O’Leary opens the show, doubled show-floor and 10 per cent rise in attendance
TORONTO—Organizers of this year’s Canadian Manufacturing and Technology Show (CMTS 2011) suggest a standing-room only keynote address, a show-floor twice the size of CMTS 2009 and a 10 per cent attendance increase reflect the growing optimism of Canadian manufacturing.
“We took some big steps this year, using the latest in social media to create a more personalized experience for delegates while expanding the show floor to include significant educational and networking components, and our expectations were exceeded,” said Nick Samain, event manager at the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
Kevin O’Leary, best-known as the ruthless judge on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, opened the show with a thought-provoking keynote, encouraging Canadian manufacturers to keep pushing the envelope and explored the importance of emerging markets.
He also encouraged ongoing investment in technology.
“People think that automation is killing jobs in Canada, when in fact, it’s enhancing the value of jobs you can provide,” he said.
Other highlights from this year’s show include: