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Manufacturing Matters 2021



Manufacturing Matters will be Virtual on October 7, 2021!

About this event

The London Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the London Region Manufacturing Council are pleased to present Manufacturing Matters 2021.

Manufacturing Matters is a must attend, half day virtual conference for manufacturers and service providers. Delegates will learn valuable information from industry leaders, keynote speakers and peer-to-peer networking. The conference will deliver essential advice applicable to all manufacturers in the London region.


2021 Manufacturing Matters Virtual Conference

Thursday, October 7, 2021



8:30 am – 8:40 am

Welcome & Introductions

Jason Bates, General Manager of the London Region Manufacturing Council, Field Service Adviser, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium, London Region.


• Mayor Ed Holder, City of London

• Kapil Lakhotia, President & CEO, London Economic Development Corporation

8:45 am

Feature Presentation - BDC Economic Outlook: What manufacturers should expect?

Presenter: Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist, BDC

BDC Economic Outlook: What manufacturers should expect?

Join Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist of BDC for an overview of the economic situation, including an outlook for the manufacturing sector. Discover how various industries and sub-sectors are managing the recovery, and how key trends and changes in the economy affect small and medium-sized manufacturers. 


BIO Break


9:30 AM

Concurrent Webinar Sessions (Sessions are 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of Q&A

Labour & Employment Law

Presented by Siskinds the Law Firm

Ministry of Labour – Covid Regulatory Requirements

Presented by Ministry of Labour followed by Q&A with Emcee Jason Bates

Logistics Challenges in the Pandemic

Presented by Carol Topping, Account Executive, Kuehne + Nagel Ltd.

Funding Opportunities for Southwestern Ontario Manufacturers

Presented by Bernadeen McLeod, President and Founder, Mentor Works Ltd.


BIO Break


10:40 AM

Labour & Employment Law

Presented by Siskinds the Law Firm

Bluewater Wood Alliance

Presented by Mike Baker, CEO Wood Manufacturing Cluster and Ryan Tabone, Coordinator Blue Water Alliance

Roundhouse Accelerator – Supports for Agritech and Agrifood

Presented by Joe Dales, CoFounder, President, Agri & Food Innovation

How to find talent in 2021 and beyond

Presented by Mike Elliott of ExpressPros, Franchisee & Operating Partner Express Employment Professionals


11:45 AM





• Michael Clark Construction

• Siskinds the Law Firm


• Specialized Recruiting Group, an Express Employment Professionals


• Lucas Audiology



This is a FREE event for manufacturers, but registration is required! Non-manufacturers are invited to attend for a nominal fee of only $50

Partner Opportunities are now available. Please contact: Holly Doty, Event Manager, Connect Dot Management Inc. 1.519.204.2499 or

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