GMIS ROADSHOWS Toronto, Canada


May 2018

Toronto, Canada

Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South Building),
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


Growth 4.0 – Canada’s way to harness the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

- Highlight potential challenges and opportunities for the 4IR in Canada;
- Allow for the identification of possible partnerships between private sector and manufacturers, academia or other civil society actors;
- Flag critical national, regional and global -level actions to strengthen the social, economic and environmental benefits of manufacturing and industrialization;
- Identify and promote effective and promising multi-stakeholder initiatives;
- Promote GMIS and seek input for the next Summit in order to align 4IR and manufacturing activities more closely with progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • 08:00 09:00

    Breakfast and Registration

  • 08:55 09:00

    Welcome from the MC

    Prof. Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 09:00 09:10

    Opening of the Conference – GMIS Presentation

    Namir Hourani, Managing Director, Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS)

  • 09:10 09:50

    The Canadian manufacturing sector and its vision out to 2030

    Moderator: Prof. Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    Faisal Kazi, President & CEO, Siemens Canada
    James Strapp, Partner Consulting & Deals, PricewaterhouseCoopers
    Mathew Wilson, Vice-President, National Policy, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)

  • 09:50 10:10

    Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence

    Prof. Joshua Gans, Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

  • 10:10 10:25

    From Lab to Fab: Scaling-up Advanced Manufacturing in Canada

    Michael Helander, CEO, OTI Lumionics

  • 10:25 10:45

    On Stage Discussion

    Moderator: Prof. Walid Hejazi, Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    Michael Helander, CEO of OTI Lumionics
    Jayson Myers, CEO, NGM Canada
    Prof. Joshua Gans, Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    Michael Helander, CEO, OTI Lumionics

  • 10:45 11:05


  • 11:05 11:45

    Women in the Manufacturing sector: Female participation in STEM as an enabling factor

    Moderator: Prof. Sonia Kang, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Department of Management, University of Toronto
    Adot Killmeyer-Oleche, Team Leader, Capacity Development Programmes
    Department of Policy Research and Statistics, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
    Ann Marie MacDougall, President, LeaderBoom
    Marilyn Spink, Mentor To Engineers and Project Managers, Isherwood Geostructural Engineers and Vice President, Professional Engineers Ontario

  • 11:45 12:30

    Factories of the Future: Finding Solutions to Tomorrow’s Challenges

    An interactive session seeking to engage the audience in identifying top priorities and potential solutions to key challenges facing the manufacturing sector.
    Delegates will be separated into small groups by table and given one of the following questions to discuss:

    What do we need to do in Canada to motivate the management in the manufacturing sector to take that leap and invest in digitization/automation?
    How can we help Canadian manufacturing companies scale up? And how can technology enable that scale up?
    How do we increase the representation of under-represented groups in the education and training process, particularly women, and combine academia and industry in this process
    Each group is also asked to rank the below list of considerations in terms of priority from 1 to 10, 1 being the most important consideration when considering Factories of the Future and intelligent solutions to tomorrow’s manufacturing challenges. Each group will rate the below from 1 to 10 and also provide brief remarks as to why they chose as they did.

    Sustainability – mitigating environmental impact
    Customer-centric – customer-led R&D
    Digitization – automation and robotics leading the production processes
    Increasing the number of women in the manufacturing workforce
    Urbanisation and more efficient urban planning – locating factories nearer to the source of demand
    Data driven – harnessing big data to improve operational efficiency
    Adaptive production lines – ablity to produce more than one product and design with minor modifications
    Integration into a global supply chain
    Attracting youth to the manufacturing sector
    Education and skills development – up-skilling of existing and future workforce and continuing education opportunities
    The Chairperson will select three tables at random to feedback their responses to the above.

  • 12:30

    Closing remarks

For additional information and further inquiries about future roadshows, please contact:

Ms. Jessica Schroeder
Phone : +971 55 207 0221
E-mail :
Website :

PwC 2018 Country Report on Canada


GMIS Connect: Toronto Summary Report



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