Reminders

Brampton, Durham, GTA, Mississauga, Vaughan

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Occupational Health and Safety Due Diligence

By Shannon Patterson

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.


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Honda Tours resumed for 2016

By Shannon Patterson

“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.


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Leading Successful Change at Toromont CAT

By Shannon Patterson

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


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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…


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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.


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Social Media & Human Rights in the Workplace

By Shannon Patterson

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.


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Guarding, Employment Standards and Looking into 2016

By Shannon Patterson

When the Ministry of Labour (MOL) ‘requests’ a session with Manufacturers, companies respond! This session was partnered with the City of Vaughn who provided us with a fabulous venue, and we joined together EMC’s Mississauga/Brampton, GTA/York Region and Barrie/Orillia Consortiums which made up for a nice large group.


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Sustaining Continuous Improvement Initiatives

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Members of Durham Region and GTA alike gathered in Bowmanville this month to roundtable our best practices on sustaining continuous improvement efforts. To begin, as each person introduced themselves they shared their greatest difficulty in their sustaining efforts. The common theme in the group were issues around culture change and communication.


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When you hear that, people automatically think “Savage Arms.” A Division of Vista Outdoors, a manufacturer nestled in the village of Lakefield, ON who have “Made in Canada” pride. Savage Arms sales distribution makes up of 92% USA, 7% Canada, and 1% Other. When Terry McCullough, VP & GM hosts a SIG, people will travel from afar to be in attendance. Capped at 40 registrations, people were excited to hear Terry speak as well as tour their newly expanded plant.


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A day in the Life of a Field Service Advisor

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I sleep with one of my advisors. You read that correctly.



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