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Keynote Presentation

March 13, 2018 at 9 am
Tradex Centre

Trade Deals Aren’t Enough
NAFTA’s uncertain future has brought Canada’s over-reliance on the U.S. market to the foreground, a situation bolstered by the fact that manufacturers are challenged in taking advantage of the 14 other robust Freetrade Agreements (FTA) already in place. To grow the economy, create new jobs and expand the middle-class, Canada needs a plan, not another trade deal.

Join Dennis Darby, President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), as he explores the realities of FTAs, the importance of diversifying markets outside of North America and his 5-point plan to fully leverage Canada’s unique export position in the global economy.

As President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Dennis Darby leads Canada’s largest trade and industry association, which helps Canadian manufacturers and exporters compete and win in domestic and global markets. Dennis is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, having received his degree in chemical engineering McMaster University in 1984. He achieved the ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto in 2011.

Keynote Presentation

April 4, 2018 at 9 am
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre

Ian Smart, President, Motor Coach Industries (MCI) joined the New Flyer Industries (NFI) Group in 2011. In his role at MCI, he is responsible for all elements of design, manufacture, sale and support of their products. The MCI business today includes two manufacturing sites and seven service centers located in Canada and the US.From 2011 through 2016 he was the Executive Vice President, Aftermarket. He was responsible for New Flyer Transit Aftermarket, which included Parts, New Flyer Connect, Customer Training and Publications.

Prior to joining New Flyer, he worked in the aerospace maintenance, repair & overhaul industry with StandardAero. As the Senior Vice President for Airlines and Fleets, he was responsible for revenue of nearly $600M and over 900 employees that supported airline customers around the world.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.