Welcoming Remarks

Dennis Darby, President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)
Dennis was appointed President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters in January 2017, and is charged with leading the continuing transformation of the manufacturing sector in Canada, which continues to represent 1.7 million jobs, and more than 11 per cent of Canada’s GDP. Given the recent developments both in the US, with the expected review of NAFTA and the recent ratification of CETA, the competitiveness and innovation of manufacturing as an engine for growth in Canada is clearly in the spotlight, and CME has defined a comprehensive approach to achieving growth and sustainability for manufacturing, as outlined in its Industrie 2030 initiative.

Morning Keynote

Matt Rendall, CEO, OTTO Motors
Matt Rendall is CEO and Co-Founder of OTTO Motors, a division of Clearpath Robotics Inc., where he is responsible for driving the strategic commercialization of industrial self-driving vehicles and setting the overarching vision for the company. Matt’s company, Clearpath Robotics, became a leader in unmanned vehicles for R&D within 18 months of inception. Capitalizing on its technology and success, Matt expanded the business into the industrial market with the launch of OTTO Motors in 2016; the division provides self-driving vehicles designed exclusively for indoor material transport. Matt’s thought leadership has won him accolades including EY Entrepreneur of the Year award for Young Entrepreneurs and Business Insider’s Top 40 Under 40.