Canadian Manufacturing

Major General David Fraser to deliver FABTECH opening keynote

Fraser will cut through political and economic rhetoric and provide advice to help grow your business in a rapidly-changing market



TORONTO—Leadership, innovation and an out-of-the-box strategy are the keys to success in today’s manufacturing environment.

That’s the message retired Canadian Army Maj. Gen. David Fraser, who is currently the chief operating officer for Toronto-based INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, will tell thousands of delegates later this month in his opening keynote speech at FABTECH Canada.

In his keynote speech “Leadership, Strategy and Innovation in the Manufacturing Business” (March 22, 8:30 a.m.), Fraser will pull from industry and first-hand experiences to cut through political and economic rhetoric and provide advice to Canadian manufacturers looking to grow their business in a rapidly-changing market.

Reviewing factors impacting the Canadian industry—from market size to oil prices and the Canadian dollar—he will outline the relationship between the country’s west (resources) and east (manufacturing base), review domestic and international opportunities and offer eye-opening insight into the cultural differences of doing business in Canada versus the U.S., China and other countries.

Other highlights of FABTECH Canada’s educational program include:

  • Sessions covering lean management, lasers and cutting, stamping, forming and fabricating, finishing, welding and additive manufacturing.
  • Expert panel discussions on what additive manufacturing (3D printing) means for the metal fabrication industry and how employers can address the global skills development challenge.
  • Half-day workshops focused on innovation and team-building strategies, Training Within Industry (TWI) lean practices, aluminum welding and metallurgy.

FABTECH Canada—a metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event which provides exhibits, educational sessions, workshops and networking opportunities for manufacturers large and small—will take place March 22-24 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

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