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Ret. Major General David Fraser, INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing COO, Named Opening Keynote of FABTECH Canada

Thousands of metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing manufacturers to attend event, which will showcase 149 new industry products and dozens of educational sessions

Toronto – Leadership, innovation and an out-of-the-box strategy are the keys to success in today’s manufacturing environment. That’s the message retired Canadian Army Maj. Gen. David Fraser, chief operating officer, INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, will tell thousands of delegates later this month in his opening keynote speech at FABTECH Canada.

Canada’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, FABTECH Canada – which provides exhibits, educational sessions, workshops and networking opportunities for manufacturers large and small – will take place March 22-24 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

In his keynote speech “Leadership, Strategy and Innovation in the Manufacturing Business” (March 22, 8:30 a.m.), Fraser will pull from industry and first-hand experiences to cut through political and economic rhetoric and provide advice to Canadian manufacturers looking to grow their business in a rapidly-changing market. Reviewing factors impacting the Canadian industry – from market size to oil prices and the Canadian dollar – he will outline the relationship between the country’s west (resources) and east (manufacturing base), review domestic and international opportunities, and offer eye-opening insight into the cultural differences of doing business in Canada versus the US, China and other countries.

Other highlights of FABTECH Canada’s educational program include:

• Sessions covering lean management, lasers and cutting, stamping, forming and fabricating, finishing, welding and additive manufacturing.

• Expert panel discussions on what additive manufacturing (3D printing) means for the metal fabrication industry and how employers can address the global skills development challenge.

• Half-day workshops focused on innovation and team-building strategies, Training Within Industry (TWI) lean practices, aluminum welding and metallurgy.

“Canada’s metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing manufacturers are a diverse group and providing an event as valuable and varied as this audience is a key focus for FABTECH Canada,” said John Catalano, senior event manager for SME, event co-sponsor.

Now in its third iteration, the biennial event provides manufacturers of all sizes with an array of features to address their most pressing needs, Catalano explained. “FABTECH Canada offers a one-stop-shop, including hands-on product displays and demonstrations featuring 149 new products being shown this year,” he said.

Small and medium-sized manufacturers will benefit from FABTECH Canada’s dedicated job shop day on Wednesday, March 23. Exhibit hours are extended until 6 p.m. to allow small shops to attend the event without having to take time off of work. A special Job Shop Appreciation Reception will take place late in the day to provide these manufactures with enhanced networking opportunities on the exhibit floor.

Students will have the opportunity to hear from Tyler Magri, a machining program graduate from Georgian College and the current Canadian World Skills CNC Milling Champion, on Thursday, March 24. Following Magri’s presentation, students will walk the show floor and experience the latest technology and talk with manufacturing professionals.

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