As 'Canada's Largest Not-for-Profit Manufacturing Consortium' we take great pride in the success of our members, and will continue to ensure we provide the highest quality level of support through our many services and programs in the years to come.
All in all, 2017 was yet another very interesting year for EMC and our many members.
The challenges our members across all sectors continue to face include finding new ways to control costs; managing budgets around rising hydro costs; opening up new markets and developing new lines of business, all this while embracing new technology. These challenges are made even more so as our members continue to find ways to seek out and retain talented employees with the skills and capabilities to be successful.
Despite these many challenges, our members continue to persevere and find new and innovative ways to improve their competitiveness and productivity in an evolving market. Ultimately it is through our member’s sheer grit and determination that we continue to set the bar for manufacturing excellence across Canada and in particular within our nearly 60 consortium regions.
There is however still much work to do!
Our members continue to realize that through our “share and steal with pride” methodology of uncovering, sharing and applying best practices. This is the cornerstone of the nearly 1000 events we hold across Canada annually, where they can forge trusted relationships that in turn can help each other grow and thrive amidst turbulent times. Delivered through our SIG's (Strategic Interest groups) and facilitated by an outstanding team of Field Service Advisors, we are connecting manufacturing peers with their colleagues regionally, provincially and nationally. As a grassroots network we continue to listen to our members, find out what is keeping them awake at night and help them effectively shorten the distance between the questions they have and the answers they need.
In addition to our SIGs, a mainstay of our consortium, EMC’s Member-Needs-Help (MNH) service - a peer-to-peer resource, which enables members to ask confidential questions of each other. Covering things like solving problems, benchmarking and sharing best practices, policies, and procedures, MNH remains a critical resource to thriving amidst our current market. We continue to receive affirmations from members about how this service helps them to bring outside expertise into their organization on an as needed basis, bringing ideas and solutions to the table to help overcome some of their greatest challenges.
The various programs and resources we continue to introduce at the request of our members have again provided solid results in the form of reduced costs, improved productivity and enhanced economic opportunities. We are pleased to report EMC's member programs have once again put millions of dollars back into our members' pockets.
In 2017 we also successfully enhanced our EMC’s Opportunity Alerts platform for our members as a convenient and trusted means for our members to post and find business-to-business opportunities with other EMC members, industry stakeholders and the manufacturing public. To provide our members with the opportunity to develop new B2B relationships here in Canada is very exciting and a method with which we continue to support the growth of manufacturing in this great country of ours.
Of mention many of EMC’s other value-added programs are continuing to receive high praise from our members.
Our Safety Group program, now entering its 16th year continues to reduce accident frequency and severity for our members and has consistently delivered millions in WSIB rebates to our participating members annually.
The Energy Group, EMC Direct, and SR&ED programs continue to deliver significant cash savings, recovery, and cost reduction opportunities. EMC is helping our members save millions of dollars each year.
In the background making these programs and services happen in a world-class fashion is our head office team who are both dedicated and passionate about ensuring our member’s success!
A few other notable mentions for 2017…
EMC has welcomed participation from many hundreds of new manufacturers in Western Canada and Quebec (as well as Ontario and the Maritimes), participating through labour market initiatives, sector networks and EMC’s Harvard Supervisory Certification program.
Our ManufacturingGPS initiative continues to be a great success, providing critical labour market intelligence to manufacturers and industry stakeholders. The “live” evergreen data we are providing is invaluable, and the best part is, it’s free for manufacturers… all you have to do is participate.
In New Brunswick, our “Essential Foundational Skills for Manufacturing Supervisors and Workers” program continues to produce graduates each quarter, helping our members in Eastern Canada improve the skillset of their supervisors and employees.
In Nova Scotia, Manufacturers across the province will wrap up 11 more EMC / LAE Essential Skills cluster training programs and if the math is correct the last one will be the 190th or so class we will celebrate in 2017!
Our EMC Harvard Supervisory Program has had hundreds of graduates from over 100 companies representing a total impact of millions of dollars in cost, time and efficiency savings in Canadian manufacturing workplaces.
As we wind down for the holidays, I encourage you to avail yourself of the huge array of value-added services available to help your business… making 2018 a year where you, your team and organization will continue to grow and become more competitive.
Notwithstanding the continued need for vigilance in the battle against increasing production costs and the cost of legislation, we are seeing many reasons to look positively towards 2018.
We are looking forward to supporting the future success of manufacturing in Canada. On behalf of our EMC staff and member-services team, I would like to wish everyone happy holidays, and a safe and prosperous New Year. We thank you for your continued patronage and look forward to working with all our manufacturers, community and business partners in 2018!