Largest Manufacturing Organization in Canada

January 30, 2017

Richmond, BC – New opportunities to support growth for manufacturing in BC is the expected outcome of an agreement between the BC Alliance for Manufacturing and Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium of Canada (EMC). As the Alliance’s newest member EMC will work collaboratively with other Alliance members to support all manufacturing in BC.

A unique not-for-profit organization, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is Canada’s largest manufacturing consortium and facilitates strategic plant management sessions in all subject-matter areas affecting industry, hands-on programs, services and a connected grass-roots network of industry peers. Through this network, EMC is helping manufacturers to lower costs, access greater opportunities to compete for business and improve efficiencies in dealing with the day-to-day complexities of running a manufacturing operation.

“Because manufacturing business leaders have busy days and wear multiple hats they want practical solutions,” explained Greg Hoing, Executive Director of the BC Alliance for Manufacturing. “No other national manufacturing industry organization offers the type of tools and peer support that EMC provides. This partnership will bring solutions to BC that manufacturers have been asking for.”

“I have personally been involved in EMC for approximately five years during which time our organization has enjoyed several opportunities to leverage knowledge from other manufacturers. For us this represents a huge value”, remarked Brian Gallacher, Director of Employee Experience & Corporate Health and Safety, The Original Cakerie, Delta BC and London ON facilities.

“While we have not yet fully tapped into all of the resource and networking programs, we have gained the ability to recognize best practices that can be utilized in our own operation. We have also learned the value of sharing our new technologies/processes with others.
“The regular EMC sessions are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of opportunities to learn. It is also valuable to reach out to the entire group with a difficult question on a subject that is challenging a group member. That is a priceless resource!” Continued Gallacher, “in my opinion, any manufacturer who is not involved in EMC is missing out on an opportunity to strengthen their organization and ultimately their bottomline.”

“EMC is one of the most active industry support organizations in North America,” said Al Diggins, President and General Manager of EMC. “We are excited to expand our resources and expertise with British Columbia manufacturers and processors, to grow our collaborative network with the BC Alliance for Manufacturing, and work together to better enable industry to succeed.”

“EMC’s focus on the grass-roots level, while pulling together manufacturers regionally, provincially and nationally will provide tremendous benefit to manufacturing members of the Alliance associations,” commented Marcus Ewert-Johns, Alliance Chair. “Alliance members will now have a strong national partner to support their growth locally, while connecting to a wider array of value-added programs and resources. Today is a bright day for the manufacturers of British Columbia!”

For more information, please contact:
Greg Hoing
Executive Director
BC Alliance for Manufacturing P: (604) 900-1980 x 112

Al Diggins
President and General Manager
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium of Canada (EMC) P: 1-866-323-4362

For further information please contact:

Marcus Ewert-Johns
President & CEO
T: +1 (604) 900-1980 x110
M: +1 (778) 875-4889


About the BCAFM:

The BC Alliance for Manufacturing is a coalition of 19 like-minded manufacturing industry associations with a common vision to promote a world-class manufacturing sector in British Columbia. The Alliance speaks with one voice on priority issues to advance and defend the interests of manufacturers to ensure that all British Columbians continue to benefit from the economic growth, high-value outputs and high-paying jobs found across all types of manufacturing in the province.

In British Columbia manufacturing is the fourth largest component of provincial GDP contributing 7.2% of the provincial economy and 30% of the business tax revenue paid to government. Manufacturing is the third largest employer in BC with more than 12,000 companies employing almost 400,000 jobs directly and indirectly. Value-added manufacturing represents almost 65% of BC’s exports.

Manufacturing matters!

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