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Your Monthly e-Newsletter - February 2019
Morning Funny
NMA Celebrates 15 Years!

Over our 15 years, we have become a sustainable, viable association and we are proud that we are the strongest and most effective manufacturers’ association in Eastern Ontario. We could not have done it without your membership and support, collaboration and dedication you all provide.
We have developed strategic partnerships with industry, government and community stakeholders, to move our mission and vision forward. To ensure our manufacturing sector thrives, we have worked closely with regional manufacturing associations, Northumberland CFDC, local community economic development offices and chambers of commerce. We have also partnered with universities, colleges and training centres to educate and build a strong regional workforce.
We encourage you to join us over the year as we have the opportunity to reflect on our achievements and the amazing work we have completed together through our 15 years in Northumberland County.
NMA HR Focus Group
On Feb 5, our manufacturing HR professionals met for a roundtable discussion. We looked at successes in 2018 and our current & upcoming challenges for 2019. The roundtable proved to be an excellent opportunity to share best practices, provide support and have a couple laughs, as participants searched for solutions to help everyone.
From the meeting, we've created a workshop topic and idea that we'd like to share with the membership as a whole. More information on that coming soon!

We have decided to host our HR focus group roundtable every 2 months - we hope you can join us next time. Save the Date - Tuesday April 9, 9am-10am.
Here we Grow!
Please join us in welcoming new NMA members. We encourage you to reach out to your associate members and learn how they can help you save, grow and buy local.
Click on their logo for more information.


We are a producers co-operative located at the Venture13 MakerLab in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada. We provide small-scale custom manufacturing, rapid prototyping and design services for entrepreneurs and innovators, helping our clients bring concepts to reality. From smart LED lighting systems to personal safety wearables, we are passionate about making new things.

Lakeland Multi-Trade
Lakeland Multi-trade are industrial and commercial multi-trade contractors based out of Cobourg and Barrie/Orillia, Ontario. With the diverse services available through Lakeland Multi-trade, we can truly offer a one-stop shop solutions for companies.We expanded our manufacturing quality program, certifying our service group – totally setting our tradesmen apart from the rest.

Associate Members

BakerTilly KND LLP
With member firms from coast to coast, the Baker Tilly Canada Cooperative is one of the country’s largest associations of chartered accounting firms. As an all-Canadian network, we have a longstanding reputation for value-added audit, tax and advisory solutions, due to the depth and breadth of our in-house skills, customized offerings and service excellence.

Lakeland Occupational Health & Safety Group
We offer a wide range of relevant occupational health and safety training. We are dedicated to providing quality training for all of our clients and place a high value on your satisfaction. Every course is developed to meet CSA, provincial legislation and other applicable standards. Guaranteeing Workplace Safety Guarantee a safe workplace and healthy work environment by ensuring that everyone in your organization respects safe work practices. Our expertise helps companies succeed in business and safety.

Durham Recruiting
A full-service agency providing all recruiting related services including our exclusive Temp-To-Hire TM  Program for our manufacturing clients. All candidates are fully vetted and matched to our partners for overall fit.

Musuloskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are the most common type of injury in Ontario workplaces, accounting for more than 40% of workplace injuries and costing Ontario employers more than $1 billion annually. PROergonomics is an ergonomic consulting company dedicated to helping companies reduce the costs and risks associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) by providing comprehensive ergonomic assessment services. Our consultants identify hazards and evaluate risk, provide practical recommendations for change, assist with return to work cases and deliver engaging awareness training in all industries and office environments.

Cambium Consulting & Engineering
Founded in 2006, Cambium is a renowned multi-service consulting and engineering company providing services throughout Eastern Ontario with offices in Peterborough, Barrie, Oshawa, and Kingston. Our team offers high-quality expertise and services in environmental, geotechnical, building sciences, and construction monitoring. Biologists also form part of our environmental team and offer specialty services in aquatic and terrestrial ecology - Environmental Impact Studies, Natural Heritage Assessments, and Species at Risk Assessments to name just a few.

Hill County Property Services
Serving the Northumberland - Quinte - Belleville regions since 2010 we have built our name on Quality, Reliability, Consistency and Professionalism. We provide grounds maintenance services all 4 seasons to the industrial community. Professional, uniform staff are the first sign youve made the right choice, state of the art equipment maintained and serviced daily to insure the best most efficient service possible.  
Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) is pleased to announce the results of competitive selection for the second tranche of the N1M program (N1M-2) as originally announced by Kim Rudd, MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, on December 18, 2018, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
To learn more, click HERE
Starting at $60/mth
For more information - darla.price@thenma.ca
What is your payroll schedule?
The NMA has had a few inquiries asking what the average payroll schedule is in our area.
Click HERE to answer our one question survey and help us gather feedback. All responses are secure and anonymous - we are only looking for the average payroll schedule - weekly, bi-weekly and monthly.

Workforce Development Board Releases Eye On the Market Newsletter
Online training will save Ontario businesses approximately $5,000,000
Ontario's government is working for the people to reduce burdens on job creators, as well as workers by improving training programs that certify those who promote health and safety at workplaces.
These changes mean 50,000 Ontario workplaces no longer need to send workers for a five-day classroom course. By cutting red tape, Minister Scott is providing flexibility by making online courses fully available to Ontario businesses, reducing the time needed to take the first part of the course. Learn more HERE
NMA Online Job Board Launched!
Over 300 visitors hit the NMA job board (within 2 days), curious to see the great opportunities in our community. We are thrilled at the response and encourage members to continue to use this tool to recruit outside your network. Click HERE to post your jobs!

Venture13 VentureZone
If you are an entrepreneur, telecommuter or have independent consultants looking to work closer to home, Venture13 is the perfect location for you and your team!
One Month Free Trial! Click HERE to learn more.

Fleming College Upcoming Training Opportunities
NEW! LEAN Yellow Belt Certification
Become familiar with the processes and tools of the Lean concept in this introduction to Lean and Continuous Improvement. Gain an understanding of how Lean can create more value for your customers by eliminating activities that consume resources or which add cost or time without creating value. 
To learn more call 1-866-353-6464 ext. 5221 or email karen.foster@flemingcollege.ca

Loyalist College Upcoming Training Opportunities
Managing Conflict Through Respectful Conversations.
Dealing effectively with workplace conflict is a useful way to bring important issues to light, open the lines of communication, and strengthen working relationships. Unmanaged conflict in the workplace can lead to reduced levels of teamwork and cooperation, reduced employee commitment and lower levels of quality and productivity. Respectful communication is a key to resolving and preventing conflict. Learn more HERE

ElevatePlus Training Program  
We provide a FREE 6-week training program to train adults for jobs in the manufacturing and food processing industry! Click HERE to learn more.

Workplace Prevention & Safety Services
Event: WSPS Safety Connection (Rate Framework: Transforming the WSIB’s Premium Rate Setting Model)
Description: The WSIB is transforming the way premium rates are set for almost 300,000 businesses all across Ontario. Our new premium rate setting model will increase fairness, boost transparency, and be more reflective of individual employer claims experience. As we get closer to implementation in 2020, we're here to support you and ensure you're prepared for our new model.
Location: Best Western Plus Cobourg, 930 Burnham St, Cobourg, ON, K9A 2X9
Date: April 9, 2019
To learn more click HERE

****If you have specific training needs, let us know! If we collaborate, and host training together with other members who may have the same need, we can bring the costs down, and the NMA will do all the organizing! Contact us at 289-677-4988 or info@thenma.ca*****
V13, NMA & BDC Presents: Funding Forum
Thursday, April 25
Join us for the morning and meet over 10 different funding agencies that support the growth and sustainability of your business. Registration coming soon!

CanExport provides direct financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) registered in Canada to help them develop new export opportunities and markets, especially high-growth emerging markets

NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) provides financial support to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to help them undertake technology innovation .

CALL for Proposals: FedDev Ontario’s Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP)
Click HERE to learn more.


Bel-Con Design-Builders is offering the following no obligation introductory services:
  • General building condition assessment
  • Roof condition review
  • Educational seminars
Contact: Tom Gunsinger 1-613-968-6707 C: (613) 848-9010 tomg@bel-con.com

Industry & Educators Social, Thursday, March 19 Register

Durham College AI Hub Tech Talk, Thursday, April 4, 2019

NMA V13 BDC Presents: Funding Forum, Thursday, April 25, 2019

NMA Annual General Meeting , Thursday, May 16, 2019

TD Bank Global Economic Update, Thursday, May 23, 2019

NMA Annual Golf Tournament, Thursday, June 6, 2019