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Survival strategies for manufacturers is keynote topic for CMW conference Tuesday

Mississauga, ON -- Canadian Manufacturing Week, set for Toronto's International Centre Sept. 28-30, 2004, will feat...


Mississauga, ON — Canadian Manufacturing Week, set for Toronto’s International Centre Sept. 28-30, 2004, will feature some of Canada’s leading industry experts speaking about how to rise to the challenges facing the country’s manufacturing sector.

The conference opens with a new keynote panel presentation, Survival Strategies for Canadian Manufacturers. The interactive, one hour discussion will cover three topics.

* The Offshoring of Manufacturing: Threat or Opportunity? presented by Al Donald, partner, National Manufacturing Industry Leader, Deloitte. Donald just returned from a tour of China’s manufacturing sector and will offer his perspective on how Canadian manufacturers can and should react to the threats posed by China and other lower cost producing regions.

* Human capital: Do we have the skilled workforce we need? presented by Prof. Eugene Luckziw, founding director of the Institute for Enterprise Education and the Centre for Entreplexity, as well as an adjunct professor with Brock University’s Faculty of Education. The human capital might just well be the critical factor that determines which nations thrive and which fall behind. Is Canada investing enough in training its workforce to compete? Are Canada’s manufacturers doing enough to ensure they’ll have a steady supply of the expertise they need to keep their factories running? An academic and practitioner, Prof. Luczkiw consults to some of the world’s largest public and private organizations. Currently, he is studying ways to help the automotive parts manufacturing industry develop effective strategies to meet their ongoing employment needs.

* Lean manufacturing: are we there yet? presented by Larry Cot, president and CEO of Lean Advisors Inc. Larry Cot will offer his expert advice on what Canadian manufacturers need to do to get lean. He was employed by the Lean Enterprise Institute in Boston for almost two years and was the founder and president of the Lean Enterprise Institute Canada. Cot has specialized expertise in Toyota Production System concepts, diagnostics and assessment of Lean readiness. He works with corporate leaders to develop effective plans for transforming entire organizations using Lean and adapting it to their particular culture.

Refreshments for the keynote are being sponsored by NSK Canada.

For registration details, visit www.reedexpo.ca, or call 1-888 322-7333.