Month: September 2015

Canadian manufacturers need clear strategy to compete in global market

Canada is in (technical) recession again, and not just because of the crash in oil prices. In fact, part of Canada’s broader, slow-growth problem comes from weakness in the manufacturing sector. Compared with 2000, manufacturing output is down 11 per cent. Employment in manufacturing has declined almost 24 per cent. But is Canadian manufacturing down …

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Establishing Ontario Global 100

The Trillium Network is working with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to establish Ontario Global 100 (OG100) to mentor the next generation of Ontario exporters. A meeting of founding members has been held and Chairman, Don Morrison, is leading the new organization. Trillium Deputy Director, Dave Hudson, is working closely with our partners, to …

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Training Engineers for the Automotive Industry

On August 25, the Trillium Network and its partner, Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA), convened a teleconference to discuss firms’ training needs with Western Engineering Professor Jeff Wood. In addition to the APMA, firms participating included Magna International, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, and Linamar Corporation.

Convening officials supporting the Auto Advisor

On August 12, the Trillium Network convened a meeting of federal and provincial officials, industry and academic representatives and Auto Advisor, Ray Tanguay to discuss how the groups could come together build an automotive manufacturing database to support Ray’s work. The group met at Western’s Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research and afterwards got a …

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Time for the campaign to get serious on economic policy

If there’s one notion about Stephen Harper’s economic policy that’s taken firm hold as conventional wisdom, it’s that he’s been monomaniacal about oil. His rivals play off it on the campaign trail, with the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair bemoaning billions in subsidies to the fossil fuel sector and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau saying Harper “bet everything …

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