Well, it has been another busy year for CTMA. We just wrapped up another successful Annual General Meeting & Dinner at the Elm Hurst Inn, in Ingersoll, ON, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members and guests who found the time to attend and participate.
CTMA changed the format of our AGM this year with an earlier start time and a very engaging high profile keynote speaker – Donald Cooper, of Cooper Sports Equipment Fame. In addition to usual AGM formalities, the goal of this event was to highlight CTMA’s activities throughout the year as well as to network, network, network.
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Highlights of our 2016-2017 Annual report include:
- Funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) has enabled the CTMA to create and deliver the Introductory Trades Training and Earn While You Learn programs, resulting in 145 students graduating and being fully employed in the MTDM industry – helping to fill the skilled trades gap in Ontario.
- CTMA has been very active bringing the concerns of our membership to the Ontario Ministry of Labour after they announced the labour law reforms in Bill 148.
- CTMA partnered with APMA and CAMM to put forward a very formidable proposal to the Federal Governments “SuperCluster” initiative.
- CTMA received funding from Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) to help finance the cost to market the association and its members on a global scale. This year we received funding to attend the International Special Tooling and Machining Association (ISTMA) World Conference in Brazil, EMO Hannover in Germany and the NTMA Fall Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
- CTMA met with The Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to discuss improved capital depreciation to help companies compete with super-and hyper-depreciation rates in Italy of 140% and 250% respectively; changes to improve the SR&ED program; skills shortages and skills training initiatives; and other issues facing our sector.
To download and read the 2016-2017 Annual Report members must be logged in.
We had a special presentation by renowned speaker, Donald Cooper, entitled Accelerate Your Business…the “Straight Goods” on How to Sell more, Manage smarter, Grow your Bottom line…and Have a Life! On behalf of the members, guests and association thank you for your exciting and compelling presentation.
To download Donald Cooper’s presentation slides click here!
Those who attended the AGM also got a sneak peek into our new redesigned website, which includes a “Members Only” portal where members can outsource and procure work. If you have machining time available, or are looking to subcontract certain work, this gateway could prove to be a valuable asset. We will continue to develop the website so that it can support our efforts nationally.
Our new Board has been elected, and their positions for 2017-2018 are as follows:
- President – Steve Watson, Century Tools & Machinery Ltd.
- Vice President – Robert Flack, Hibar Systems
- Secretary/Treasurer – Ryan Wozniak, Anchor Danly
- Past-President – Ted Callighen – Schmolz+Bickenbach Canada Inc.
- Director – Ray Buxton, Mazak Corporation
- Director – Brenn Cox, Glider Guard Dies & Moulds Inc.
- Director – Chris Hergott, XL Tool Inc.
- Director – Eli Meisels, FGL Molds
- Director – Horst Schmidt, Retired Honorary Member
- Director – Anjan Tak, Robust Gear & Industries Inc.
CTMA said goodbye to Tom Meisels of FGL Molds and Richard Janik of J&C Tool & Die Ltd. CTMA would like to thank them for their contributions and time on the Board. We have a solid Board that has grown together nicely and look forward to working with them towards the long term vision for CTMA.
CTMA recognised the achievements of 11 up and coming apprentices and pre-apprentices in the tooling and machining industry. The CTMA Apprentice Awards are designed to promote those who will be bettering the industry for future generations.
Each recipient was given a monetary award of $500 or $1000, four days of Mastercam training from In-House Solutions Inc. (valued at $1,600), and a gift certificate from $125 to $1000 from KBC Tools. The 2017 Award recipients included:
- Adam Gates, Cavalier Tool & Mfg. Ltd.
- John Bouchholzer, Cavalier Tool & Mfg. Ltd.
- Steven Caba, Circle 5 Tool & Mold Inc.
- Kevin Freeman, Arlen Tool Co. Ltd.
- Adam Price, Calframax Technologies
- Jean-Luc Woodrich, Bolzano Tool & Die Co. Ltd.
- Graham Jokic, XL Tool Inc.
- Samuel Lawson, XL Tool Inc.
- Shawn Campbell, Manor Tool & Die Ltd.
- Bradley Marsden, Glider Guard Tool & Die Inc.
- Karen McIntosh (Most Promising Apprentice)
Thank you to our sponsors and members for your support and involvement and we look forward to working with you all in the coming year!
For the AGM photo album click here!