July 28, 2020

The Latest

Reminder: Made Smarter deadline is fast approaching

Time is running out to submit project applications for screening. Applications must be submitted for screening by August 4th in order to formally apply before the final deadline on August 11th.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NGen is launching a strategic supply challenge aimed at developing sustainable and globally competitive manufacturing capabilities in Canada for products critical to protecting the health of Canadians.

Projects will be selected for funding based on critical needs identified by the Government of Canada, the long-term viability of manufacturing those products in Canada, and the ability of manufacturers to produce products that are safe for use and meet required product and production quality standards. Learn more_>

Jayson MyersMore and more manufacturers becoming technology companies: BNN interview with NGen CEO Jayson Myers

A clutch of advanced manufacturing sectors are contributing an outsize share of factory job creation and economic growth in Canada. Jayson Myers joins BNN Bloomberg to talk about how we’ve entered a new era in manufacturing. View here_>

NGen's AMPUP program has two new courses available 

Under the AMPUP (Accelerating Manufacturing Performance Upskilling Program), NGen will cover 50% of the cost of training for Canadian manufacturers to enroll their employees in selected skills development and certification programs offered by established trainers.
See our list of available courses including Harvard Supervisory Certification and Lean Supervisory Certificate Program.
Courses are web-based so they are already COVID friendly. Learn more_>

NGen Collaboration Corner
Supercluster project partnership opportunities

Made Smarter - Strategic supply challenge collaboration portal

Visit our Made Smarter collaboration portal to share your advanced manufacturing capabilities and find opportunities to partner or subcontract in projects.

Use the form to submit a project idea or capability that meets the criteria of the challenge. If you have both a project idea and capabilities, feel free to complete the form twice. Learn more_>

Online Events

What's Next - Webinar series: Strategies to increase your supply chain resilience

Date: Thu, Aug 20, 2020 11:00 AM ET

The impact of the pandemic on global supply chains has created the realization that resilience is more a measure of success, then cost savings. 

That said, how you build resilience in your supply chain can depend on several factors. 

Join us for this insightful presentation and facilitated discussion around building supply chain resilience using Indirect supply chain examples to identify :

  1. Resistance Application
  2. Recovery Planning
  3. People Impact 
  4. Importance of Supply Chain Planning and Supplier Relationship Management

Our presenter, Lorilei White is currently the Senior Strategic Sourcing Director for IT and ECommerce at Scobey’s and has a long standing career in leading Supply Chain strategies for such companies as HP, KPMG, Scobey’s and Scotiabank. Register here_>

Automate to innovate: Manufacturing efficiency emerging from COVID-19

Date: July 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET

To help manufacturers prepare for a potential second wave of the coronavirus and long-term competitiveness, Manufacturing AUTOMATION and Canadian Plastics have partnered to bring industry experts together in a FREE virtual summit focused on how automation will prove integral to our “new normal,” and on how to implement it. Register here_>

NGen Partners Corner

Survey: Advanced manufacturing outlook 2021

For a second year, Canadian Manufacturing is putting together a report on advanced manufacturing that will provide valuable insights into how companies are (or are not) engaging with Industry 4.0. We want to hear from you! How is your firm utilizing IoT, analytics, automation or other elements of digitization? Let us know!

The survey will take 12-minutes and all information will be kept confidential. Take the survey_>

EMC Industry pulse: Manufacturing sector impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

EMC has been reaching out to manufacturers across Canada, asking short ‘INDUSTRY PULSE’ questions about the current state of the sector and the impacts this pandemic is having on their business.  The response has been tremendous. Read more_>