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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

Covid Vaccinations FAQs

Presented by Jennifer Costin & Jennifer Herpers, Siskinds the Law Firm

Creating a Psychologically Safe and Inclusive work Environment

Presented by Kristy Cork, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services followed by Q&A with Emcee Jason Bates

Holistic Integration: Retaining Newcomer Talent in Your Company and Community

Presented by Kayley MacGregor, Employer Advisor, Immploy

Pandemic Recovery - Government Tools and Approaches for Manufacturers in 2021

Presented by Alex Barlow, Business Development Executive, Mentor Works Ltd.


BIO Break


10:40 AM

Covid & Labour Challenges: What have we learned about termination, lay-offs, constructive dismissals and IDEL?

Presented by Chris Sinal and Beth Traynor, Siskinds the Law Firm

4.0 Data Integration: Cross Sector Manufacturing Strategies and Case Studies

Presented by Mike Baker, CEO, Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario and Mark Corker, President, Seredex, MTECH

Regional Support for Agriculture & Food Innovation

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

Skill Shortage: How to Attract and Retain Top Talent in 2021 and Beyond

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


11:45 AM



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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