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December 16, 2020

2020 has been a year like no other. The pandemic has meant new challenges for Canadian industry. It has also brought new business opportunities. It has certainly shown how important advanced manufacturing is for all Canadians. Our sector will play a key role in driving Canada’s economic recovery.

The past year has also been a significant year of achievement for NGen. Our organization has grown from a start-up to a fully functioning business that is now actively engaged in funding world-leading advanced manufacturing projects and supporting Canada’s advanced manufacturing workforce. We have built an amazing team of experts along the way.

NGen is building Canada’s advanced manufacturing supercluster. We are happy to announce that more than 3,000 companies, organizations, and individual experts specializing in advanced manufacturing have joined as NGen members. Our members come from across Canada and 95% of them represent small and medium-sized enterprises.

Learn more about NGen's impact here.

An important part of NGen’s mission is to enhance advanced manufacturing management and workforce capabilities. Our AmpUp program offers open-source access to some of the best executive education and skills training programs available in Canada. NGen’s workshops focus on topics of strategic interest to the sector. In 2021, we will be launching some exciting new programs aimed at promoting Canada’s advanced manufacturing capabilities and attracting young people into advanced manufacturing careers.

Over the past year we have also developed an impressive portfolio of advanced manufacturing projects. To date NGen has invested $148 million in 65 industry-led, collaborative projects, leveraging $352 million in total innovation spending. The projects we have supported integrate advanced materials, digital, and production technologies into unique solutions that are being applied in Canada’s medical device, automotive, aerospace, electronics, robotics, cleantech, steel, agri-food, and resource processing sectors. Check out our website at www.ngen.ca for more information about the projects NGen is supporting.

Project partners estimate that their initiatives will create more than 10,000 new jobs over the next five years. They can be even prouder of the fact that they are making significant contributions to lowering carbon emissions and improving the environment, securing our supply chains, developing new health care solutions, and in the case of our projects supporting the fight against COVID-19, actually saving lives.

We are looking forward to the new year and the opportunities that lie ahead for advanced manufacturing in Canada.

All the best to you and your families from everyone in the NGen team.

Jay Myers