Our annual Manufacturing Matters Event went totally virtual this year, taking place Thursday October 1. Last year over 700 Manufacturing Professionals attended our in-person event in London, making it the largest event of its kind for manufacturers in Ontario. This year’s event provided all of the great, relevant information manufacturers need and expect from this event, but virtually!
Manufacturing Matters is a must attend, half day virtual conference for manufacturers and service providers. Delegates learn valuable information from industry leaders, keynote speakers and peer-to-peer networking. The conference delivers essential advice applicable to all manufacturers in the Southwestern Ontario.
The event started with quick welcome from myself, Jason Bates (Emcee) on behalf of EMC along with greetings from London Economic Development Corporation, the London Regional Manufacturing Council and an inspiring message from the Mayor of London, Ed Holder on the importance for the local Manufacturing Sector.
This year’s keynote was delivered by Mohammed Ashour Co-Founder and CEO of Aspire Foods who chose London to build and operate the world’s largest cricket protein processing facility. Mohammed’s presentation focused on the facilities world class technologies and why they chose to locate in Soutwestern Ontario. Aspire Foods will be bringing 60 new manufacturing jobs to the area once they are up and running.
The morning then progressed onto several concurrent breakout sessions. Attendees could attend as many of these sessions as they wished, at any time, as most of them were pre-recorded and the presenters were live to address any questions. The panel discussion sessions were live, but recorded. Attendees now have access to all the sessions on the events webpage, for the next 30 days.
Here is the link for all Mfg Matters Content;
The breakout sessions included tons of great and relevant information for manufacturers. They included;
Beyond the Curve: Creating a Psychologically Safe Workplace for Employees
- Presenter: Kristy Cork, CRSP, Health and Safety Consultant (Workplace Mental Health), Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
Leave, Layoffs and Terminations: Covid’s impact on Ontario’s workplaces
- Presented by Jennifer Costin (Labour & Employment Law Partner) & Liam Ledgerwood (Labour & Employment Law Associate) of Siskinds LLP
Building Globally Competitive Advanced Manufacturing Capabilities
- Presented by Jenn MacLean, Collaboration Director, and Christy Michalak, Sr. Technology Manager, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada
Skills Building for the Future: Strategies for Preparing the Manufacturing Sector for a "New Normal" Fanshawe Corporate Training Solutions (CTS)
- Presented by Candace Miller, EdD Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives & Business Development Fanshawe College
Funding Opportunities for Southwestern Ontario Manufacturers
- Presented by Bernadeen McLeod, President and Founder, Mentor Works Ltd.
IT’LL NEVER HAPPEN TO US: Labour Guidance in the Age of COVID-19
- Presenters: Elizabeth Traynor (Labour & Employment Law Partner) & Chris Sinal (Labour & Employment Law Associate) Siskinds LLP
Solving your Challenges with your Competitors
- Presenters:Barry Reid – Leadership Management International
The Benefits of Newcomer Talent in the Workplace
- Join our panel of experts from PolyAnalytik, 3M Canada and Trudell Medical International
Practical Applications of Manufacturing 4.0 that work
- Presented by Denis Cocco, 10in6 Inc.
The event was a great success! The technology worked flawlessly, it was easy to navigate and participate. We had over 400 individuals login during the event, close to 300 manufacturing companies and hundreds more who will soon check out the sessions through the available recordings.
Thanks to all the great sponsors of this event! We were again able to provide all of this for no charge to Southwestern Ontario EMC Members and Manufacturers. Our sponsors included;
- Siskinds LLP
- Fanshawe College
- Michal Clark Construction
- Sparks Power
- Express Employment Professionals
- FreePoint Technologies
- Western Advanced Manufacturing Consortium
EMC Southwestern Ontario