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JDI Roundtable on Manufacturing Competitiveness

August 30, 2019 Joan RichardNew Brunswick & PEI

EMC is happy to partner and promote this event as it is an opportunity for benchmarking, networking, having your voice heard and obtaining knowledge regarding the state of manufacturing in our Province. Regardless of your companies size, I would encourage attendance. We have some wonderful large employers and a very high percentage of medium and smaller businesses; it is important to have representation from everyone.

- Joan -

On behalf of UNB, the information is as follows:

Join the conversation about manufacturing competitiveness in New Brunswick

The University of New Brunswick is hosting the first annual JDI Roundtable on Manufacturing Competitiveness Forum on Sept 25-26 at the Fredericton Convention Centre. All those interested are invited to register and attend. The Forum brings together manufacturers, economists, policy makers, and business leaders to discuss solutions for how to address New Brunswick’s declining competitiveness in a global market.

New Brunswick’s manufacturing sector has been surprisingly resilient over the last 30 years. While other regions have experienced significant contractions in employment levels, New Brunswick’s manufacturing sector has remained relatively stable in terms of its employment numbers and share of GDP. But the sector is facing significant headwinds. Acting now will help mitigate against the coming challenges associated with a tightening labour market, protectionist trade policies, and rising costs.

In addition to New Brunswick manufacturers like Ganong Brothers, Apex Industries, and AIL Group, you’ll hear from globally-renowned experts like McKinsey & Company’s Bruce Simpson, Andrew Sharpe from the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, and John Elink-Schuurman from the Virginia Economic Development office. Plus, Dr. Herb Emery and his research team will present their findings from over 6 months of dedicated research into New Brunswick’s manufacturing sector and factors that influence its growth and decline.

Register now to take part in this important economic policy event.