The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is hosting the 2nd annual Manufacturing Innovation Summit, April 5th in Barrie. Industry experts, executives, investors and entrepreneurs from around the province will be sharing their ideas, experience and strategies for staying globally competitive.

“Manufacturing is undergoing a revolutionary shift with advancements in areas like automation, data exchange and artificial intelligence presenting new opportunities to redefine business models and access new markets,” said Karen Dubeau, Director of Creative Economy at the City of Barrie. “Barrie has a strong advanced manufacturing sector and we look forward to providing a platform for Ontario manufacturers to collaborate and share ideas about what it takes to maintain a competitive advantage in this evolving industry.”

Manufacturers will be able to learn about Canada’s new Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, within the federal government’s Innovation Superclusters Program. Companies will be able to adopt next-generation capabilities in robotics, machine learning and sensors/devices.

Organizations participating include IBM, Innovative Automation, Linear-Transfer, Environmental Systems Corporation, ReMAP, Molded Precision Components, gShift and Beaverrock Roastery Inc.

Barrie is rankedCanada’s second lowest cost city of manufacturing operations according to KPMG’s 2016 Competitive Alternatives report. The city houses over 500 manufacturers providing over 5000 jobs.

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