Canadian Manufacturing

Virtual Event
Responding to COVID-19: Industry Leadership Honours
September 17, 2020 at 11:00am ET

Manufacturers and their workforces are among the heroes that have battled the spread of COVID-19, and we at Canadian Manufacturing, PLANT and EP&T magazines recognized them with a virtual gala event September 17, 2020 at 11 am ET.

The event honoured manufacturers from across Canada that went above and beyond to help out during a time of great need, by producing personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizer, ventilators and other crucial products and services to aid in the country’s pandemic response.

Businesses from across the country drastically altered their operations, bought new equipment and established new production shifts to accommodate the making of needed products. Others invented entirely new products, novel innovations to help detect the virus, stop its spread, or kill it entirely. Healthcare product manufacturers meanwhile moved up production schedules and product launches, and found ways for their existing products to help combat COVID-19.

These manufacturers, their ingenuity, their tireless work ethic and their compassion, brought over 175 spectators together to celebrate their accomplishments.

10 awards were handed out, recognizing everything from excellence in PPE production to innovations that can detect the COVID-19 virus.

The event also featured a special welcome message from Navdeep Bains, federal minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, who has been at the forefront of the federal government’s COVID response and has worked hand-in-hand with manufacturers to ensure Canada is prepared to take on this virus.

Our keynote speaker was Jayson Myers, the chief executive officer of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the not-for-profit corporation leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster.

Myers talked about how Canadian manufacturers confronted the COVID crisis, and the challenges that lie ahead for the manufacturing community as it faces post-pandemic recovery.

Full recordings of Myers’ keynote, Bains message, and the awards ceremony in its entirety, can be found below.



Welcome Message

Keynote Speaker: Jayson Myers, CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

Industry Leadership Honours Awards part 1

Industry Leadership Honours Awards part 2

Pathway to Excellence Webinar | AME

Product Demos

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Frequently Asked Questions About Responding to COVID-19: Industry Leadership Honours

When & Where?

Responding to COVID-19: Industry Leadership Honours will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on September 17, 2020 at 11:00am ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of September 17, 2020.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.