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CME leads CEO meeting with PM on priorities for manufacturing

Published by Stephanie Brooks on December 12, 2012

CEOs from Canada’s leading manufacturing companies met Wednesday with the prime minister, minister of industry, minister of finance, and clerk of the Privy Council to discuss policy priorities for strengthening the competitiveness and growth prospects for their industry.  

The industry leaders, all members of CME’s CEO Manufacturing Council, focused on the critical issues of investment, innovation, workforce skills, trade, border efficiency, and regulatory cooperation.  

“These issues are priorities for every sector of manufacturing in Canada,” says Rob Wildeboer, executive chairman of Martinrea International Inc. and chair of CME’s CEO Council. “Our discussions with the prime minister and his ministers are very important as we work to ensure Canada is at the forefront in terms of the advanced manufacturing jobs, innovation, research, and exports that are necessary to sustain our economic prosperity.”  

The delegation was led by CME President & CEO, Jayson Myers. “Our main message is that manufacturing continues to be a critically important anchor of value creation and high-paying, high-quality jobs for the Canadian economy,” says Myers. “Manufacturing is a $550-billion industry in Canada. It is a sector that depends on innovation, a highly skilled and talented workforce, and capitalizing on new business opportunities around the world. The government’s policies with respect to taxes, technology, trade, training, and transformation are extremely important in setting the stage for the growth of advanced manufacturing industries in Canada.”

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