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8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.       Registration & Breakfast

Patrick Deane
, President & Vice-Chancellor, McMaster University
Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington 

Keynote Speakers 8:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State responsible for the Federal Economic  Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

9:00 a.m.  Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada

Session 1             9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.   

Power of Partnerships:  Government/Industry/Academic Collaborations

In this session, we will examine the role of each partner and identify the challenges and opportunities to develop high-value advanced manufacturing clusters and the benefits of partnerships in meeting R&D needs.


Moderator:       Steve Rodgers, President, GS Global Solutions


Panelist 1:           Ian Potter, Vice-President, Engineering & Business Management,  NRC

Panelist 2:           Tom Corr, President & CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Panelist 3:           Caroline Hughes, Director, Government Relations, Ford

Panelist 4:            Ishwar Puri, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University

 Q & A led by Moderator

COFFEE BREAK 10:20 - 10:30 A.M.

Session 2             10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. 

Emerging Technologies:  Developing the Skills & Knowledge Base for Global Competitiveness


In this session, we will examine recent trends in advanced manufacturing and the impact of other technologies and address the questions, “what do we know and where are the gaps?” by looking at types of education required to meet the requisite training and talent needs for emerging technologies.


Moderator:          Steve Rodgers, President, GS Global Solutions


Panelist 1:           Jeff Zabudsky, President, Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced 

Panelist 2:           Dominik Lucke, Fraunhofer IPA

Panelist 3:           Richard Seager, Business Development Manager, WMG
                          International Digital Laboratory, The University of Warwick

Panelist 4:           Rebecca Bourque, Director of Strategic Accounts & Business Development

Q & A led by Moderator



Session 3             11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.                 


The Supply Chain: Customer-supplier dynamics


In this session, we will look at the dynamics of customer-supplier interactions, Canada’s capacity to innovate and our innovation/knowledge providers across four main sectors: auto, IT, food and aerospace. 


Moderator:         Steve Rodgers, President, GS Global Solutions


Panelist 1:           Rory McAlpine, Vice-President, Government Relations, Maple Leaf Foods

Panelist 2:           Angela Pappin, Vice-President Technology, ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Panelist 3:           Joe Loparco, Co-President, AGS Automotive Systems

Q & A led by Moderator


LUNCH 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.


Session 4             1:15 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.   


Impact of Trade Agreements on Canadian Manufacturing:
Are Canada
’s Companies Export-Ready?


This session will feature a discussion about the recently announced trade agreements with the EU, their impact on the manufacturing sector and how companies can best position themselves to capitalize on the opportunities.

Jayson Myers  & Ms. C.J. Scott (Trade Commissioner
Industrial Machinery, Canadian Trade Commissioner Service - Ontario)
moderated by Steve Rodgers


Session 5             2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Reducing the Risk of Innovation and Accelerating the Pace of Business Development


In this session, we will examine various approaches to de-risking the investments    companies must make with respect to new manufacturing processes. 


Moderator:         Steve Rodgers, President, GS Global Solutions


Panelist 1:          Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Industry Transformation, Cisco

Panelist 2:          Michael Gardiner, Director, Industry Solutions, PLM Software, 
                         Siemens Canada

Panelist 3:          Jonathan Hack, Strategic Technology, University and Government Relations
                          Bombardier Aerospace



Wrap up:      3:05 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

                          Summit Co-Chairs Mo Elbestawi and Jayson Myers


Networking Reception   3:30 – 5:00 p.m.