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Manufacturing Matters 2022



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

Manufacturing Matters is a must attend, half day 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.

This is a FREE event for manufacturers, but registration is required!

Non-manufacturers are invited to attend for a nominal fee of only $50


2022 Manufacturing Matters Conference

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 

Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre

591 Wellington Rd, London, ON N6C 4R3



7:30 am – 8:30 am    Registration and Networking Breakfast   

7:30 am – 12:00 pm  EXHIBITOR FAIR - Main Room

8:20 am – 8:30 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


8:30 am Feature Presentation - GM Canada and the Road Ahead

  • David Paterson, Vice President, Corporate and Environmental Affairs , General Motors of Canada Company

GM Canada will provide details on plans for investment in Ontario and the changing landscape of the automotive industry in Canada.

9:00 am Talent Acquisition - Panel Discussion

  • Terry Gillis, Ahria Consulting
  • Sienna Taylor, Immploy
  • Stephanie Shrum, Canadian Apprenticeship Service Program

Learn from leaders in the regional talent acquisition ecosystem about trends in the jobseeker market, resources available to companies, and methods for obtaining top talent.

9:45 am Networking Break & Display booths

10:15 am Concurrent Sessions

1. What have we learned from Covid Part 1: Considerations for contracts, terminations, and workplace flexibility

  • Presented by Jennifer Costin & Liam Ledgerwood, Siskinds the Law Firm

The Covid pandemic has thrown us for a loop the last 2.5 years. However, in the midst of these challenges, there are lessons to be learned about how to better prepare organizations for unpredictable challenges in the future.

Join our session to:

  • Understand how you can review and tailor your employees’ contracts of employment to promote organizational flexibility, including during economic shifts or downturns;
  • Learn how terminations resulting from or occurring during Covid are being treated by the Courts; and
  • Consider the unexpected legal issues involved when making your workplace more flexible for your workforce.

2. Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development Update

  • Presented by Regional Program Coordinator, Ministry of Labour, Employment Standards, and Operations Division

Learn about the Ministry of Labour’s new role in enforcing the Building Skilled Trades in Ontario Act (BOSTA), plus other legislative updates and enforcement initiatives.

3. Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) Manufacturing Initiatives

  • Presented by Raf Khan, Director of Manufacturing Initiatives, EMC

EMC will provide an outline of the state of the Canadian manufacturing sector in 2022, and present manufacturing initiatives for 2022-23. EMC will also discuss incentives and workforce development programs and tools for SW ON manufacturers.

4. Grants & Funding Programs for Scale Your Manufacturing Business

  • Presented by Jeff Dumart, Director of Client Services, Mentor Works, a Ryan Company

This session dives into the top current and future Canadian government grants, tax credits, and loan programs for manufacturers. Jeff will discuss how manufacturers can leverage federal and provincial incentives to drive growth and support key investments. Attendees will learn about programs to support innovation, productivity, exports, workforce development, and large capital investments

11:00 am Networking Break & Display booths

11:15 am  Concurrent Breakout Sessions 

5. What have we learned from Covid Part 2: Employment Standards, Workplace Safety and WSIB issues for 2022

  • Presented by Chris Sinal & Jennifer Herpers, Siskinds the Law Firm

This session will review how employment standards legislation, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, is adapting, or not adapting, to the changing workplace resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, presenters Chris Sinal and Jennifer Herpers will discuss:

  • New workplace policy requirements, including Disconnecting from Work and Electronic Monitoring policies;
  • Best practices for layoffs following the end of deemed Infectious Disease Emergency Leave; and
  • Considerations around COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as staff working from home.

6. Industry 4.0 Integration Trends across Manufacturing Sectors: How Does Industry 4.0 Apply to Your Sector?

  • Presented by Mike Baker, CEO, Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario (WMCO), and Mark Corker, President, Mtech Hub, and Seradex Inc.

This session explores Industry 4.0 and what it is, trends and the scope of common gaps and adoption challenges across sectors, data roadmaps in manufacturing, IOT utilization and risks and lessons learned. WMCO has embarked on an industry-wide Industry 4.0 transformation; common best practices to all manufacturing sectors will be shared.

7. The Vanishing Workforce – Is this a real problem or are we contributing to the workforce challenges?

  • Presented by James Norris, Express Employment Professionals

A discussion of the challenge of finding great people and ideas on how to be more strategic in filling jobs.

8. Manufacturing and the Myth of Cyber Security

  • Presented by Mike Crandall, CEO, Digital Beachhead

The importance of cyber security has never been greater, and the need to protect the manufacturing industry is paramount. In this session, learn about strategies around: Common Cyber Threats, Cyber Risk Management, Training options, policies, data protection, encryption and patching.

12:15 PM Conclusion

Exhibitors and Partner Booths:

  • Agiile
  • Armo tool
  • BJTake Inc.
  • Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
  • Danby
  • DeeTag
  • Diamond Aircraft Industries Canada
  • EGU Manufacturing Inc.
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Fanshawe College - Corporate Training Solutions
  • Hexcon
  • WILL Immploy
  • IMT Corportation
  • Ladder HR Solutions
  • Lambton College
  • MNP
  • Purifics
  • Mentor Works Ltd Ryan Group
  • michael + clark construction
  • Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Oxford Connection
  • RBC
  • Realize Manufacturing Inc.
  • Shelley Machine
  • Siskinds the Law Firm
  • Technicut Tool

Booth and Partner Opportunities are now available. Please contact: 

Holly Doty, Event ManagerConnect Dot Management Inc.1.519.204.2499 or


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