June 11, 2020

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What’s Next? NGen's Thought Leadership Series

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) will be hosting an ongoing series of thought provoking and informative webinars in NGen’s ‘What’s Next Thought Leadership Series.’ All NGen members are invited to join these free-of-charge monthly sessions which will cover themes associated with Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Business Excellence in Manufacturing and Successful Models for Innovation in Manufacturing. 

Thought Leadership-Newsletter

Overcoming COVID-19

Join us live on Thursday June 18th at 10:00 am EST for a deep dive into understanding how we will overcome COVID-19, and what the coming months and years may look like while living amidst a pandemic. We will be joined by the esteemed Jo Kennelly, PhD and Dr. Anand Kumar who will share insights from their work and research in dealing with infectious disease control.Specifically Jo and Dr. Kumar will discuss:

• What we can expect in the coming months as the pandemic continues to spread.

• What are the fundamentals of pandemic control /outbreak management?

• What challenges are likely to exist in the workplace?

• How can we minimize infection risks in the workplace?

• What tools are available to assist CEOs and Manufacturing Leaders?

Register here >

Minister Bains Taps NGen Board Member and President of AVIT Manufacturing, Rhonda Barnet to Represent the Advanced Manufacturing Sector on Industry Strategy Council

The Government of Canada recognizes that a smooth economic recovery will require continued collaboration between the public and private sectors in the wake of the direct effects, changes and adaptations related to COVID-19. That is why we have convened a high-calibre panel of business leaders to share their direct perspectives on the scope of the challenges that Canadian industries face.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the names of nine business leaders who will join Monique Leroux—a strong business leader with a distinguished career in Canadian finance—on the new and recently announced Industry Strategy Council. Read more_>

Le ministre Bains annonce la nomination de Rhonda Barnet, membre du conseil d'administration de NGen et présidente d'AVIT Manufacturing au Conseil sur la stratégie industrielle

Le gouvernement du Canada reconnaît que, pour assurer une reprise économique soutenue dans le contexte de la COVID-19, les secteurs public et privé devront faire preuve d’une collaboration soutenue. La pandémie a des conséquences directes, entraîne des changements et nécessite des adaptations. C’est pourquoi le gouvernement a réuni un éventail de dirigeants d’affaires chevronnés qui fourniront directement leurs points de vue quant à l’étendue des défis qui attendent les industries canadiennes.

Le ministre de l’Innovation, des Sciences et de l’Industrie, l’honorable Navdeep Bains, a dévoilé l’identité des neuf dirigeants d’affaires qui siégeront aux côtés de Monique Leroux – une femme d’affaires remarquable ayant mené une carrière distinguée dans le domaine des finances au Canada – au nouveau Conseil sur la stratégie industrielle, dont la création a été annoncée récemment. Lire la suite_>

COVID-19 information

NGen COVID-19 Rapid Response Was a Resounding Success

At the end of March, NGen announced that it would allocate $50 million in Supercluster funding to launch production of innovative manufacturing solutions that could contribute in the fight against COVID-19.

To date, NGen received over 1000 expressions of interest from across the country. Working with the Government of Canada to identify critical health care priorities and supply shortages, NGen has invested in 19 projects involving the development and manufacturing of PPE, test kits, ventilators, as well as disinfecting agents and equipment. We have also connected many companies to other sources of government funding, most notably federal procurement challenges for ventilators, test kits, and various types of PPE. We have been truly inspired by the innovation and mobilization we have seen across Canadian industry in response to the pandemic.

NGen’s Rapid Response Funding Program was aimed at delivering critical products to front line health care workers within three months, by the end of June. NGen also announced in May a challenge to develop and manufacture disinfecting robots that would enable facilities to operate safely and help businesses get back to work.

Due to the overwhelming success of the program and it surpassing the initial $50 million budgeted, NGen will no longer be accepting applications to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding Program.

However, NGen will continue to launch strategic challenges that will be intended to help both in the fight against COVID-19 and in building advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada. Applications for these funding challenges can be made when these programs are announced Read more_>

NGen Collaboration Corner
Supercluster project partnership opportunities
Are you looking to collaborate?
Welcome to NGen's Collaboration Corner. This feature is available for member companies looking to connect with other companies for partnering opportunities for an Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster project. If you have a project idea you wish showcased on NGen’s Newsletter and Website. Apply here.
Featured opportunity: Aspire Food Group

Project description:

Aspire is a world leader in building the lowest cost, highest-density, and most ethical automated food-grade protein production system.
Aspire uses industrial automation and robotics, IoT, and deep learning/analytics to farm crickets that have a similar protein quality to meat and an environmental footprint similar (or even better) than plants.
Aspire will build the first-of-kind high-density protein production facility in the world. Learn more_>

Online Events

Becoming an Approved Supplier of Medical Devices

NGen will host a series of informative webinars entitled Becoming an Approved Supplier of Medical Devices, which are designed to help QMS-certified companies from other sectors understand the requirements of ISO 13485 Medical Device manufacture.

ISO 9001 to ISO 13485: Tuesday, June 16, 2020                 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST 

TS 16949 to ISO 13485: Wednesday, June 17, 2020          1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST 

AS 9100 to ISO 13485: Thursday, June 18, 2020                1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EST 

Get to Know Transatlantic R&D Projects

Date: June 17, 2020
Time: 9:00 am ET

Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting (TraCLight) will be hosting a joint webinar to present the German and Canadian TraCLight members and the current transatlantic R&D projects. This webinar is an opportunity for you to learn about innovative research projects, benefit from best practice examples of German-Canadian cooperation and be introduced to potential project partners and customers. Register here

Dates: July 14-15, 2020

Hannover-Messe-LogoFor the first time, HANNOVER MESSE is organizing a digital event based around the key theme of industrial transformation. What levers need to be applied to ensure that industry recovers quickly from the consequences of the shutdown?

The Digital Days will discuss current industry trends in Industry 4.0, AI, 5G, Smart, Energy and Logistics 4.0. The event is free. Register here_>

NGen Partners Corner

Rapid-response-1Does your company require PPE as Canada returns to work?

As Canadians return to work, your employees need access to protective equipment including hand sanitizer, masks and other PPE. The Rapid Response Platform (RPP) is an automated platform matching COVID-19 related suppliers with requestors. BASF Canada is an early sponsor of RRP, which also has support from Trimac, Canadian Business Resilience Network, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, Business Council of Canada, BDC and Automotive Parts Manufacturers of Canada, Automate Canada and others.

If you need PPE or can offer supplies and ingredients, register at

NRC Call for Proposals: Canada-Germany 3+2 on Innovative Artificial Intelligence Solutions for Industrial Production

The governments of Canada and Germany are working together to foster and support collaborative industrial research and development (R&D) projects with a high potential for commercialization. This call for proposals is open to organizations from Canada and Germany who wish to form a project consortium to perform collaborative projects focussed on developing innovative products, processes, or technology-based services via innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for industrial production in the context of value-added manufacturing. Read more_>

CNRC Appel de propositions de projets de collaboration: Programme Canada-Allemagne 3+2 pour des solutions novatrices d’intelligence artificielle destinées à la production industrielle

Le gouvernement du Canada et celui de l'Allemagne souhaitent unir leurs efforts pour encourager et soutenir des projets de collaboration en recherche-développement (R-D) industriels ayant un potentiel commercial élevé. Le présent appel de propositions est ouvert aux organisations canadiennes et allemandes qui désirent faire partie d'un consortium pour mener en collaboration des projets de développement de produits ou de procédés novateurs ou de services technologiques s'appuyant sur des solutions novatrices d'intelligence artificielle (IA) destinées à la production industrielle dans un contexte de fabrication à valeur ajoutée. Lire la suite_>