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Shaping Tomorrow’s Canada

Shaping Tomorrow’s Canada

April 30, 2024 | This free event will deepen your understanding of the latest trends, issues and opportunities within advanced manufacturing and will foster policy conversation on the government's strategic direction in this sector.

Securing the Future of Advanced Manufacturing

April 30, 2024 | Ottawa, ON | Fairmont Château Laurier, Laurier Room


Manufacturing stands as the cornerstone of Canada’s economic landscape, driving the production of goods that underpin various industries. Value chains intricately connect suppliers, producers and distributors and serve as a vital thread that weaves together innovation, economic resilience and global competitiveness.

This free event will provide a platform for key government and corporate players to share cutting-edge insights and initiatives aimed at supporting this sector of our economy. Attendees will deepen their understanding of the latest trends, issues and opportunities within advanced manufacturing and will foster relevant policy conversation on the government’s strategic direction in this sector.

Agenda

*Times are ET and are subject to change.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.Arrival and Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.Welcome Remarks

Alex Greco, Senior Director, Manufacturing and Value Chains, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
1:05 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Keynote Address and Fireside Chat

Keynote Speaker:
Honourable Lisa Raitt, Vice-Chair, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets

Moderator:
Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Health Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Panel Discussion

Navigating Disruptions – Building Manufacturing and Value Chains Resilience Strategies for the Future

In today’s rapidly changing global landscape, minimizing disruptions to our supply chains and enhancing their resilience is paramount. This panel will convene industry leaders and experts to discuss strategies and solutions for shaping resilient manufacturing ecosystems and supply chains amidst unprecedented global challenges such as pandemics, geopolitical shifts and climate-related events. Key topics will include regulatory reform, technology adoption, strategic partnerships, and diversification to build robust and agile manufacturing processes.

Featured Panellists:
James White, President and CEO, Wellmaster

Andrew Stewart, Vice President, Eastern Canada, LaFarge

Terry Bowman, Head of Canadian Manufacturing, 3M Canada
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Trade Commissioner Remarks
Speaker:
Sara Wilshaw, Chief Trade Commissioner and Assistant Deputy Minister
3:30 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.Panel Discussion

Achieving Global Competitiveness for advanced manufacturing through innovation and international cooperation.

Canada’s global competitiveness hinges on its ability to innovate and collaborate in advanced manufacturing. This panel will explore how targeted investments can position Canada as a hub for cutting-edge technologies and innovation in manufacturing. Key topics will include public-private collaborations, regulatory frameworks and educational initiatives to create an innovation-friendly ecosystem. The discussion will also address challenges with Canada’s innovation funding programs, and industrial policy. It will also explore new collaboration approaches among government, industry, and academia to foster innovation and commercialization in Canadian manufacturing.

Featured Panellists:
Laura Devoni, Director of Strategy, Corporate Affairs, & Sustainability | Trade & Economics, Algoma Steel Inc 

Jeff Small, General Manager, Toyota’s Lexus RX plant 

Marie-Christine Caron, Supply Chain Automation Cost Leader, GE Aerospace 

James Scongack, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Bruce Power
4:25 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.Keynote Address and Fireside Chat

Keynote Speaker:
Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development

Moderator:
Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
5:15 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.Closing Remarks

Alex Greco, Senior Director, Manufacturing and Value Chains, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
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