Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing Ltd. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of Ontario manufacturing. Originally conceived by Paul Boothe and Richard Dicerni as a vehicle to implement the recommendations of the Lawrence Centre’s “Future of Canadian Manufacturing” research, Ontario Government funding for the Network was announced in Budget 2014. The Network was incorporated and funding was received in 2015.

The Network is governed by a board of directors chaired by Carol Stephenson and managed by Paul Boothe. We are located in London, Ontario and we work with private- and public-sector partners across the province.

Working with our partners, Trillium connects, convenes and collaborates with like-minded individuals and organizations to support the growth of Ontario manufacturing. We use our network to connect partners to make them aware of the many initiatives underway to support manufacturing. When appropriate, we convene groups to discuss issues and opportunities facing Ontario manufacturers. Finally, we look for opportunities to collaborate with partners on projects of common interest.

Building on the recommendations of the Lawrence Centre’s study “Future of Canadian Manufacturing: Learning from Leading Firms” we are currently focusing on three areas:

Business-to-Business Mentorship

We are working with Business Development Bank of Canada and other partners to establish and grow Ontario Global 100, a business mentorship organization that aims to support the next generation of Ontario’s global exporters.

Educational Partnerships

We are working with partners to develop geo-mapping software to facilitate the connection of firms and educational institutions to collaborate on skills development and business-led research and development.

Investment Attraction

We are working with federal and provincial partners to support the work of Canada’s Auto Advisor, Ray Tanguay, whose mission is to attract new and renewal auto investment to the Ontario automotive cluster.