Over the past 8 years, early in the fall, EMC has partnered with the London Economic Development Corporation and the London Region Manufacturing Council to present Manufacturing Matters in London. The event has always been presented as a morning to celebrate manufacturing and its contributions to the local economy. Over 40,000 people on the London/Middlesex/Oxford/Elgin region work in the manufacturing sector, making it one of, if not the largest driver of the local economy.
This event has evolved into the largest event of its kind just for manufacturers in Ontario. With over 600 manufacturing professionals in attendance this year from Windsor, to the Kitchener-Waterloo area and everywhere in-between. It has become a truly regional event. When this event was launched the goal was always to provide a morning of great value to the manufacturing community, at no charge, we have been able to keep true to that with the help of great sponsors and local support.
There audience always includes hundreds of SW Ontario EMC Members. They get to take advantage of basically about 15/16 SIG events in one morning at one venue. This year’s keynote was delivered by London EMC Member Nestle Canada, the panel covered how technology and continuous improvement are transforming manufacturing. The concurrent breakout sessions featured favorites like “Legal Due Diligence” updates for Manufacturing, Ministry of Labour updates, info on resources from Western University and Fanshawe College, cyber security best practices and available funding updates to mention just a few.
I have been truly fortunate to be part of this event since its inception. Watching it grow into what it has become has been a lot of fun! Connecting with so many EMC members at one event at one time is a blast.
Thank you to our partners the London Economic Development Corporation & the London Region Manufacturing Council. As well as all the sponsors and exhibitors that allows us to present this event. It is going to be hard to top this year’s addition and the beat the new attendance record. But we will work on it!
Hope to see you at Manufacturing Matters in 2019! For more information about this event or others in London Ontario, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org