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NorthBridge Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On October 23rd 2017, NorthBridge Consultants will be celebrating 25 years of service to small- and medium-sized businesses located throughout Canada.

From our humble beginnings, NorthBridge has grown to a national consultation firm that has successfully filed approximately a quarter billion dollars in tax credits and grants for our clients.

Our ability to change and adapt has contributed towards the longevity of NorthBridge. The foresight to innovate ahead of the competition, and the ability to invest in our own employees to achieve business growth is what has allowed NorthBridge to succeed. The past, present and future of this company has always been about people, specifically relationships with employees, our clients, and our relationship partners.  Through leveraging our relationships, our investment in business innovation has allowed us to assist our clients with other business needs including but not limited to government funding, intellectual property, export assistance, technical and business writing, financing solutions, and process optimization.

At the time of its incorporation, NorthBridge foresaw the global direction of manufacturing and its dependence on research and development. Today, we continue look forward to the rapid adoption of technology in manufacturing and the future of manufacturing in Canada, especially in regards to automation and advanced manufacturing.

Whether you are an employee, a service provider, a relationship partner, or a client of ours, we would like to express our appreciation and recognition of your contributions towards our success!

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EMC Strategic Interest Group Networking Events in Southern Ontario

Please join us for the upcoming Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) Strategic Interest Group (SIG) networking events in Southern Ontario on March 21st and 22nd, 2017 , which will address Financial Challenges related to Navigating SR&ED and Managing Currency Exposure. 

Attending these SIG event is a great opportunity to interact, share and discuss your best practices with your peers from other companies and learn more about:

Managing Currency Exposure
Dan Wright from Western Union Business Solutions will join us to discuss:
– Risks of foreign exchange exposure to your business.
– Solutions for foreign exchange, global payment and currency risk management challenges.

SR&ED 2017 Update and Best Practices
Jeff Mitobe, Engineering Manager from NorthBridge Consultants and Ross Cooper from EMC will be on hand to discuss and take questions around this topic:
– Understanding SR&ED and any pertinent recent changes.
– Applicable projects and how best practices around the application process.
– Round table Question and Answer portion where you may ask the experts specific questions relevant to your potential investments.

Agenda Items:

  • Welcome, Introductions & EMC Update
  • Discussion as per SIG below
  • Roundtable Networking, Plant Tour & Host Feedback (Please bring Safety Shoes)

Event Details:

DURHAM / BELLEVILLE / QUINTE & COBURG
Date: March 21st, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (arrive 15min before)
Location:
Continental Conveyor is our host. Event will be held at the Strathcona Paper Center -16 McPherson Drive, Napanee (MAP LINK) Tour to follow at Continental Conveyor! http://www.continentalconveyor.ca/index.html

OTTAWA / OTTAWA VALLEY & SURROUNDING AREAS
Date: March 22nd, 2017
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm (arrive 15min before)
Location:
M Con Products Inc. – 2150 Richardson Side Road, Carp, ON (MAP LINK) http://www.mconproducts.com/

BROCKVILLE / CORNWALL / HAWKESBURY / MORRISBURG / SMITH FALLS / PERTH
Date: March 22nd, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am (arrive 15min before)
Location: 
Eaton Electrical – 9 Industrial Road, Perth, ON (MAP LINK) http://www.eatoncanada.ca/EatonCA/index.htm

** To register please contact Jeff Mitobe **

Strategic Interest Group Events in Northern Ontario

Please join us for the upcoming Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) Strategic Interest Group (SIG) networking events in Sudbury (March 1st, 2017) and North Bay (March 2nd, 2017).

Attending these SIG event is a great opportunity to interact, share and discuss your best practices with your peers from other companies and learn more about:

  • Currency exchange uncertainties that are impacting manufacturers doing business with supply chain and/or customers in international markets. Managing this is an integral part of 2017’s day-to-day business!
  • Best practices to successfully navigate the SR&ED program, tips to maximize claim size, pitfalls to watch out for including Audit review tips for CRA Financial and/or Technical reviews.

Event Details:

SUDBURY
Date: March 1st, 2017
Location: NORCAT center, upstairs Boardroom. 1545 Maley Dr. Sudbury, ON P3A
4R7. (MAP)

NORTH BAY
Date: March 2nd, 2017
Location: Metso Minerals Canada Inc. 28 Commerce Crescent, North Bay, Ontario,
P1B 8K4. (MAP)

** To register please contact Jeff Mitobe **

Agenda Items:

  • Arrive/coffee (7.45-8am)
  • SIG (8-10am)
    • Welcome, Introductions & EMC Update
    • Presentation and discussion as per SIG below
  • Round table Networking

SIG Presentation and Discussion:

  • Foreign Exchange Best Practices
    Dan Wright from Western Union will join us to discuss:
    – successful solutions for foreign exchange, global payment, and currency risk management challenges
    – identifying foreign exchange exposure and risks to your business
  • SR&ED 2015 Update and Best Practices
    Jeff Mitobe from NorthBridge will join us to discuss:
    – update on SR&ED program changes impacting manufacturers claims
    – SR&ED claim best practices for industry, pitfalls to watch out for, and audit review tips
  • Round table
    An opportunity to ask your peers questions on any topic.
    As always, you’ll have ample opportunity to interact and discuss with your peers from other companies.

Breakfast Seminar in Vancouver- Financing Solutions for Technology Companies

Join us for an insightful presentation with Canada’s top financial houses servicing the technology sector.
Hosted by MNP, learn about a range of alternate funding options available.

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Location: MNP Tower
Suite 2200 MNP Tower
1021 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Panelists include Jonathan Schubert from RBC, Jill Earthy from Frontfundr, Caterina Papadakos from Espresso Capital, and Jaap Siekman from NorthBridge Consultants.

A light breakfast will be served.  For more information and to RSVP, please contact us at jaap@northbridgeconsultants.com

EMC Strategic Interest Group Networking Event

OWEN SOUND & AREA

BRUCE | GREY | HURON

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Location: Hobart Food Equipment Grp; 2875 East Bay Shore Rd, Owen Sound (MAP)

To register for this event please contact Jeff Mitobe

Agenda Items:

  • Welcome, Introductions & EMC Update
  • Discussion as per SIGs below
  • Plant Tour
  • Roundtable Networking

Financing Opportunities and SR&ED (8:00 – 9:45)

  • Please join us for an interactive presentation by NorthBridge Consultants on the many Government Funding Opportunities available to manufacturers and the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit Program
  • Learn how Hobart has utilized the Lighting Retrofit Rebate and their expected year over year savings
  • Making SR&ED a part of your workday
Plant Tour/Best Practice Walk (9:45 – 10:30)

  • Safety Shoes, Safety Glasses, Hearing protection
Integrating Multiple Demographic Groups (10:30 – 12:30)Are you struggling to integrate different demographic groups in your workplace?How do you build a bridge between the 20-somethings and the 40-somethings?–Is it even necessary?Have you come to realize that a person’s challenges outside work are NOT left at the door?–How do you propose to accommodate them?

  • Mike will share examples of the struggles Hobart is facing in hiring & integrating demographic groups.
  • Please arrive prepared to share and discuss any policies and procedures which you feel are starting to show fruition or have utterly failed.
Reminder to Members: Please visit your home consortium page on EMC’s website for more information on upcoming events, online SIG registrations and more!If you are a member, come out to our next local event to meet your neighbors again. If you are not yet involved, get in touch…the manufacturers down the street want to meet you, and so do we.

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