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Manufacturing Economic Outlook & Investment Roadshow

What’s in store for the economy in 2019?

Join Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), together with our partners for our Manufacturing Economic Outlook and Investment Roadshow at one of your local craft breweries.

This cross-Canada pub night series of events is your one-stop-shop to receive economic insights, learn about government incentive programs and capital investment opportunities available to manufacturers and all while enjoying a pint at your local craft brewery.


What’s in store for the economy in 2019? What do you need to know to forecast throughout the year and into 2020? CME’s Chief Economist Mike Holden will provide you with his manufacturing economic outlook and answer your questions.


Investment in new capital and technology is critical for Canadian industry to grow and be globally competitive. Unfortunately, Canadian companies are falling behind their international competitors when it comes to investing in new machinery, equipment and advanced manufacturing technologies.

At the same time, Canada is home to global leaders in technology adoption and our businesses have access to a range of existing supports to help them deal with the rapid pace of technological change taking place today. To share information about the opportunities created by embracing new technologies, and to support business investment and growth in Canada, this event will feature an expert from BDO Canada who will provide specific advice to companies on how to invest in and grow their companies.


You will have the opportunity to experience a new dimension of creativity and teamwork using mixed-reality business applications with Microsoft’s HoloLens. It will change the dynamic and will bring people, places, and objects from your physical and digital worlds together.


Mike Holden, Chief Economist, CME

Mike Holden leads the organization’s economic analysis and forecasting functions, and directs CME’s major research projects. He has written on a wide range of issues important to manufacturers, including tax competitiveness, market access, and capital investment. He also directs CME’s biannual Management Issues Survey, and was a key architect of CME’s Industrie 2030 initiative.

Mike has a BA in honours economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in economics from Queen’s University.

Feb. 7 - Surrey, BC Event Details

David Spicer, Partner, BDO Canada

David is partner at BDO’s Greater Vancouver Area offices and has assisted a wide variety of companies with the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax incentive program administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for over 20 years.


He is familiar with all aspects of the SR&ED filing requirements including technical submission, tax forms, and the aggregation of related costs. He assists clients with the CRA review process and can help to identify or strengthen SR&ED claim preparation processes and tools. He strives to have a strong working relationship with the SR&ED team at CRA.

He also works with clients to review business needs and collaboratively develop plans for various government funding opportunities. David provides his clients with informed and relevant business insights because of his industry experience and technical knowledge.


David has assisted numerous manufacturing companies which include pulp and paper and wood products manufacturers, building material and plastics companies, food and beverage producers, automotive companies, machine shops and other manufacturers of consumer and industrial goods. He has provided SR&ED services to technology companies like hardware and software developers, as well as entities in the biosciences industry. He has also assisted entities in the agriculture, oil and gas, and mining sectors with SR&ED claims.

Central City Brewery Tour Included!

Join us to see best practices in beer making!

When: February 7, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: 11411 Bridgeview Drive, Surrey, BC


Central City Brewers & Distillers started as a Brewpub in 2003 at Central City in Surrey BC. You can still find the home of our first brewery at the original Central City Pub. Today, our main brewery and distillery operations operates just down the hill from the original location in a state of the art, 65,000 square foot brewing facility. Our new facility boasts some of the best equipment in BC Craft beer, which helps us deliver better, more consistent quality everyday.


Our beers are proudly served from Victoria to Newfoundland, and come in a variety of beer styles. We offer core beers, seasonal and special releases, and are always cooking up something new.


And while our brewery has grown significantly since the early days, the same passion for our craft drives each and every brew. Brewmaster Gary Lohin ensures we brew with the best ingredients, making no compromises on our quality we offer our customers. This uncompromising approach is what makes our beer great.


$50 + GST CME Members

$75 + GST Non Members

Feb. 26 Moncton, NB Event Details

Pierre O’Brien, Manager – SR&ED, BDO Canada

Pierre offers more than 10 years experience as an Industrial Engineer specializing in Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credits. He has worked with numerous clients in various industry sectors such as wood manufacturing, metal fabrication, mining extraction processing equipment, development of oil & gas exploration equipment, food processing and mechanical engineering process by providing his expertise in identifying eligible scientific and/or technological activities.


Pierre also provides strategic advice and support to his clients by developing training tools for technical information gathering, training of key personnel to identify SR&ED activities during the course of a Research and Development (R&D) project, provide audit support, identifying & managing risk, and providing technical industry expertise.


When: Tuesday, February 26, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: Pumphouse Brewery Fill Station
131 Mill Road, Moncton, New Brunswick


CME Members: $35
Non-Members $50

Feb. 27 - Halifax, NS Event Details

Craig Mulcahy, Partner, BDO Canada

With over 15 years of professional experience Craig has provided government incentive consulting to clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, technology and life sciences, agriculture, and food processing.  He has successfully assisted a number of clients with maximizing their cash flow through utilizing government incentives.


Craig leads BDO’s Atlantic Canada Manufacturing and Technology and Life Sciences Industry groups.  He has been a presenter at seminars on SR&ED and government incentives, as well as strategic planning, and tax. Craig has been published several times over the years on articles about the SR&ED program.


$35 + GST CME Members

$75 + GST Non Members

Mar. 13 - Edmonton, AB Event Details

Sylvain Defoy, P.Eng, MBA, Sr. Mgr. Government Incentives and SR&ED program

Sylvain has enjoyed the experience of working in a variety of small to large manufacturing companies, including a 13-year engagement as VP R&D and Assurance Quality at MAAX, one of the largest bath, whirlpool and spa manufacturers in Canada. Other sectors included sheet metal, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, and industrial high voltage breaker equipment.


Sylvain has spent over 11 years working in Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) as Director of Business Development at BDC and as Senior Manager at Deloitte.


He has extensive knowledge of the SR&ED program and has been involved in preparation of technical and financial information for SR&ED claims, preparing strategy for CRA audits, assisting clients to address eligibility criteria and developing and implementing training sessions for clients related to CRA requirements for SR&ED.


Professional Designations & Education
P.Eng. in Industrial Engineering, University of École Polytechnique in Montréal
MBA, University of Quebec in Montreal.

Yellowhead Brewery

Join us for a brew!

When: March 13, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: 10229 105 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1E3


The Yellowhead Brewing Co. is proudly based in Edmonton in the historic H.V. Shaw building and was redesigned by local architect Gene Dub.


We chose the name Yellowhead for our brewery, and our flagship premium lager because it was the name of the first commercially brewed beer in Edmonton. Yellowhead beer originated in 1894 on the site of the present Royal Glenora Club in Edmonton’s river valley. Both the original ‘Yellowhead’ and our Yellowhead premium lager take the name from an actual historical personality: Pierre Bostonais, aka tête jaune.


$50 + GST CME Members

$75 + GST Non Members


Feb. 7 - Surrey, BC
Feb. 26 - New Brunswick
Feb. 27 - Halifax, NS
Feb. 28 - Newfoundland


Mar. 13 – Edmonton, AB


Apr. 2 – Mississauga, ON
Apr 3 – London, ON
Apr 4 – Belleville, ON
Apr. 5 - Montreal, QC
TBA - Winnipeg, MB

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