Skip to main content

MMRI Manufacturing Forum and Industry Open House

The 2018 Event has passed.  To view information for the 2019 event on Thursday, May 2, 2019, please click here.


Innovation Through Collaboration

One of Canada’s largest research institutes invites industry representatives, government officials and academics to the 4th Annual McMaster Manufacturing Forum.

Hosted by the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute, the full day event annually attracts hundreds of attendees. Last year, more than 350 people came to the event, including industry professionals from around the world. Also, in attendance was Deputy Minister, Economic Development and Growth, Giles Cheson.

“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 McMaster Manufacturing Forum 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 main topic of the day will be Industry 4.0, an emerging industry trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing, and the recently announced Next Generation Manufacturing Canada Supercluster, as well as tours to multiple research facilities at McMaster University. 

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) is a 15,000-sq.-ft. facility located at McMaster University. Since 2001, the MMRI has been combining research excellence with state-of-the-art equipment needed to meet the sophisticated needs of leading manufacturers. From technical problem solving in metal manufacturing processes to helping partners establish world class productivity and capability, the MMRI provides partners with R&D capability not available from any other sources.

The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute, one of Canada’s largest research institutes, hosted the McMaster Manufacturing Forum on April 6, 2017. The full day event brought out over 350 total attendees, including industry professionals from around the world.


Innovation Through Collaboration

8:00-9:00              Registration (Light Continental Breakfast) - MDCL

 9:00-9:05              Official McMaster Welcome - MDCL 1305/1307

                                Ishwar Puri, Dean Faculty of Engineering, Master of Ceremony

 9:05-9:15              Introduction                              

Morning Keynotes - MDCL 1305/1307

9:15-9:35              Jayson Myers, CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

  • Introduction to NGM Canada, its role in the AMS and its current plans

 9:35-10:15           Don McIntosh, Senior Fellow of Manufacturing Technology, Pratt and Whitney Canada

  • Industry 4.0 - Experiences from the Shop Floor

 10:15-10:35         Networking Break

Expert Panels - MDCL 1305/1307

10:35-11:30         Expert Panel I – Innovation – Transitioning Ideas into Production in a Globally Competitive Market

Moderator:      Irene Sterian, CTO, NGM Canada and Director, ReMAP

Panelists:         Tony Valeri, VP Corporate Affairs, Dofasco

Patricia Hawkins, Strategic Partnerships & Innovation Services, Xerox Res. Centre of Canada

David Carter, Executive Director, Innovation Factory

Yusuf Altintas, Professor, NSERC-CANRIMT Network PI, UBC

11:30-11:40         John Jackson, Regional Representative, NSERC

  • NSERC’s role in funding innovation in Canada

 11:40-12:30         Expert Panel II – Collaboration- Drawing together Canada’s Innovation Resources

Moderator:      David Muir, Director, Research and Development, NRC-London

Panelists:        Melissa Chee, COO, ventureLAB and NGM Canada Board

Oliver Winkler, Business Leader, Strategy and Innovation, Siemens Canada

Michele Davies, Director, Partnership Development, OCE

Mo Elbestawi, Professor and Director (W Booth SEPT), McMaster

 12:30-12:35         Stephen Veldhuis, Professor and Director (MMRI)

  • Instructions for the Industry Open House which follows

 12:35-1:30           Networking luncheon (Walk or bus to events on Campus or at MIP)

 1:00-5:00              6th Annual Industry Open House and Main Poster Session

McMaster Main Campus (walk):

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI)

HATCH – Student club area, Research Posters

Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM)

W Booth School for Engineering Practice and Technology (SEPT) - Innovation Factory

Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT)

Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems (CANS)

McMaster Innovation Park (Shuttle Bus):

McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC)

BTech Training Areas

McMaster Steel Research Centre (MSRC)

Computing Infrastructure Research Centre (CIRC)


The 6th Annual Open House is an opportunity for industry to visit multiple research locations within McMaster, as well as the federal research facility CanmetMATERIALS. Tour multiple Materials & Advanced Manufacturing labs, including material and process development, material characterization, CAD/CAM, machining, bulk and sheet metal forming, polymer processing, metrology, powertrain test facilities and student projects.

Labs are located on the McMaster University main campus and at McMaster Innovation Park. A shuttle service will transport visitors between the locations.

Wednesday, May 9  - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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

Centre for Advanced Nuclear Systems

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 thermalhydaulic behavior, 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.

Computing Infrastructure Research Centre

Computing Infrastructure Research Centre

The Computing Infrastructure Research Centre (CIRC) develops transformative innovations in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructure, with foci on datacentres, computing systems, and communications networks. CIRC is designed to support industry partners in developing globally competitive offerings through and integrated business and technology development approach. Projects range from two week sprints to multi-year R&D cascades. CIRC houses 30+ team members and unique facilities with expertise in communications protocols, applied machine learning, predictive analytics, thermal management, and power systems. 

W Booth School of Engineering Practice

W Booth School of Engineering Practice

The W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology within McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering is dedicated to student-centred experiential learning through flexible, adaptable and innovative programs and teaching using state of the art resources and facilities. Our learning environment emphasizes hands-on education and transferable skills to produce engaged graduates ready to serve a diversity of community and societal needs. 



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.

The Forge

The Forge

Launched in 2014 at McMaster Innovation Park, The Forge has now expanded across three co-working spaces and has hosted events for thousands of students at McMaster University. The Forge is funded by McMaster University and by the Government of Ontario through the Campus-Linked Accelerator (CLA) program and is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.

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.

Automotive and Manufacturing Labs at MARC

Automotive and Manufacturing Labs at MARC

The visitors 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 build by the students. There will be a table set up for information related to SEPT undergraduate and graduate programs

McMaster Steel Research Centre

McMaster Steel Research Centre

Galvanized steel sheet product and process development is a major focus of the McMaster Steel Research Centre. The Iwatani-Surtec HDPS is the centerpiece of our facilities for process simulation and analysis.  The flexible configuration allows a wide range of studies on steel and coating metallurgy.  Processes studies involving radiant and induction heating in oxidizing or reducing atmospheres, rapid jet cooling, galvanizing and galvannealing, and other metallic coatings are possible.

Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT)

Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT)

The Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) is an organization that facilitates study of the optical, electrical, mechanical, and biological properties of semiconductors and related materials and promotes the development of technology based on these materials. 

In 1987, faculty members of McMaster University founded the CEDT under its original name, the Centre for Electrophotonic Materials and Devices (CEMD), in order to pool resources, enhance facilities, promote industrial collaboration, and advance research. In 2005 the name of the Centre was changed to CEDT to better reflect the diversified range of research topics in which group members have become increasingly involved. 
Today the Centre is made up of member faculty and graduate students from the Departments of Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Two full-time staff operate and maintain equipment for material growth, analysis, and processing, located in four laboratory facilities. We develop lasers, MEMS, detectors, waveguide devices, and much more. Industrial collaborations take place frequently and new initiatives are always welcome.

The Manufacturing Forum events will take place on the main campus of McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, in the Michael G. Degroote Centre for Learning (MDCL), room 1305/1307.

View the campus map for building and parking lot locations.


Register Here

Admission to the McMaster Manufacturing Forum is free. Pre-registration is required as there is limited space for some events.

McMaster Manufacturing News

Shaping the Next Generation of Canadian Manufacturing Excellence

October 2, 2017 / Source: National Post

Shaping the Next Generation of Canadian Manufacturing Excellence

McMaster University understands the importance of connecting academia and the manufacturing industry. Learn about their collaboration.

McMaster researchers boost business of Ontario manufacturers

February 15, 2018

McMaster researchers boost business of Ontario manufacturers

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute improves productivity of Burlington automotive parts company

#InsidetheLab: The diverse research areas of advanced manufacturing

November 10, 2017

#InsidetheLab: The diverse research areas of advanced manufacturing

Students working at the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) are enhancing productivity, improving quality and increasing the lifespan of materials used in various manufacturing industries.

Directions/Free Parking

Directions to the event and parking instructions can be found here.