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CME and Ontario government bring relief to south eastern Ontario manufacturers

Published on April 10, 2009

MISSISSAUGA -- Although the economic decline may appear to be slowing, south eastern Ontario manufacturers have yet to realize the full impacts of the crisis engulfing Canada’s largest business sector, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).


Unfortunately, the economic tsunami hasn’t loosened its grip on the economy yet,” said Jayson Myers, CME president. “We are now starting to feel the full brunt of the downturn in customer demand.”

CME President Jayson Myers will deliver a new status report of where Ontario manufacturers stand on April 22 from 7:30am – 12:00 pm at the Ajax Convention Centre.


“The report reinforces that Canadian industry must work together to improve its competitiveness on the world’s stage if it’s determined to survive,” added Myers.


In addition to releasing the report, CME and the Ontario government will announce a new LEAN consortium to bring relief to south eastern Ontario manufacturers. The consortium will connect 10-14 non-competing companies within easy driving distance to work together to improve productivity, share best practices, and develop relevant and practical solutions. In today’s economy CME’s LEAN consortia program, in partnership with High Performance Solutions (HPS), a LEAN consulting firm based in Kitchener, is a vital tool for manufacturers to boost process innovation while delivering more value to customers. For 17 years, HPS has initiated consortia across Canada, US and Australia.


“Consortia exist to accelerate change at the most fundamental levels. Each consortium brings together non-competing companies who want to leverage each other’s resources, thinking, and ideas to better compete and win globally,” said David Hogg, director of consortium development for HPS Inc. “Companies gain invaluable knowledge from each other -- gone are the days of the ‘not-invented-here’ notion.” 


Manufacturers are also invited to join CME and the Ontario government on April 23 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm for two full-day workshops offering “first step” tools to strategic and operational leaders.


 “The two day-long workshops are practical, hands-on, and continue to be applied by some of North America’s leading firms to ease the current situation,” said Scott Smith, president HPS Inc.

To assist Ontario manufacturers, there is no cost to attend these events. To learn more about these event visit Those interested in learning more about how to join the CME LEAN consortium can contact David Hogg at 519-572-0606 or email


Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s leading trade and industry association and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.


The association directly represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85% of CME’s members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada’s leading business network, CME, through various initiatives including and the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.


CME’s membership network accounts for an estimated 82% of total manufacturing production and 90% of Canada’s exports.




For more information, contact:


David Hogg

Director of Consortium Development

High Performance Solutions Inc.
Tel: 519-572-0606


Ian Howcroft
Vice President

CME Ontario

905-672-3466 ext. 3256

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