Brampton Manufacturing Competitiveness Forum

Wednesday, October 3 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 
The Garden Convention Centre 8 Clipper Court 
Brampton, ON 
Breakfast will be provided 
Register here​by October 2nd

The manufacturing sector is highly competitive with various opportunities facing the sector from technology development/adoption to developing the workforce of tomorrow. Companies are seeking opportunities but can have difficulty identifying and comparing potential return on investment. In addition to selecting between business opportunities, the impacts of NAFTA renegotiation and tariffs are having major impacts on manufacturing. This event is an opportunity for SMEs in Brampton to better understand the opportunities available to be more competitive, and get a better understanding of the external factors facing manufacturers.

Please join us for the following panel discussions: 

Robotics and Automation In Your Operation 
This panel session is for manufacturers looking for opportunities to automate their operations. It will go over the most effective areas for robotics and automation and discuss potential return on investment and practical steps for adoption to reduce risk of failure. There are various opportunities from robotic painting, welding & packaging to automated guided vehicles (AGVs).
Panel Members: 

Michelle Chretien, Director, Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), Sheridan College

Alex Kuperman, President, ABI Auto Bake Industries Ltd.

Mikael Packalen, Manager of Robotics & Application, ABB Robotics Canada

John Hobbins, Director, First Robotics Canada


Brannon Steel’s 50th Anniversary
The City of Brampton would like to recognize Brannon Steel's 50th Anniversary and contribution to the manufacturing community in Brampton.

Transforming Manufacturing in the Digital Era 
This panel session will discuss how manufacturing facilities are being transformed in the digital era. As Industry 4.0 pushes manufacturers to adopt to the changes in information technology, mobile, etc., the impact for manufacturers is significant and there are opportunities throughout facilities. 

Panel Members: 

Jan Holland, CEO, Designed Precision Castings

Michael Garinder, Director of Industry Strategy, Digital Manufacturing, Siemens Industry Software

Ali Lajevardi, Director, Business Development, BDC Advisory Services

Todd Letts, CEO, Brampton Board of Trade


Global Trade Uncertainty & Trade Diversification
This panel session will provide insights for manufacturing in a time of global trade uncertainty. With the ongoing uncertainty around NAFTA, steel/aluminum tariffs and other global trade issues, the impact on revenues, costs and supply chains are disrupting business operations. 

Panel Members: 

Aylin Lusi, Vice-President for Public Affairs, UPS Canada

Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice-President, Policy & Government Relations, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Bob Peacock, President, Almag Aluminum