Manufacturing AUTOMATION

SONAMI, Kingston Economic Development Corporation partner to boost manufacturing innovation

November 20, 2023
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

The Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI) has formed an ecosystem partnership with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization.

Kingston Economic Development Corporation has reportedly created a sustainable and thriving ecosystem to support business growth, start-ups, investment attraction and new foreign direct investment opportunities in Kingston and the region while focusing on opportunities for growing the sustainable manufacturing and health innovation sectors.

Led by Niagara College, SONAMI is a network of 11 postsecondary institutions, that, through their respective research and innovation centres, collaborate with small- and medium-sized companies to tackle their manufacturing-related challenges. The network leverages faculty, students and state-of-the-market equipment together with funding from the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Intellectual Property Ontario (IPON), to support manufacturing in Canada.

“The SONAMI network continues to provide important resources and support to manufacturing businesses. This network is giving businesses the chance to innovate and grow their ventures so they can create new opportunities across Ontario,” said the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario. “This latest partnership with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation is contributing to SONAMI’s work and providing more essential tools to SMEs while extending the reach of SONAMI so more businesses can thrive. The Government of Canada will continue to support southern Ontario’s advanced manufacturing sector.”


The partnership will bolster awareness regarding funding, resources, expert researchers and students available to support companies within the manufacturing industry in eastern Ontario, including across critical sectors such as clean technology, electric vehicles and battery technology, food processing and sustainable manufacturing.

“This collaboration underscores our commitment to fostering innovation and economic growth in Kingston and eastern Ontario. By joining forces with SONAMI and its network of postsecondary institutions, we are opening up a wealth of opportunities for local businesses, researchers and students, driving forward progress in critical industries such as clean technology, electric vehicles and sustainable manufacturing. Together, we are forging a stronger and more prosperous future for manufacturing in this region,” said Donna Gillespie, chief executive officer of Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

To access the advanced manufacturing network, representatives from interested businesses can contact SONAMI’s Business Development Lead, Mitchell Lutz at

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