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First Steps in Automation Virtual Event

February 15, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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First Steps in Automation Virtual Event
February 15, 2023 at 1:00pm ET

Automation has been on everyone’s radar and wish list for quite a few years now. Manufacturers are well aware of the many benefits that implementing automation can bring to their bottom line.

However, taking the first steps in the digital transformation journey can be daunting. Planning what and how to implement, getting approvals from all key decision makers and arranging finances are some key steps before proceeding with the actual implementation.

This event is a beginner’s guide to automate manufacturing in Canada. In a series of presentations, industry experts will share information and strategies on taking the first steps in the automation implementation journey.

Note: The editor of Manufacturing AUTOMATION is currently finalizing the speakers for the virtual summit. If you have questions about the agenda, email [email protected].

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1:00 pm – 1:05 pm
Welcome remarks

1:05 pm – 1:30 pm
Funding your automation journey

Speaker Sara Hipson, Director of Client Services at Mentor Works, a Ryan Company

The cost of implementing automation is a crucial step in the journey. However, manufacturers need not take on this burden completely on their own. There are several options to apply for funds from external sources, including the government. Experts will share details on what funds to apply for and how to apply for them.

1:30 pm – 2:05 pm
Round table: Approvals and best practices


  • Ed Goffin, Senior Marketing Manager, Pleora Technologies
  • Colin Cartwright, Director of Sales at Murrelektronik Canada

Automation equipment suppliers and solution providers are often the go-to sources for information on available automation options. They offer their expertise and tailor the solutions according to the needs of their manufacturer customers. In this round table discussion, a small group of automation solution providers will discuss strategies on securing approvals from key decision makers and the best practices for implementing automation.

2:05 pm – 2:40 pm
Panel discussion: Implementation strategies


  • Robert Almeida:, Business Development Manager, Advanced Motion & Controls
  • Rob Veldhuis:, Director of Sales at Systematix

In this panel discussion, system integrators will share automation implementation strategies. With direct knowledge from the field on the possible challenges, experts will share how manufacturers can set up their facility for continued success with the right decisions.

2:40 pm – 2:50 pm
Automation resources

Speaker: Christy Michalak, Director of Advanced Manufacturing Development Programs at Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)

It is crucial to have a support system in place throughout the digital transformation journey. This brief presentation will highlight all the resources available to manufacturers to help them manoeuvre the different challenges during automation implementation.

2:50 pm – 3:00 pm
Ask the experts

A dedicated Q&A period to connect with expert speakers from this event.


February 15, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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