The economic success of London, Ontario is heavily influenced by the city’s manufacturing industry. Nearly 30,000 jobs in London are supported by advanced manufacturing, with leading organizations choosing to call the city their home. Companies such as 3M, Brose, and General Dynamics Land Systems have made a commitment to the area because of London’s favourable economic conditions, skilled workforce, and potential for future growth. Advanced manufacturing companies are essential to providing high-value and high-paying jobs, and will help to sustain London as a leader in manufacturing excellence.
Manufacturing Matters Half-Day Conference
Manufacturing Matters is a half-day conference presented by the London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) and the London Region Manufacturing Council (LRMC). These two organizations have brought together industry leaders from some of London area’s most successful manufacturing companies to provide keynote speeches and networking opportunities. This conference will provide essential advice to manufacturers who operate in the London Region.
Manufacturing Matters Organizer Profiles
The London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) fosters economic development between the City of London and the private sector through attracting investment, advocating for the area’s business environment, and establishing support partnerships throughout the city. Last year, LEDC helped attract $42 million in corporate investment to the London area which assisted in the creation of 2,400 jobs. Their events, such as Manufacturing Matters and the Best Defence Conference are critical to their role as business development leaders within the community.
London Region Manufacturing Council (LRMC) is a manufacturing industry council which further promotes growth and prosperity for London’s manufacturers. Members of LRMC receive local manufacturing insights, talent development initiatives, supply chain opportunities, and access to industry events such as Manufacturing Matters.
Conference sponsor Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) assists Canadian manufacturers to grow and become more competitive through providing knowledge, expertise, and resources. Their audience of 40,000+ employers and 600,000 manufacturing employees has positioned EMC as Canada’s largest manufacturing consortium.
Meet Exhibitors at Manufacturing Matters Conference
Participants of the Manufacturing Matters conference will have the opportunity to network and learn from a variety of exhibitors. While attending Manufacturing Matters, you may visit up to 25 exhibitors including:
- London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC);
- Ontario Centres of Excellence;
- London Hydro;
- Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium;
- RBC Bank; and
- Education institutions (such as Fanshawe College, University of Western, and Athabasca University).
Manufacturing Industry Information Sessions
While attending Manufacturing Matters, participants will be able to learn about a wide variety of topics including:
- Manufacturing Business Growth with Government Funding (Presented by Bernadeen McLeod – President & Founder of Mentor Works Ltd.);
- Partnering for Success: Strategies for Long-term Customer Stability (Presented by Dave Priestley – Sales, Marketing and Quality Manager of Artisan Metal Finishing);
- Export Market Diversification – Emerging Markets (Presented by Cam Ellis – Senior Account Manager of Export Development Canada); and
- London’s Advanced Manufacturing Park (Presented by Peter White – Executive Director, Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships of Western University; and John Makara – Director, Canadian Centre for Product Validation of Fanshawe College).
Register for London’s Manufacturing Matters Conference
When: October 1, 2015; 7:00am-12:30pm.
Where: Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre; 591 Wellington Rd., London, Ontario, N6C 4R3.
Cost: Free for manufacturers; $50 for service providers and general admission tickets.
Canadian Government Funding and Resources for Manufacturers
In addition to educating businesses about events such as Manufacturing Matters, Mentor Works provides consulting resources to the Canadian manufacturing industry. Manufacturers can leverage Canadian government grants and loans including Export Market Access or Investing in Business Growth and Productivity to expand production capabilities and grow into new export markets. We also have free educational resources for you to use, such as a Comparing Business Expansion Loans infographic, or our Guide to Export Expansion whitepaper. Manufacturers are invited to register for Mentor Works’ small business funding webinars, including those which are specifically designed for the manufacturing industry. If you have questions about small business grants, contact Mentor Works and our team of Government Funding Experts will be pleased to assist you.