Brampton, Durham, GTA, Mississauga, Vaughan
Johnvince hosted our first SIG of the year sharing Best Practices on Industrial Waste Water Control: City By-Laws & Enforcements - Working with the City.
Industrial Waste Control: Toronto was the first Canadian Municipality to implement a Pollution Preventions reporting program under a Sewers By-law. Businesses must review processes and identify and reduce any of the 39 subject pollutants detected in their effluent. Failure to comply with the bylaw can result in fines up to $100,000 per DAY!
Toronto is not the only municipality…Halton has a similarly onerous bylaw and York Implemented stricter limits, increasing the maximum penalty from $1000…
EMC partnered with NMA (Northumberland Manufacturing Association) Clarington Board of Trade and Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade – a large collaboration for the Greeley Containment & Rework Inc SIG in Bowmanville in June.
Company Profile: Greeley are the newest members in our Durham Consortium and hosted almost immediately. A 100% Canadian owned, non-unionized private company since 1999, they provide world class service in detecting and stopping the flow of non-conforming parts by the major OEM’s, General Motors and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers. Providing services in Sub-Assembly, Rework & Repairs, Repacking & Kitting, Sequencing, Warehousing, Transportation and Final Vehicle Inspection. They also do Quality…
Business Continuity is a PROCESS, not to be viewed as a project with a start and end date. Did you know that only 25% of companies do not have a Business Continuity Plan and 60% have not considered how losing a supplier would impact their business? Retirement Readiness – it’s time to develop your strategy for the implementation of the ORPP!
Business Continuity Planning (BCP)
David Lindsay, Client Executive with Jones Brown Inc presented to us the following 4 related sections and the key elements of a BCP.
- Aligning Risk Management plans with Strategic an Organizational Objectives
- The Value of Business Continuity Planning as part of the Overall Risk Management Plan
- Getting Started. Critical Questions
- The Key Elements of a Business Continuity Plan
The top risks today are;
- Reputation - Think Lance Armstrong and Tiger…
This year, our Legal Update SIG focused on Social Media in the Workplace, Duty to Accommodate and Accommodating Family Status.
Huge topics, and ones we could have spent four hours on, let alone the two and a half we did.
Sun Rich Fresh Foods hosted a full house for the Legal Update SIG for our Brampton/Mississauga consortium. We welcomed Laura Cassiani, a partner in the Labour Relations & Employment Law group of Miller Thomson. Laura provides strategic advice on a variety of workplace and human resources issues, including regulatory compliance, human rights matters, discipline and termination, employment standards, health and safety, workplace privacy, policy development, contracts and accessibility.
EMC teamed up with the Regional Municipality of Durham to offer our manufacturers an opportunity to review the legalities around Drug and Alcohol Testing, Health & Safety Due Diligence and Accommodating Psychological Disabilities.
Occupational health and safety (OHS) due diligence essentially means taking “reasonable care” to ensure no harm comes to workers at a work site. This duty — as outlined in OHS legislation in jurisdictions across Canada — of taking “reasonable care” applies to employers, workers, contractors and suppliers. The “employer” may be a company, a manager or a supervisor.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
- Reasonable Cause: may require testing where the circumstances give the employer reasonable…
“For the first time in Honda’s history, the lead plant for a new global model was located outside Japan. Honda Motor put their trust in the North American regional team to lead this development and manufacturing challenge. I know Honda’s commitment was a good call.”
~ Dan Smith, President of Honda of Canada Mfg.
For 2015 the Honda Canada plant situated on 760 acres in Alliston Ontario, stopped their public tours while they underwent some facility upgrades such as new innovation in the Weld Department and Final Assembly. They have come a long way – in 1986 they produced 8 vehicles/day and now their facility can produce 400,000 vehicles/annually plus 260,000 four-cylinder engines at its adjacent engine plant.
The March 29th tour was filled within 24 hours with the additional requests filling the May 5t…
It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change, or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between we fear…. It’s like being in the air between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing secure to hold on to.” - M Ferguson
Change Management is crucial to managing your growth objectives and hold employee engagement. Toromont CAT was willing to share what has worked and lessons learned from their recent experience and it was clear that they were passionate about their story.
We started off with some pre-event reading to get us thinking about making change; Managing the Uncertainty Before Change: Do Change Better by Joanne Layne: http://onpeople.lhh.com/h/i/213593397-managing-the-uncertainty-before-change-do-chang…
WEGU Manufacturing in Whitby ON makes products you own/use/see every day without your knowledge. They may have touched your vehicle, vending machines, ATM machines, home appliances, work tables, water hydrants, home electrical boxes and the list goes on…
The 2015 Export Awards Winner opened their doors to members in February to discuss their Business Operating Systems and offered a full plant tour. They specialize in compression moulding, transfer compression, rubber and plastic moulding and multi-shot injection moulding, bringing operational advancements over the last 40 years.
Their BOS (Business Operating System) is a monthly scorecard representing financials, HR, H&S, Quality and Environmental reviews for all of their major customer…
Warren Buffett said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. …”
It never really occurred to me, but when Linda Papadopoulos of Pearson Dunn Insurance mentioned it at our Brampton/Mississauga consortium SIG on February 23rd, a few things clicked. How Apple has recently strived to put the “made in America” stamp on their products by reminding us they are “Designed in California” (and “Assembled in China” rather than “Made in China”). That’s all about “reputation”. We all know how quickly a stock can dive, due to some internet gossip. On the positive side, being seen as environmentally conscious and socially responsible can be a real boon to a company.
“…If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Mr. B’s quote concludes.
Velcro Canada Inc. in Brampton, graciously offered to host our February 23rd SIG. Two speakers, Linda Papadopoulos, VP Corporate Risk Management and Jeff Mitobe, Engineering Manager enlightened the group regarding Risk Mapping and SRED Eligibility & Optimizing funding respectively. All I can say is those of you who didn’t make it out, certainly missed a lively discussion!
We all practice Risk Management at some level. When we drive to work, walk across the street, go for a mountain bike…
EMC teamed up with the Town of Richmond Hill Economic Development Board to have David Tsai, Associate of Miller Thomson present to our group about the legalities around these topics.
Social Media in the Workplace
Social media is part of everyday life for the majority of people, with extensive use and reliance. Today companies need a social media policy. Have you implemented a policy? If not here are some General Principles in creating a social media policy;
- Clarity of Rules
- Communicated to Employees
- Consistently Enforced
- Clarity of consequences (i.e. Discipline and/or Termination)
During this event we discussed in length the Guiding Principles,…
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