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Future of Manufacturing to take center stage at CMTS

By DE Staff   


Speaker roster includes industry innovators Jim Balsillie, Jean Charest and Ric Fulop.

Show producers SME, announced the future of Canadian manufacturing will take centre stage later this month at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS), which returns to the International Centre in Toronto, September 30 to October 3.

The 2019 show – 10 per cent larger in exhibitors – will attract more than 9,000 attendees and feature more than 430 exhibits and more than 80 education sessions and 4 workshops. The show’s expanded conference will focused into three education tracks – Digital Transformations in Manufacturing, Advancements in Automation Technology and Additive Manufacturing.

Topping the list of speakers are keynote presentations by:

  • Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal, who will present on “Additive Manufacturing as an Enabler of Industry 4.0” (September 30, 9 a.m.)
  • Jim Balsillie, chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) and former chairman and co-CEO of Research In Motion, who will discuss “Strategies in the Era of Intangible Assets” (October 1, 9 a.m.)
  • The Honourable Jean Charest, partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Quebec premier (2003-2012) and member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, will share his unique insights on “Trade, Trends, Uncertainty and Canada” (October 2, 9 a.m.)

“CMTS continues to evolve with the Canadian manufacturing landscape, delivering a program line-up that presents the latest technologies from global OEMs while also addressing the manufacturing revolution that is upon us,” said Julie Pike, director, Canadian events at SME, adding that there will be more than 3 million pounds of manufacturing equipment on the show floor and live demonstrations of hundreds of technology supplier solutions under one roof.


According to Pike, CMTS is strategically located in Canada’s largest manufacturing hub, with Ontario and Quebec remaining by far the country’s biggest manufacturing provinces. Statistics Canada reports that Ontario and Quebec combined account for 71.8 per cent of Canada’s total revenue from manufacturing and are heavily populated with advanced research and development facilities to transform ideas into globally traded commercial products and world-class academic institutions.

“Ontario is where 700+ parts suppliers and 500+ tool, die and mould-makers converge along a 400-kilometre automotive corridor, forming one of the most robust supply chains in the world,” she said.


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