Five days, five events, 2022 kms, countless ideas, opportunities and connections – that was what our week’s events were all about! Bringing Manufacturers, Processors and Growers together with Community Partners to review program information, funding opportunities, business strategies, management thoughts, share best practices from our Guest Speakers and above all provide an opportunity to network. Our participants and partners met most enthusiastically across Ontario in Cornwall, Napanee, Richmond Hill, W
Businesses today are challenged by any number of global, local and plant issues on a daily basis. In February, after touring the Province, one of the opportunities that Manufacturers suggested they could derive value from would be in meeting with a group of Community Partners at the same time to learn who they were, what they could do, and what opportunities from a funding standpoint might exist that they could leverage to be more successful in business whether for capital expenditures, labour market growth and development, product commercialization, speciality training for food certifications, export development and so forth. As such, we endeavoured to bring a number of Community Partners together to share and enlighten us on their programs and how they can best assist us in business today.
Complimenting the participation of our Community Partners were four guests from Manufacturing who were asked to address our topic on "Building and Strengthening Industry Partnerships". In some respects, this provided our Guests with an opportunity to take a really introspective approach to their Company's activities from a collaborative standpoint. Representing our five events:
Cornwall: Tom Lam, President - L&S Food Corp., Carp, ON - www.super-tom.com
Napanee: Jason Mott, Business Transformation Consultant - Value Stream Solutions, Orillia, ON - www.valuestreamsolutions.com
Richmond Hill: Dave Jagdeo, Operations Manager - Griffith Laboratories Inc., Toronto, ON - www.griffithlaboratories.com
Woodstock: Pavan Rastogi, Manager, Plant Operations - Karma Candy Inc., Hamilton, ON - www.karmacandy.com
Chatham: Art Williams, Human Resources Manager - Bonduelle Ontario Inc., Tecumseh, ON - www.bonduelle.ca
Our Guest Speakers spoke about their companies and their markets and elaborated on the various ways in which they have reached out to access knowledge that would help them build a competitive advantage. Each Guest Speaker had an excellent presentation and approached our topic in their own unique way. Interestingly enough for our speakers and for those of us listening, as they researched their involvement in various organizations and groups and collaborative opportunities they recognized more clearly their companies depth and breadth of involvement and the subsequent value to their respective organizations. Particularly intriguing was the manner in which Bonduelle approached our topic through utilization of a Balanced Scorecard tying in the visions and values of their company with their subsequent participation in various organizations. One of our companies drilled down to seek input from their team on the value of participating in outside activities - and of the opportunities afforded to an organization by taking an active approach to participation. Perhaps the best thought on seeking out these collaborative opportunities to grow and develop comes from a quote that Dave Jagdeo of Griffith Laboratories shared with us from the book entitled "The World is Flat" by Thomas L. Friedman:
"The best companies are the best collaborators. In the flat world, more and more business will be done through collaborations within and between companies for a simple reason: The next layers of value creation - whether in technology, marketing, biomedicine, or manufacturing - are becoming so complex that no single firm or department is going to be able to master them alone."
This is in essence is what our Special Event was about - bringing people and ideas together - working collaboratively if you will to help manufacturers within Ontario, within Canada, remain viable and productive against the challenges of our Canadian dollar, an aging population, the increases in our day to day business costs, global competition and even H1N1 pandemic issues among many others. It is an age of working together to produce our products efficiently, effectively and competitively. It is an age of working collaboratively with our suppliers, our customers, our peers, our Community Partners and our neighbourhoods.
How many resources, community partners, organizations and educators, etc. are you working with to build a competitive advantage in your organization?
EMC Canada gratefully acknowledges the effort each one of our Community Partners put forth in presenting and in some cases supplying hard copy information and for being readily accessible and available for questions by those in attendance. Our Community Partners, a brief overview of their organization together with their contact information follows below. Each organization had a presentation to share as well and we will be making that available through our WIKI's in PDF format. If you have any problems accessing the WIKI's, please let me know.
"Harvesting Ideas A-Plenty in Napanee!"
Economic Development Departments assist in facilitating, promoting and ensuring community and economic development, including business retention and attraction.
City of Cornwall, Marc Boileau, Manager, Economic Development - email@example.com - www.cornwall.ca
Town of Richmond Hill, Brenda Osler, Coordinator, Economic Development Programs - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.richmondhill.ca
City of Woodstock, Len Magyar, Development Commissioner - Lmagyar@city.woodstock.on.ca - www.city.woodstock.on.ca
Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Lori Gall, Manufacturing Sector - email@example.com - www.chatham-kent.ca
Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Kim Cooper, Agriculture Sector - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.chatham-kent.ca
OMAFRA - www.omafra.gov.on.ca
The Business Development Branch is part of the Economic Development Division within the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The BDB unit consists of: Export Marketing, Domestic Marketing, Branding and Marketing, Business Development, Strategic Intelligence and Marketing
Cornwall - Yves Lavictoire, Business Development Consultant - email@example.com
Napanee - Elaine Flook, Business Development Consultant - firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond Hill - Peter Illnycykj, Business Development Consultant - email@example.com
Richmond Hill - John Farlinger, Business Development Consultant - firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodstock - Erin Panek, Business Development Consultant - email@example.com
Chatham - Kevin Montgomery, Business Development Consultant - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Community Futures Development Corp. - www.sdgcdc.on.ca
The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Community Futures Development Corporation is a private, non-profit development agency. The SD&GCFDC fosters local economic development growth and as such they can assist in business start-ups, sourcing new locations, expansions, restructuring or refinancing.
Jon Sookocheff, Economic Development Coordinator - email@example.com
MEDT - www.ontario.ca
/economyMEDT encourages and supports businesses of all sizes, helping them innovate and compete in today's fast changing global economy. MEDT also endeavours to attract new growth and investment to the province and to promote Ontario goods and services abroad.
Cornwall - Chris Puddicombe, Senior Business Advisor - Chris.Puddicombe@ontario.ca
Richmond Hill - Vernier Tao, Senior Business Advisor - Vernier.Tao@ontario.ca
Chatham - Joeanna DeMarco-Bolce, Senior Business Advisor - Joeanna.DeMarco-Bolce@ontario.ca
SR&ED - www.emccanada.org
Many companies are thinking about getting involved with the Canadian SR&ED program. EMC has been able to identify the perceived barriers to entry that many business professionals fear and have developed methods of educating and sharing best practices allowing new claimants access to SR&ED monies.
Ross Cooper, EMC Canada, Sr. Advisor - Value Added Programs - firstname.lastname@example.org
NRC-IRAP - www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
The National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program provides a range of technical and business oriented advisory services along with potential financial support to growth-oriented Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises. NRC-IRAP supports innovative research and development and commercialization of new products and services.
Cornwall - Bernie Schmidt, Senior Industry Advisor - Bernie.Schmidt@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Napanee - Harriet Waterman, Senior Industry Advisor - Harriet.Waterman@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Richmond Hill - Doug Reed, Senior Industry Advisor - Doug.Reed@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Woodstock - Charlie Johnston, Senior Industry Advisor - Charles.Johnston@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Chatham - Millan Yeung, Senior Industry Advisor - Millan.Yeung@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade - www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can help your company succeed globally and lower your costs of doing business through four key services: Preparing for International Markets, Assessing Market Potential, Finding Qualified Contacts, and Resolving Problems.
Andrea Clements, Trade Commissioner - Andrea.Clements@international.gc.ca
Export Development Canada - www.edc.ca
EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 8,300 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis.
Scott Macdonald, Sector Advisor, Light Manufacturing Team - SMacdonald@edc.ca
ECNG Energy - www.ecng.com
ECNG is Canada's largest energy procurement company-buying more than $1B annually in energy commodity on behalf of its clients. ECNG Energy is an independent energy consulting firm providing cost saving solutions to businesses across North America.
Margaret Harrison, Manager, Client Services, Industrial Sector - email@example.com
360 Energy Inc. - www.360energy.net
360 Energy Inc. provides products designed and based on world-wide best practices on energy management. These programs identify and engage people across multiple departments, from accounting to maintenance, and at different levels, from the plant floor to the boardrooms. The partnerships created allow leading utilities and companies to focus on building a sustainable and effective energy management culture.
David Arkell, President and CEO - firstname.lastname@example.org
SOBIN - Southwestern Ontario Bi-Products Network - www.sobin.ca
The mission of SOBIN is to strengthen the economy of Southwestern Ontario through accelerating the development and adoption of bioproducts, energy conservation and alternative energy sources within and across its' industry clusters.
Matthew McLean, Executive Director - email@example.com
Durham College - www.durhamcollege.ca
Richmond Hill - Durham College, Darlene Guy, Professor, Pharmaceutical and Food Sciences Technology - Darlene.Guy@durhamcollege.ca
Richmond Hill - Susan Todd, Associate Dean - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mohawk College - www.mohawkcollege.ca
Woodstock/Chatham - Mohawk College, Marla Robinson, Senior business Development Officer - email@example.com
"Feeling the Joy of Collaboration in Woodstock!"
It was a great week of learning and a spectacular week of colour for travelling in Ontario! Thank you again to all of our participants and our partners and very special thanks to our Hosts for such warm Hospitality!