WINDSOR (April 27, 2016) – Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) launched Industrie 2030 consultations today at a manufacturer’s roundtable focused on innovation and technology adoption. This is the first in a series of cross-country discussions with industry leaders aimed at creating a national strategy and roadmap to double value-added manufacturing and exporting by 2030.

Held at the University of Windsor’s Centre for Engineering Innovation, local manufacturing executives were joined by Brian Masse, Member of Parliament for Windsor West for the roundtable discussion and tour of the Centre for Engineering Innovation. While industry executives shared a wide range of insights into the current realities of manufacturing and exporting in Canada, they identified three priority areas that would help accelerate the growth of their companies:

  • Reform the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program and make it more accessible for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
  • Assist SMEs adopting advanced technologies, in particular additive manufacturing technologies; and,
  • Help Canadian manufacturers expand their global footprint.

“These roundtables are crucial to understanding the true needs of manufacturers,” said Martin Lavoie, CME’s Director Policy. “Canada’s economic future depends on the ability of our businesses to compete and grow in international markets by successfully commercializing innovative products and services, as well as adopting advanced technologies to boost customer value and enhance productivity.”

Manufacturing remains Canada’s largest business sector and most important driver of economic growth. Canadian manufacturers had 1.7 million employees, accounted for 11 per cent of GDP and 67 per cent of exports.

“Other countries are already implementing industrial strategies to manage the challenges and capitalize on the opportunities of new digital technologies being brought on with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Canada needs to keep pace. We can no longer afford to see businesses in Canada lag behind those in other jurisdictions when it comes to competing for investment, customers or talent,” added Lavoie.

CME and its partners will continue to hold Industrie 2030 consultations on ‎the future of manufacturing in Canada until September 2016; the action report will be released at the first Manufacturing Summit on October 18-19, 2016 in Ottawa.

For more information about Industrie 2030 contact: Marie Morden at marie.morden@cme-mec.ca