Manufacturers urge feds to adopt digital manufacturing strategy



HAMILTON (May 25, 2016) – Digital manufacturing is reshaping manufacturing in Canada and around the world; Canada needs a national strategy to accelerate ‎adoption and creation.

‎Today Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) hosted an Industrie 2030 roundtable at Mohawk College with Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Filomena Tassi, MP, Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas, alongside industry leaders on innovation, digital manufacturing (additive manufacturing, robotics, 3D printing, and the Internet of Things), and the future of manufacturing in Canada.

“Today’s roundtable discussion on digital manufacturing and innovation reinforced the need for a national strategy on the future of manufacturing in Canada,” stated Jayson Myers, CME President & CEO. “Canadian companies are creating and have access to world leading technologies, but the mainstream of Canadian industry are not leveraging these technologies to their fullest capabilities to drive their businesses forward.”

Industrie 2030 roundtables are being held across the country to listen to Canadian manufacturers; input received from the roundtables will provide the foundation for a national strategy to double manufacturing and value added exports.

Today we heard many great examples and suggestions on how to accomplish these objectives, including:

  • Critical need to improve linkages and collaboration on research and commercialization between post-secondary institutions, large OEMs, and ‎SMEs;
  • Government support programs need to ‎better align to modern manufacturing and business realities, including modernizing the SR&ED program and investment supports, both of which are currently ‎based on outdated business realities; and,
  • Canadian companies must be better educated and increase adoption rates on advanced manufacturing technologies, especially the game changing abilities of digital technologies, to increase innovation and global competitiveness.

CME and its partners will continue to hold Industrie 2030 consultations on ‎the future of manufacturing in Canada until September 2016; the action report will be released at the first Manufacturing Summit on October 18-19, 2016 in Ottawa.

About Industry 2030 – Industrie 2030 aims to double manufacturing output and value added exports by 2030. Through a series of cross-country consultations, we will create a roadmap and implementation strategy to help us achieve this goal. The roadmap and implementation plan will be released at CME’s National Summit in Ottawa in October.


Patio party next week



When: Tuesday May 31st 2016 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Where: CoMotion 302 (formally known as Platform 302) at 302 Cumberland Avenue, Hamilton, ON




It’s Party Time!


Join the Comotion Group May 31 for a Patio Party! Food, Fun, Drinks to be had! This shindig will kick off around 4pm, with performances to commence at 5:00pm at the 302 Cumberland location.

Wait… was that performances? Yes, you will be the star of the show!


Have you heard of Lip Sync Battle?

It’s gone viral people! And now it is coming to us.

Put on your best dress baby, pick your favourite song and get ready to perform!

Everyone is invited to perform two songs.

For those who don’t want to sing, you get to be the panel of judges! You decide: who deserves to be champion?

In case you aren’t familiar with Lip Sync:

It’s good, real good!

This event is totally a community thing. We ask that you bring something scrumptious or a beverage of some sort. Please confirm your attendance and if you are bringing a guest along. Get read for some fun in the sun and awesome performances!


Open as a Way of Being with Chris Moore



Chris Moore is the former Chief Information Officer at the City of Edmonton, an advocate of an Open Ecosystem, Open Government and Open Innovation. Chris has been described as transformational, innovative and refreshing.

While in Edmonton Chris was the driving force behind the City of Edmonton’s Open Data and Open Government Strategy. Chris has returned home to Ontario and more specifically is very excited to be a Hamiltonian.

Chris would love to share the Edmonton Open Government story and create a space for a “Next Steps” conversation about Open Government in Hamilton.


When: Thursday June 9th 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: CoMotion On King @ 115 King Street East

Agenda: Talk will start promptly at 7pm, with plenty of time for networking and discussion before and after.

Audience: This isn’t just for tech gurus – anyone interested in open data, open government and related topics is welcome to attend!



Freelancer meetup this Wednesday

When: Wednesday May 25th 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker ” 20 Augusta Street, Hamilton, ON


Organizers: Freelancers Group




This month we are happy to welcome Elizabeth Thorsen from the Innovation Factory!

elizabethElizabeth is a graduate of the McMaster University’s Human Resources Management program, an alumni of Western University, and a proud Hamiltonian. For the past few years, she has become immersed in the world of entrepreneurship, both as the Program Manager at Innovation Factory, and also as a co-founder of the start-up company, Cinetic.

Through her experience, it became clear to Elizabeth that successful companies and entrepreneurs all have a few things in common: a clear view on their customer, a defined value proposition, and an understanding of how these factors – among others – fit into their business model. These factors can be examined and explained in one of the best tools for entrepreneurs, The Business Model Canvas. Join her to learn more about how you can set your business up for success.


6:30pm-7:00pm – Registration and mingling
7:00pm-7:30pm – Presentation
7:30pm-8:30pm – More getting to know others!


Street parking may be available nearby and is usually free after 6pm, check signs to be sure 🙂

There is plenty of parking in the IMPARK parking lot next to the venue. Entrance to the parking lot is accessible off James Street S. as well as off Augusta Street beside The Pheasant Plucker (20 Augusta). It is $4 for the evening.


Freelancer Meetups are monthly events. They are free, and open to all professionals, entrepreneurs, and freelancers in the Hamilton area, whether you’re just starting a freelancing consulting business, or you’re running a consulting business full time.

We bring in some of the best and brightest to give talks on ways to help you build and grow your entrepreneurial venture, along with networking.

The Hamilton Freelancers meetups are free to join to become a member and is open to freelancers of all skills and specialties, including designers, developers, marketers, videographers, photographers, writers, and everyone in between.


Monika Bialy wins major NSERC award

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bialyA software Ph.D. student has been honoured with a prestigious award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Monika Bialy is a recipient of an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGS D) award. The scholarships provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering. Awards are offered to top-ranked applicants. Bialy will receive $70,000 over two years.

“The CGS D award will significantly support my research over the next two years, and allow me to intently focus on my goals of advancing and contributing to the software engineering domain,” Bialy said. “My research centres heavily around McMaster’s collaboration with a major automotive partner, and knowing that NSERC considers my proposed research as having significant merit adds to my motivation to continue working diligently on this project.”

Bialy is part of a team of engineers working on the next generation hybrid vehicles for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Bialy’s role is to refactor code, or restructure existing computer code, in vehicle parts such as transmissions to make it work better without changing how it behaves within its complex software ecosystem.

“Monika’s work is an excellent example of a successful industry/government/academic partnership,” said Mark Lawford, professor of Computing and Software and Bialy’s co-supervisor. “She is publishing high quality academic research that is having an immediate impact in industry practice. McMaster’s ability to bring together interdisciplinary teams to address the engineering problems of tomorrow is allowing graduate students like Monika to reach their full potential. I’m very pleased that NSERC has recognized her past research success and future potential.”

Bialy was also featured in a McMaster Engineering’s #ThinkEngineering campaign.



GameDevDrinks with OSnap! Games this Wednesday



When: Wednesday, 18 May 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: The Pheasant Plucker @ 20 Augusta Street



Hey GDDers,

We invite all of you within or curious about our game development community to come and join us at the Pheasant Plucker on Wednesday, May 18 for a night of good times and good cheer. This month our guest speaker is Frank & Ryan from OSnap! Games the studio behind Quasar.



From 7:00-10:30 p.m., GameDevDrinks is the place for you to hang out and to hear Frank & Ryan speak about the trials and tribulations of Quasar, as well as get a hands-on experience with their latest game. Afterwards you can chat with Frank & Ryan, share your game concepts and ideas, tell and trade stories, show off game demos or just network and hang out because at GDD our goal is to create a casual and creative social environment for anyone – student, hobbyist, enthusiast and professional alike – who shares the common interest of game development of any kind.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!


Measurement and the Changing Customer Journey – May Lunch ‘n Learn



When: Tuesday May 17th from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South



Please join iF on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 for our Lunch ‘n Learn session! This unique learning and networking opportunity will include a complimentary lunch.

Our Lunch ‘n Learn events are a great way to get out and network while enjoying a free lunch and learning something new. Please forward this to all of the innovators you know!

For our May session, Amy Gringhuis of Jan Kelley will be speaking about Measurement and the Changing Customer Journey. She will explore how consumer expectations and buying journeys have changed, why this is so important to understand and most importantly, how to build measurement frameworks in order to optimize and better enable the customer buying process. Amy will look at common business goals, measurement best practices as well a few case studies to see how this can be effectively implemented.

11:30am-noon – Lunch & Networking
Noon-1pm –  Factory 5 (Eatable) and Keynote Presentation (Amy Gringhuis)
1pm – 2pm – Dessert & Networking (at iF’s Innovation Destination)

Parking Information

Parking is available for a cost of $1/ hour at McMaster Innovation Park Special Events and Conference Parking.

Tammy Hwang wins DiFizen award

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Last night at Innovation Factory’s (@itbeginswithIF) annual Big DiF event Tammy Hwang (@tammyhwang) took home the Difizen of the Year award! The award recognizes one person who goes above and beyond for the innovation community in Hamilton.

There’s a lot of great people in the community working their asses off to make Hamilton a better place to innovate and grow companies, but it really couldn’t have gone to a better person than Tammy. I remember meeting Tammy just over 5 years ago at the first DemoCamp, and have worked together with her on various projects over the years (Startup Weekend, HIVE X, and now at CoMotion).

Tammy is one of those people who goes completely above and beyond their job description or expectations. You can get hired for a gig to help startups and do a great job, punching out after your 40 hours, and that’s wonderful. But you can also take it to the next level and make it something you live and something you lead, and that’s what Tammy does – whether it’s taking the lead role on bringing Startup Weekend to Hamilton, or making CoMotion happen. Tammy brings a wonderful Hamiltonian grit to everything she does too – when you’re going through the rapids, you’ll always be thankful that she’s on your team.

Big, big congratulations Tammy!


Teen Hack-a-Thon this weekend at Central Library



Hackathon’s are a smash hit with college an university students, so for the national Science Odyssey (, McMaster Computing and Software Outreach has been putting on hackathon’s for grades 7 and 8, and will host a bigger hackathon on Saturday at the Central Library.  Even children with no experience of programming can readily figure out how to modify one of our ELM game templates to meet one of the challenges.

While experience is not a bad thing, we are targeting students as they contemplate the transfer to high school and the course choices which can open or close different career paths.

Even if you don’t fit the target grade 7 – 9 age group, you are still welcome to stop by to see the challenges or watch the final presentations at 2pm.


Official Details

Join us for our first ever Hamilton Teen Hack-a-thon. Bring your laptop and your teammate and use your coding skills to tackle a literacy challenge. Team of 2 or 3 are welcome.

McMaster mentors will be on hand to coach and assist. Pizza lunch will be provided. Parents are encouraged to stop in and observe what the students will learn. Everyone welcome at 2:00 p.m. to celebrate all the projects and congratulate the winning team. The 1st place team will win a scholarship for the Leap Summer Camp program.

What is Science Odyssey?

The Teen Hack-a-thon is part of Science Odyssey’s ten days (May 6 – May 14) of discovery and innovation. Hundreds of events will take place all across Canada. Science Odyssey is sponsored by the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) wants to engage with Canada’s scientific community in a new cross-Canada event that celebrates discovery and innovation.

This program is offered with the generous support of the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) by McMaster University, Computing and Software in partnership with the Hamilton Public Library.

If you’re taking on the challenge call Central Library at 905-546-3200 x3434