Industry Heavyweights to Provide Glimpse into Future of Manufacturing at Upcoming Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show

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Leading speaker line-up includes Xaba CEO Massimiliano Moruzzi, Reko International Group CEO Diane Reko, and APMA President Flavio Volpe

The Canadian manufacturing sector will get a glimpse into the future next week as more than 8,000 industry professionals convene in Toronto for four days of technology transfer, learning opportunities and idea generation at the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) 2023 – Canada’s national manufacturing event at its new venue, the Toronto Congress Centre.

Alongside 200+ new products to be unveiled and more than one million pounds of live equipment on the show floor, visitors will have the opportunity to hear from the following keynote speakers about how the next level of digital transformation is reimagining Canadian manufacturing.

Monday, September 25, 2023

9:00 a.m. – Shaping Tomorrow’s Industry: Canada’s Odyssey with Industrial AI: Massimiliano Moruzzi, CEO of Xaba, will reveal how Canada is shaping the future of manufacturing through pioneering strides in AI integration.

1:00 p.m. – Charting the Future of Canadian Manufacturing: Diane Reko, CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors of Reko International Group Inc., will explore the critical role of manufacturing in Canada and in a dynamic global landscape.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

9:00 a.m.Unleashing the Power of (G)AI in Manufacturing: Chris Casey, Industrial Manufacturing & Automotive Sector Lead at PwC Canada and Michael Gardiner, Manufacturing Industry Lead at Microsoft Canada, will key in on how mere months after generative AI hit the media spotlight, it’s already requiring businesses to question how work can be done differently. They will provide insight into what is top of mind for leadership teams and Board members across the industry and examples of how manufacturers can transform.

1:00 p.m. –  Staying Ahead of the Curve with Industry 5.0, ESG, and Workforce UpskillingThis panel – moderated by Subo Chatterjee, Partner, PwC Canada Digital Operations & Industry 5.0, and featuring Nadia Malik, Transformation Head (Cost Reduction & Digital Innovation), Bombardier, and Michael Gardiner, Manufacturing Industry Lead, Microsoft Canada – will delve into the critical drivers for the evolution of Ind 5.0 and how organizations evolve with Ind 4.0 while meeting their ESG commitments.


Wednesday, September 27, 2023

9:00 a.m. – How Canada Can Drive the Next Transportation Revolution: Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA), will unveil Canada’s potential to lead the next transportation revolution, including sustainable, connected, and autonomous transportation solutions that will redefine the way we move.


1:00 p.m. –  Making the C.A.S.E (Connected. Autonomous. Security. Electric) for CanadaThis panel – moderated by John Heaton, Partner, KPMG LLP, and featuring Alex Qi, Chief Executive Officer, Pontosense, and John Komar, Executive Director, ACE at Ontario Tech University – will assess the wins, ongoing challenges, and how Canada is shaping/leading the way a decade after autonomous and electric vehicles first entered the discourse.


Thursday, September 28, 2023

9:00 a.m. – Leading in the Transforming Manufacturing Industry: Greta Cutulenco, CEO & Co-Founder, Acerta, will explain how digital transformation continues to change modern manufacturing, from shifting skills of the workforce to providing unprecedented opportunities for women and young innovative minds.

1:00 p.m. – Wonderous Women in ManufacturingThis panel – moderated by Julie Pike, Senior Director, Event Strategy, SME, and featuring Lisa Block Chief Revenue Officer, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies GlobalDr. Mihaela Vlasea, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo,and Sarah Syed, Environmentalist and Fellow, The David Suzuki Foundation – will explore the pivotal role women will continue to play in the expanding and inclusive talent pool that will be needed in the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.


Media are invited to book interviews with these keynote – and other event – speakers. A full CMTS 2023 conference schedule can be accessed here. Show exhibitors and strategic partners are also available for interviews upon request.

For more information or to register, visit www.cmts.ca.


About CMTS
Canada’s national manufacturing event, CMTS 2023 takes place September 25-28 at the Toronto Congress Centre, featuring the latest equipment and technology advancements in machine tools, tooling, metalworking, automation, robotics, additive manufacturing, and digital transformation. Presented by SME, strategic event partnersincludeCanadian Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (CMTDA), Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA), CWB-EWI Group, and Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA).

About SME
Established in 1932 as a nonprofit organization, SME represents the entire North American manufacturing industry, including manufacturers, academia, professionals, students, and the communities in which they operate. Together we share one common belief: Manufacturing holds the key to economic growth and prosperity. SME accelerates new technology adoption and inspires and builds North America’s talent and capabilities in order to advance manufacturing as a diverse, thriving and valued ecosystem that drives competitiveness, resiliency and national security. We believe in technology’s power and humanity’s innovation to advance our society and meet many national challenges. We design new ways to understand and solve problems, and our solutions advance the next wave of innovation and growth. SME’sLearn more at SME.org, or follow SME on X/TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.  

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