Barrie, Midland, Collingwood, Muskoka Consortium

As we prepare to close out the year 2021 and head into Christmas and the New Year, many may be saying thank goodness that year is over!! There is no question that the pandemic of 2021 and 2022 have created some significant challenges both on the operations side and the mental and physical health of many. But here we are with another year under our belts and, on the positive side, think about all those challenges that have been faced and dealt with, the many significant new things that we have learned and been forced to learn that will inevitably have a very positive impact on the future. The list is endless, but here are a few I can think of based on speaking with our EMC Members.

We have learned to appreciate the diversity and skills of New Canadians.

We have learned to appreciate the diversity and skills we have here right at home.

The need to look at our processes differently to maximize operations excellence, the need to realistically evaluate our supply chains from material input to customer delivery. Do more with less.

How to be agile in the face of adversity.

There has been a cultural shift based on rapidly changing demographics and direct and indirect results of the pandemic; we know this will not just go away but that we must change how we look at things and how we deal with these in the workplace.

We have learned that we do not need to solve all our challenges on our own, there is help out there if you know where to look or who to ask.

Yes, it was another tough year, but WOW there was a lot learned and significant positive changes made.

So, what is expected heading into 2022?? Life will be wonderful? Probably not. Will there be ongoing challenges and new ones cropping up?  For sure. But with what has been learned and accomplished this year, I am convinced as manufacturers you will be far better prepared and much further ahead in 2022.

Again this year I want to thank all our Simcoe County, Muskoka and Parry Sound EMC Members and Non-Members; it has been a real pleasure speaking with you, hearing of your challenges, how you are dealing with them and the significant steps you have taken to contribute and improve your business, impacts on your employees and the communities we live in.

If in any small way I have been able to help, it has been my utmost pleasure.

Enjoy your time with family and friends and please please stay safe and healthy.

Ross

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