MMRI and NSERC CANRIMT to host Industry Open House this May


Wednesday May 15, 2013 | 3:00-8:00p.m.

Click HERE to register.

The MMRI and the NSERC CANRIMT Strategic Network in Virtual Machining invite you to join us for an afternoon. Come and discover innovative manufacturing strategies for maximizing productivity, optimizing quality and reducing costs in the Canadian manufacturing sector. The Open House provides an opportunity for researchers and industry to network, collaborate, and build awareness of leading capabilities. Graduate students will be highlighting their technology developments by running dynamic demonstrations in the labs.

Technology demonstrations will include:

· Stability Lobe Theory
Increase metal removal rate by 3x using CUTPRO® (University of British Columbia)

· Cutting Force Prediction
Establish machine requirements, select tooling, design fixturing, tune process parameters

· Tool Selection Strategy
Increase productivity and quality while reducing cost

· Tool Developments
High performance tool coatings

· Tool Path Optimization
Reduce cycle time using MACHPRO™ (University of British Columbia)

· Machine Tool Accuracy
5 Axis machine geometric calibration using PolySAMBA (École Polytechnique)

· Novel Machine Designs
Hexapod machine demonstration (University of Toronto)

· Advanced Part Scanning
Fast integrated GD&T
The following MMRI labs will be open:

· Machining Systems Lab (MSL)
· Centre for Advanced Polymer Processing & Design (CAPPA-D)
· Robotics & Automation Manufacturing Lab (RMAL)
· Metal Forming Lab (MFL)
· Thermal Processing Lab (TPL)
· Light Metal Casting Research Centre (LMCRC)
The Open House will also feature technical presentations and displays from various industry partners.

Complimentary food & beverages will be available.

For more information, please visit the MMRI website.

Canada and Ontario Invest in Hamilton Highway Rehabilitation




HAMILTON, ONTARIO Motorists using Highway 403, one of Ontario’s busiest highways in the Hamilton area, will benefit from major road and bridge improvements thanks to joint federal-provincial funding announced today, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure.

“Safe and dependable highways are essential for our economy to grow,” said David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale. “Upgrading local transportation infrastructure supports productivity, facilitates trade and promotes economic development in our area.”

“Our Government is proud to invest in these initiatives that contribute to safer, more efficient travel for local residents and visitors,” added Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington. “These projects will create jobs and contribute to our region’s long-term economic prosperity by improving the flow of people and goods along Highway 403 for decades to come.”

“Highway 403 is one of the most traveled highways in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, so it is critical that it is safe and efficient,” said Ted McMeekin, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale. “These substantial road and bridge projects will extend the life of the structures and are part of the government’s strategy to improve Ontario’s transportation network.”

The Government of Canada is setting aside up to $7.8 million under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund for rehabilitation and resurfacing work on Highway 403 from one kilometre west of Highway 6 (York Boulevard) to one kilometre west of Aberdeen Avenue. This will provide a safer and more efficient driving surface. The total cost of the project is estimated at $15.6 million with up to $7.8 million funded by the Province.

Federal funding under the Major Infrastructure Component is conditional upon the completion of a review of the project, the completion of environmental assessments and the signing of a contribution agreement.

The eastbound and westbound lane overpasses on the Desjardins Canal Bridge and the Highway 6 (Plains Road) underpass at Highway 403 will also be repaired to improve structural integrity and lifespan, contribute to better travel for motorists and reduce future maintenance costs. These two initiatives have been identified for up to $8.2 million in joint funding through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund.

The Government of Canada is providing a total of $175 million to 44 initiatives through the fund to strengthen infrastructure in Ontario. Ontario is contributing $173 million toward these initiatives, while other partners, including municipalities, will provide another $54 million. Supported projects include a number of bridge rehabilitations scheduled between spring 2013 and fall 2014 along Highway 403, totalling $41.2 million.

Canada’s Economic Action Plan provides new opportunities for growth, job creation and long-term prosperity. Strengthening infrastructure across the country is an important part of this plan. Thanks to the Government of Canada’s leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 950,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. 

These investments support Building Together, the Province of Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province’s roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and postsecondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Since 2003,Ontariohas invested approximately $75 billion in infrastructure. Building modern, efficient infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each year, on average, makingOntario’s economy more productive and improving quality of life, now and in the future.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit Infrastructure Canada’s web site. 

For more information on how Ontariois revitalizing its infrastructure, visit the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure web site.


  • Geneviève Sicard, Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities 613-991-0700


  • Patrick Searle,Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure for Ontario 416-327-1815


  • InfrastructureCanada 613-960-9251 or toll-free 1-877-250-7154
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Weever Apps Nominated for Outstanding Business Achievement Award

Hamilton Chamber announcers finalists for Outstanding Business Achievement Awards

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the finalists for the 2012 Outstanding Business Achievement Awards.

SMALL BUSINESS (up to 50 employees):
* Albanese Branding
* Dundas Valley Collision Centre
* david premi Architects inc.

LARGE BUSINESS (more than 50 employees):
* FirstOntario Credit Union
* Multi-Area Developments Inc.
* Real Properties Limited (operating as Jackson Square)

IRONMAN (sustained performance over a period of minimum 15 years):
* FELLFAB Limited
* Simpson Wigle LAW LLP
* Tradeport International Corporation

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR (up to age 35):
* Ryan Barichello, LinxSmart
* Alexis Fletcher, Kabuki Spa and Skin Centre
* Phi Schmidt, The Project Shaman

* CareGo
* Sunrise Interactive Solutions Inc. (Net 6)
Weever Apps Inc.

* Mark Preece Family House
* United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
* YWCA Hamilton

CENTURY: (serving Hamilton continuously for 100 years or more) all listed will receive a Century Award
* ArcelorMittal Dofasco
* Hamilton Port Authority
* National Steel Car
* Soper’s Engineered Fabric Solutions

To view nominations, click here. For other event details and on-line registration for Hamilton Chamber members, visit:

Specialized NDE expands into US Market

President Eric Kivlin is pleased to announce that the company is expanding operations into the US market and has opened Specialized NDE (USA) Inc. branch office in Buffalo, New York.

Specialized NDE Inc. and Specialized NDE (USA) Inc. will be able to offer clients on both sides of the border a unique portfolio of specialized NDE services to support clients with consulting, training and NDE insprections.

For more info please contact Specialized NDE Inc. by phone at 905-667-4630 or by email at

MIP In The News

LiON’s LAIR 2013

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and iF are coming together again this year to present the third annual LiON’S LAIR. Last year’s event was a huge success attracting over 500 small business supporters, and generating incredible momentum for all who participated.

Lions Sophia Aggelonitis, Dr. Nick Bontis, PJ Mercanti, Rami Reda and Mike Morreale awarded $100,000 in cash and resources to Dunlea Farms Pet Hay: Tidy Feeder, REfficient and Nervu. Each of these companies successfully leveraged their involvement in LiON’S LAIR to achieve great success in the months since the event.

For 2013, we are excited to give Hamilton’s innovative entrepreneurs another opportunity to showcase their talents and compete for funding and services to launch their businesses. The event will be held on the night of October 10, 2013.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the 2013 LiON’S LAIR competition, be sure to join us on March 26 for our LiON’S LAIR Lunch ‘n Learn! During this session, past participants will discuss their experiences, and the iF team will review the submission process. Be sure not to miss out on this informative event, click here for more details!

MIP In The News

iF client REfficient gains B Corp Certification

Earlier this month, REfficient, one of iF’s clients, and the second place winner of the 2012 LiON’S LAIR, was granted B Corp certification. B Corps are certified by the non-profit B Lab if they meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. There is a growing community of more than 600 Certified B Corps from 15 countries and 60 industries working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business.

REfficient is the first company in Hamilton to achieve this certification. Please join us in congratulating REfficient on this outstanding achievement! Click here to read the full media release.

To learn more about REfficient,or become a member, visit their website at