Business leaders, manufacturers, and educators from both Sarnia-Lambton and across the province will converge on Lambton College next Thursday, January 25th for the college’s annual manufacturing summit.
“The goal is to share, to promote, and to partially market the capacity we have in Sarnia-Lambton to help deliver more projects and more partnerships and to bring more companies to Sarnia-Lambton,” said Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, executive dean of applied research, innovation, and entrepreneurship at Lambton College.
The summit is organized by Lambton College and the Bluewater Technology Acess Centre in partnership with the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP), the Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Alliance (SLIA), and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.
Speakers include Katherine Walker, president of Industrial Web Apps Inc., Stephen Sweeney, the automotive engineering team leader with Canada’s National Research Council (NRC), Sandy Marshall, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada’s executive director, and Kevin Tuer the managing director of Canada’s Open Data Exchange. A complete list of speakers can be found here.
Sheikhzadeh said he is looking forward to all the speakers but he is particularly interested a presentation on how manufacturers can use data to remain competitive in the global economy.
Stephen Thompson, CEO of SLEP, said the summit offers local businesses the chance to learn about strategic opportunities and supports.
“The focus is around best practices and how the attendees can grow and remain competitive in the global marketplace,” Thompson said about the summit.
“Manufacturing is a critically important sector for this region,” Thompson said, adding that manufacturing provides over 3500 jobs in Sarnia-Lambton.
Thompson said the summit is a great chance for local businesses to develop relationships with one another.
“The more the companies can learn, the more informed and strategic they can be,” said Thompson.
The manufacturing summit is one of four annual symposiums hosted by the college.
“We’re hoping to increase the number of symposiums,” said Sheikhzadeh, adding that the events are an opportunity to showcase what the Sarnia-Lambton offers businesses.
The event takes place at the Lambton College Event Centre and anyone hoping to attend the manufacturing summit can register for free on Eventbrite.