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CME provides all qualifying applicants a Qualified Service Provider (QSP) to conduct technology assessments as part of the Technology Assessment Program. All QSPs will be trained and vetted using CME’s technology assessment tool. This tool has been developed and tested with Canadian manufacturers over the past several years and is designed to bring valuable insights to participant’s production and technology adoption journey. CME provides a list of eligible QSPs for all applicants to choose from. If an applicant prefers an assessor that is not a vetted CME QSP, we encourage the applicant to complete the Call for QSP form; which can be found on the Technology Assessment Program page on CME’s website. CME will review the application against predetermined criteria and add the assessor to the list if approved. CME reserves the right to approve or reject based on predetermined criteria.

ROLE OF A QUALIFIED SERVICE PROVIDER

ROLE
  • The qualified service provider is required to provide an initial assessment proposal to the applicant that will include the type of assessment to be conducted, process of the assessment, context, the time frame, a breakdown of the costs, and expected outcomes of the completed assessment.
  • This proposal must be submitted by the applicant along with their application for an on-site assessment. It is important that the proposal provides enough detail of the assessment to allow CME to base a decision of approval to proceed.
  • Upon completion of the assessment, a final report must be submitted to the applicant. This report shall include the report of findings during the assessment and recommendations for further improvements. Recommendations included should align with FedDev’s Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Southern Ontario which will allow the company to further apply for funding under the program.

About our Qualified Service Providers

ARMO TOOLS

Armo specializes in solutions for manufacturers. By assessing your manufacturing processes, we collaborate with you to find opportunities for improvement using process adjustments, automation and robotics. Whether automotive tier one or two, food & beverage or assembly we have the experience to support your production. With our deep in-house design, controls and manufacturing capabilities we help determine practical improvements quickly.

BDC

BDC’s experienced advisors accompany you throughout the mandate, offering objective, practical and results-driven advice—that includes one-on-one coaching when you’re running a smaller business. Our solutions are designed to equip you with the knowledge, know-how and tools to manage every function of your business with confidence.

BDO

BDO is a leading provider of professional services to clients of all sizes in virtually all business sectors. Our team delivers a comprehensive range of assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services, complemented by a deep industry knowledge gained from nearly 100 years working within local communities. As part of the international BDO network, we’re able to provide seamless and consistent cross-border services to clients with global needs.

BUSINESS:: IN CONSULTING GROUP INC.

Business::In Consulting Group Inc. specializes in providing premium engineering design; analysis services, and management, business and SR&ED consulting services to its clients. The firm provides following services and products to its clients: Engineering design  & analysis; mathematical analysis; management & business consulting; industrial engineering & automation solutions; OIDMTC (Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit); SR&ED (Scientific Research and Experimental Development) consulting; FedDev Ontario’s Interest Free Loan process; Canada-Ontario Job Grant consulting (COJG); IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program); Can Export grant application consulting; and Export Market Access (EMA) grant applications.

BROOKLIN CONSULTING

Brooklin Consulting is a management consulting firm built on a foundation of over 30 years experience in global industries. We focus on productivity improvement, strategic implementation and digital transformation. Our highly qualified teams are experts at achieving measurable results that can improve your business performance quickly and effectively.


We are proud to be the trusted consulting partner to many leading industries. Our manufacturing expertise is highly diverse including, aerospace, food and beverage, pharma, printing, automotive, packaging, fabrication and general manufacturing. We help companies overcome all types of business challenges, in any environment and location. 

BUILDING PERSPECTIVE

Building Perspective is a boutique management consulting firm that helps companies create operational excellence. We use a data-rich approach blended with cross-industry experience to generate new levels of capacity, speed, and innovation throughout the organization. Unlike traditional consulting, our hands-on approach allows for tangible outcomes in your business, and concrete knowledge transfer to your employees. We specialize in: Strategy Planning and Execution; Operations and Supply Chain Improvement; Mergers and Acquisitions;Process & Systems Performance Assessments; Process Design & Improvement; Technology Assessments and Adoption; Warehouse and Factory Redesign; ERP Selection and Implementation; Interim Staffing; Training on Lean Six Sigma Methods.

Canvass Analytics Inc. 

Canvass has the following expertise: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning experts in industrial operations, Education and training to explore the application of AI and ML, Consulting services on digitizing a factory – collect, store, analyze and apply analytics, Technology-assessments and gap-analysis pertaining to data, Technology training in data analytics, AI, and ML, Software engineering and platform development, Data science and engineering, Machine learning and analytics, Vertical market expertise in energy, oil & gas, pharma, food & beverage, automotive, metals & mining, construction materials, Technology research.

Clean Conduit Inc. 

Clean Conduit has over 30 years of combined experience in the areas of cleantech, entrepreneurship, technology deployment/adoption, procurement, and project management. We work with multi-disciplinary teams to identify gaps, improve processes, define requirements, and create actionable paths to better outcomes. We believe that technology, properly adopted by client personnel, will result in enhanced productivity and overall savings. As experienced business leaders, we future-proof teams all the while maintaining the best interests of the company at the forefront. Operating with very low overhead, we extend fair and competitive rates to our clients.

Coggins & Associates Inc. 

The mentality of today’s world is about maximizing our rarest resource, time. Hand in hand with this mentality comes daily technological advances. Our team specializes in IT accounting and management information solutions, therefore equipping us to successfully match businesses to appropriate technological advancements. The world really is changing rapidly, and we’re all faced with choices that can either make or break any business. Without the proper information it’s impossible to remain truly competitive, we pride ourselves on building custom reports to monitor KPIs and automation to recover time. Giving our clients their unique information efficiently and effectively is our specialty.

CycleTime Management Inc. 

CTM has developed a comprehensive process (The Lean/ Technology Framework) that allows an organization, on a step-by-step basis, to create an environment and a means for change. Change that permeates the entire company and becomes a new paradigm for growth. CTM has always believed the only way to go through an improvement business transition from using traditional operating practices to an environment applying Lean operating practices is to adopt a holistic improvement approach and fully engage senior management.Our experts understand how to streamline a business and apply appropriate technologies using tools and methodologies developed over the last 35 years.

Engineering Possibilities

Engineering Possibilities is a consulting firm that specializes in Lean Process Transformation for manufacturing operations and service providers. Our Consultants work with Clients to elevate the efficiency and effectiveness of their business processes and create breakthrough business results in the areas of productivity, cost savings and operational excellence. We apply Lean Six Sigma tools grounded in a Systems Thinking approach including Process Mapping, Root Cause Analysis, Waste Reduction and Value Analysis. We provide Lean Business Assessments, Green Belt training programs and discovery-based Lean LEGO simulations. Our Consultants are keenly focused on Process Sustainment to ensure our Clients’ long-term success.

ENVIRO-STEWARDS INC.
 

Enviro-Stewards is reframing the conversation about sustainability and business. Our approach is unlike that of most consultants. Instead of performing a traditional audit with a specific focus on solving your end state dilemma, we examine the root cause to develop innovative and sustainable solutions. We don’t believe in a band-aid approach, as it doesn’t solve the problem. Enviro-Stewards takes a holistic approach and conducts a full-spectrum assessment and implementation focused on prevention, resource conservation, and improving your bottom line.

FOCUSED IMPROVEMENT CONSULTING 

Focused Improvement Consulting (FIC) helps assess the technology needs for small and medium engineering, manufacturing, and warehousing companies. FIC has helped companies drive growth and profit improvements through the identifying technology solutions across multiple industries including food and beverage, automotive, heavy fabrication, made to engineer products, repetitive/durable goods manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical and pulp and paper. FIC looks at ways to use technology as a lever to increase your flow of goods or services and not bind you.

FreePoint Technologies 

FreePoint is an award-winning provider of value measurement software focused on helping manufacturers identify and achieve their Industry 4.0 objectives. Headquartered in London, Ontario, we have an intimate understanding manufacturing in Southern Ontario and are passionate about helping Ontario manufacturers drive measurable and sustainable growth through technology-driven insight, technical expertise, and by providing actionable data in an easily understood format. We work with you to understand your targets and goals and help guide you to a successful return on your investment – whether that is through increased production capacity, identification of bottlenecks, measuring efficiencies, guiding improvement through insights, or enhancing employee engagement.

Factory Bucket Inc.

Factory Bucket. Make Digital Transformation Adapt To You. Factory Bucket is your lean-SaaS expert. The lean-SaaS philosophy follows the ‘Low-Code/No-Code’ principle. Custom software made FOR manufacturers at a fraction of the cost and time – yet as powerful as legacy systems. Factory Bucket’s group of analysts and ‘Low-Code/No-Code’ experts take time to assess your unique workflow and find the strengths and weaknesses specific to your shop. The team provides software recommendations tailored to your processes. With Factory Bucket’s lean-SaaS knowledge, you can cut out the non-value added software functions and find systems that move just as fast as your shop floor.

Fusion Systems Integration and Consulting Services

Fusion Systems Integration and Consulting Services is a vendor-neutral firm that assists small and medium sized companies with strategic technology, process, and system modernization programs. We have helped our clients realize productivity increases, opex reductions, and workflow simplifications. We work to identify the right solution to improve your business. Our expertise spans the following practice areas: 1. Management Consulting: Operations, Delivery, and IT Strategy, Process Mapping, Process Optimization, and Current State Analysis/Gaps 2. Systems/Technical Analysis: Time Studies, Process and Systems Efficiency Analysis, Margin Calculations, and Systems Integration 3. Program/Project Management: Governance Structures, Project Planning, Project Management, Program Management, Agile/Waterfall Delivery Methods

Genius Solutions

Genius Solutions team of industry experts will work side by side to help transform your plant — whether you need help with scheduling, material planning, inventory management, engineering, purchasing, production, or any other manufacturing process, we have the team to improve it. Whether on-site or remote, our consultants with in-depth, real-world manufacturing experience tailored to your specific situation, and the knowledge and skills to solve your challenges and get your operation firing on all cylinders. Our people know your industry inside and out and are committed to giving you the best. Our customers are our partners, and our mission is to help you grow your business.

Gasser Consulting Purchasing LTD. 

GCP Consulting is a Management Consulting Company specializing in business coaching, operations, systems, process improvement, and compliance support for the Food and Packaging Industries. We can help enrich all areas of your business and can help you achieve your Food Safety & Quality System goals. Some areas of expertise include: Quality Assurance, Process Controls, Inventory Control, Continuous Process Improvement, Achieving & Maintaining Certifications, Audits & Pre-Audits, Team Coaching & Training, and Supplier Resources. We aim to provide organizations with cost-saving strategies and systems that free up internal resources while ensuring a positive return on your investment and reducing operational costs.

GR Quality Consulting 

GR Quality Consulting specializes in: Development and Improvement of Quality Management System (QMS), Performing Internal Audits, Compiling and analyzing quality system metrics in order to ensure key process indicators are identified, measured and action driven, Facilitating and actively contributing to the risk management activities per ISO 14971, Supporting nonconformance investigation, disposition and release activity, Identifying root cause and implementing corrective and preventive actions (CAPAs), Use statistical tools to analyze data, make acceptance decisions, and improve process capability, Prepare for MDSAP audits and Health Canada Inspections, Training (cGMP, ISO 13485, ISO 15189, Canadian MDR), and Assisting in preparing Medical Device technical submissions and Licence Applications.

ICONICK PROJECT GROUP INC.

Our iconic mission is to help companies bring their vision to life through focused programs and projects that ignite their business growth. We deliver client success through a portfolio of professional services that enable organizations to ignite their growth and transformation. Our areas of expertise include strategic development and execution planning, program and project management, technology innovation and engineering innovation, CPG process and packaging engineering, operational performance improvement programs, facility design and planning, sustainability programs, manufacturing automation and execution systems.

IFAB Engineering Partners LTD. 

IFAB offers high-value consulting, engineering, and project management services across Canada, with a specialization in food production and distribution systems. Not only are our designers familiar with the various applicable regulatory requirements – including CFIA, USDA, BRC, AMI, Campden, and HACCP – but also several of our team members have worked in industry operations and understand the nuances of food and beverage processing. Our positive relationships across the food chain provide for state-of-the-art solutions, realistic investment estimates, and effective problem solving for any issue. Food is not a sideline: it’s what we do.

IMAGINiT Technologies 

IMAGINiT Technologies offers a variety of CAD consulting services to help Canadian manufacturers realize their maximum potential – including business and process consulting like Strategic Process Reviews. (SPR) The SPR evaluates your current business practices, challenges, goals, and objectives to identify operational inefficiencies and ways to help streamline processes and improve overall productivity. We leverage our experience in thousands of manufacturing environments to ensure that your design process and subsequent workflows are best-in-class. Clients come away with a comprehensive road map and action plan, resulting in lower operating costs, increased productivity, improved product quality and increased customer satisfaction.

Innovation Guelph 

Innovation Guelph (IG) is an award-winning Regional Innovation Centre that helps growing companies achieve competitive advantage by leveraging capacity for accelerated growth and improved productivity. Serving southern Ontario and beyond, IG’s specialized sector experience includes advanced manufacturing, ICT, clean technology and agri-innovation, including food and beverage processing. With a roster of more than 50 industry specialists and a dedicated, entrepreneurial staff, IG has access to an unprecedented breadth of expertise to help companies improve the core elements of profitability, sustainability, and strategy—and to support them in identifying the right technology solutions needed to scale.

Isaac Operations 

Isaac Operations is a performance improvement consulting company that works alongside organizations to transform their operations to deliver increased capacity, reduced cost, and improved delivery performance. Our scientific approach was initially applied within manufacturing and then expanded to deliver improvements in other industries such as food, healthcare and complex engineering and maintenance programs such as shipbuilding, energy and automotive. For 17 years Isaac Operations has worked alongside manufacturers to identify and unlock additional capacity. This experience puts Isaac in a unique position to support Ontario manufacturers increase production capacity by 30-200% with existing assets and resources.

Mallot Creek Group Inc. 

Mallot Creek Group Inc. is a multidisciplinary Engineering, Business Strategy and Food Safety Consulting firm specializing in the food and beverage industry. Our Process Improvement team is dedicated to the thorough analysis of production constraints and providing sound solutions that align with our client’s desired growth. From recommendations in technology adoption, process flow, operations management, and the incorporation of proven planning tools, Mallot Creek Group brings real world experience to the reduction of waste in your food and beverage manufacturing facility.

MNP

MNP’s Technology Solutions and Performance Improvement team is dedicated to working closely with you to understand your organization’s challenges and goals. We know there’s no effective one-size-fits-all approach, and in an environment with many technological solutions, we help you harness the technology that’s best for you so that you get the most out of your investment.MNP is a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada. Through partner-led engagements, we provide a collaborative, cost-effective approach to doing business and personalized strategies to help organizations succeed across the country and around the world.

NEGENIT

Negenit provides independent ERP advice that drives success by focusing on change and transformation management. We map, review, and develop new processes to help align the business. We help our clients identify and leverage technology and give them the tools they need to improve their business. Services include:

Management Consulting: IT and ERP Strategy; Process Mapping; Business IT Health Check; Operational Strategy; Process Improvement & Optimization; Food Traceability Compliance.

ERP Consulting: ERP Selection; ERP Requirements Gathering; ERP Design; ERP Optimization; ERP Implementation; ERP Project Rescue.

Change Management: Project Management; Project Planning; Business IT Alignment; Process Training; Program Management; Project Governance

Panevo Services Limited 

Panevo is an engineering consultancy and technical solutions firm focused on minimizing energy consumption and reducing operating costs for North American industrial facilities. Our team benefits from over 100 years of auditing, scoping, and project implementation experience at a wide variety of industrial facilities, including the following key sectors: Food and beverage, Transport, Mining, Forest products, General manufacturing.

PEMECO CONSULTING INC. 

Pemeco is a vendor-neutral consulting firm that specializes in delivering complex ERP, digital transformation and operational improvement projects for manufacturers. Our areas of expertise include ERP and digital transformation planning, ERP and technology selection, ERP and technology implementation management, lean manufacturing, business process improvement, and Industry 4.0 automation.

PINPOINT INFORMATION SYSTEMS INC.
 

PINpoint is a leading software and services firm supporting Manufacturers for over 20 years. We believe that ‘Action rooted in knowledge is the path to manufacturing excellence’. The PINpoint Way is the proven approach to successful digital transformations in today’s high-stakes manufacturing. The process starts with our team learning all we can about your manufacturing challenges and long-term goals. PINpoint then shows you how to reach your quality & productivity goals with our game changing 5-Bucket Time Model. The 5-Bucket Time Model characterizes manufacturing in a whole new way to identify and solve hidden inefficiencies.

PROCESS IMPACT INC.

Process Impact Inc. provides experienced, hands-on training and consulting support to manufacturers throughout North America, in their efforts to improve business performance and profitability. Effective from the board room to the shop floor, our expertise ranges from all the usual tools in the lean enterprise toolbox, as well as effective change management methodologies. We have a demonstrated track record in successfully supporting a range of manufacturers from high volume repetitive to custom job shops. We have extensive experience in various manufacturing settings from metal fabrication, welding & assembly, plastics, electronics, furniture, automotive, building & construction materials, etc.

Profit Solutions International Inc. (PSI)

PSI has broad experiences in industrial, chemical and biotech manufacturing operations through over 20 years of technology consulting, software development and process implementation. Our team of industry experts takes process driven approach, recommends best practice, and helps clients to improve operation efficiency through tailored solutions for specific needs. Our consultants have first-hand in-depth experiences in custom manufacturing from order processing, production planning, material inventory management and procurement, to shop floor reporting and data collection automation. Our mission is to employ our products, knowledge and technology to empower our customers for growth and success.

Renteknik Group Inc. 

Renteknik is an Engineering Consulting Firm with all-inclusive team of professionals with Engineering, Project Management, Financial and Business expertise. Our team has vast experience in the Energy Management and Conservation Industry. Services include Energy and Operational Efficiency Solutions, Audits, Commissioning, M&V, Monitoring, Targeting & Reporting (MT&R), Technical Assessments and Analysis and Incentive Support. Through detailed real time performance analysis of high energy consuming systems and operations, Renteknik is well suited to support our Clients in their journey to maximize operational efficiency, reduce energy consumption, achieve business savings and improve productivity.

SHEA GLOBAL

SHEA Global challenges customers to look beyond the status quo and make their Business Better. Our passion is guiding customers to achieve business excellence. We are a global provider of ERP, CPM, BI, and Demand Driven technologies and solutions focused on transforming supply chains. SHEA Global supports organizations in 25 countries from offices in Canada, US, UK, India, and the Philippines.

Six S Partners Inc.

Six S Partners is a business process consulting firm focused on applying modern ERP technologies to help manufacturers operate and grow more profitably. Our team supports the end to end business processes and best practices for improved operational results based on their unique needs. Our approach is designed to address the company wide departmental optimization from quoting through cash with emphasis on production operations management and finance to streamline and educate on proven tools for your knowledge workers. Consider Six S Partners as a partner in your transformative journey to business process optimization regardless of your size and complexity.

TCA TECHNOLOGIES INC.

At TCA Technologies, we design and develop automated assembly and test solutions that maximize our clients’ efficiency, improve their production capabilities, and enable the manufacture of their new products. With experience in life sciences, transportation, alternative energy and consumer products manufacturing systems, we bring a wealth of cross industry knowledge to develop the optimal solution for your manufacturing needs. Through an assessment of your operations, and production requirements, we can help you to identify opportunities to increase throughput, reduce costs, or improve manufacturing quality through the effective use of robotics, automation, and process data collection and monitoring.

thinkCOMPASS Inc.

thinkCOMPASS is a management consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses and government bodies across the globe transform into dynamic, agile and sustainable organizations. We focus on addressing our clients’ critical issues and growing opportunities through our service verticals: Strategic Consulting, Digital Marketing, and Globalization across all industries and geographies.

VOX ISM

VOX ISM is Canada’s largest, Triple Gold Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner. We specialize in implementing Microsoft business solutions software, including Dynamics 365 – Business Central, CRM, and Microsoft 365 (Office 365.) These software solutions enable our customers to compete in today’s digital landscape. We also specialize in workforce skills development and training, and we offer various Dynamics 365 and Microsoft 365 courses focused on improving existing employee skills and training new employees. We have 800+ customers, and we specialize in the Manufacturing and Distribution industries. We are based in Toronto with teams across Ontario and in British Columbia & Alberta.