Barrie, Collingwood, Midland, Owen Sound
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 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…
Lively discussion happens when you combine the Barrie/Midland Environmental, Health & Safety Strategic Interest Group with the Barrie EMC/WSIB Safety Group sessions!
No time was wasted as the group with the guidance of Laura Rourke, EMC’s Health & Safety professional, dove into topics such as:
- MOL Blitzes for 2016-17
- The Health & Safety Checklist tool that has been developed by the MOL with EMC and can be found at:http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&SRCH=&ENV=WWE&TIT=1960&NO=1960E
- Noise Regulation 381/15
- Duty to protect workers
- Training & Instruction
Thank you to Honda of Canada Manufacturing and Lisa Cooper for the tour of their Plant 1 facility.
In less than 24 hours, every spot was taken for this SIG. The weather held out for us and everyone made it to Alliston with time to spare. We even managed to do our “round table introductions” in the waiting room.
When HCM started production in 1986 they produced eight cars a day; today they build 2 cars every 63 seconds (one at Plant 1, one at Plant 2)
About 23% of the Civics are for the Canadian Market, about 75% are for the US market and the remaining 1-2% for Latin America.
It took about 5 minutes to change over from the 2015 model year build to the 2016 model
Changeover from the four door sedan Civic to the two door Coupe is one minute.
It takes one…
Risk=The possibility of events or activities impeding the achievement of an organizations strategic and operational objectives.
Different types of risk in your processes
Categorizing different types of process failures
Determining appropriate controls
Our host, Bellwyck, has established a systematic approach to considering risk. Rather than treating “prevention” as a separate component of a quality management system, they have implemented Risk Management thinking in their daily operations.
The fact is, we tend to stick with what we know, we are set in our ways….we keep thinking “document, document, document”…it’s hard to get outside of that box. But get outside we must. The new ISO9001:2015 focuses on processes and “risk based thinking” by…
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