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The Best of CMTS: Day 4 Highlights

The Best of CMTS is officially in the books! Thank you to attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers and SME members who joined us. Here’s your recap of what happened at Day 4. Key presentations focused on themes “Building the Manufacturing Workforce for the Future” and “Welder Education for Today’s Workforce”.


Day 4 Keynote: Building the Manufacturing Workforce for the Future

Day 4 of The Best of CMTS kicked off with in-person and virtual attendees hearing from Robert Cattle, Executive Director, Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA), as he discussed the CTMA Career Ready program, it’s focus and how companies and people can participate in it, Ontario’s current school systems, and how to help build the manufacturing workforce for the future.

Day 4 Industry Panel: “Welder Education for Today’s Workforce”cmts-day4-2.jpg

Moderated by Trent Konrad, Manager of Education and Learning Development, Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB), with panelists Kevin Bryenton, Executive Director of Canadian Affairs, Ironworkers International, Ray Lemieux, Training Specialist-Welding, UA Canada, and Scott Wideman, Collision Program Manager, Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., discussed how organizations and businesses adapt to technologies, training, recruitment, retention, and overall productivity, while outlining some of the current state challenges in the welding industry today.

SME ZONE Smart Theatre: Day 4 Tech Talks and Smart Hub Presentations

In the SME ZONE Smart Theatre, CMTS participants were able to gain insights into “Digital Transformation Gone Wrong, the Challenges Preventing Manufacturers from Realizing the Benefits of New Technology” with John Preiditsch from Six S Partners Inc., and “<5 Days to Digital Transformation and Employee Engagement” with Lisa Bailey from FreePoint Technologies Inc.

Show Floor Exhibits and New Products

Attending manufacturing professionals explored a diverse and interactive hands-on experience as The Best of CMTS exhibitors put the capabilities of machine tools and tooling, metalworking and advanced manufacturing technology on display. Technical experts will demonstrated the latest applications across multiple industries, including aerospace, automotive and more.