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Celebrate Modern Manufacturing on Manufacturing Day – October 2, 2015

October 2 marks this year’s Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. A collaboration between the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Manufacturing Day has been celebrated since 2012 and last year was made an officially recognized day in the United States by President Barack Obama.

Manufacturing Day looks to address misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show young people and the public just what manufacturing entails. In this way, the industry looks to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers while also uniting manufacturers who share common concerns and face similar challenges. This year, 2,186 events will be held across North America, including 26 in Canada. Goals for the day include addressing the shortage of skilled labour facing the industry, connecting with potential future generations of manufacturers, managing the public image of manufacturing, and ensuring that the industry continues to prosper.

NorthBridge is proud to celebrate manufacturing day alongside our many clients in manufacturing. Looking to participate in the festivities? Find an event near you!

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Upcoming Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show

The Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) will open its doors from September 28 – October 1 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. As Canada’s largest manufacturing trade show, CMTS boasts more than 3,000,000 lb of manufacturing equipment and over 700 suppliers of business solutions and technologies demonstrating live, working equipment.

CMTS provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to see new products demonstrated live, learn about the new technologies that back them, and compare technologies side-by-side to see which opportunities best fit their businesses. From September 29-30, the event will also feature the RAPID Canada Conference and Pavilion, a comprehensive forum for the exchange of information related to the advances in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and 3D scanning.

Last year’s event was attended by more than 8,000 manufacturing professionals looking to source the latest in machine tools, metalworking, tooling, forming, fabricating, 3D printing, automation, and design from suppliers demonstrating more than 200 new products. Advancements throughout these industries and others are partially funded through the Canadian Federal government’s Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program, which provides tax rebates for costs incurred in the development of new products and processes. Interested in the SR&ED program? Please contact us.

Learn From The Experts: Government Funding Seminar in Abbotsford, BC

Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from the experts about how different government funding programs can help you realize and accelerate your corporate goals. Register today to attend a free breakfast seminar on government funding and learn about funding opportunities to support growth, investment in innovation, and workforce development.

Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7:30 am — Breakfast and Networking
8:00 am — Presentation and Q&A

Location: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, 2nd Floor Boardroom.
32900 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC (Enter by Chatters and Walk left)

Presenters:  Jaap Siekman, NorthBridge Consultants Regional Manager for Western Canada, and Erik Kaas, Innovation Advisor for the National Research Council of Canada Concierge Service.

[Online registration]

The seminar will cover a range of topics including:

2015 Waterloo Innovation Summit: What Drives Leading Innovative Ecosystems?

The 2015 Waterloo Innovation Summit begins today as a three day event that features a guided tour of the Waterloo Region ecosystem as well as a distinguished lineup of keynote speakers, firesides chats, and panel sessions at the main summit locations.

Home to Canada’s most innovative University and over 500 tech companies, Waterloo Region boasts a highly entrepreneurial community and has gained a reputation as one of the fastest growing startup ecosystems in the world.  It is from this powerful marriage of ground breaking research and globally competitive entrepreneurship that the Waterloo Innovation Summit was born “to facilitate the expansion of an innovation culture through the continued development of technologies, approaches, and industries.”

The Waterloo Innovation Summit is an annual conference created in partnership between the University of Waterloo and Communitech as a platform for fostering global innovation by bringing together leading innovators, global thought leaders, policy makers and academics with the power to influence change and drive prosperity.

This year the Summit will explore ‘What Drives Leading Innovative Ecosystems’ with kenote speeches from the Godfather of Silicon Valley, Steve Blank as well as Salim Ismail, Global Ambassador and Founding Executive Director – Singularity University, author of Exponential Organizations, and Mariana Mazzucato, author of The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public Vs. Private Sector.

During the week of the Waterloo Innovation Summit, the Waterloo Region will be hosting several additional technology and cultural events including Accelerator Centre Showcase (September 16), Hack The North (September 18-20), Doors Open Waterloo Region (September 19), and Maker Expo (September 19).

Innovation through research and development is critical to the growth and competitiveness of companies both big and small; however, financing for innovation or growth has always been a challenge for many companies in Canada. The Provincial and Federal government work together to deliver funding programs to encourage companies to invest in innovation.  The federal Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program provides up to 35% return in the form of a tax credit for costs incurred in the development of new or improved products or processes in Canada . The Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) offers direct funding for Canadian labour and subcontractor costs associated with projects that lead to the commercialization of innovative products, processes, or services.  IRAP is ideal for companies that require funding for early-stage R&D and prototyping, while the SR&ED program provides more extensive coverage that also includes experimental development.  Applicants may apply to both IRAP and SR&ED programs as long as expenditures are not double-claimed.

Upcoming Breakfast Seminar on Government Grants in Abbotsford, BC

Join us at the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, September 30th for a free breakfast and Seminar on Government Funding presented by our Regional Manager for Western Canada, Jaap Siekman, as well as the Innovation Advisor for the National Research Council of Canada Concierge Service, Erik Kaas.

Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7.30 am- Breakfast and Networking
8.00 am- Presentation and Q&A

Location: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, 2nd Floor Boardroom.
32900 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford (Enter by Chatters and Walk left)

[Online registration]

This seminar will cover a variety of options for leveraging government grants and loans in addition to a special presentation on SR&ED tax credits for Research and Development.

There exists an expanse of Canadian business funding programs targeting business growth, innovation, and workforce development, for companies in various industries, from manufacturing to digital media, plastics and chemicals, food processing, and biotechnology. Sourcing funding from various programs can give companies the edge they need to secure a competitive advantage and take their business to the next level; however, navigating through the government funding system and staying up to date with new program developments can be challenging while also trying to contend with everyday business operations.

NorthBridge Consultants has been assisting companies in accessing government funding for over 20 years. As one of the largest independent government funding consultation firms in Canada, our objective is to maximize the government funding potential for our clients in accordance with corporate objectives.
Please note that online registration for the seminar is required for catering purposes.

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