WMCO’s Oct. 4 networking meeting to cover digital integration 4.0 and more
September 13, 2023 | 6:47 pm CDT
WMCO Digital Integration

KITCHENER, Ontario – Registration is open for the Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario’s quarterly meeting to take place Oct. 4 at Export Development Canada. The meeting, running from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will also be live streamed.

Agenda topics include the following.

Industry Panel: Digital Integration 4.0 Projects: Best Practices, Successes, and Challenges: 10 WMCO companies recently completed an NRCAN IFIT digital 4.0 adoption study project with implications for all industry segments. Representatives of several of the companies will discuss what they set out to do, why they chose those projects, successes, challenges, and lessons learned. 
Value Stream Mapping for ERP: Successful ERP Implementation requires careful assessment and mapping of value-added processes that feed ERP. Julia Novik of Lean Advisors will provide an outline and structure to follow to help identify the right things for ERP integration and optimization for new and existing ERP projects.
Yves Landry Foundation (YLF) AIME Green Fund: Karen Brearley of YLF will review remaining available funds for WMCO members through the AIME program.
BDC: Financing Programs and Introduction to CDAP: Jamie Downs, senior account manager of BDC. will provide an overview of financing programs available to WMCO members, along with an introduction to the Canadian Digital Adoption Program (CDAP). CDAP includes interest free loans that may assist WMCO members with their digital projects.
Ontario Centre for Innovation (OCI): Digitalization Competence Centre Funding Program (DCC): Chris Ritchie of OCI will provide an overview of the DCC funding program with grants for digital projects and assessments.

Plus, an early-bird lunch and lots of networking time with fellow attendees.

The event is open to non-members who have not previously attended a WMCO event. 

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