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Industry Consultation on the Future of Manufacturing

Published by Glenda Beaulieu

May 10, 2017

Preparing For What's Next, the 4th Industrial Revolution, and Beyond

Session Objectives:

  1. Reflect on the potential impacts of pervasive technology advancements and the challenges and opportunities that these present for Canadian industry.
  2. Identify what NRC can do now to assist in the development of novel technologies for Canada’s leading edge future factories and their supply chains.



8:30-8:45 Arrival and sign-in
8:45-9:00 Welcome and introductions, review of the agenda
9:00-9:15 NRC’s current role in manufacturing technologies – Mike Kilfoil
9:15-9:30 The UBC Learning Factory - Phil Barker
9:30-10:30 The future of manufacturing
- Discussion
1. Where do you see the industrial future going?
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Current situation in Canada
- Discussion  
1. What is already under way in Canada to work toward the future?
2. What are the gaps? What else does Canada need to think about or do to get ready for the future of manufacturing?
12:00-12:45 Lunch Break – provided on-site
12:45-2:00 Working together towards the future                 
- Discussion  
1. What role or contribution do you see for the NRC in creating the future we’ve been discussing? What should the NRC work on?
2. What are the top priorities?
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15-3:15 Moving forward
- Discussion - plenary 
1. What are some opportunities for partnerships to move forward together?
2. Who else needs to be involved? And how?
3. What questions do we need to answer to move forward?
3:15-3:30 Wrap-up, next steps, closing remarks, session evaluation
3:30-4:00 Optional - Networking

To register:

Please RSVP by contacting or 613-949-5955 and also indicate if you have any dietary restrictions as lunch will be provided during the event or if any accommodations are required. 

*Please note that there are a limited number of spaces available for this workshop, registration confirmation emails will be sent out as soon as possible.

Additional Information

Location: UBC Okanagan campus, University Ballroom (UNC 200)
Time: 8:30am- 4pm

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