How innovative are you? A tour and discussion on innovation at Canmet Materials Technology Laboratory

By Laura Gibson – November 27, 2011
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Hamilton members are fortunate to have the resources of the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory in their backyard. This event provided us with a tour of the facility and the resources offered to manufacturers as well as a discussion on innovation.

This facility was moved from Ottawa in 2010 and provides proof that manufacturing is innovative and alive in Ontario. This lab is dedicated to metals and materials fabrication, processing and evaluation.  Check them out on the Natural Resources Canada site here.

The mandate of the CANMET-MTL materials lab is to develop and deploy technologies that improve all aspects of producing and using value-added products derived from metals and minerals. CANMET's materials research focuses on three industrial sectors. Laboratory staff work closely with clients and stakeholders in each sector:

  • Transportation - particularly the manufacturers of vehicles, engines and components, which require new advanced-materials solutions to improve fuel efficiency while maintaining safety and performance;
  • Energy - components for use in clean energy production and reliable
  • Metal manufacturing - components for a variety of other sectors, such as defense, aerospace, health and construction, which require high-performance materials.

We had a great tour of the facility and lots of discussion on how local manufacturers can tap into this resource.  Some of the other questions we discussed included:

  • Are you as innovative as you could be?
  • What resources at Canmet could benefit your business?
  • What other government resources do you tap into to help with your business?
  • Are there areas of your business that you would like government help with but you don't know where to start?
  • How much time do you dedicate to innovation in your workplace?  Do you think this is enough?

 We also had a guest from Mitacs join us to talk about their research programs that will fund research internship programs.  They offer graduate and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities that can apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges.

What government funding have you tapped into to be innovative?  What resources could you use to be more innovative?  How much time does your organization spend on innovation?  Is this enough?

For more information on the Hamilton/Niagara Consortium and events please contact Laura Gibson at 226-388-3894 or


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Laura Gibson

Field Service Advisor - Brantford region/KW-Cambridge region/Hamilton/NiagaraExcellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)

Well what can I tell you about me?First and most important I'm the Mom of 2 great boys - grade 5 and grade 8 this year - EKK!Second - I'm all about helping manufacturers! My…


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