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Presented By The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

This year the Summit will take place on Wednesday April 10th at Georgian College.  Registration is now open.  Register here​ for your tickets.

Wednesday April 10th, 2019
12:00pm-1:00pm Networking Lunch
Georgian College-Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre

There is no one-size fits-all approach that manufacturers can use to transform into an Industry 4.0 operation.  As adoption of Industry 4.0 gains momentum in the manufacturing world, executives are calculating the risk-reward ratio of adopting new technology.  Considerations include the cost in money and time against the potential gains. 

The Manufacturing Innovation Summit-2019 focuses on the continued effort to implement Industry 4.0 initiatives that can help manufacturers, maintain competitiveness, maximize productivity and see returns on their investments.  MIS 2019 will share learnings from peers on how to take the first step, overcome uncertainty and take full advantage of community connections to help them along the Industry 4.0 journey.

This half day conference will arm you with information and connections needed to capitalize on Industry 4.0.  You will receive expert advice and hear from peers that have started the Industry 4.0 journey and faced the challenges first hand.  Don’t miss your opportunity to get practical insights on developing your own action plan. 

Topics Include:

  • Where to start & how to move forward
  • Making the right investments to see positive returns
  • How other manufacturers are advancing in Industry 4.0
  • Addressing challenges and recognizing unseen advantages
  • Hear from experts in assessment and implementation

Keynote Speakers

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Michael Gardiner- Microsoft Canada Inc. Manufacturing Industry Solution Executive, P.Eng

Michael Gardiner leads Microsoft's digital transformation initiatives in the Canadian manufacturing industry. In his current role, he provides guidance on Industry 4.0 and help companies modernize their manufacturing systems. For over 20 years, Mr. Gardiner has served customers of all sizes who compete in various global discrete manufacturing and process industries. Mr. Gardiner earned a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University and a Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA.


Peter Lawler- Business Development Canada, Executive Vice President , BDC Advisory Services

Peter Lawler was appointed Executive Vice President, BDC Advisory Services in October 2016. In this role, he is responsible for the full range of non-financial services that BDC offers to entrepreneurs. Before assuming his current responsibilities, he was Senior Vice President, Financing and Consulting – Ontario. There, he was responsible for the overall growth of the Ontario market and played a key role in the development of strategies for the automotive, technology, and food and beverage sectors. In 2014, he was appointed Acting Senior Vice President, Credit Risk Management. For the following year, he was responsible for BDC's credit risk management and for the development and implementation of corporate strategies related to credit risk. Since joining BDC in 1991, Mr. Lawler has held a variety of roles in business centre management as well as credit risk management, including Vice President and Area Manager, Eastern and Northern Ontario; and Assistant Vice President, Credit Risk Management. Mr. Lawler is past President and Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association, Co-Chair of the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs National Awards and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Entrepreneurship Connections program in Ontario (part of ACCES Employment), which provides training, coaching and mentoring to new Canadian entrepreneurs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University. He has also completed Queen's University's Executive Program, Harvard University's Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development Program and the Helios Leadership Program.

Expert Panel

Learning from companies that have engaged in the Industry 4.0 journey

  • Honda of Canada Mfg.
  • Environmental Systems Corporation
  • Brotech
  • Molded Precision Components

This panel will convene industry experts that have started down the Industry 4.0 journey.  Learn from peers how they started the process, what their experience was, how they dealt with problems and how they continue to modernize their operations. Moderator-Irene Sterian, ReMAP

Breakout Sessions

These hands-on breakout sessions are designed to deliver actionable knowledge for your next steps on the Industry 4.0 Journey.

#1  Where Are You Now?

Use an Industry 4.0 mapping process to identify unique opportunities for product and process improvement in your company.  

Facilitated by: Irene Sterian, ReMAP , Loretta Renard, ReMAP, Maria Negulescu, NRC-IRAP

#2  Choosing Your Direction

Align technology investment with your strategy and organizational capabilities; enhance the “digital maturity" of your organization to optimize the impact of your technological investments. Session will include: digital maturity model & assessment, 4-step approach to digitizing your business, and client stories and group sharing.

Facilitated by:  Ali Lajevardi BDC, Dave McLeod BDC, Rebecca Heffernan Lakehead University

#3  Partnering for Success – Leveraging Resources   

Talent, resources and funding are three required ingredients for Industry 4.0 projects. Learn how to leverage them for your success.  

Facilitated by: Mira Ray Georgian College, Dan Ruby OCE, Wynstan Kinsey NRC-IRAP


Thanks to our Community Partners


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