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EMC launches pandemic recovery coaching program for Canadian manufacturers

August 26, 2020
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is launching a new program that offers executive coaching and support from subject matter experts across Canada.

The EMC is partnering with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) on the initiative, which was prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This program will help manufacturers better understand the current situations they face, and identify and deploy a clear path forward,” says JP Giroux, president of EMC, in a statement. “It is imperative that we come together and support the expanse of our manufacturing network.”

The executive coaching and subject matter expert resources are intended to provide individual manufacturers with hands-on support in planning, mapping and deploying steps to normalize productivity, as well as engaging in improvements along the way.


Topics may cover advanced manufacturing and technology, productivity, fostering a healthy work environment, mental and psychological Safety, labour and HR, as well as other topics identified to match the needs of manufacturers.

“We can in no way assume the specific challenges, or maybe even opportunities, that the pandemic has caused for each individual manufacturer, but this program is an opportunity for them to raise their hand and receive some relevant, funded support,” says Joan Richard, project lead.

Also included in the program will be an online learning series for manufacturers (four sessions), of which topics may include a report on current issues affecting manufacturing, best practices for return to productivity, creating a healthy production environment, the future of manufacturing in the “new normal,” and the role of advanced manufacturing, digitization and automation.

If you are a Canadian manufacturer and are in need of pandemic recovery support or would like to request more information, contact EMC’s training coordinator, Amy Edwards.

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