Conestoga's Smart Manufacturing Symposium: Industry 4.0 Solutions

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Tapestry Hall

74 Grand Avenue South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2L9


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Please join us for the inaugural Smart Manufacturing Symposium on March 4, 2020, hosted by Conestoga College’s SMART (Smart Manufacturing and Advanced Recycling Technologies) Centre.

This half-day event will bring together manufacturers, researchers, community leaders and government representatives to discuss Industry 4.0 solutions such as Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), ICT enabled manufacturing, artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.

Learn about the importance of developing a digital strategy for your business and hear how Conestoga’s applied research projects have helped industry partners capitalize on Industry 4.0 solutions to maximize productivity and increase competitiveness.

This event incudes a keynote presentation from Microsoft Canada’s Michael Gardiner, a panel discussion with leading manufacturers in Waterloo Region and presentations highlighting applied research projects at Conestoga.


Wednesday, March 4

8:30AM to 12:00PM.

*Optional tour of Conestoga’s SMART Centre following the event – please indicate your interest when you register.


Tapestry Hall

74 Grand Avenue South

Cambridge, ON


Registration is required. Space is limited.

INCLUDES → Breakfast → Access to keynotes and panels → Networking → Parking

Lot 1 is at the corner of Fraser Street and Grand Avenue South. Lot 2 is at the corner of Cedar Street and Grand Avenue South.


8:30 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - Opening Remarks: Dr. John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

9:15 a.m. - Keynote Speaker: Michael Gardiner, P. Eng. Manufacturing Industry Executive, Microsoft Canada Inc. (Bio below)

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Panel Discussion with Q&A: Digital Transformation within Firms and Across Supply Chains. *Moderated by Valerie Bradford, Chair, Waterloo Region Manufacturing Innovation Network

Panel members:

1) Ray Boorsma, General Manager, Information Systems, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

2) Matt Weller, Co-founder, Berlin KraftWorks Inc.

3) Abhishek Gupta, VP of Engineering and Innovation, Glen Dimplex Americas

4) Derek Moorse, General Manager, Niagara Belco Elevator Inc.

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Networking Break

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Success Story Presentations

1) Internet of Things: Prof. So-Ra Chung, School of Engineering & Technology

2) Virtual Reality Training & Visualization Solutions: Prof. Russell Foubert, School of Applied Computer Science and Information Technology

3) Product Innovation: Stray Current Solution - Prof. Jim Galloway, Welding Engineering Technology

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

*Brown-bag lunch provided for attendees to take with them

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. - SMART Centre Tours (Optional)

*Conestoga’s SMART Centre is a state-of-the-art facility focused on two core areas of applied research: Smart Manufacturing and Advanced Recycling Technologies. Students and faculty collaborate with industry partners to develop innovative solutions that enhance productivity and sustainability.

Smart manufacturing research includes product design, sensor development, industrial IoT and more. Advanced recycling research projects involve the use of automation and robotics to disassemble electronics, recover reusable materials and maximize the value of e-waste.

* Please note, Conestoga’s SMART Centre is located across the street from the event venue at 96 Grand Avenue South.


- Manufacturers including (but not limited to):

  • automotive
  • aerospace
  • electronics related products
  • mechanical / industrial products
  • packaging
  • food processing technology

- Companies seeking Industry 4.0 advice (smart factory solutions)

- Companies interested in IoT, data analytics, visualization

- Research and Development teams

- Manufacturing strategy and consulting firms

- Companies interested in developing talent for manufacturing sector

Keynote Speaker Bio:

Michael Gardiner, P. Eng. Manufacturing Industry Executive, Microsoft Canada Inc.

Michael Gardiner leads Microsoft’s digital transformation initiatives in the Canadian manufacturing industry. In his current role, he provides guidance on Industry 4.0 and helps manufacturers enhance engineering, operations, and services using industrial IoT, cloud & edge computing, and artificial intelligence.

For over 20 years, Mr. Gardiner has served manufacturers of all sizes who compete in the global automotive, aerospace, industrial machinery, high tech, resources, and consumer goods industries.

Mr. Gardiner earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA. He has been registered as a Professional Engineer since 2000.

NOTICE OF PHOTOGRAPHY: This session may be recorded. Images and audio may be broadcast, reproduced and/or made available in print publications, online or on mobile devices, and may form part of one or more audiovisual productions intended for initial release on the Internet, television and on home or mobile devices. By registering to attend and attending this event, you are consenting to the use of your appearance, image and voice in the production and in any promotion or use of the production in any media throughout the world. Please contact Marketing at 519-748-5220 if you have any questions.

We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Cette recherche a été financée par le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG).

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