, 17 May 2017 15:55:23 -0400 is the only Constant<div><p><img class="fr-dib fr-draggable fr-fir" src="/.api2/binaries/2900587-bVBBl7LW3X/thumbnails/ChangeManagement.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="ChangeManagement.jpg" data-ig-embed-key="bVBBl7LW3X" data-src="/.api2/binaries/2900587-bVBBl7LW3X/thumbnails/ChangeManagement.jpg?width=300">With events being member and host driven – the topic of change management quickly came to the top of the list on what the HR Folks would like to engage in through peer discussions. As expected, this topic was indeed popular as seen by the registrations to attend the SIG at Metallumen this winter.</p> <p><em>“<a href="">Change management (CM</a></em><em>) refers to any approach to…</em></p></div>Gabriela BernardoFri, 28 Apr 2017 10:06:18 -0400 #Validation #Commercialization<div><p style="text-align: justify;">In case you haven’t heard, there is a new Canadian Centre for Product Validation in London, Ontario. It is a Government of Canada funded project and is also in partnership with Fanshawe College. This month a group of members from various regions of Ontario visited the centre to learn more about their equipment and capabilities. This article covers…</p></div>Gabriela BernardoFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:41:27 -0500 Planning - Transitioning your Business to the Next Generation<div><p>This member driven "top of mind" event brought manufacturing business Executives, Owners, Directors and their Families together to gain new and/or different perspectives on the process of Succession Planning.</p> <p>In partnership with Miller Thomson and BDO, this session focused on the 360° approach to succession planning that includes principles and…</p></div>Gabriela BernardoTue, 06 Dec 2016 15:33:56 -0500