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Labour shortages, NAFTA, Innovation: Register for CME's Annual Meeting (Oct 24-25)

Published by CME Manitoba on October 04, 2017

The New Face of Manufacturing

Join us for Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' 2017 Annual Meeting & Advanced Manufacturing Symposium

Date: October 24-25, 2017 
Westin Hotel, Ottawa, ON

Building on the success of last year's annual meeting, The New Face of Manufacturing explores adapting and thriving in the rapidly evolving landscape of manufacturing in Canada through the lens of workforce skills, trade and innovation.  


On October 24-25th, Canada's manufacturing sector leaders address your top issues:

 Women and Youth in Manufacturing Panel

Attracting more women into manufacturing professions is critical to help companies grow and to replace the aging workforce. Canada's top women in manufacturing discuss how the gender gap can be addressed.

Confirmed Speakers: Linda Hasenfratz, Chief Executive Officer, Linamar Corporation; Nadine Gropp, Vice President, Global Manufacturing, 3M Canada; Lesley Lawrence, Senior Vice President, BDC


The Future of NAFTA for Canada Discussion

The NAFTA re-negotiation is a pivotal time for the Canada-US trade relations and the future of manufacturing in North America. This is a historic opportunity to modernize the agreement and encourage growth in the manufacturing sector. Get the most up-to-date information from government insiders.


Global Digital Manufacturing and Canada's Role

Embracing advanced manufacturing techniques is critical to the competitivity of Canadian manufacturers. To compete at home and, with the world, the manufacturing sector has been driving innovation in Canada. Learn more about the newest trends and early technology adoption from Canada's pace-setters.


The Hon. Navdeep Singh Bains

Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Mr. Bains will speak at the Manufacturing Innovation and Investment Social (Oct. 24, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM)

Prior to being elected in 2015, Mr. Bains was a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. He has worked several years in accounting and financial analysis for the Ford Motor Company of Canada. He previously served as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Brampton South from 2004 to 2011 and held Parliamentary Secretary roles in the Paul Martin government.

Mr. Bains is a strong proponent of the manufacturing sector. As Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, he has been tasked by the Prime Minister to help Canadian businesses grow, innovate and export so that they can create good quality jobs and wealth for Canadians. Mr. Bains will provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges associated with encouraging growth in the manufacturing sector as part of his keynote address at CME's annual meeting. 

Make the most of your CME membership and experience our leadership, knowhow, connections, and extensive network. Register today at


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