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2020 Manufacturing Forum and Industry Open House

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Innovation Through Collaboration

One of Canada’s largest research institutes invites industry representatives, government officials and academics to the 8th Annual Manufacturing Forum Webinar.

Hosted by the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute, the full day event annually attracts hundreds of attendees. Last year, more than 300 people came to the event, including industry professionals from around the world. This year, the forum will be available as a webinar.

“What sets the MMRI apart from other research institutes is the ability to directly link our academic research to benefit industry,” says Stephen Veldhuis, Professor and Director of MMRI.The Manufacturing Forum is an opportunity to learn about and discuss emerging research trends.  The Industry Open House is an opportunity for our faculty members and students to showcase our top-notch facilities and their innovative research to industry professionals, and share the improvements that we’ve been able to make with our industry partners.”

The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute, one of Canada’s largest research institutes, hosted the 2019 McMaster Manufacturing Forum on May 2, 2019. The full day event brought out over 300 total attendees, including industry professionals from around the world.



9:00-9:15             Official Welcome and Introduction

  • Ty Shattuck, CEO McMaster Innovation Park
  • Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen

9:15-10:30           Keynote Addresses: Implementation and Assessment of Industry 4.0

  • John Devins, VP Customer Success at Canvass Analytics and John D'Alessio, Director - Process Technology at Stelco
  • Saurabh Joshi, EDB Singapore Regional Director, Americas

10:50-12:00         Expert Panel: Machine Learning in Advanced Manufacturing


  • Stewart Cramer, Chief Manufacturing Officer, NGen


  • Marylin X. Ma, Co-Founder, Quali AI
  • Mark Kozdras, Program Manager, Automotive Materials CANMET Materials
  • Dan Shunk, Professor, Industrial Engineering, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems, Arizona State
  • Ron Harper, President, Cogent Power Inc.
  • Kithio Mwanzia, SONAMI Network Manager, Niagara College


Ty Shattuk

Ty is the CEO of McMaster Innovation Park, Canada’s Premier Research Park, where companies come to grow. Prior to joining the MIP team, Ty held various senior leadership positions within the digital media, aerospace, and venture capital industries, including Founder and President of Aethon Technologies, CEO of PV Labs, and Vice President at L3Haris – Wescam.

Ty is well known within the GTHA area for his business acumen and community leadership. In 2010, he was awarded “Engineer of the Year” from The Ontario Society for Professional Engineers. In 2011, as CEO of PV Labs, he led the company toward being named one of “Canada’s Top 200 Fastest Growing Companies” by Profit Magazine, and in 2012 they received an Academy Award under his leadership. Ty has a Bachelor of Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, and an MBA from University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business.

MC - Jayson Myers

Jayson Myers, CEO NGen Canada

Jayson is an award-winning business economist specializing in industrial and technological change and is widely recognized as an influential policy advocate 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.

Jayson has more than 25 years’ experience building alliances among businesses, academic institutions, as well as community, labour, and advocacy organizations. Between 2007 and 2016, he served as President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. He was also the founding Chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, Vice Chair of Canada’s National Roundtable on Skills, and Vice Chair of the Ontario and Great Lakes Manufacturing Councils.

Jayson studied at Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia in Canada, as well as at the London School of Economics and Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He has held appointments as a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and as a lecturer in politics, economics, and international studies at both Oxford and the University of Warwick.

Keynote Speaker - John Devins

John is presently VP Customer Success at Canvass Analytics – a Canadian Based software company. Canvass provides a unique cloud based software platform to help Process Engineers and Operators to analyse and visualize data as well as to deliver AI/Machine learning advanced analytics capabilities to industrial companies. In his role, John is responsible for business development as well as delivery of machine learning projects.

John is an experienced executive with global business development and sales operations experience in large and small organizations. Following 10 years in of living in Singapore and working in Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa, John returned to Toronto, Canada in April 2017 to take up his position with Canvass.

Keynote Speaker - John D'Alessio

John D'Alessio

John has +20 years of demonstrated history working in the mining & base metals and steel industries. A professional in metal extraction, John is skilled in operational technology and is an LSS Black Belt practitioner. His expertise includes pyrometallurgical processes, process health monitoring and control, process engineering and technology, project engineering, advanced analytics, operational excellence, and lean six sigma methods.

John graduated from Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University and is a sessional faculty member at the university. He now applies his extensive industry experience as the Director of Technology & Innovation at Stelco.


Keynote Speaker - Saurabh Joshi

Mr Saurabh Joshi was appointed Regional Director, Americas in August 2017 and is based in Chicago, IL. In this capacity, he works closely with North American companies in the automotive, aerospace, chemicals and electronics industries on investments into Singapore. Prior to his current appointment, Saurabh was part of EDB’s Energy & Chemicals division where he worked to develop and enhance the refining and specialty chemicals sector in Singapore.

Before joining EDB, Saurabh was Regional Representative (Asia) for Carbon Markets with Tradition Green, the environmental markets brand of Tradition Group, one of world’s leading brokerage firms.

Saurabh holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons.) in Economics, from the National University of Singapore.

Keynote Speaker - Wei Wen Ng

Wei Wen Ng is the Regional Director, Americas, based in the Singapore Economic Development Board’s (EDB) New York office. He works closely with top American companies in the aerospace, semiconductor, and chemicals industries to facilitate investments, and transform their operations in Singapore.

Prior to this, Wei Wen held the position of Senior Lead in the Strategy (Advanced Manufacturing) division. He was responsible for designing and executing national-level strategies to drive transformation and growth of Singapore’s manufacturing ecosystem, and was part of the core team that developed the Smart Industry Readiness Index©. Wei Wen also held roles in EDB’s Energy & Chemicals (E&C) sector, and oversaw major investments from multinational energy and petrochemical companies. He led the development of the sector’s Industry Transformation Map, a national roadmap to enhance and expand Singapore’s E&C industry.

Wei Wen graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, and Imperial College London with a Master of Science in Management.

Expert Panel

Moderator: Stewart Cramer, Chief Manufacturing Officer, NGen Canada

Stewart has over thirty-five years of diverse manufacturing and engineering leadership experience.  Of particular relevance is his nearly twenty-years of experience as the Chief Executive Officer of multi-site SMEs in the advance manufacturing field serving customers in the aerospace, defense, automotive, energy and biomedical industries.  Stewart’s companies were recognized leaders in the integration of advanced technologies into manufacturing operations, in conjunction with a strong underlying foundation in the principals of lean manufacturing and the theory of constraints.  This was coupled with strong business and marketing principals to drive outstanding results. 

Prior to achieving the role of CEO with SMEs performing contract advanced manufacturing services, Stewart worked as a Senior Research Engineer and technology transition specialist for Northrop Grumman Aerospace.This broad business and technical background has helped Stewart to become an expert in helping companies, particularly SMEs, in the successful adoption and exploitation of advanced manufacturing processes and technologies.

Panelist: Marilyn Ma, Co-Founder, Quali AI and AIXEL

Marylin Ma is a serial entrepreneur passionate about building artificial intelligence powered solutions for enterprise. She is the co-founder of Quali AI and AIXEL, which are helping manufacturers across industries automate quality inspection and robotic pick and place applications. Her previous company Navi was nominated for AI Company of the Year in 2017 and helped publishers engage and retain millions of readers. Previously she advised 100+ tech startups as a Manager and Advisor at Communitech. She has been an invited speaker, judge, and mentor for organizations such as IEEE, True North, Founder Institute, Startup Next, University of Waterloo.


Panelist: Mark Kozdras, Materials Scientist at CanmetMATERIALS

Mark is a program manager and materials scientist at the NRCan CanmetMATERIALS laboratory in Hamilton.  With 9 years experience in the government related to advanced manufacturing and automotive materials, building on 21 years of managing research and product development in the automotive industry, he is widely known in industrial and academic circles.  Mark is currently co-leading a global initiative, the Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge, to accelerate the development cycle for materials through self-driving laboratories.  The initiative involves coupling artificial intelligence with robotics and high performance computing using a platform technology, MAPs – Materials Acceleration Platforms.

Mark completed his academic studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, completing his PhD on materials and manufacturing.  He has been involved in technology development throughout his career and has 13 patents from his automotive experience.  He is a regular contributor to scientific endeavours reviewing journal articles, technical proposals and academic funding initiatives in addition to his own program activities.

 Panelist: Dan Shunk, Professor of Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University

Dan is a Professor of Industrial Engineering in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. He is also the PIMSA Chair for Innovation and Design at CETYS University in Baja, Mexico. Dan’s research focuses on computer integrated manufacturing, new product development, enterprise modeling and integration, and strategies for operational excellence. Working as a consultant for numerous companies, Dan’s innovative product and productivity solutions have earned him acclaim in the semiconductor, electronics, aerospace, and automotive industries.

Before his distinguished career at ASU, Dan co-founded the Integrated Computer-Aided Manufacturing (ICAM) Program for the United States Air Force and served as the Manager of Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Systems at the Rockwell Corp., the Manager of Planning and Group Technology at International Harvester, and the Vice President/General Manager of the CGA Corp.

Panelist: Ron Harper, President, Cogent Power

Ron Harper, P.Eng. is the President of Cogent Power Inc, a Burlington-based company that is an integral part of the North American supply chain for electrical steels for power generation equipment, motors, power and distribution transformers, and specialized magnetic components. Ron has worked in manufacturing for 35 years, mostly in senior leadership positions in marketing, engineering, operations and general management, and has been with Cogent since 1995.    Ron has been working with his organization on its Lean journey since 2004 and has taken a highly personal role in leading the company and its teams to create a self-propelling lean organization and culture.

For the last 10 years, Ron served as a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence Executive Committee and AME Board of Directors, including time as Chairman.  Up until recently, he was also a highly active board member of The Centre for Skills Development and Training, in Canada, and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).   Ron regularly advises on local government policies and initiatives with Next Generation Manufacturing.Ron is also a leading member of the strategic initiative for People Centric Leadership.  This movement is intended to educate leaders to engage and lead teams in a manner to maximize job satisfaction and fulfillment, while creating significant value in business.

Panelist: Kithio Mwanzia, Network Manager for SONAMI, Niagara College

Kithio Mwanzia is the Network Manager for the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), a regional, 7 institution partnership aimed at partnering with industry to develop disruptive solutions. Prior to this Kithio served as the President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Kithio has spent several years in a variety of capacities as a communications, government relations and management professional. He has developed thorough knowledge of working with member driven organizations in the bi-national region, having served in various capacities with the St. Catharines – Thorold Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. Prior to being named President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber he served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC). He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science and public policy from Brock University, a certificate in public governance from the Institute on Governance, and has extensive knowledge working with business, government and community. Kithio is a recipient of the Business Link Top 40 Under 40 Business Achievement Award, the Guelph Mercury Top 40 Under 40 Award and the David Betzner Award for Volunteer Service.

Industry Open House

Our Industry Open House will be postponed to a later date.

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute

The MMRI is one of the largest university based manufacturing research institutes in Canada, supporting academic research and education programs spanning many manufacturing processes. The institute’s core focus is on enhancing productivity, quality and product/process innovation while helping companies reduce cost. 

McMaster Automotive Resource Centre

McMaster Automotive Resource Centre

The McMaster Automotive Resource Centre is one of Canada’s leading research facilities in electric and hybrid vehicles where researchers, students and industry professionals are working to resolve the issues facing the automotive industry. Together, these teams of engineers, scientists, social scientists and their students are developing sustainable solutions for the industry including the development of hybrid and electric powertrains, building highly efficient and cost-effective powertrain components and identifying light materials to make cars more fuel efficient.

Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy

Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy

The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) provides world-class electron microscopy capabilities and expertise to Canadian researchers and industry working in a broad range of fields. Our vision is to be one of the leading electron microscopy facilities in the world for the quality of the scientific research, to be the go-to provider of electron microscopy services to Canadian industry and to play a leading role in promoting interactions amongst researchers in various fields nationally and internationally.

Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems (CANS)

Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems (CANS)

The Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems (CANS) is a regional research centre unlike any other at a university worldwide. The Centre provides a unique world-class capability to advance research in three focus areas: nuclear materials, nuclear safety thermalhydraulic behaviour, and health physics. CANS is comprised of four primary facilities: Post Irradiation Examination of Nuclear Materials, Nuclear Materials Characterization Facility, Thermal Testing Facility and Health Physics Dose Response Facility.

McMaster Advance Control Consortium (MACC)

McMaster Advance Control Consortium (MACC)

The McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC) was established in 1988 to promote and advance process automation and related process systems engineering technologies through academe-industry interactions. It comprises five faculty members, around 25 graduate students, and several companies spanning a diverse range of industrial sectors. Our research arears include advanced control, optimization (including planning, scheduling and supply chain optimization), data analytics and sustainable design. Our key focus is on the development of optimization-based decision-support methodologies and computational tools for enhanced process operations. The 8th Annual Manufacturing Forum and Industry open house will include displays that highlight our research and their industrial application, with personnel on hand to provide further detail.

Robotics and Manufacturing Automation Laboratory (RMAL)

Robotics and Manufacturing Automation Laboratory (RMAL)

The RMAL is an extensively equipped research facility featuring collaborative robot arms, vision-guided robots, machine learning applications in robotics, machine vision systems, PC based open-architecture control systems, custom robotic hands and grippers, and a large selection of sensors and actuators for building prototype robotic systems.

Steel Research Centre

Steel Research Centre

The lab is the focus of research on product and process development for zinc-coated sheet steels.  It includes specialized pilot scale equipment that can simulate industrial galvanizing lines for hot dip coating research.  The results of this work are applicable to materials development for building construction, appliances and automotive structures.

Innovation-as-a-Service at CIRC

Innovation-as-a-Service at CIRC

The IaaS offering is a fast-paced professionally managed R&D service designed for ambitious companies to leverage the intellectual wealth and physical assets of the University. A team of dedicated staff and technologists are available, at non-profit rates, to help you build a new product, solve problems, or answer critical questions. Projects typically last a few weeks or months, and span many different industries, e.g., manufacturing, transportation, ICT, and healthcare. The offering has been live for less than 2 years, and has attracted about 25 clients from 5 different countries.

Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion (CAMC)

Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion (CAMC)

CAMC's research focuses on materials engineering including themes like light-weight material systems, material degradation and protection, and joining issues as they apply to automotive material innovations. With a wide range of instruments and capabilities, CAMC is also able to tackle challenges facing industries like pipelines, sensors, and biomaterials.



CanmetMATERIALS is Canada's principal federal research and development laboratory for metals research, including materials for use in automotive applications; clean energy, including power generation; major infrastructure such as pipelines; defence applications, including armour and shipbuilding; and emerging materials.

SEPT Learning Factory for Industry 4.0 Education & Research

SEPT Learning Factory for Industry 4.0 Education & Research

SEPT Learning Factory, a first of its kind in Canada, is a hands-on facility for students to develop their knowledge & skills for the upcoming evolving manufacturing environments as presented in the Industry 4.0 vision. The facility is equipped with Cyber-Physical Systems, IoT, IIoT, and Artificial Intelligent agent examples and has 3D Metal Printers (Additive Manufacturing), Composite Material 3D Printers, 5Axis CNC Machine, Injection Molding, Laser Cutter, Collaborative Robots, Delta Robots, CMM, RFID Based Kanban System, Mobile Intelligent Robot, AGVs, PCB Assembly Station and above all IT/OT integrated system.

Bachelor of Technology Auto Labs

Bachelor of Technology Auto Labs

Visitors to the B. Tech Auto Labs will be able to see the manufacturing lab equipped with Prototyping Equipment, CNC Machines, 3D Printers, Automotive Engines, Engine Performance Test Stations, Fluid Mechanics, Vibration Measurement Stations, Hybrid & Electric Vehicles, and a B.Tech Electrical Car designed and built by the students.

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