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February 01, 2021
Welcome to Shifting Gears, a timely news source for manufacturers and industry professionals brought to you by
your Regional Manufacturing Partners Alliance.

We welcome feedback and referrals of important news and events relevant to our local manufacturing community.

Women in Manufacturing - Georgian College invites you to join their session and meet the panel of female leaders in manufacturing that are dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who are thinking about a career in the manufacturing industry.
Rural Innovation Challenge Implementation -  VentureLAB and partners have sourced 3 Ontario local startups whose solutions are available free of charge until mid-March as part of the Rural Innovation Challenge. Businesses are welcome to apply as soon as possible!
  • Deadline: February 28, 2021 (each solution has limited free spots)
  • Apply by filling out this Expression of Interest. Upon receipt, VentureLAB will reach out and facilitate introductions. 

What does it mean to be a leader during this time of digital transformation? - It means managing multidimensional transformation that involves people, roles, technology, expectations, and risks, all while aiming at an unknown future. There is wild speculation that automation and artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs and lead to mass unemployment, but this fear is unfounded.

Meet the Manufacturers Skills@Work Session – Get connected with some of Simcoe County’s top manufacturers. Join for a virtual information session where you can connect with leading manufacturing employers.

How are manufacturers adapting? -  Over the past several months, manufacturers have adapted their operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch here:

Collingwood businesses ARO Technologies and Autoliv / VOC - have come together to create a robotics system to improve the product packing process. Learn more:

NGen Collaboration Corner - This new feature is available for member companies looking to connect with other companies for partnering opportunities in Canada's advanced manufacturing ecosystem. To learn more, visit:

Join us as we engage our community and inspire the next workforce - Want to showcase your company and opportunities to local schools, job seekers and families across our region with the Simcoe County, Barrie and Orillia Edge Factor Hub? Visit

- Edited by Cecilia Doucette
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