Barrie, Collingwood, Midland, Owen Sound
The impact of Bill 148 continues to become more pronounced as the magnitude of the changes become apparent to manufacturers in Ontario. The complexity these changes have created continue to challenge Human Resource professionals to think and act creatively in order to accommodate and satisfy their employee’s needs, their employers needs and those of the legislation.
Bellwyck Packaging Ltd. (www.bellwyck.ca), who kindly hosted this strategic interest group, provides smarter ideas and strategies to design, develop and produce top-quality packaging for their customers. Headquartered in Toronto, with seven manufacturing facilities across Canada and the U.S (including a plant in Owen Sound), Bellwyck Packaging Solutions is a collection of dynamic teams committed to a culture of innovation, quality and customer excellence.
Members attending this…
The Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium's Senior Managers SIG and Quality & Production/CI SIG this month had the same topic - Risk Management and Risk Based Thinking.
Every year, in June, I used to “get a hate on” for insurance companies! This was the time of year when all the renewals happened – car insurance (which never seemed to go down – only up); house and business insurance - if any of you have owned a century home and run 2 businesses from it – one that required additional insurance for liability etc. – you will understand my level of frustration at the extra costs incurred. Now, I don’t have the house or the issues with insurance, but I, also,…
We started off our Owen Sound & Area autumn SIG schedule on September 27th with two very well attended events hosted by Georgian College as well as a tour of their new Marine Emergency Duty Training Centre.
Our first event was Building Skilled Talent Together, an Industry Input Session facilitated by Savanna Myers, Manager of Economic Development for County of Grey. This was the second of three outreach sessions aimed at developing a Case for a Dedicated Community Hub: Skills Training, Trades and Innovation Centre.
This session highlighted the fact that we need to do something…not just talk, it is imperative that we advance the conversation. What exactly IS the issue? We keep hearing about a…
It seems as though September is the start of a new year, not January, at least as far as back to school and back to Strategic Interest Group sessions go.
The Barrie/Midland and Area Consortium SIGs were, as always, interesting and informative.
The IT Group met on September 12th and discussion included everything from servers to security to cell phones. My apologies that I cannot report in detail the discussions as most of them are too technical for my ability to comprehend.
The Senior Managers gathered on the 13th at Glueckler Metal Inc. at their Elmvale plant. Discussion centred on OEE – Overall Equipment Efficiency – how it is measured and monitored. This session, also, included a plant tour as most of the attendees had not…
The fall is generally a time of year with lots of stuff going on for Manufacturers in the London/Oxford Region...
The fall is generally a time of year with lots of stuff going on for London/Oxford Region EMC Members and 2017 is no exception...Starting with the London Regions Annual Manufacturing Matters Event on Oct 5th and straight through to our last SR Managers event of 2017 on Dec 13th. There is for sure something for everyone at your facility to check out. All upcoming regional events are listed on the London/Oxford Region Event Schedule Page...
The summer hiatus is upon us. One would think, with SIG activity slowing down, we
Field Service Advisors (FSA’s) would be able to sit back and put our feet up and relax
after all the SIG sessions, member visits and other travel to events hosted by EMC during
the rest of the year (there’s a lot of them!)... However, that is not the case!
So, what do we do in the summer?
- We get out and visit as many of our members as possible. Still driving – just nicer weather in which to do it We want to learn about your challenges and successes and ensure that you are all taking advantage of all that EMC has to offer – especially as the list of offerings and beneficial opportunities for our members continues to grow.
- We want to know your pain points so that we can gear SIG (Strategic Interest Group) sessions to topics that are…
On June 8th, the Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium members gathered for our annual Labour Law Update.
Many thanks go to Ivy Eriksen and the folks at Canplas for, once again, hosting the session in their wonderful large training room. There were 31 of us at the session and the size of room allowed optimum comfort for the attendees.
Doug MacLeod and Nicole Simes from the MacLeod Law Firm were our presenters and, as in previous years, they did an excellent job in catching us up on changes and proposed changes.
The information shared included:
- Updates on Wrongful Dismissal court cases
- Updates on:
- Employment Contract:
- Presumed Inequality in Bargaining Power
- Sign Before Starting
- Employee Policy Manual
- Termination Clauses
- Reduce Chance of Constructive Dismissal Claim
- Non-Solicitation Clauses
- Monitoring Email Use
- Discipline Clause
- Other Clauses
- Employment Contract:
- Proposed Changes to the Employment Standards Act
- Equal pay for equal work:
- Equal pay for assignment employees from temporary…
- Equal pay for equal work:
Why are our Strategic Interest Groups successful?
EMC's more successful SIG events have a high level of commitment to attending and participating… from Senior Management through to the various key managers, supervisors, lead hands, and shop floor workers who are involved in the decision making process.
The consortium size has very little to do with how successful the SIG events are!
Some of EMC's most productive SIG events have not necessarily had the highest number of attendees. On occasion (depending on subject matter), a few smaller, focused groups have allowed for more in depth questioning and discussion for our members.
On the other end of the scale, EMC has hosted extremely successful events where the member's boardroom was 'bursting at the seams', providing increased subject matter…
Government Funding, SR&ED, Integrating Multiple Demographic Groups, Shift Rotation, Injury Investigations and Return to Work Strategies have already been explored this year!
It’s been great to see so many out to our events so far, with little to no room left at the table. The discussion has been quite lively with contrasting perspectives on the topics at hand and plenty of excellent peer to peer knowledge transfer.
Jeff Mitobe of Northbridge gave us some insight into Government Funding through Grants and non-interest bearing loans, Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credits, and how to utilize both to reduce financial risk on some of your…
Hiring and retaining employees was the focus of the Barrie/Midland and Area Consortium Strategic Interest Group sessions for both the Quality & Production group and the Human Resources group.
The challenges of finding skilled labour were discussed and this continues to be an ongoing issue.
Many folks are reaching out to apprenticeship and starting their own in house as well as coordinating with various government programs such as Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs. These steps will bode well for future needs but companies are still struggling to fill immediate need.
One of the elements that is very clear is that some of the millennial folks that are hired approach work/life differently to older folks.
Where this can become an issue for employers is relating to this younger…
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