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Where manufacturing leaders
chart their path to success!

June 4, 2024, London, ON

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Four Points by Sheraton London
1150 Wellington Rd, London, ON N6E 1M3

Connect at CALS24 and join the automation leadership conversation!

Join us for a day of networking, education, information sharing and great automation takeaways.

Register today to be part of an event that will bring together leaders, visionaries, and experts to
discuss the latest automation solutions shaping Canadian manufacturing today and tomorrow!

Don’t miss this important networking opportunity!

WHY ATTEND

Gain Insights from industry leaders

Discover the latest trends, strategies, and best practices from industry experts who are at the forefront of leveraging automation technologies. Learn how to enhance efficiency, reduce costs and stay competitive in today's dynamic market.

Networking opportunities

Connect with like-minded professionals, subject-matter experts and solution providers in an immersive environment. Forge meaningful connections, exchange ideas and explore potential collaborations that can drive innovation and growth in your organization.

Real-world examples

Dive deep into real-world case studies that showcase successful implementations of automation solutions. Gain invaluable insights into the challenges faced, strategies employed, and outcomes achieved by leading manufacturing organizations.

Actionable strategies

Walk away with actionable strategies and practical insights that you can implement within your organization. Whether you're looking to optimize existing processes or embark on a digital transformation journey, CALS 24 will facilitate conversations on the right tools you need to succeed.

2024 Schedule

Opening remarks

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast

Networking and visit sponsor tables

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

Automate Canada Annual General Meeting

Members: Please confirm during registration (all welcome)

Opening remarks

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM

A message from the Honourable Josh Morgan, Mayor of London
Josh Morgan
Mayor of London

Josh Morgan was elected as London’s 65th Mayor on October 24th, 2022. Prior to that, he had served two terms as the City Councillor for Ward 7 being elected in 2014 and again in 2018 with support from 75 percent of voters. Mayor Morgan is an active member of the London community serving in leadership positions on multiple boards and organizations. He has previously served as the City of London Budget Chair for both the 2016-2019 and 2020-2023 multi-year budgets. He stepped down from that role when he was appointed Deputy Mayor in December 2020, a position he occupied until he was elected Mayor in 2022. He is a current member of the London Police Services Board, Western University Board of Governors, as well as boards for London Economic Development Corporation, RBC Place, and Tourism London.

9:50 AM – 10:20 AM

Keynote – Change management in the digital transformation era

The keynote will focus on the transformative role of manufacturing leaders and effective change management strategies in the era of Industry 4.0 technologies and digital transformation. The speaker will share their insights on creating a culture of innovation to remain competive and stay ahead of the curve.
Speaker:
Hassaan Ali
Manager, Digital Advisory, MNP Digital

Hassaan Ali is a member of MNP’s Digital Advisory team in Toronto. He has extensive experience with digital transformation planning and excels in strategy road mapping for small to enterprise level organizations. He is a leader in transformation and emerging technologies with cross-industry experience in technology implementations and migrations, optimization through automation, operational excellence, and continuous innovation. He has worked globally in both public and private sectors across a diverse portfolio of industries.

10:20 AM – 10:40 AM

Adaptive manufacturing: The next generation of product transport

Discover how adaptive manufacturing provides the ability for manufacturers to rapidly change production operations to meet evolving customer demands and preferences. Although many adaptive manufacturing technologies focus on the machines that are building parts, dynamic material handling in the process is equally as important. Using real-world examples, see how innovative adaptive solutions can help achieve greater flexibility, accuracy and throughput.
Speaker:
Calvin Wallace
President at Beckhoff Canada

Calvin Wallace is the President at Beckhoff Canada with over 17 years of dedicated service where his expertise and leadership have been instrumental in the company’s sustained success. His extensive experience and unwavering commitment have played a pivotal role in the company’s growth, making him a driving force in the field of automation and control systems. Under Calvin’s leadership, Beckhoff continues to thrive in the automation industry, setting new standards for innovation and excellence.

10:40 AM – 11:00 AM

Coffee break

– visit sponsor tables

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM

Addressing the innovation and productivity gap in Canada by investing in our manufacturers

Hear from Canadian Business Growth Fund CEO George Rossolatos
George Rossolatos
CEO, Canadian Business Growth Fund

11:10 AM – 11:30 AM

State of advanced manufacturing

Brendan Sweeney from the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing will share details of existing gaps and available opportunities in the technology space that manufacturers can tap into for sustained growth.
Speaker:
Brendan Sweeney
Managing director, Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing

Brendan Sweeney, managing director of the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing, previously served as project manager and research director at McMaster University’s Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC). He taught at the DeGroote School of Business and the School of Labour Studies. Brendan holds a PhD in Geography from Queen’s University and a B.A. in Labour Studies from McMaster. He had appointments at the School of Policy Studies (Queen’s University) and the Department of Economics (University of Manitoba). Additionally, he spent a year at the University of Washington as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar.

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Panel discussion: Exploring automation journeys

In this panel discussion, leaders from manufacturing businesses, will share their automation stories. Panellists will discuss their journeys, from planning to implementation, touching on aspects such as navigating key challenges, getting worker buy-in, gathering the required skilled workforce, financing and more.
Moderator:
Jim Beretta
President, Customer Attraction

Jim Beretta is the president of Customer Attraction Industrial Marketing. He is a marketing consultant, blogger and content creator for automation, integration and robot manufacturers. He is also head podcaster for The Robot Industry Podcast and invites you to listen. He can be reached at info@customerattraction.com.

Panellists:
Brent Lekx-Toniolo
Engineering Software Developer, Sodecia Global Tech. & Automation Centre (GTAC)

Brent is the Engineering Software Developer at Sodecia Global Tech. & Automation Centre (GTAC), London, Ontario, Canada. He graduated with honours from Canadore College as a Process Control Technologist. Brent has over 25 years of experience in the Industrial Automation field and is one of the three original members who started the robotics integration group that became the Sodecia GTAC division. He has been involved in a number of automation system projects in various manufacturing sectors including Automotive, Medical and Renewable Energy.

Robert Huc
Group Manager, I.S. and Purchasing, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Robert Huc, Group Manager, I.S. and Purchasing, is responsible for all areas of Information Systems Engineering including systems development, infrastructure management, cybersecurity and governance; the TMMC Patent & Innovation program; as well as purchasing which focuses on indirect procurement. In this position, Huc plays a leadership role in TMMC’s manufacturing digital transformation, advancing Smart Factory / Industry 4.0. Prior to assuming this position, Huc was Senior Manager, Systems Development where his responsibilities included local, regional, and global IT projects. Huc joined TMMC in 2006 as Information Systems Engineering Team Leader, before taking on management roles. He brought with him experience gained through a career in logistics, manufacturing, and IT.

Alexander Tsoulis
Senior Advisor - Business Development & Advanced Technologies, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada Aerospace (MHICA)

Alexander Tsoulis is the Senior Advisor of Business Development & Advanced Technologies at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada Aerospace (MHICA). He has over 37 years of experience with McDonnell Douglas, Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada Aerospace (MHICA). He also has extensive experience in the design and development of commercial aircraft (regional jet through wide body), military aircraft (transport, helicopter, fighter) and business jet (light to heavy) platforms. Tsoulis is involved in initial concepts, product implementation and product / fleet support and also in covering life cycle technical, quality, schedule and cost activities in an Integrated Product Team (IPT) environment. Throughout his career, he has been involved in advanced design, advanced manufacturing technology, global collaboration and business development. Tsoulis has had considerable long-term interaction with government, university, research and industry organizations.

Event Venue

  • 8:30 am – 9:15 am
    Registration/networking
  • 9:15 am – 9:20 am
    Opening remarks
  • 9:20 am – 10:05 am
    Tools and tech session 1
  • 10:05 am – 10:15 am
    Break
  • 10:15 am – 11:00 am
    Tools and tech session 2
  • 11:00 am – 11:15 am
    Break
  • 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
    Tools and tech session 3
  • 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
    Lunch and networking
  • 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
    Future of drainage session 1
  • 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
    Break
  • 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
    Future of drainage session 2
  • 3:00 pm – 3:10 pm
    Break
  • 3:10 pm – 3:55 pm
    Future of drainage session 3
  • 3:55 pm – 4:00 pm
    Closing remarks

Lunch and networking

12:15 PM – 1:10 PM

– visit sponsor tables

1:10 PM – 1:20 PM

Applications in action

Presented by:
Peter Fitzgerald
General Manager, FANUC America

Peter Fitzgerald is the General Manager of International Subsidiaries for FANUC America Corporation. Fitzgerald has worked at FANUC since 1990 and has held a variety of Engineering and Management roles during his tenure. He was appointed General Manager of FANUC Canada in 1997 and then General Manager for International Subsidiary operations in 2020. He is responsible for FANUC Robot and CNC business operations in Canada, Mexico, and South America. Fitzgerald holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is a strong supporter of education; previously serving as a judge for the Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and has worked with Colleges and Universities on initiatives to promote robotics and automation. 

1:20 PM – 1:50 PM

Automate Canada mandate

Learn all about Automate Canada and its mandate from association chair Dave Fortin. Fortin will also discuss the role the association and its members play in advancing the industry.
Speaker:
Dave Fortin
Chairman of Automate Canada and Founder and President of DataRealm Inc.

Dave Fortin is the chairman of Automate Canada. He is also the founder and president of DataRealm Inc.. DataRealm is a local Control System Integrator and has been around for over 22 years. Dave has spent 33 years in the automotive/manufacturing and engineering sector. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from U of Windsor. He has previously worked at various positions at Ford Motor Company, then as product manager at Flow Software Technologies, before starting DataRealm. In addition to running DataRealm, Dave also has interests in numerous other businesses. He is on the board of directors for WETECH, CAMM and Automate Canada and regularly consults and mentors other business start-ups. He is also part of WECAN as well as a few other private equity investment groups. He has been a Professional Engineer for about 30 years.

1:50 PM – 2:00 PM

Applications in action

2:00 PM – 2:40 PM

Roaming roundtables

These breakout sessions will focus on industry topics, exploring challenges and solutions that manufacturing leaders need to be cognizant of.

Topics include:

  • Workforce reskilling, led by Peter Wawrow, Director, Workforce Development Programs at NGen
  • Scalability of automation solutions, led by Dave Fortin, Founder and President of DataRealm
  • Data-driven decision making, led by Paul Hogendoorn, Chair, London chapter of Innovators Alliance
Speakers:
Peter Wawrow
Director, Workforce Development Programs at NGen

Peter Wawrow’s experience in manufacturing and education has provided him with the appropriate background for his role as Director of Workforce Development Programs. The goal of this role is to advance the skillsets of manufacturers, and his knowledge and experience allow him to address the needs of the manufacturing workforce. Based in Windsor, Ontario, Peter has spent over 20 years working in and with the manufacturing sector in that region, as well as Michigan. He has experienced many facets of manufacturing, from product development to production. He has also spent more than ten years in roles in post-secondary education as a professor and research director. This provided him with the experience of teaching and learning and applying new knowledge to primarily the manufacturing industry.

Dave Fortin
Founder and President of DataRealm

Dave Fortin is the chairman of Automate Canada. He is also the founder and president of DataRealm Inc.. DataRealm is a local Control System Integrator and has been around for over 22 years. Dave has spent 33 years in the automotive/manufacturing and engineering sector. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from U of Windsor. He has previously worked at various positions at Ford Motor Company, then as product manager at Flow Software Technologies, before starting DataRealm. In addition to running DataRealm, Dave also has interests in numerous other businesses. He is on the board of directors for WETECH, CAMM and Automate Canada and regularly consults and mentors other business start-ups. He is also part of WECAN as well as a few other private equity investment groups. He has been a Professional Engineer for about 30 years.

Paul Hogendoorn
London chapter of Innovators Alliance

Paul Hogendoorn co-founded multiple manufacturing and manufacturing technology companies, including OES, Inc. and FreePoint Technologies. He has been a regular contributing columnist for Manufacturing AUTOMATION for over 15 years, with over 100 columns published. Paul chairs 3 chapters of Innovators Alliance including London, Kitchener-Waterloo, and their newly launched chapter for Manufacturers. He serves as the Digital Transformation specialist for the MEE Cluster in Alberta and now offers similar services to Ontario companies through his own company TPI-3. He was a founding member of the London Region Manufacturing Council and served as its chair for 6 years. He can be reached at paul@tpi-3.ca.

2:40 PM – 2:50 PM

Adding data to decision-making

Digitalization is a key to driving optimization. What are the elements required to realize digitalization? Learn about solutions being used today that are driving a change in energy efficiency, customization and services across different industry verticals. Let data start working for you.
Speaker:
Tyler Burke
Product Manager, Industry Management & Automation, Phoenix Contact

Tyler Burke has been serving the Canadian market for 10+ years. His current role is as Product Manager for Automation at Phoenix Contact Canada. Before assuming his current role, he worked in technical support and field applications. The scope of his expertise in automation, functional safety, and networking has taken him on assignment throughout Canada, as well as in Germany and the United States. Additionally, Tyler is TUV-certified as a Functional Safety Technician. Working in a variety of industries has given Tyler a unique perspective on many applications. He is a technology enthusiast with a passion for problem-solving.

2:50 PM – 3:05 PM

Coffee break

– visit sponsor tables

3:05 PM – 3:40 PM

Fireside chat: Financing automation projects – Risks versus rewards

Financing and funding experts will discuss practical strategies on how to source funding for major automation projects, understanding the financial impact of automation; and effective cost-benefit analysis. They will share examples of successful automation projects with high returns.
Moderator:
Jason Bates
Manufacturing Consortium Manager, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)

 Jason Bates is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, living in London, Ontario. He has worked in the manufacturing sector for 25 plus years, on plant floors, in supply chains and currently supporting the sector through his roles with the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium and the London Region Manufacturing Council. Jason’s focus is on the manufacturing sector in Southern Ontario, Canada’s manufacturing heartland. He facilitates best practice sharing, bench marking, business development and continuous improvement between over 600 manufacturing companies in the region. Jason is proud of the fact that the Southern Ontario region has the largest group of manufacturers in North America working together to help each other continuously improve, fostering the growth and prosperity of manufacturing in Canada.

Speakers:
Jayson Myers
CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)

Jayson Myers is the CEO of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada that will leverage more than $500 million over the next three years in collaborative, industry-led projects aimed at building world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada. Jayson is an award-winning business economist who specializes in industrial and technological change.  Between 2007 and 2016, he served as president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. He has been widely recognized as one of the most influential economic policy advocates in Canada. He is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders, and has counselled Canadian prime ministers and premiers, as well as senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the World Manufacturing Forum and a leading advocate on the world stage on behalf  of advanced manufacturing in Canada.

Mary Ann Wenzler
Vice-president, GTA West, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Mary Ann looks after the GTA West Area of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs.  In this role, she leads a team of professionals dedicated to serving Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and venture capital. Mary Ann is also the executive sponsor for Ontario region’s manufacturing strategy, which supports the complex and dynamic needs of entrepreneurs in advanced manufacturing. With almost three decades of experience in Ontario’s manufacturing corridor, her support is unwavering to fostering growth and innovation for the unique needs of this sector. Her background includes working closely in the automotive and aerospace sectors. A former director of number of hospital foundations, Mary Ann currently chairs the Community Engagement Committee for the Oakville Hospital Foundation and sits on their board of directors.

3:40 PM – 3:45 PM

Closing remarks

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Break

– visit sponsor tables

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Hannover Messe Roadshow 2024

Join Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) for cocktails, canapes and detailed information on expanding your business and representing Canada in Germany with NGen at the premiere advanced manufacturing tradeshow, Hannover Messe in 2025! In April 2025 Canada is taking centre stage as the partner country, and you’re invited to participate! NGen is offering information on how to reserve your spot for Hannover Messes 2025.

Venue & Accommodations

Four Points by Sheraton London

1150 Wellington Rd, London, ON N6E 1M3

To book your room please call Natalia directly at (519) 681-0600 Ext. 8201.

To receive a special rate please mention Canadian Automation Leadership Summit.

The event will be hosted in the Ballroom

Brendan Sweeney

managing director, Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing

Brendan Sweeney, managing director of the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing, previously served as project manager and research director at McMaster University’s Automotive Policy Research Centre (APRC). He taught at the DeGroote School of Business and the School of Labour Studies. Brendan holds a PhD in Geography from Queen’s University and a B.A. in Labour Studies from McMaster. He had appointments at the School of Policy Studies (Queen’s University) and the Department of Economics (University of Manitoba). Additionally, he spent a year at the University of Washington as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar.

Jayson Myers

CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)

Jayson Myers is the CEO of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada that will leverage more than $500 million over the next three years in collaborative, industry-led projects aimed at building world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada. Jayson is an award-winning business economist who specializes in industrial and technological change.  Between 2007 and 2016, he served as president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. He has been widely recognized as one of the most influential economic policy advocates in Canada. He is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders, and has counselled Canadian prime ministers and premiers, as well as senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the World Manufacturing Forum and a leading advocate on the world stage on behalf  of advanced manufacturing in Canada.

Mary Ann Wenzler

vice-president, GTA West, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Mary Ann looks after the GTA West Area of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs.  In this role, she leads a team of professionals dedicated to serving Canadian businesses through financing, advisory services and venture capital. Mary Ann is also the executive sponsor for Ontario region’s manufacturing strategy, which supports the complex and dynamic needs of entrepreneurs in advanced manufacturing. With almost three decades of experience in Ontario’s manufacturing corridor, her support is unwavering to fostering growth and innovation for the unique needs of this sector. Her background includes working closely in the automotive and aerospace sectors. A former director of number of hospital foundations, Mary Ann currently chairs the Community Engagement Committee for the Oakville Hospital Foundation and sits on their board of directors.

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