CANADIAN ROBOTICS COUNCIL
June 14 | Toronto
Let's catalyze Canada's robotics sector, together
Join leading robotics experts from industry, government, and research on June 14, 2024 as we evolve a collective strategy that catalyses Canada's growing robotics sector.
The 2024 CRC Symposium will be your chance to:
foster new partnerships
that strengthen the Canadian robotics value chain
build awareness of the opportunities for robotics in downstream industries and share best practices on promoting robotics in different stakeholder groups
network with Canadian colleagues from all areas of robotics from coast to coast
learn best practices from international experts in robot adoption
exhibit and demonstrate the latest robotics technologies
How Denmark built a world-class robotics ecosystem
The first seeds to Denmark’s robotics cluster were sown in the late 1980s as a partnership between a local university and a steel shipyard that needed flexible and precise welding robots. In the 2000s, Denmark went on to spawn globally-recognized firms like Universal Robots and Mobile Industrial Robots. Today, the country has a full-fledged ecosystem of 500+ companies that have attracted over EUR 990 million in investments and employ 12,700 people.
What enabled Denmark to become a global hotspot for robotics?
According to Søren Elmer Kristensen, CEO of Odense Robotics, the Danish cluster succeeded in creating a positive narrative around robotics and automation as technological solutions to critical challenges, such as climate change, global labor markets, the aging population and resulting labor shortages.
In his keynote address, he will share how early partnerships between academia, industry, local government and a trade union is helping the industry reach its full potential across sectors and industries.
Microsoft Canada Head Office
81 Bay Street | Toronto
Director, Manufacturing Development Programs
BIO: Christy Michalak (she/her) is a passionate advocate for technology and innovation in Canada. She brings a diverse and global background of experience in manufacturing, and today blends her business and engineering experience with the creativity to make new opportunities for Canadians. With a track record of pioneering breakthrough manufacturing solutions, she has not only pushed the boundaries of innovation but has also dedicated herself to fostering collaboration, diversity, and ethics within the sector. Christy serves as Director of Manufacturing Development Programs at NGen Canada, is an advisor for the Canadian Standards Association and sits on the Industry Committee for the Canadian Robotics Council.
Managing Director, Strategy & Partnerships
University of Toronto Robotics Institute
BIO: Hallie Siegel is Managing Director, Strategy & Partnerships at the University of Toronto Robotics Institue, where she supports the largest and most diverse robotics research portfolio in Canada. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Canadian Robotics Council, which brings together robotics experts from research, government and industry to provide a birds eye view of this globally competitive enabling technology. She has worked with robotics stakeholders in Canada and internationally since 2008.