Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay - Thunder Bay, Timmins, Parry Sound / Muskoka Consortium

2020 A Year of Challenges and Opportunities

Well, some things stayed the same, we held our Monthly 4 Strategic Interest Group gatherings as usual, with great participation and friendly exchange of information. We have had many Simcoe Muskoka Members take advantage of the several EMC offerings such as the MEC program, the Harvard Supervisor Program, Health and Safety Program and most recently companies signing up for the WILWorks program. Interest in the many other Value-Added Programs also remains strong.

But some things changed significantly this year; we have learned in a very short time how important the Health of employees and families are to us and the huge responsibility we all have to one another to keep ourselves and others healthy. We have learned how to communicate virtually, and how to work with one another as individuals and as businesses to create new and innovative new products to meet the new needs that have been thrown at us.

As always, it has been a great pleasure to have so many companies participate in the EMC programs and to see the collaboration that has taken place between manufacturers in our area. We all should feel very proud of our Simcoe Muskoka Manufacturers. Several years ago I had the opportunity of attending an EMC Senior Mangers SIG at Albarrie in Barrie. The owner of Albarrie was able to join us in the meeting; an elderly gentleman with sharp eyes and a passionate plea, he asked that we all consider very carefully and seriously how to work together to create new opportunities building on one another’s strengths and using the synergy to make our local manufacturing base strong and resilient. His vision, although slightly ahead of its time, clearly became a reality this year.

We may sit back and hope that 2021 will be a bit more stable, a bit less challenging, but I strongly suspect that won’t be the case; the bar has been raised again, whatever the drivers the rate of change, the need to change, the need to remain incredibly agile will be part of the new norm. Hold On !!

In the famous words of Red Green, “Keep your stick on the ice, we are all in this together”.

Have a great Vacation.


Advancing Lean Initiatives for Northern Ontario Industry!

EMC is supporting Northern Ontario manufacturers and related industries through an initiative focused on building greater productivity success through a new Advancing Lean/Productivity and Cluster Initiative.

Through funding support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor) and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC), EMC is deploying a ‘Lean Management and Productivity Cluster Initiative’, designed to provide industry with enhanced productivity improvement knowledge, networking/benchmarking resources and new management and productivity system training.

The Lean Management System training program is being deployed over ten 1-day modules, with added productivity cluster network events in each of the target regions.

EMC is holding a series of Productivity Cluster events in Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Muskoka, Thunder Bay and Timmins.

Also, available are one day learning events in Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Muskoka and Timmins to provide new subject-matter content, tools and methods to provide additional technical knowledge for implementation of lean.  These events can be in a open public format, or as a private event in your facility.

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