Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Women in Manufacturing 2022
March 22, 2022 at 1:00pm ET

Inspired by the ongoing efforts to dismantle the barriers that prevent or discourage women from entering Canada’s manufacturing industry, and to facilitate conversations about advancing women into leadership positions, Annex Business Media’s Manufacturing Group is once again hosting Advance: Women in Manufacturing.

Scheduled for March 22, the virtual summit that will explore the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, share career advice and real-life experiences, recommend actions companies can take to recruit women and advance them to leadership positions, and much more. The day will feature some of the biggest influencers in the Canadian manufacturing sector, as well as women who have trailblazed in their careers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with industry experts and thought leaders whose shared goal is to promote gender equity, diversity and inclusion in Canadian manufacturing. REGISTRATION IS FREE: SIGN UP TODAY!

If you have an idea for an on-demand session, and/or a suggestion on who we should consider interviewing in a podcast or video for our Women in Manufacturing microsite – – please contact: Sukanya Roy Ghosh, editor of Manufacturing AUTOMATION at or Nithya Caleb, editor of PrintAction and Food in Canada:

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1:00 pm - 1:05 pm
Conference opens

Welcome greeting by the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, and Parliamentary Secretary Jenna Sudds.

1:05 pm – 1:35 pm
Keynote Presentation: Creating an Inclusive Economic Recovery for Canada

Speaker: Pamela Jeffery, Founder, The Prosperity Project

Safeguarding the social and economic health and recovery of Canada means we must focus on the success and well-being of women.

1:35 pm – 2:20 pm
Panel Discussion on “Making Conscious the Unconscious Bias”

Moderator: Jeanine Lassaline–Berglund - President, Automate Canada and Canadian Association of Moldmakers (CAMM)

  • Jennifer Green - Director of Competitions, Skills Ontario
  • Nour Hachem-Fawaz - President and Founder, Build a Dream
  • Maryam Emami - CEO, AI Materia
A conversation about recognizing bias, benevolent misogyny, micro-aggressions in the workplace, common misconceptions about the roles of women and bridging the STEM gap.

2:20 pm – 2:30 pm
Networking Break

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Workshop on “Build Your Own Personal Board of Directors”

Speaker: Crystal Hyde, Executive Coach, Propel Leadership Coaching

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Panel Discussion on “Stuck in the Middle”

Moderator: Nithya Caleb - Editor, Annex Business Media

  • Irene Sterian, P.Eng. - Founder, President & CEO, REMAP, and Director, Technology & Innovation, Celestica
  • Jennefer Griffith - Executive Director, Food Processing Skills Canada
  • Renn Scott MA, Interaction Design, RCA - Founder + Chief Designer, Daily Goods Design LABS
Exploring strategies to advance women into leadership roles that they want in the company, industry and community.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Closing Remarks

Leading Women in Manufacturing: Inspire and advance tomorrow’s women leaders

Watch Resolute Senior Vice President of Process Improvement and CIO Lori Kilgour discuss the challenges and opportunities she has faced in her career in the manufacturing industry and the advice she has for young women who are considering a future in manufacturing.

EMC: WILWorks Program Overview

Did you know that EMC still has wage subsidies of up to $7,500 for post-secondary co-op students placed in the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms?

We Make Windows and Doors

Frank™ has been in windows and doors for over four decades. We have formed strong partnerships, built a trusted team, and designed products for everyone. Frank™ is your neighbour, and we care about your home. Frank™ is proudly made in Ontario and services an exclusive network of dealers across Canada. What differentiates us from our competitors is our ability to customize each order, deliver a quality product every time, and innovate ahead of the curve.

Podcast Series: In conversation with women leaders from the manufacturing industry

In this three-episode podcast series, Evelyn Allen, founder and CEO of Evercloak and Aynsley Dueck, operations manager at Duxton Windows & Doors share stories of their journey in the manufacturing industry. Janelle Abela from Diverse Solutions Strategy Firm discusses how manufacturers can implement diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizations and how it can benefit them.

Virtual Expansion Planning with the Experts

The first stage of business expansion planning we focus on with Canadians is what we call “cross border due diligence”. This consists of meeting with experts in various fields to discuss best practices and tips for setting up your U.S. facility. Since the border restrictions make it more difficult to visit us for these meetings in person, we are bringing the experts to you. Watch, download our two planning documents, then give us a call.

Frequently Asked Questions About Women in Manufacturing 2022

When & Where?

Women in Manufacturing 2022 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on March 22, 2022 at 1:00pm ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of March 22, 2022.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Azeemah Abowath.