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Happy 150th, Canada!
It’s a pleasure to be sending this maga- zine out to our readers in the month in
which we celebrate the 150th anniversary of
Confederation in Canada. It’s remarkable to
think that Canadian Metalworking has, in
some form, been a part of telling Canada’s
story for more than two-thirds of its young
life. It’s an honour for me to be a small part of
It’s also gratifying to be celebrating this
birthday as different regions of Canada are seeing a gradual uptick
in their fortunes. According to The Conference Board of Canada’s
Metropolitan Outlook Spring 2017, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon,
and Regina are all set to see renewed economic growth this year. In
addition, Winnipeg’s economy is expected to expand at around the
same rate it did last year, real GDP growth of 2. 2 per cent.
In visiting a number of manufacturers recently, I’ve been encouraged to see shops investing in automation and production monitoring systems that should help them better manage process flow
and order shipments. What worked in the past is no longer being
accepted as the ideal.
Are we where we need to be as an industry?
That’s a more complicated question. Canadian
Metalworking Editor Joe Thompson sent me
an article recently from the Vancouver Sun
titled “Why can’t Canada manufacture its own
post boxes?” The article bemoans the fact that
a Danish company has won a contract to build
7,500 Canada Post community post boxes a
There’s no question that the company
Was it the government’s failure to pursue
Canadian bids vigorously? A lack of interest from manufacturers?