Leveraging $800-million to create opportunities, including in Milton…

As announced recently, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NMG Canada) and its Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster initiative have been selected by the federal government as one of only five Supercluster projects in Canada.

That’s great news for Milton since we are the geographic epicenter of what is being called the Innovation Corridor or the area from Toronto to Kitchener-Waterloo and down to Hamilton.

The Supercluster bid was supported by Canada’s Innovation Corridor Business Council (the Business Council) comprised of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade from across the Corridor region, sought to realize the Corridor’s potential and create a best-in-class advanced manufacturing supercluster through the application of innovative technologies.

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGM Canada), a newly incorporated not-for-profit is chaired by Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz with former Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters head Jayson Myers in the role of CEO.

“The supercluster’s cross-sector collaboration will build global companies and job opportunities, attract advanced thinking and promote investments in commercialization,” said Scott McCammon, President & CEO, Milton Chamber of Commerce. “Accelerating our advanced manufacturing industries and supporting our innovation ecosystem is critical to the Corridor’s economic prosperity.”

Advanced manufacturing is a crucial driver of Canada’s economic growth. Southwestern Ontario has overlapping density in both manufacturing and technology firms. Leveraging more than $800 million in proposed investments by industry and the federal government, NGM Canada will create new opportunities for firms, supply chains, communities, and thousands of Canadians employed in key industry segments like automotive, steel production, wood products, food and beverage production, microelectronics, and Information and Communications Technologies.

“We look forward to working with NGM Canada to position our companies as global leaders and experts in advanced manufacturing technologies,” said McCammon. “Working together, we will make the Corridor one of the most competitive and sought-after business regions in the world.”

The Business Council will host Canada’s Innovation Corridor Summit devoted to Building Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton on June 26, 2018. The Summit will focus on three regional priorities: Advanced Manufacturing, Workforce Development and People & Goods Movement. For more information, please visit corridorsummit.ca

For more information on Next Generation Manufacturing Canada or the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, please visit ngmcanada.com.