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April 03, 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.


Research, Innovation, Scholarship, Entrepreneurship (RISE) 2021 Series Event- Entering its fifth year, RISE 2021 is a celebration of the research, innovation, scholarship and entrepreneurship taking place at Georgian College. The week-long schedule of events includes over 80 engaging guest speakers from around the world, live sessions that will make you think critically, and research showcases that will demonstrate the innovation happening across the college. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of creativity and collaboration without borders.

Manufacturing Innovation Summit (MIS)- Learn how the manufacturing sector has shifted during COVID-19. Keynote speaker Pierre Cléroux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist at the Business Development Bank of Canada will speak about BCD’s Economic Outlook: What Manufacturers Can Expect. This year MIS is held in partnership with Georgian College’s RISE 2021 Series. You will have access to both events when you register! 
  • Date: Tuesday, April 6th, 8:30 AM- 10:00 AM
  • Register: 

Soft- skills for Manufacturing Webinar- Learn to enhance your “Soft Skills” to increase your marketability and attract employers.  

Collision Conference -  Is “America’s fastest-growing tech conference” created by the team behind Web Summit. Join 450+ speakers for over 100 hours of online content over three days. 


Looking for resources and change-making conversations that will help you Discover, Innovate & Grow? - Bookmark our new thought leadership hub Innovators Central from the Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre at Georgian College 

When it comes to services, vs manufacturing, words matter 

Lakehead University 2021 Research & Innovation Week moved to a virtual platform this year- The Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Development office's yearly event, IGNITE showcased four research stories through short videos.  These videos were created in an effort to celebrate the ongoing research that is taking place with industry, community and funding agency partners. Please take a look at these innovative research stories at the Lakehead YouTube channel:
Dr. Ahmed Elshaer, Civil Engineering Department -
Dr. Kathy Sanderson, Faculty of Business Administration  -
Dr. Aislin Mushquash, Department of Psychology -
Dr. Chris Murray, Department of Physics & Sustainability Sciences  -


#ITSTARTS is a public awareness campaign to promote acceptance, inclusion, equity and diversity in our communities. Visit for definitions and resources on how to take safe and purposeful action against racism and discrimination. 

Research & Innovation opportunities, connect with Georgian College and Lakehead University to learn more about the researchers and students who could have an impact on your company. 

- Edited by Cecilia Doucette
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