Jim Balsillie (left) and Jean CharestClick image to enlarge

Former Research In Motion chair Jim Balsillie and former Québec premier Jean Charest will highlight some of the most challenging issues facing Canadian manufacturers in their keynote addresses at the upcoming Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) 2019.

Balsillie, co-founder and chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators and former chair and co-CEO of Research In Motion, will focus on how Canadian manufacturers need to build strategic intellectual property (IP) capacity to compete successfully in the global economy.

Charest, former Québec premier and partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, will speak about how Canadian manufacturers have an unprecedented opportunity to take the lead on an important global issue: the growing skills gap, as the manufacturing sector prepares for transformative change that includes robotics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things technology and the rollout of 5G networks. 

If they get it right, they’ll be “way ahead of the game,” Charest says.

Balsillie will deliver the keynote on Tuesday, October 1. Charest will deliver his keynote the following day. CMTS 2019 takes place September 30 to October 3 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.

Doosan North America names new CEO

Doosan Machine Tools has named James Kim the new CEO of its North American operations. Mr. Kim has spent the past 37 years working at Doosan in a variety of roles.

Substantial rebound on the way, says OECD

The Canadian economy will rebound strongly and grow by 6.1 per cent in 2021 and 3.8 per cent in 2022, according to the latest report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Platinum reps Henninger Speed Increasers in NA

Platinum Tooling is now importing and distributing Henninger Speed Increasers for the North American market.

Ontario invests in manufacturing businesses

Ontario is helping three companies, two of them in the metal product manufacturing industry, grow their businesses by providing financial support to help them create 46 new jobs and retain 176 existing jobs in Southwestern Ontario.

Ontario firm signs North American robot supply deal

I-Cubed Industry Innovators Inc., based in Stoney Creek, ON, has signed an agreement with Yaskawa America through the company's Motoman Robotics Division (Yaskawa Motoman) to supply robots to the North American waterjet market.

Elliott Matsuura to sell Excetek EDMs in Canada

Elliott Matsuura Canada Inc. has signed a distribution agreement with Excetek Technologies Co. Ltd., to suppy sinker, drill and large wire EDM machines in Canada.

Global competitiveness: Canada, U.S. slip in new report

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its 2019 Global Competitiveness Report, and the news isn’t good for Canada and the U.S.

Manufacturing sales edge down; volume sold edges up

14 of 21 industries representing 60% of manufacturing posted gains, despite slight total sales decrease

Manufacturing sales declined slightly by 0.1 per cent in April 2014 to $50.9 billion, the first decrease in months. Despite this decline, 14 of the 21 industries representing approximately 60 per cent of manufacturing posted gains. As well, constant dollar sales rose 0.4 per cent in April, representing an increase in the volume of goods sold.

Metal fabricating in Canada

FABTECH Canada 2012 makes its debut

By most accounts, FABTECH Canada 2012, Canada’s newest trade show for the metal fabricating industry, was a big success.

Manufacturers focus on augmented reality

Some manufacturers think augumented reality (AR) has an important role to play in the future and they, in conjunction with AR partners, have released the world's first augmented reality hardware and software functional requirement guidelines to help manufacturers incorporate AR technology into their processes.

NRC Canada to advance cold spray additive manufacturing

The National Research Council of Canada has partnered with PolyControls to improve accessibility of cold spray additive manufacturing technology for manufacturers.

Canadian auto industry posts big gains

Canada's automotive industry continues to post solid gains, with several major automotive companies posting sales gains and one automotive parts manufacturer posting a 6.6 per cent sales increase in its second quarter over the 2016 quarter.

New North American sales head for MC Machinery

Shane Herendeen has been promoted to North American sales manager for fabrication for MC Machinery, Wood Dale, IL.

Advanced manufacturing centre unveils collaborative robot

Sheridan's Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) is the first facility in Canada to acquire ABB's collaborative robot, YuMi.

New head for automotive parts manufacturers group

Flavio Volpe has been appointed president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA). He succeeds Steve Rodgers who retired earlier in the year.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn