Delivering Industry-Leading Results Since 1997
Over the past 25 years, EMC has grown to become Canada's largest manufacturing consortium, connecting manufacturers through community relationships, production, benchmarking and best practice sharing. EMC is leading the change with trendsetting, industry savvy solutions for everyday challenges and beyond.
Who We Are
We strive to provide our members with the highest quality of manufacturing resources in Canada – no exceptions!
Our goal is to help Canadian manufacturers effectively expand, develop, and compete on a worldwide scale.
We revolve around co-operation, communication, innovation, and a constant willingness to support others.
In the Beginning
In the early 1990’s, Al Diggins developed the foundation for what would eventually become EMC. Starting as a project developed through Georgian College, Al chose to focus specifically on identifying and developing the skills that manufacturers needed in their new hires, and strove to culminate the resources and skills necessary to support manufacturers in the Owen Sound area.
Strategic Interest Groups
Initially, with a small cluster of 18 manufacturers in the Owen Sound area, Al began facilitating discussions amongst manufacturers to help connect and share ideas, best practices and resources, tackling their greatest challenges. These interactions were more than meetings, and quickly became known as Strategic Interest Group’s (SIGs). In addition, member manufacturers began visiting each other’s plants to share ideas and practices.
Facilitating sharing of best practices between members was not the only method by which Al supported EMC members. In the early days, in order to ensure sharing of information was constant, Al spent considerable time on Sundays developing a newsletter that became known as the EMC Update and faxing copies of same out to all members on a weekly basis.
Growth into the New Millenia
In 2002, government agencies began to take notice of how EMC was helping its members, and FedNor partnered with EMC in order to support further growth in support of members in Northern Ontario. Similarly, EMC was approached by the WSIB to become one of the original sponsors of the Safety Group program, a manufacturers-only safety group that is still in operation today.
Continued Development & Growth
For EMC, the 2010s were a period of rapid expansion and heightened development. In the wake of taking on former Textile Human Resource Council executive Jean-Pierre Giroux as National Director, the organization refined many of its most effective member programs and introduced a variety of new initiatives, including MEC training, Manufacturing GPS, and the Lean Management and Productivity suite, to better serve manufacturers in the digital age.
Where We Are Today
EMC is a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping manufacturers grow and become more competitive, at home and around the world. EMC is responsible for contributing significant knowledge, expertise and resources towards the success of over 13,000 consortium and online member manufacturers, employing hundreds of thousands of Canadians, in more than 60 consortium regions. EMC’s membership is coast-to-coast.
Our diverse, dedicated and experienced team is here to support Canadian manufacturers.
Interested in a career with EMC?
If you have experience in Manufacturing and a penchant for engaging people in best practice discussions, touring facilities and responding to the needs of our Membership – we would love to hear from you!