Conference Program May 10, 2022


09:00 - 09:05

Chairman's Opening and Conference Commencement

Walter Garrison, Advanced Manufacturing Business Integrator, City of Mississauga

09:05 - 09:20

Mississauga's Continued Success as a Manufacturing Powerhouse

Mayor Bonnie Crombie, City of Mississauga

09:20 - 10:00

Panel Discussion: Re-Imagining Global Supply Chains to Meet Today's Industry Challenges

  • Global supply chain models re-thinking
  • What can be done to mitigate the impact of global parts shortages and prevent future crises?
  • How can industry make its supply chains more resilient and sustainable?

Panel moderator:

  Rahul Gangal, Partner, Roland Berger

Sebastian Koper, Principal - Chicaco Office, Roland Berger

  Jason Ball, Vice President & General Manager, Burloak Technologies

 Kathy Bodnar, Director, IoT Transportation & Asset Management, Rogers for Business

10:00 - 10:20

Sustainable Aerospace Together

  Dale Smith, Regional Director, SAF Producers & SAF Policy, Enterprise Environmental Sustainability, Boeing

10:20 - 10:40

Advances in Manufacturing

  Asvin Parsad, Product Manager, Assembly Technology, Bosch Rexroth

10:40 - 11:00

Morning break

11:00 - 11:40

Panel discussion: Remaining Relevant in an Industry 4.0 World

  • How is the Smart Factory helping the manufacturing sector to become responsive and adaptable in shifting markets?
  • What is the role of digitization in addressing current supply chain challenges?
  • Advanced and additive manufacturing developments driving industry growth

Panel moderator:
  Rahul Gangal, Partner, Roland Berger


  Stéphanie Holko, Director of Project Management, NGen Canada

Christina Baker, Director of Additive Manufacturing, PPG Aerospace

Joris Myny, Sr. Vice President Digital Industries, Siemens

Maryam Emami, CEO, AI Materia

11:40 - 12:00

Connectivity and Telematics in Automotive Industry

  Aryan Habib, Manager, Connected Vehicles & Telematics Business, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.

12:00 - 12:45

Panel Discussion: The Urgency of Cybersecurity for Increasingly Connected Manufacturing Environments

  • Understanding the extent to which cyber threats are affecting manufacturers today
  • What type and level of risks exist in factories?
  • How can manufacturers identify and mitigate risks, and how will they address future risks?
  • Building cybersecurity controls into smart factory initiatives

Panel moderator:

  Jannat Bhalla, Cybersecurity & Privacy Consultant, PwC


Kevin Magee, Chief Security Officer, Microsoft Canada

Sam Cohen, Senior Consultant - Cyber Risk, Deloitte 

  Ludovic Blanchard, Cybersecurity and Network Design Specialist,Thales Transportation Solutions

12:45 - 14:00

Lunch break


Sheldon Williamson, Professor (Electric Energy Storage; Transportation Electrification; E-mobility) and NSERC Canada Research Chair, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

14:00 - 14:30

Managing the Shift to Automotive Electrification

John Laughlin, CTO, NGen Canada

14:30 - 15:10

Panel discussion: Planning for a More Electric World: A Critical Next Step for Aerospace & Automotive

  • Leveraging knowledge-sharing between industry segments
  • How to successfully build partnerships between sectors to drive growth and build resilience for future
  • Delivering on electric vehicle goals: how can supply chains prepare?

Panel moderator:
  Vineeth Purushotham, Automotive Consultant, Frost & Sullivan 

  David C. Adams, President, Global Automakers of Canada

  Michael Nitefor, Founder & President, Air Lab

  Rick Szymczyk, Founder, Upstartz Energy Ltd & VP Engineering, eCAMION Inc


15:10 - 15:30

How Electric Aviation is Driving Investment

  Darrell Swanson, Electric Aviation Strategic Advisor, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

15:30 - 15:50

Afternoon Break


 Walter Garrison, Advanced Manufacturing Business, City of Mississauga

15:50 - 16:30

Panel Discussion: Strategies and Tactics for Attracting and Retaining Manufacturing Positions Post-Pandemic

  • Creating agility and flexibility for long-term retention
  • How can we improve spaces for historically marginalized groups within the workplace?
  • Developing innovative training and education programs for emerging job roles

Panel moderator:

Walter Garrison, Advanced Manufacturing Business Integrator, City of Mississauga

  David Ali, Associate Director, Pratt & Whitney

Sheldon Williamson, Professor (Electric Energy Storage; Transportation Electrification; E-mobility) and NSERC Canada Research Chair, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

 Nour Hachem-Fawaz, Founder & CEO, We Build a Dream 

16:30 - 17:00

Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN)’s Talent Strategy

 Aleque Juneau, Project Lead, Workforce Development, OVIN

 Sahra Togone, Project Delivery Coordinator, OVIN

 Heerea Rikhraj, Project Lead for Talent Initiatives, OVIN

17:00 - 17:20

The Outcomes and Benefits of Large-Scale Collaboration for Canada - Enabling Disruptions: Cyber Physical Systems Leading to Light Weighting

Ryan Myers, Research Council Officer, NRC-CNRC


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