The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of advanced manufacturing for North America.
The profitable application of advanced technologies is helping manufacturers respond to new market and supply chain challenges, pivot to take advantage of new business opportunities (including manufacturing products to help in the fight against COVID-19) and build globally competitive manufacturing capabilities. But, it’s not just about technology. Manufacturers will need to depend on leadership, process excellence, workforce skills, and collaborative partnerships to ensure long-term business success.
This is part of AME's Pathway to Excellence webinar series is designed to address the challenges facing every organization: how to survive and thrive in our “new normal.” The series provides policymakers and business and educational leaders insights into the pathway forward to sustainable, North American manufacturing that closes the skills gap and strengthens the middle class while repairing the supply chain and preventing future disruptions through reshoring, nearshoring and LeanShoring™️.
Jayson Myers is the CEO of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, the not-for-profit corporation leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, an initiative funded by the Government of Canada that will leverage more than $500 million over the next three years in collaborative, industry-led projects aimed at building world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities in Canada.
Myers is an award-winning business economist who specializes in industrial and technological change. Between 2007 and 2016, he served as president & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. In 2017 and 2018, he headed up the policy office for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He was the founding chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, vice-chair of Canada’s National Roundtable on Skills, and vice-chair of the Ontario and Great Lakes Manufacturing Councils. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the World Manufacturing Forum and a board member of the Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing and the Macdonald Laurier Institute.
Myers has been widely recognized as one of the most influential policy advocates and champions for manufacturing in Canada. He is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders and has counseled Canadian prime ministers and premiers, as well as senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world. As principal of Jayson Myers Public Affairs, he helps organizations identify and manage opportunities arising from the changes that are reshaping the industry and international business.
Educated at Queen’s University, the University of British Columbia, London School of Economics, and Oxford University, he has held fellowships at Nuffield College, Oxford, and the University of Warwick, also in the UK.