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Associations form Alliance for Manufacturing in BC

Vancouver, BC – Today a group of industry associations have agreed to form a partnership – the Alliance for Manufacturing in BC - in order to raise the profile of manufacturing in British Columbia, provide a greater understanding of the role manufacturing plays in the provincial economy, showcase career opportunities and address shared competitiveness issues.

Manufacturing is a significant contributor to BC’s economy yet it is often overlooked in favour of the stereotypical image of the province’s economy – forestry, mining, film, digital media and tourism. Manufacturing provides greater economic volume than each of these other industry sectors. Manufacturing, with more than 12,000 companies, is BC’s third largest source of employment, directly providing more than 180,000 jobs and indirectly supporting 200,000 more jobs. Last year, manufacturing was the fourth largest contributor to provincial GDP (7.2%). Manufacturing contributes more than 42% of private sector research and development expenditure and represents more than 30% of business taxes paid to the provincial government. Value-added manufactured goods comprise more than 62% of the province’s exports, and not natural resource commodities, as commonly believed.

The Alliance for Manufacturing in BC creates a coalition of like-minded manufacturing industry associations with a common vision to promote a world-class manufacturing sector in British Columbia. Those with an interest in ensuring a strong manufacturing sector include businesses in the design, supply, material handling, fabrication and logistics areas; people-based organizations that train and develop skilled workers for high-paying jobs; and community-focused chambers of commerce and boards of trade that recognize the significant economic contribution to their cities derived from manufacturing.

“Manufacturing is quite diverse in our province and we have several unique niche players competing globally in a number of industries, including food and beverages.” said James Donaldson, the new CEO of the BC Food Processors Association.

“Most everything we encounter on a daily basis – what we wear, use, and consume – is made by a manufacturer.” stated Thomas Foreman, President of the Building Supply Industry Association of BC. “With upwards of 88,000 job openings expected by 2020 we need to work together to promote and encourage people to pursue careers in noble and honoured manufacturing professions.”

“If one looks at the great economies of the world, they are founded and thrive on a manufacturing base.” said Marcus Ewert-Johns, Vice-President of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. “Manufacturing represents 20% of the economy in high cost economies like Germany, Korea, or Japan. BC needs more manufacturing and getting there requires a stronger partnership between industry and government, and a plan.”

According to Jay Teichroeb, Vice-President of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, “It is wonderful to see collaboration on issues common to all sectors of manufacturing such as recognition, competitiveness, skilled labour development and safety.”

October is National Manufacturing Month. The Alliance and its municipal partners are coordinating a number industry tours across the province to showcase manufacturing. They will also be hosting a job fair at the end of October.

More information on the Alliance can be found at www.manufacturingbc.com


A list of founding members of the Alliance and contact information is included below.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters – British Columbia
Founded in 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. The association focuses on improving business competitiveness through policy change, workforce skills development, productivity and innovation programs, market growth and support for SMEs. Collectively, CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all goods and services exports.
Marcus Ewert-Johns, Vice President, (604) 713-7803, [email protected]


Aerospace Industries Association of Canada – Pacific
AIAC Pacific promotes and develops aerospace business in BC by advocating for its members with industry and government; facilitating member participation in national and international programs designed to enhance business development, investment and global competitiveness; ensuring strong BC participation in market-access and supply-chain development initiatives; and promoting the presence of the BC industry on trade missions and at events such as the Canadian Aerospace Summit and the Paris and Farnborough International Air Shows. AIAC also hosts the Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE) in Abbotsford.
Jay Teichroeb, Vice President, (604) 615-2754, [email protected]


BC Food Processors Association
BC Food Processors Association (BCFPA) is the lead representative for the BC food and natural health product processing industry. Food production is one of the largest components of manufacturing in the province. The association strives to achieve economic prosperity and sustainable safe production in a balanced BC food and natural health product industry.
James Donaldson, CEO, (604) 418-1361, [email protected]


BC Printing and Imaging Association
BC Printing and Imaging Association (BCPIA) is an industry association devoted to promoting and advancing the interests of the printed and digital communications industry in British Columbia. The printing industry in Canada is one of the most economically important and technologically advanced industrial sectors. Canada’s printing industry is a significant manufacturing employer represented in almost every community producing products that touch almost every aspect of our daily lives.
Marilynn Knoch, Executive Director, (604) 307-0689, [email protected]


Building Supply Industry Association of BC
The Building Supply Industry Association of BC is an association of Retailers and related Suppliers, Wholesalers and Manufacturers. The Association was formed to promote the industry, provide information and services for members, to address issues of concern at all levels of Government, and to be the official voice of the Building Supply Industry in British Columbia.
Thomas Foreman, President, (604) 328-3460, [email protected]

Canadian Plastics Industry Association
Since 1943, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) has served as the national voice for the plastics industry in Canada. With over 3,170 companies employing 94,400 workers, Canada's $29.2-billion plastics industry is a sophisticated, multi-faceted sector encompassing the plastic value chain (raw materials and resins; plastic products manufacturing; machinery; moulds; recyclers; and brand owners). The CPIA is dedicated to the growth of plastics businesses by helping the industry reach its full potential.
Carol Hochu, President, (905) 678-7748 ext 229, [email protected]


Electro Federation Canada – BC Chapter
Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) represents over 300 member companies that manufacture, distribute, and service electrical and electronics products in Canada which contribute over $50B to the Canadian economy and employ more than 130,000 workers in more than 1,400 facilities across the country. EFC provides a powerful nucleus around which the Canadian electrical, consumer electronics and telecommunications markets gain competitiveness in the global market through representation on issues and opportunities impacting electro-technical businesses.
Brisette Lucas, Vice President, (905) 602-6214, [email protected]


Metal Services Centre Institute – BC Chapter
MSCI’s mission is to promote the profitability and health of the metals industry and its role in the North American value chain. We offer high-quality information, strong networking opportunities, thought leadership, executive education and development training programs, metals-oriented public policy and advocacy programs, as well as timely statistics on metals product, metals service center performance, downstream metals user markets, and the economy as a whole. MSCI’s focus and investment is best summarized by NEAR: Networking, Education, Advocacy, and Research.
Rick Caravaggio, (604) 525-0544, [email protected]


Skills Canada
Since 1994 Skills Canada British Columbia (SkillsBC) has operated as a provincial not for profit organization, working with industry, educators, government and labour to promote rewarding and in-demand skilled trade & technology careers to BC’s youth. The organization’s unique programming allows Skills BC to position itself as an early influencer; offering youth in grades K – 12 and in post secondary, safe and engaging environments in which to explore trade & technology careers.
Amber Papou, (604) 432-4360, [email protected]

Society for Internationally Trained Engineers BC
The Society of Internationally Trained Engineers of British Columbia's (SITE BC) goal is to promote utilizing the full potential of internationally trained engineers so they can more meaningfully contribute their knowledge and skills to strengthening the Canadian economy
Fernando Borja, President, (604) 376-4987, [email protected]

Supply Chain Council of BC
The Supply Chain Council of British Columbia (SCCBC) is a nonprofit society that hosts and facilitates business forums for Supply Chain Executives and Leaders. SCCBC works to promote and enhance the business of Supply Chain by interactive presentations and networking with business communities, educational institutes, partnerships and alliances.
Sham Singh, President, (604) 694-7770, [email protected]

Women in Supply Chain
Women in Supply Chain (WISC) is an interest group focused on raising the number and profile of women in the Supply Chain profession and the profile of the Supply Chain industry itself by creating a forum for networking, learning mentorship and peer support for current and future supply chain professionals in British Columbia.
Amanda Armstrong, Chair, (604) 240-4477, [email protected]