September 2, 2020

The Latest

NGen supports two new projects in fight against COVID-19

NGen has announced an additional $3.5 million in project funding in support of Canada’s COVID-19 Response.
Since the launch of its COVID-19 Response program in March, NGen has funded 20 projects valued at over $54 million. From coast to coast, Supercluster funding is enabling Canadian innovators to rapidly deploy solutions that can address the most pressing issues emerging as a result of the pandemic.
“Canadian innovators continue to rise to the challenges emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “Organizations such as NGen are leveraging their membership base to come up with Made in Canada solutions in an effort to save lives and secure the health and safety of Canadians.”
The projects involved in NGen’s latest round of Supercluster funding are led by DMF Medical Inc., based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and LuminUltra Technologies Ltd., based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Learn more_>

Canada’s manufacturers upskilling with NGen’s AmpUp

NGen is excited by the number of member companies who are taking advantage of the AmpUp (Accelerating Manufacturing Performance Upskilling) program. Training cohorts are filling up as NGen’s members use this great opportunity to invest in their workers and bring new skills into their organizations. 
Each NGen member is eligible for up to $15,000 in training support under this program, but only until the budget is fully committed.
NGen’s AMPUP team continues to discuss additional training opportunities as well, so new courses are being added every week.  We recently added the CME Recovery Series and Innovation 360’s Innovation Management certification to our training options.  With these additions, the program now offers Canadian manufacturers access to more training programs at a great discount.The sign-up process is quick and easy. Learn more_>

What’s Next NGen's thought leadership series: Thriving in the new Canadian economy

Date: Thursday, Sept 24, 2020 11:00 AM ET
Join us for this presentation by Peter Hall, EDC's VP & Chief Economist. He will be sharing best practices and strategies to ensure the long-term resilience of manufacturing in Canada.

About our speaker: Peter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups. In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC. Register here_>

Save the date! NGen’s first Access the Expert series. Real IP experts. Real IP answers.

Date: Tuesday October 20, 2020 at 1:00pm EST
Are you leveraging your organization's intellectual property? Intellectual property is a valuable asset for any organization - it sets you apart from your competition. Just what is intellectual property and are you giving your IP the attention it deserves? If you want to learn more about how to identify, protect and leverage your IP join us for a free interactive IP webinar full of practical information and tips that you can apply to your organization. Register here_>

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.

Online Events

Technology management for Canadian firms in the era of U.S.–China friction

Date: Thursday September 3, 2020 at 12:00pm EST
Relations between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) had already approached “the cusp of a New Cold War” by Fall 2018. The focus of friction embraces everything from trade and investment to technology R&D. Join ventureLAB and Dr. Richard Dasher as he discusses the current challenges that Canadian startups may face in the U.S.–China friction. Learn more_>

E-Commerce packaging: Best practices
and opportunities for breakthrough innovation

Date: September 10, 2020 at 1:00pm EST
With online sales continuing to soar even through the coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian Packaging magazine is proud to host our inaugural Packaging for E-Commerce virtual summit.
Please join a line-up of packaging industry experts to explore the wealth of new business opportunities that the fast-growing e-commerce channel offers to CPG producers through new package design strategies and performance attributes.
Learn more_>

Atlantic aerospace & defence connector

Date: Sept 16, 2020 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm (Atlantic Standard Time)
ACADA & Springboard Atlantic are pleased to be hosting this year’s Atlantic Aerospace & Defence Connector (Previously the CARIC Connector). This fast-paced event brings together key players from within business, academia, and government for an Atlantic Canadian showcase of innovative research, technologies, and services designed to complement the needs of Canada’s Aerospace and Defence Sector.  Learn more_>

Responding to COVID-19: Industry leadership honours

Date: September 17, 2020 at 11:00am ET
NGen's Jayson Myers is a keynote speaker. When COVID-19 struck in early March, Canadian industry was called upon to join the fight against the pandemic and offer support through the creation of PPE, sanitizers, ventilators and other innovative devices.
Manufacturers’ achievements include developing PPE to protect frontline workers; developing products to assist the sick, to accelerate testing and to protect all Canadians; and developing innovations that will have lasting impact post-pandemic.
Manufacturers and their workforces are among the heroes who have battled the spread of COVID-19, and we are going to recognize them with a virtual gala event.
 Learn more_>

2020 Supply chain Canada national conference

Date: October 5 - 9, 2020
The 2020 Supply Chain Canada National Conference has gone virtual! Supply Chain Canada National Conference 2020 brings to you 10 themes and 50+ sessions to choose from. No matter what your career level is and what your functional expertise is, this conference aims at bringing together diverse topics and insightful perspectives from global supply chain leaders. In a new world where “uncertainty” is one of the most commonly used words, attend this conference to be part of conversations that are now more relevant than ever. Learn more_>

NGen Partners Corner

SCAN Health design competition 2020!

The competition focuses on a challenge that health systems globally are facing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has highlighted significant supply chain challenges as provincial health systems across Canada struggle to manage the impact and spread of the coronavirus. Eastern Health has identified the business challenge of determining product equivalency for personal protective equipment (PPE).
Sourcing PPE has been a significant challenge as every health system in the world is focused on procuring needed equipment to protect their health workforce. The design challenge invites teams to respond with a solution that will enable health systems to determine equivalency of product specifications to achieve reliable, accurate and standardized product data in an efficient and effective manner to overcome supply shortages. Learn more_>.

Association for Manufacturing Excellence 2020 International

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is an international network of practitioners dedicated to promoting and showcasing best practices in operational excellence. AME will hold its 36th Annual International Conference on Oct. 27 to 29, 2020. It will feature a completely virtual program that will be focused on the theme Energize Your Journey.  Conference information is available at
The 2020 International Conference program is being designed to support AME’s mission of Share, Learn and Grow.   In addition to a wide variety of virtual workshops, best practice presentations, keynotes, and special sessions,   the conference  will  offer virtual plant tour opportunities to conference participants. These are planned for October 28 and 29 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm ET. Three virtual tours are planned each day. 
AME is offering NGen members an opportunity to showcase their facility by participating as a host site in the plant tours part of its conference program. The benefits for host facilities include:

  • Market exposure: AME’s marketing coverage is comprehensive, and participation will be widely promoted internationally.
  • Participant exposure: Conference registrants will come from many countries. Host companies will gain wide international exposure and Note that host companies will be given a list of registrants well ahead of time for review. Any person on the list whom you would prefer not to have join the virtual tour for whatever reason (e.g., a competitor) will be removed from the planned tour group.
  • Best practice sharing: AME’s Share, Learn and Grow philosophy is built into its plant tour program through a written feedback process. Visitors record and leave with the host company their takeaways as well as opportunities for improvement they have identified during the
  • A positive experience for employees: Employees will have an opportunity to interact with visitors during the virtual tour and demonstrate their proficiency and pride in their workplaces.
  • AME’s Lean Sensei program application: Each host site will have an opportunity to employ this proprietary self-assessment performance evaluation tool in their
  • Conference passes and discounts: All confirmed tour sites receive one free conference pass valued at US$1,100. Tour sites can purchase additional conference passes for 25% off the list price.  All conference passes will include a one year AME individual membership.  This membership will entitle the member to access to all AME events as a full member.   

NGen members interested in pursuing this opportunity should contact: 

Brian Bush
905 877-7579