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.

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