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Growth 4.0 – Canada’s way to harness the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)


Friday, 11 May 2018


8.00 – 12.30


Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building),
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast and Registration
8:55 – 9:00 Welcome from the MC
Prof. Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
09:00 – 09:10 Opening of the Conference – GMIS Presentation
Namir Hourani, Managing Director, Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS)
09:10 – 09:50 The Canadian manufacturing sector and its vision out to 2030
Moderator: Prof. Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Faisal Kazi, President & CEO, Siemens Canada
James Strapp, Partner Consulting & Deals, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Mathew Wilson, Vice-President, National Policy, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)
09:50 – 10:10 Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Joshua Gans, Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
10:10 – 10:25 From Lab to Fab: Scaling-up Advanced Manufacturing in Canada
Michael Helander, CEO, OTI Lumionics
10:25 – 10:45 On Stage Discussion
Moderator: Prof. Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Michael Helander, CEO of OTI Lumionics
Jayson Myers, CEO, NGM Canada
Prof. Joshua Gans, Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Michael Helander, CEO, OTI Lumionics
10:45 – 11:05Break
11:05 – 11:45 Women in the Manufacturing sector: Female participation in STEM as an enabling factor
Moderator: Prof. Sonia Kang, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Department of Management, University of Toronto
Adot Killmeyer-Oleche, Team Leader, Capacity Development Programmes
Department of Policy Research and Statistics, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Ann Marie MacDougall, President, LeaderBoom
Marilyn Spink, Mentor To Engineers and Project Managers, Isherwood Geostructural Engineers and Vice President, Professional Engineers Ontario
11:45 – 12:30 Factories of the Future: Finding Solutions to Tomorrow’s Challenges
An interactive session seeking to engage the audience in identifying top priorities and potential solutions to key challenges facing the manufacturing sector.

Delegates will be separated into small groups by table and given one of the following questions to discuss:

  • What do we need to do in Canada to motivate the management in the manufacturing sector to take that leap and invest in digitization/automation?
  • How can we help Canadian manufacturing companies scale up? And how can technology enable that scale up?
  • How do we increase the representation of under-represented groups in the education and training process, particularly women, and combine academia and industry in this process

Each group is also asked to rank the below list of considerations in terms of priority from 1 to 10, 1 being the most important consideration when considering Factories of the Future and intelligent solutions to tomorrow’s manufacturing challenges. Each group will rate the below from 1 to 10 and also provide brief remarks as to why they chose as they did.

  • Sustainability – mitigating environmental impact
  • Customer-centric – customer-led R&D
  • Digitization – automation and robotics leading the production processes
  • Increasing the number of women in the manufacturing workforce
  • Urbanisation and more efficient urban planning – locating factories nearer to the source of demand
  • Data driven – harnessing big data to improve operational efficiency
  • Adaptive production lines – ablity to produce more than one product and design with minor modifications
  • Integration into a global supply chain
  • Attracting youth to the manufacturing sector
  • Education and skills development – up-skilling of existing and future workforce and continuing education opportunities

The Chairperson will select three tables at random to feedback their responses to the above.

12:30 Closing remarks

Objectives of the Event

  • Highlight potential challenges and opportunities for the 4IR in Canada;
  • Allow for the identification of possible partnerships between private sector and manufacturers, academia or other civil society actors;
  • Flag critical national, regional and global -level actions to strengthen the social, economic and environmental benefits of manufacturing and industrialization;
  • Identify and promote effective and promising multi-stakeholder initiatives;
  • Promote GMIS and seek input for the next Summit in order to align 4IR and manufacturing activities more closely with progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


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