Retired Canadian Army Maj. Gen. David Fraser, chief operating officer of INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, will deliver the opening keynote speech at this year’s Fabtech Canada show in Toronto.He is pictured, left. The event is being held from March 22 to 24 at the Toronto Congress Centre. Fraser’s talk, entitled Leadership, Strategy and Innovation in the Manufacturing Business will pull from his industrial and first-hand experiences to cut through political and economic rhetoric, and provide advice to Canadian manufacturers looking to grow their business in a rapidly-changing market. Reviewing factors impacting the Canadian industry – from market size to oil prices and the Canadian dollar – he will outline the relationship between the country’s west (resources) and east (manufacturing base), review domestic and international opportunities, and offer insight into the cultural differences of doing business in Canada versus the US, China and other countries. Other sessions at the three-day show will cover lean management, lasers and cutting, stamping, forming and fabricating, finishing, welding and additive manufacturing. “Canada’s metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing manufacturers are a diverse group and providing an event as valuable and varied as this audience is a key focus for Fabtech Canada,” said John Catalano, senior event manager for SME, event co-sponsor. Now in its third iteration, the biennial event provides manufacturers of all sizes with an array of features to address their most pressing needs, Catalano added. “Fabtech Canada offers a one-stop-shop, including hands-on product displays and demonstrations featuring 149 new products being shown this year,” he said. Small and medium-sized manufacturers can benefit from FABTECH Canada’s dedicated job shop day on Wednesday, March 23. Exhibit hours are extended until 6 p.m. to allow small shops to attend the event without having to take time off of work. A special Job Shop Appreciation reception will take place late in the day to provide these manufacturers with enhanced networking opportunities on the exhibit floor. Students will have the opportunity to hear from Tyler Magri, a machining program graduate from Georgian College and the current Canadian World Skills CNC Milling Champion, on Thursday, March 24. Following Magri’s presentation, students will walk the show floor and experience the latest technology and talk with manufacturing professionals.