• Advanced manufacturing bid named one of Canada’s five superclusters - Brampton businesses eager to start capacity building

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    Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced earlier this month that a strategy to build an Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster for Canada has qualified for federal investments under the Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative.
    As part of the supercluster bid, The Board of Trade worked closely with the City of Brampton’s economic development division and local businesses on a specific talent development proposal to build local manufacturing capacity. Since 2015, Brampton businesses, through The Brampton Board of Trade have been actively encouraging regional collaboration among business communities along the corridor from Toronto, through Brampton, Hamilton and the Waterloo region.
    The Advanced Manufacturing proposal to the Innovation Superclusters Initiative was led by Linamar Corporation on behalf of a coalition of more than 140 partners, including the Brampton Board of Trade and City of Brampton. Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar and Chair of the newly incorporated Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGM Canada), calls the focus on advanced manufacturing critical to the economic prosperity of Canada.
    “The Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster presents a tremendous opportunity to bring the twin strengths of Canada’s manufacturing and technology sectors together to create sustained growth,” said Hasenfratz. “NGM Canada will support collaborative, industry-led projects, as well as support the creation of new tools, testbeds and infrastructure to help create the next generation of manufacturing firms.”
    Jayson Myers, former head of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, is the new CEO of NGM Canada. Myers says the Supercluster will also focus on developing a robust ecosystem to support companies.
    “Using a hub and spoke model, our strategy aims to ensure manufacturers and technology firms have access to all of the resources they need to be successful,” said Myers. “Whether firms need help with technical assessments, pilot and testing facilities, sales and marketing strategies, talent acquisition, skills development, or go-to-market advice, the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster ecosystem will provide a network of support and services to accelerate technology adoption in manufacturing firms and generate new customers and scale-up opportunities for technology firms.”
    Together, the Brampton Board of Trade and City of Brampton submitted a project abstract, as part of the supercluster bid. It was one of thirteen projects that was forwarded to the Minister. The unique proposal was the only one focused on talent development. The proposal is to build capacity among local manufacturers with respect to incorporating Industry 4.0 technologies to spur more innovation and productivity on the plant floor.
    “We are thrilled that our project proposal was accepted in the inaugural cohort of projects.” said Todd Letts, CEO of the Brampton Board of Trade. “We now await details from NGM Canada, once appropriate agreements are established with the Ministry later this spring.”
    Advanced manufacturing is a crucial driver of Canada’s economic growth. Southwestern Ontario has overlapping density in both manufacturing and technology firms. Leveraging more than $800M in proposed investments by industry and the federal government, NGM Canada will create new opportunities for firms, supply chains, communities, and thousands of Canadians employed in key industry segments like automotive, steel production, wood products, food and beverage production, microelectronics, and Information and Communications Technologies.
    For more information on Next Generation Manufacturing Canada or the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, click here.



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