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Manufacturing Innovation Summit logo Manufacturing Innovation Summit

Presented By BDC. Connecting manufacturers with practical insights and industry networks for new projects on your 4.0 journey. 

Tuesday April 7th, 2020  |  8am–12pm
Georgian College, Peter B. Moore Advan​ced Technology Centre

A half-day conference designed directly with industry for you to maintain competitiveness, maximize productivity, and boost ROI. MIS2020 brings together thought leadership, open discussion, and applied workshops on major topics in tech adoption affecting companies now.

Notice: MIS 2020 Cancellation
Posted March 13

After careful consideration, the City of Barrie along with our partners have decided to postpone this year’s Manufacturing Innovation Summit 2020 as a precaution due to COVID-19. The event will be rescheduled for a later date.

The City of Barrie will continue to work closely with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit to monitor the situation and will decide on a future date accordingly.

Ticketholders are asked to hold onto tickets for the event. More information will be provided to ticketholders in the coming weeks. If you require a refund please contact for processing.

We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Event Details


Registration + Breakfast


Opening Remarks


Keynote Speaker: David Muir, Director R&D at NRC's Manufacturing & Automotive Innovation Research Hub

About David



Director of R&D for the National Research Council's Manufacturing & Automotive Research Hub, Dr. David Muir will share insights from his 19 years of industry experience in technical and leadership roles, and his current focus of supporting 4.0 projects for companies across Canada.

After joining 3M in 1996, he held senior responsibilities in Operations, Finance, and R&D, led a Canadian acquisition as Integration Manager, and was appointed to Business Management in the Healthcare sector.

David Muir holds a B.Sc and Ph.D. in Chemistry, focusing on synthetic organic chemistry, and a postdoctoral fellowship in natural product chemistry.


Panel Discussion: Making Innovation Happen

Growing and competitive manufacturers embrace innovation to stay ahead of the curve. A variety of research and innovation strategies are used to surmount challenges, implement state-of-the-art technologies, and find efficiences in their operations. How do they get started? What approaches can be used and what benefits do they receive? Listen to the real-world experiences of three companies who have embraced innovation to find new levels of success.

Moderator: Dr. Jamie Doran - Executive Director, Georgian College Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Panelists: Sybil Taylor, MediPharm Labs; Aaron Styles, Environmental Systems Corp


Michel Bergeron, Chief Strategy Officer, BDC


Breakout Sessions

Hands-on breakout sessions with action-oriented knowledge to fuel your 4.0 journey.

Costing + Finance Stacking: Get projects off the ground by pricing them out and strategically growing your R&D budget. Hear from manufacturers who maximized funding, launched local collaborations, and pushed their new innovation to the next level.


Many SMEs see Industry 4.0 as an initiative of large corporations with major capital budgets. In fact, Industry 4.0 is less of an end goal and more a direction, for companies of all sizes to move towards through incremental process improvements. With the right technologies in place, Canadian manufacturers can transform the efficiency of their operations.

As SMEs know, to advance technology and new innovation takes money – and the amount invested often reflects your company’s size. The good news? There are ways around this. Hear from companies who have combined funding opportunities and maximized government contributions to get their projects off the ground. Start a plan to leverage your R&D budget and amplify funding programs in this essential session.

Moderator: Paul Vice, GETGRANTS Inc. 

Panelists: Michael Chatzigrigoriou, iGen Technologies; Gail Gillian, ZF TRW

ERP Systems: The must-have session for companies considering, selecting, or adopting an ERP system. Get the ups, downs, and major takeaways of implementing this digital backbone, from a national project advisor and companies who’ve lived and learned it first-hand.


Modern ERP systems facilitate automation and efficient management of many business aspects: finances, customer relationships, human resources, supply chain, and more. They save time and money, while providing valuable information and business intelligence. At least, that’s the intention.

As demand for ERP systems has increased in Canada, new platforms have appeared offering unique capabilities and industry specializations--making choosing one more complex than ever. Despite the price tag, successful implementation rates are low, often due to insufficient information or an improvised selection process.

So how can you reap the rewards, without making a costly mistake? This session looks at how a wisely chosen ERP system, implemented to its full potential, can boost your productivity, capacity to innovate, and profits. Hear from two industry leaders on navigating the ups and downs of ERP selection and implementation processes.

Facilitator: Dave McLeod, Senior Advisor, BDC

Panelists: Mike Stanley, Innovative Automation; Marty Pepper, Busch Systems; Warren Patterson, OrderEase

​​Smart Mfg Self-Assessment: New to 4.0? Get started with a custom roadmap in this facilitated session. Walk away with actionable insights and the language to talk about your digital transformation.

Facilitat​or: Irene Sterian, CEO ReMAP, Director Technology & Innovation Celestica


More than just talks!

Enjoy two great meals, quality networking, our Innovation Station, and Georgian College’s RISE Day. Parking is on us, so feel free to stick around.

Last year's highlights include:

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100% would recommend to a colleague
83% would apply knowledge learned
62% met new contacts to grow their business


Thanks to our Community Partners

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