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September 23, 2020

The Latest

Last chance to register for 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 from 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_>


Jayson MyersCanadians are turning to industry leaders for guidance in today's dynamic operating environment - here's the latest from NGen's CEO Jayson Myers

Canada’s post-pandemic supply chain challenge

It’s creating opportunities for companies most capable of responding to gaps in supplier capabilities.
Manufacturers know they don’t compete, supply chains do. COVID-19 is disrupting them and fundamentally altering the competitive landscape in global markets. But it’s also creating opportunities for companies most capable of responding to changing customer requirements and emerging gaps in supplier capabilities.

In some ways, COVID-19 has only accelerated a trend already underway to more localized sourcing of materials, components and finished products. It has been propelled by factors that will influence the reshaping of supply chain relationships.
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Destination (and journey) unknown

Prairie manufacturers heading into an uncertain recovery.
The pandemic has really knocked the wind out of Prairie manufacturing – and the western Canadian economy as a whole. Ditto for the situation across Canada.

The Canadian economy contracted by 20 per cent between February and April as businesses closed and consumers stopped spending. International demand for Canadian-made goods weakened even further. Canada’s merchandise exports fell by more than one-third over that same period. 

Statistics Canada reports that 81 per cent of Canadian manufacturers were negatively affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, the agency also reports that only 24 per cent of manufacturers have a recovery plan in place. Read more_>

EMC with NGen's AmpUp - Lean supervisory certificate program: New session starting Oct. 5th

NGen covers 50% of training costs.
Companies struggle with the implementation and sustainability of Lean in their facilities, because leaders and supervisors are often not provided the tools to change the way they manage Lean processes and the team-based cultures that are in place. There is also no clear progression path for lean leadership and supervisory skills leading to advancement. This progressive certificate program leads participants through concepts and tools that will enhance their success today and develop them into leaders of the future. Learn more_>

NGen publishes 2019-2020 Annual Report

2020 was NGen’s second year of business and the first full year of operations for Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster. It was a year that ended with unexpected and exceptional challenges. Nevertheless, it was a year of significant achievements for Next Generation Manufacturing Canada.

By March 31st, 2020, NGen had approved 23 advanced manufacturing and COVID-19 projects with a total project value of $76.8 million and involved 76 organizations across Canada. English version                             Version française

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: EPIC Semiconductors, Inc.
EPIC Semiconductors is looking to establish a partnership with an industrial manufacturer to develop and deploy a comprehensive blockchain secured, AI supported production chain using its proprietary Smart Dust sensors (microscopic AI sensor chips) for Industry 4.0 solutions. Learn more_>

Online Events
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_

The Virtual MedTech Conference

Date: Sessions will become available on-demand in September 2020, with select sessions livestreamed from October 5-7.
This fall, the world’s top medtech executives will gather virtually for the leading event in the industry — The Virtual MedTech Conference. Featuring world‑class plenary speakers, cross‑cutting educational programming, valuable networking and business development opportunities, The Virtual MedTech Conference is a must‑attend event for the industry’s prominent and most promising companies. 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_>

Bringing industrial control systems into Industry 4.0

Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Are you using a legacy industrial control system (SCADA, MES, ERP, etc.) that’s nearing the end of its lifecycle? Are you wondering about how Industry 4.0–enabled solutions fit in relation to your existing control software and operations management? Are you thinking about how to stay competitive in the post-COVID era?

Manufacturing AUTOMATION’s Industrial Control Systems Virtual Roundtable will bring together senior-level industry experts to discuss moving industrial control systems to Industry 4.0, crisis management, profitability, data optimization and security. Learn more_>

NGen Partners Corner

Digital Technology Supercluster 2019 - 2020 Annual Report 

The Digital Technology Supercluster was created with the collective vision to build a better Canada, by working with industry and academia to solve some of our world’s biggest problems.  


Now in their second year, the 2019-2020 Annual Report highlights how they have accelerated momentum through digital solutions created by their Members. They reached incredible milestones over the past year and are proud of their Member’s ability to pivot and respond to the needs of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more_>

Workplaces and COVID-19: Occupational health and safety considerations for reopening and operating during the pandemic

As part of CSA Group’s (Canadian Standards Association’s) response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CSA Research worked with the University of Toronto and many diverse pan-Canadian experts to develop a guide for employers planning to reopen their workplaces to staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This research report combines a summary of current evidence (Part A) with a best-practice guide (Part B).

Aimed at both large and small organizations, the findings are categorized in three areas for guidance and best practice: physical building systems, workplace organization structures, and individual worker well being. Learn more_>.

Momentum technology start-up pitch competition

Are you a technology start-up in Canada targeting the advanced manufacturing, energy, and mining sectors? We are a group of start-up angel investors, venture capitalists, and start-up advisors who are interested in hearing your pitch!

Target companies

You should apply if:

  • You are a Canadian incorporated start-up with a minimum-viable product.
  • You have preliminary market traction in an advanced manufacturing, energy, or mining sector, and the addressable market for your product/service is at least $100M in size (preference towards B2B businesses).
  • You have a demonstrable technology moat (preference towards those with patentable technologies). Learn more_>