Only 13% of you are ready for Disruptive Industrial Technology

The Canadian arm of the international consulting firm Deloitte, has published a report that states that “Rapid advances in key technologies are poised to disrupt many of the industries that anchor our economy”. A study of 700 business of various sizes and sectors showed that only 13% are prepared to compete as industrial technology advances rapidly. They also state that many Canadian companies have “little to no idea that they are investing less than their [American] peers on technology and R&D.”

The article is definitely worth a read. They talk about the  five technologies that are going to be driving disruptive innovation. They are: Advanced Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Networks, Advanced Manufacturing, and Collaborative Connected Platforms. What I find most interesting is that they identify a “preparedness perception gap” where 68% of the unprepared firms believe themselves to be fully prepared!

One might be tempted to think that the report is Doloitte’s way of drumming up consulting business, and there may be an aspect of this; however, it is important to put this in context with other findings. Over the past few years, there have been a number of reports, including the Jenkins Report that have described a significant Canadian Innovation Gap. Jenkins “Innovation Canada: a call to action” outlines how the federal government can assist industrial R&D, which includes (among other things) focused defence spending and utilization of college resources to assist with industry R&D.

All is not doom and gloom however, Deloitte goes on to identify a “Path to Preparedness” that includes such things as Cultivating Awareness, Building the Right Culture, Fostering Agility, and Developing Effective Resources. They also outline recommendations for Governments and Academia. You can take comfort in knowing that Camosun’s Technology Access Centre is helping companies on Vancouver Island adopt advanced manufacturing technologies, and has a strong set of resources to help companies develop and improve their products, as well as improve their processes with automation, and robotics.

Deloitte’s Report in pdf form can be accessed by clicking here.

AIAC Pacific R&D Info Session

Thursday, April 30 – 9 am to 1 pm

Open to companies that participate in the Aerospace sector on Vancouver Island.

Earlier this year the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) held a workshop in Richmond to provide the BC aerospace industry with an overview of the national R&D program and to review project proposals. CARIC’s goal is to drive innovation to enhance competitiveness and business growth in the aerospace sector. The session was well attended, but without any representation from aerospace companies on Vancouver Island. To ensure no one is missing out on potential opportunities, the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC Pacific), now representing CARIC in BC and Alberta, together with Camosun College, invite you to attend an Aerospace R&D information session:

Camosun College – Interurban Campus, 4461 Interurban Road​, Saanich

Centre for Business & Access – CBA Room 286

(campus map: )


AIAC Pacific/CARIC will provide an association and industry update, followed by a presentation on CARIC and research funding opportunities and timetable, and a review of large and small sample proposals. Camosun and the Province will provide information regarding their support for the sector. Plus, you will have an opportunity over lunch (which is provided) to network with industry colleagues, and representatives of AIAC Pacific and the educational institutions.

There is no charge to attend the event, but pay parking at Camosun is in effect.

Please RSVP to Trace Acres, 604-970-1795.

We hope to see you on the 30th!

May 4th and 5th – Composite Materials Engineering


Featuring: The Composites Research Network

This MPN – Special Edition is comprised of four sessions over two days. You are welcome to attend any or all of the four sessions.

IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to Suzana Topic as indicated in this Info Brochure

Day 1:
9am – 12pm: Introduction to composite materials “Which types of composites are right for my application?”
1pm – 4pm: Manufacturing processes “Which process is best for my application?”

Day 2:
9am – 12pm: Thermal management “How do I cure my parts properly?”
1pm – 4pm: Analysis and design “How do I predict the strength of my part?”

Location: Camosun College Interurban Campus,  Centre for Business and Access (CBA) rm-211,  Building 19 on this Campus map.

What is the MPN? The Manufacturing Professional’s Network is an informal group that meets to network and learn about manufacturing resources. It is hosted by CTAC, is free and open to anyone that acts in a management capacity in a manufacturing company. This particular meeting is of a technical nature and is open to the technical members of your manufacturing team. More info about the MPN can be found here.

More about this meeting: The four sessions are set up such that you can attend any or all sessions as appropriate for your organization. Day 1 is a great introduction to composite materials and manufacturing processes. It would be beneficial to those interested in learning what is involved in composites manufacturing. Day 2 covers processing and design in more detail and is considered to be at an intermediate level. This day would be beneficial to those that are already familiar with/currently involved in composites processing.

The presenters will be Christophe Mobuchon, PhD, Casey Keulen, PhD, PEng, and Navid Zobeiry, PhD collectively have a broad range of experience in various aspects of composite materials ranging from industrial and research manufacturing, part and material design, and material characterization. They have developed and will be presenting the sessions.

Profiles of the presenters can be found here:

Christophe Mobuchon
Casey Keulen
Navid Zobeiry