Canadian Manufacturing

Time to revitalize manufacturing

October 28, 2009  by Michael Ouellette

It’s no secret the manufacturing sector in Canada is at a tipping point.

It has been the story all year—no new orders, gutted employment rosters, new projects and investments put on hold and markets shrinking to where they sat in the early 1990s.

And while the “recovery” proclamation has been bandied about for the last few months, in all likelihood it will take more than a year for any hint of that elusive turnaround to show up on manufacturers’ balance sheets.

And that year will be the toughest yet. Companies that have held fast during the crunch—undoubtedly taking drastic measures to do so—simply can’t withstand another full year of the same struggles.


That’s why it’s paramount to attend Ryerson University’s one-day forum titled Revitalizing Manufacturing on Nov. 10, 2009. Find a map here.

Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Minister of Economic Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello will join Buzz Hargrove, Jayson Myers, Jim Stanford and several others to discuss the options available to our beleaguered manufacturing community. See the full list of speakers here.

This event represents more than just another opportunity to sit and listen to someone in a suit tell you need to automate and innovate to remain competitive, however potent that advice may be.

The Premier’s presence at this gathering offers the chance for our manufacturing community to show our provincial leaders that we are anguished by the current state of affairs and put great value in a new policy framework that will help manufacturing in Canada get to the turnaround faster than our global competitors.

Show up. Listen. Ask a question.

Your presence will let them know need policy help and you need it now. Don’t pass up your chance to tell them in person.

And while it’s telling that there are no federal government representatives on this panel, it certainly has the heavyweights capable of bringing that message to Parliament Hill.

Our actions and choices as a community will define Canadian industry in the years to come. Showing up en masse to add to our collective voice is a great first step.

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