Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing

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Manitoba is the hub for advanced manufacturing in Western Canada. A collaborative, industry-led initiative, the Coalition for Advanced manufacturing unites every element of the manufacturing ecosystem in an integrated supply chain from the prairies to the coast.



Formed in 2017, the Manitoba Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (‘the Coalition’) aims to raise awareness and coordinate input from Manitoba entities on advanced manufacturing initiatives. Our group unites Manitoba’s advanced manufacturing ecosystem and seeks to speak with one voice on issues affecting Manitoba’s advanced manufacturing environment.

Led by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW), our work covers a series of projects of varying complexities and scope. Our strength rests in our ability to work together to leverage our resources rather than operating as a stand-alone organization.

Together, we have laid the groundwork: uniting business, service providers, education and government in key areas like attracting investment, building supply chains and creating a responsive education system. Our manufacturing-led group is ready to take advanced manufacturing in Western Canada to the next level.


Despite its enormous potential, manufacturers know that there are hurdles ahead on the road to Industry 4.0. Our work will provide manufacturers with critical tools at subsidized costs and the opportunity to share lessons learned, test new technologies, innovate quickly and integrate supply chains. Manufacturers will benefit from access to support and expertise to ensure successful adoption from the top down and bottom up, including the changes needed throughout the manufacturing support ecosystem, including government and education. By joining the coalition, manufacturers will be better positioned to understand the ROI on tech investments, leverage new product development for better products, collaborate and get LEAN.


Manitoba is a world-class advanced manufacturing hub


The Coalition includes representatives from Manitoba industry, academia, sector associations, non-profit organizations (NPOs), government agencies, research entities and economic development groups whose focus is manufacturing. Together, we aim to:

  • Continuously improve the productivity and competitiveness of Manitoba’s multi-sectoral manufacturing eco-system;
  • Establish Manitoba as a leader in advanced manufacturing research, innovation and technology;
  • Develop an advanced manufacturing workforce;
  • Leverage government, industry and academic resources to achieve maximum economic impact in the most efficient manner possible; and
  • Sustain and increase high-quality manufacturing employment opportunities in Manitoba.


Ron Koslowsky
Vice President, CME


Greg Dandewich
Senior Vice President, EDW


Bob Hastings
Coalition Executive Director




Manufacturing is the backbone of the Canadian economy, but our productivity relative to other industrialized countries has been falling since the late 1980s. Historically, as economies advance manufacturing peaks when services industries start to replace manufacturing as drivers of wealth. Manufacturers then shift to drive productivity by identifying new customers and markets and improving innovation and efficiency to stay ahead of the bubble. It’s the drive to innovate and improve productivity that powers the current fourth industrial revolution – Industry 4.0. [source: Link to VDI/ASME paper]


Manufacturing competitors in other jurisdictions are picking up the pace, while Canada’s productivity ranking is stagnant. Industry 4.0 can catapult us ahead, but Manitoba manufacturers need to get involved before the innovation gap becomes a chasm.


Integrated systems, automated factories, AI and big data, additive manufacturing and so much more. It may seem like the commercialization of these new technologies is years away but the fact is, it’s here now.

In Manitoba, this high-tech revolution will mean new ways of organizing our businesses and a new, skilled labour pool to run our factories, machines and manage our data and technology infrastructure.

Tomorrow’s solutions are needed today.

Manitoba’s business climate is primed for an industrial revolution. The spirit of competitive collaboration is one of the fundamental advantages of doing business on the prairies. It’s this same spirit that represents the key to the innovation diffusion that will launch a revolution. Manitoba, and our partners to the west, have a distinct advantage.



In order for the Coalition to effectively carry out its mission, participation by all members is of utmost importance. Coalition member responsibilities include:

  • Exchange information on advanced manufacturing processes, technologies and human capital requirements;
  • Promote collaborative opportunities to develop and commercialize advanced manufacturing processes and technologies that enhance the productivity of Manitoba’s diverse and robust manufacturing industrial base;
  • Develop the human capital required within Manitoba’s industrial and academic ecosystems related to advanced manufacturing; and
  • Provide non-partisan advice to government and other stakeholders.