MRO Magazine

Southwestern Ontario industrial show takes place June 2-3

Kitchener, ON -- The southwestern Ontario region encompassing the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo is a...


April 22, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Kitchener, ON — The southwestern Ontario region encompassing the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo is a centre for manufacturing, technology and business enterprises. As a result, the Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show (SOIS), taking place June 2-3, 2004, is aimed to be a resource for manufacturing and industrial professionals from throughout the region.

According to a study released in March 2004 by Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc., more than $10 billion worth of products were exported from the Waterloo Region in 2002, an increase of more than 20% over 2000 figures.

“The Waterloo Region’s outstanding export performance attests to the area’s competitiveness and international orientation. The Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show is a showcase for these top performers and a source of information for others to better compete in the global marketplace,” says John Tennant, chief executive officer of Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc, the public/private economic development partnership marketing Waterloo Region, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.

SOIS is endorsed by local business associations: the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc. “The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce is very excited to be a part of the Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show. This is a perfect opportunity for us to connect with the manufacturing sector,” says Greg Durocher, general manager, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.


“For too long, chambers have seemed to bend to the retail industry, we at the Cambridge Chamber are interested in advocating and supporting all our business sectors, and we are moving quickly to develop programs and events that are meaningful to our manufacturing sector. We hope all the area’s manufacturers take the time to come out to the show, and do some business”

SOIS is dedicated to helping manufacturers in Southwestern Ontario address production challenges and seize new opportunities. The event’s local focus allows manufacturing professionals from the region to see the latest locally developed technology as well as innovative industrial solutions from across North America. Nearly one-quarter of exhibiting companies are local to the area.

A special feature area, Next Generation Solar Power, has been designed to showcase a unique local innovation. Spheral Solar Power (SSP) is bringing the latest in high technology flexible solar products to the show floor, including single solar cells, portable marine modules and other unique solar power applications, built right in Cambridge.

“This year, we’ve added a complimentary educational program featuring top-notch local speakers to add more value for attendees and to enhance the local focus of the event,” explains group show manager Robert Mathieu.

Each day of the event will start with a free keynote presentation by a manufacturing industry expert. On June 2 at 10:00 a.m., automotive industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers will provide a comprehensive overview of the North American automotive industry with an emphasis on the outlook for Canadian players in the industry. The keynote presentation on June 3 is by Glen Hodgson, vice-president & chief deputy economist, Export Development Canada, who will examine China’s Economic Transformation and what it means to Canadian Business.

In the afternoon, prominent area business leaders will offer enlightening perspectives on the challenges and opportunities ahead in the complimentary Local Leader Lecture Series. Visit the show website at for the complete educational program schedule, presentation topics and speaker biographies.

SOIS is sponsored by Canadian Tooling & Machining Association, Canadian Fluid Power Association and Plant Maintenance & Engineering Association of Canada (PEMAC), and is being produced by Reed Exhibitions.

The show will take place at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ont. For more information and for free registration, go to or call 1-888-322-7333.