9 am
Welcoming Remarks

Dennis Darby, President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)About Dennis:
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.

9:10 am Morning Keynote
Industry 4.0: The Era of Digital Manufacturing

Matt Rendall, CEO, OTTO Motors
Abstract: What does Industry 4.0 mean for our economy? What does it mean for your operation? Matt Rendall, CEO of OTTO Motors, will showcase where Canadian manufacturing lies on the global map and discuss why now is a pivotal moment in time to invest in Industry 4.0 capabilities. Discover how risk, human capital and connectivity play a critical role in the Industry 4.0 movement and understand how investment in emerging technologies will be paramount to advancing the Canadian economy and your operation.

About Matt:
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.

Where Will Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) be in Ten Years?”

James Weir, Vice President of Sales, SYSPRO Canada

ERP technology has seemed relatively settled over the last decade or so, but with the advent of cloud, mobile and social / collaboration tools, innovation in ERP technology has shaken up the market recently. The reinvention of what has been traditional Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has been a decade-long journey to migrate traditional mega systems to newer innovative platforms. Discover technology trends that are impacting manufacturing and the metalworking industry today, and preview the future of ERP and how to be prepared for what is to come.
So where will ERP be 10 years from now? Attend this lunch networking session to hear about three main drivers of ERP: cloud-first; mobile; and social collaboration—and learn how to leverage next-gen ERP for manufacturing growth.

About James:
James is an experienced technical executive focused on building high performance sales and service organizations locally and internationally through direct and channel models. With over 20 years of experience as a sales leader, consultant and founder he has a wealth of experience and passion for helping SYSPRO’s customers succeed in what he believes is a growing and innovative sector of Canadian industry.

12 pm Noon Networking & Keynotes
The Energy Market Transformation in Our Backyard: Exploring the Risks and Opportunities

Kate Bagshaw, Senior Electricity Advisor, Bruce Power Direct

Energy prices are of increasing concern for today’s manufacturers. The entire energy industry is undergoing a massive transformation. Renewables, storage, conservation, system design and political factors are all changing the industry as we know it. We will look at both the macro trends impacting the energy industry, as well as the micro trends impacting the energy market and price here in Ontario. What are the opportunities and risks for Ontario businesses?

About Kate:
As a commercial energy advisor, Kate is passionate about helping her customers find creative energy management solutions to meet their electricity needs. She has more than seven years of experience working with clients across the food and beverage, retail, commercial real estate, energy and finance sectors. Her primary focus is on building business relationships based on a sound understanding of her clients’ unique operations and challenges. Kate has been with the Bruce Power team since the company opened its commercial operations in 2011.