From aerospace to advanced materials

Cluster Description

The advanced manufacturing cluster in the Greater Toronto region (the cities of Toronto, Mississauga, and Brampton are part of this region) is a regional cluster with a highly educated and integrated workforce, as well as strong supply chain, business-to-business, and logistics networks. This is a highly connected cluster of advanced manufacturing companies, educational institutions that supply the highly trained talent, and government and non-government agencies that fund and support the on-boarding of highly qualified personnel as well as the adoption of innovative technologies in manufacturing.

Key sectors within this cluster include aerospace, automotive, food and beverage processing, and clean tech companies. The firms within this cluster range from companies with several decades of proven capabilities for the global marketplace to start-ups and relatively young organizations with unique technological capabilities for manufacturing. Manufacturers include original equipment manufacturers as well as Tier 1 and 2 suppliers with the top companies in the world as their clients They are world leaders in the utilization of leading-edge technologies considered to be part of Industry 4.0 including but not limited to robotics and automation, additive manufacturing, and nanomaterials.

Why you should attend

  • See the innovation, leading-edge technology, and highly-skilled people in manufacturing facilities that are responsible for production of today’s most sophisticated commercial and business aircraft.

  • Learn how companies are working with economic development offices, training institutions, and government agencies to make the southern Ontario advanced manufacturing ecosystem globally competitive.


See below for the Dress Code.

08:45 AM
Gather in the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel Toronto.

09:00-09:50 AM
Board a coach bus and head to the Ontario Aerospace Hub at Downsview Park, developed by the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) Consortium, an association of all of the large aerospace companies and leading postsecondary education institutions from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

09:50-12:00 PM
At Downsview, you will:

  • Hear an overview of the advanced manufacturing landscape.

  • Learn how the Aerospace Hub is a good example of collaboration between industry, three levels of government, and academia to foster innovation and strengthen the regional aerospace cluster by promoting research and technology development, skills training, and advanced manufacturing methods for the benefit of all stakeholders.

12:00-12:30 PM
Travel to MHI (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) Canada Aerospace (MHICA), a Tier 1 Wing and Fuselage manufacturer of heavy aerospace structures and assemblies. MHICA is a state of the art advanced, flexible manufacturing and assembly facility with a highly skilled workforce.

Along the way, drive by Toronto Pearson International Airport, and learn how the Airport is a hub of transportation and commercial activity and the second largest employment zone in Canada. (Learn more by reading the Economic Impact Study, 2.64 MB).

12:30-02:00 PM
At MHI Canada Aerospace, you will:

  • Have lunch with your fellow delegates in the MHI cafeteria.

  • Tour the MHI Aerospace plant where wings and fuselage for Bombardier business aircraft are assembled.

  • Learn what makes MHI Aerospace a leader in the adoption of Industry 4.0 in the aerospace cluster.

02:00-03:45 PM
On the way back to the Chelsea Hotel Toronto and the Rotman School of Management, drive by the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, the Canadian campus for advanced materials manufacturing and participate in a mini-charrette centred on hiring and training skilled talent for future needs.

Dress Code

  • Please do not wear jewellery, loose clothing, or open toe shoes.

  • You will be given ear plugs to wear at MHI.

  • Bring an umbrella in case it rains.

Meet the industry leaders

MHI Canada, Aerospace Inc. (MHICA), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is a Tier 1 manufacturer of  major aircraft structures and assemblies based in Mississauga, Ontario.  MHICA’s facilities include a state-of-the-art manufacture and assembly facility, and a supply chain and logistics centre where more than 800 highly-skilled employees are working on Bombardier’s sector-leading Global 5000/6000 and Challenger 350 business aircraft.  MHICA’s technicians build and join wing assemblies and fuselage centre sections, as well as perform systems and flight control assembly installations and testing.

Meet your Organizers

City of Mississauga is supports and enhances business in the city, and is always looking for ways to improve communication with the business sector. The Economic Development Office (EDO) provides information and services to help your business grow and prosper in Mississauga. Let us be your first point of contact for business and your development needs.

The City of Toronto’s Sector Development Office is the City’s lead for supporting key sectors of Toronto. Its mission is to advance competitiveness and vitality in the key sectors, based on its strategic knowledge and expertise. Its team of economic development professionals is committed to collaborating with businesses and partners to maximize business growth and overcome the challenges businesses face. 


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