MRO Magazine

Canadian Manufacturing Network helps manufacturers share expertise, resources


February 28, 2012
By PEM Magazine

The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium of Canada (EMC) and Textiles Human Resources Council (THRC) announced the launch of the Canadian Manufacturing Network at

The Canadian Manufacturing Network (Réseau Manufacturier Canadien) is a unique initiative focused on engaging manufacturers through knowledge, innovation, workplace learning and best practices, in order to strengthen Canadian industry globally and create new jobs here at home. The Canadian Manufacturing Network connects manufacturers to share knowledge, expertise and learning resources, strengthening Canada’s diverse manufacturing sectors as they grow new business and build greater global competitiveness.

To help create and sustain the next evolution of Canadian jobs, EMC and THRC are also announcing the launch of two major national manufacturing initiatives: 

1) MFGJOBS: Manufacturing JOBS Resource Network
After more than a year of piloting with industry employers and job-seekers, the Manufacturing JOBS Resource Network is now open to the public and connecting employers, job-seekers and labour market partners across all manufacturing sectors. All Canadian manufacturers can post their jobs for free. Through this networks’ extensive partnerships, these job resources will be linked and broadcast to virtually all industry across Canada.


2) Online Skills & Learning Portal
The Canadian Manufacturing Network’s Catalogue of Programs includes hundreds of world-class bilingual, industry-vetted online programs, comprising thousands of subjects of online learning for workers at all levels — from the shop floor to senior management — and across all manufacturing sectors.

Industry can access leading-edge skills development programs on a wide range of subjects, including: manufacturing, technical, business and personal development, computer and workplace performance skills, including Harvard Business programs. The launch of the Canadian Manufacturing Network and these keystone initiatives is the culmination of several years of industry-driven development and over a year of vetting and pilot group testing by over 20,000 manufacturers across Canada. Additional grass-roots industry resources and all-sector Knowledge Networks round out the network’s launch programming.

The Canadian Manufacturing Network is a partnership built on the foundation of two of Canada’s leading manufacturing organizations – Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium and the Textiles Human Resources Council. These organizations bring more than 40 years of combined industry-driven, grassroots subject-matter-expertise, programs and services that generate hundreds of millions in productivity improvements and economic impact for manufacturers.

“I believe that THRC’s success is based on our focused, industry-led approach and solid network of partnerships,” said David Kelly, executive director of the THRC. “I’m confident that our collaboration with EMC will elevate to a whole new level, the value that we are able to collectively offer today’s manufacturers to advance their global competitiveness.” The Canadian Manufacturing Network provides manufacturers of all sizes with real-time workplace solutions that drive innovation and productivity. The Canadian Manufacturing Network is a one-stop-solution linking manufacturers with their peers, related supply chain organizations, and municipal, provincial, and federal governments to provide Canadian industry with the resources they need to succeed.

“Being able to engage industry is why we have been able to help so many manufacturers,” said Al Diggins, president and general manager of Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium. “Continued development of manufacturing specific tools is essential to keep these channels open. EMC is excited about the launch of the Canadian Manufacturing Network and partnering with THRC to further enhance this expanding network throughout Canada.”

The Canadian Manufacturing Network has created the most comprehensive reservoir of industry knowledge and subject-matter expertise available in Canada today.  With face-to-face and web 2.0 based networks, this initiative is building a greater case for manufacturing in Canada, by making available a world-class array of lean / advanced manufacturing, workplace-focused business, talent management and human capital solutions vital to the long-term growth of Canadian manufacturing.