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Made right here Manufacturing and construction are big business in this part of the province. We feature 35 cool things made in Eastern Ontario.


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Meet the next generation of makers


Your guide to the most in-demand and top-paying manufacturing and construction jobs in Eastern Ontario.


From construction to welding, these young people have learned the value of their trades.


WANTED: skilled workers

What job is right for you?

Attention students or career-changers: Take our short quiz to determine which jobs in manufacturing and construction best suit your skills.


A storied past; a promising future

Wood manufacturing is a stable career choice for young people in good physical shape.


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Are you a student weighing career choices or a professional looking for a change? Worldclass companies located throughout Eastern Ontario are looking for talent skilled in manufacturing and construction.

We break down the labour needs for one of Ottawa’s biggest construction projects to date.

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Made and built in Eastern Ontario

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elcome to STUFF, a guide to the opportunities in the manufacturing and building industries in Eastern Ontario. In this edition, we’ll explore these fast-growing sectors by answering these three key questions: What is made and built in Eastern Ontario; who’s making it, and; what kinds of jobs and careers are available?

What is made here? City or town, across Eastern Ontario, there are thousands of dynamic and innovative companies making and building stuff, many of them operating under the radar. In our feature story, 35 coolest things made in Eastern Ontario, you’ll discover what is manufactured in our region is, in fact, pretty cool. From everyday items such as hockey tape, cheese curds and Adirondack chairs, to world-class products in every sector — antennas for NASA, seismic monitoring sensors set at the bottom of the ocean and at the top of volcanos, nuclear-reactor components — the list is impressive (see page six). Who is making it? The one thing all these companies have in common is they depend on a creative, talented workforce in a wide variety of careers. On page 26, in our feature called Young Pros, we profile several recent grads, find out what they love about their careers and what paths got them there. What jobs and careers are available? If you are a student, or a job-seeker, it may be time to consider manufacturing and building as a top-notch career option. The demand for talent and the wages are rising and the opportunities are immediate. Take our quiz on page 22 to find out

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which sector is a fit for your interests and abilities and then check out page 16 to find out what you can expect to make and which occupations are in the highest demand. All of the great companies profiled in STUFF need talent in traditional jobs and the jobs of the future. They are looking for people who want to work with their hands and their heads, people who take great pride in the skills required in making stuff and those who want to be on the edge of the digital transformation. If you’re a student or job-seeker, we invite you to go to page 49, where we’ll introduce you to some local companies that are hiring right now. Hope you enjoy the issue. Terry Tyo

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35 coolest things Made in Eastern Ontario Eastern Ontario is a beacon for manufacturers. Our list includes dozens of innovative things made in our backyards. BY LEO VALIQUETTE

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A small big cheese

Cheese-making has long been big business in Eastern Ontario. Popular consumer brands such as Cracker Barrel, P’tit Quebec, and aMOOza! are produced at plants in Winchester and Ingleside. These plants today are owned and operated by Lactalis Canada, a subsidiary of the world’s largest dairy conglomerate, Groupe Lactalis of France. But Eastern Ontario boasts another big name in cheese, one that retains its local ownership. Fromagerie St-Albert, the St-Albert Cheese Co-operative, is one of the oldest co-operatives in Canada and is known for its cheddar and poutine curds. St-Albert has earned grand champion titles at international cheese shows. It all began in 1894, when a group of Franco-Ontarian cheesemakers gathered to launch a cooperative. After a devastating fire in 2013, St-Albert rebuilt and resumed production in 2014.


Medical tubing that tours the world

GlobalMed Inc. in Trenton develops and produces top-grade medical tubing and fittings that are exported to 34 countries. Many products are proprietary and cannot be disclosed. However, the team did tell us about two recent ones. First, there’s a tube used with a surgical cautery pencil. The tube is part of a system that evacuates any smoke plume that may contain carcinogens. Second, a ventilator hose with integrated heating warms the patient’s airway and prevents unwanted condensation in the hose.


Metal debris no more

Gastops Ltd. is an Ottawa company that’s been leading its global market space for decades with only modest fanfare. The company designs, manufactures and supports advanced sensing and analysis products intended to keep aircraft and other industrial equipment operating longer with less downtime. Key products include oil debris-sensing systems under the names MetalSCAN, FilterCHECK and ChipCHECK. These give advance warning of wear and impending machine failure by detecting any metal debris present in lubricating oil. Customers can reduce maintenance costs and eliminate service disruptions.

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Through the locomotive glass

Since 1912, Beclawat Manufacturing Inc. has been renowned for its window and door solutions used in the marine, rail, transit and defence industries. One product from this Belleville producer is the Emergency Escape Hinged Locomotive Cab Window for VIA Rail’s new fleet of 32 trainsets. This window helps improve safety for the engineer by providing an additional means of egress in the event of an emergency. These trains will travel throughout Quebec and Ontario beginning in 2022. So, starting next year, when you wave at a VIA engineer, he or she will wave back through a window built in Belleville.


Anchoring the sailing industry

Kingston Anchors’ stainless-steel anchors, bow rollers and other marine products are installed by recreational and commercial boat builders across North America and beyond. It all began when Montreal hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics. The Games may have been awarded to Montreal, but the waters off the shores of Kingston were deemed best for the sailing events. Subsequently, the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour was constructed, which sparked a sailing boom. Ed Petersen, a local sailor and entrepreneur, seized this opportunity and launched Kingston Anchors in 1977.


Best in the vinyl biz

Morbern is North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of decorative vinyl upholstery and has been in operation since 1965. Its Cornwall headquarters is one of nine manufacturing and distribution centres across the continent. Morbern creates innovative vinyls that meet the design and engineering communities’ challenges by balancing performance, durability and style. They’re used in the contract, health-care, hospitality, automotive, transportation and marine markets. Canadian Business Magazine has named Morbern one of Canada’s best-managed companies for two years running.



35 COOLEST THINGS 3M: Not just adhesives

3M is a multinational conglomerate that produces more than 60,000 products under several brands. The company’s Brockville plant made headlines in August 2020 when it announced it would be making N95 respirators. The first shipments rolled out in April 2021 and marked the first made-in-Canada shipment of this vital personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. Making this happen was a joint effort between the provincial and federal governments to produce 55 million N95 respirators a year for the next five years for health-care workers, first responders and other essential workers across Canada. Brockville isn’t 3M’s only Eastern Ontario factory. The company also has two manufacturing plants in Perth. The first produces tape, ranging from its ubiquitous Scotch Tape to highquality tapes used for more demanding applications in markets such as aerospace and construction. The second plant produces cleaning sponges, including the green and yellow Scotch-Brite brand heavy-duty scrub sponge. Every Scotch-Brite product sold in Canada is made in Perth.

Soda gets its start with strawberries

Hand-crafted farm-to-glass sodas that are all natural, low in sugar and made with locally grown fruits — in a weird and wonderful variety of flavours. Within just a few years, Napanee’s County Bounty Artisanal Soda Co. has grown to ship and retail its drinks across Canada. It all began when founder Dodie Ellenbogen wanted to try something different to preserve a large flat of strawberries before they spoiled. Instead of making jam, she tried something different after coming across a recipe for cordials — syrups you can add to sparkling water to make your own soda.


Keeping the weeds at bay

Since 1987, Premier Tech Home & Garden in Brighton has been developing and producing a variety of wellknown lawn and garden care products from its 55,000-squarefoot facility. These retail at hardware and home improvement stores across Canada. Under the Wilson brand, these include weed and pest control products AntOut, WipeOut and WeedOut. As the lawn and garden industry has evolved, Premier Tech has continued to evolve its formulations to provide consumers with innovative products that are greener yet still effective.


The science of breeding bovines

EastGen’s high-tech Kemptville lab lies at the heart of a $100-million industry that works to increase productivity within the global livestock sector. The lab is a “cornerstone” of a global alliance that markets more than 11 million doses of bovine semen across Canada and around the world. It’s all about advances in genetics research to breed animals that are healthier and more resistant to disease. Livestock farmers can access low-cost genomic testing that allows them to quickly analyze an animal’s genetic potential and make more informed decisions on breeding programs.


A manufacturer’s manufacturer

JAE Automation helps other manufacturers be more innovative and productive. The company harnesses new technologies, sensors, data, analytics and advanced robotics to lower its customers’ costs, improve product quality and increase operational efficiencies. For example, the Kemptville company recently designed a robotic palletizing and caseconveying system for a local manufacturer. The system receives cased material from four packaging lines, puts it on four individual pallets, then stretch wraps each pallet. STUFF Magazine 2021/2022 [ 9 ]



DIY for boaters

The Sideshift team prides itself on doing one thing and doing it well — producing a range of retractable side thrusters that take the stress out of docking your boat. The company’s revolutionary bow and stern thruster technology sets the standard for affordable, powerful and easy-to-install thruster solutions for all types of boats, including monohulls, pontoons and houseboats. Since introducing the industry’s first external bow thruster in 2001, Sideshift has exported its products to more than 50 countries. The products are designed for DIY installation, saving boaters time and money.


Antennas for NASA

Ottawa’s C-COM Satellite Systems is a world leader in the design and manufacture of commercial-grade, fully motorized, auto-pointing mobile antennas for the delivery of broadband internet to remote locations. “All of the manufacturing is outsourced to a number of Ottawa-based companies, which benefit tremendously from our technology,” says founder, president and CEO Leslie Klein. More than 8,500 antenna systems have been shipped to more than 100 countries. Customers include NASA, CBC, ABC, Telesat, the U.S. military, NATO forces, RCMP and various foreign telephone companies and mobile banks.


Siemens Healthineers

A global medical device company that benefits an estimated five million patients worldwide each day, Siemens Healthineers manufactures one product unique to Eastern Ontario. The epoc ® Blood Analysis System is a handheld, wireless device for comprehensive blood analysis testing at the patient’s side on a single roomtemperature test card. Results take fewer than 60 seconds. This instrument has proven critical for ICUs to support blood gas testing and treatment decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, the company announced a 24,000-square-foot expansion of its local manufacturing facility.

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The COVID detector

Over the past 30-plus years, OZ Optics has grown from a startup in founder Ömür Sezerman’s kitchen to a global company with additional manufacturing operations in Turkey and China. OZ Optics’ proprietary fibre-optic sensor systems are used in dozens of countries for remote monitoring of oil and gas pipelines, wells, refineries, bridges, dams and security fences as well as fire detection. A notable product made locally at the company’s Stittsville headquarters is the Universal Optical DNA Rapid Detection System for Pathogens. This unit has been developed to detect viral and bacterial DNA/RNA for diseases including COVID-19, SARS, ebola, cholera and salmonella.


King of the cords

Perth’s Cord King builds heavy-duty commercial firewood processors powered by turbo diesel power plants. From concept to completed product, the company’s team of highly skilled workers builds each machine from scratch in Perth, starting with raw metal and fashioning it into heavy-duty components. The Cord King CS-series models have the highest production rates on the planet today, capable of producing up to 10 full cords of firewood per hour. Over 40-plus years, Cord King has built and sold thousands of machines in more than 16 countries.




Step aside, C-3PO: COVIDkilling robot

Foxboro’s Donmac Precision Machining Inc. specializes in mission critical components that could be used in a surgery bay or overseas to defend world peace. Each machined part or assembly is treated like someone’s life may depend on it. Customers span the defence, aerospace, medical and electronics sectors. Beyond that, the sensitive nature of Donmac’s work means its products must remain confidential. Pictured is one such custom product with complex features and extremely tight tolerances. Donmac’s advanced Swiss CNC lathe can produce this part from a piece of raw steel in just over a minute.

This company is a joint effort between Gloucester’s Pryor Metals and aero hygenx to build COVID-killing robots for airplanes. Aero hygenx launched in January when a “group of aviation geeks at heart” realized the COVID-19 pandemic was poised to deal a crippling blow to air travel. Its founders created an autonomous robot designed to patrol empty aircraft aisles. The RAY robot emits ultraviolet light to exterminate any germs or viruses in its path. RAY is being manufactured at Gloucester-based Pryor Metals, using parts from more than a dozen local suppliers. The robot first entered service in April with the Dash 8 aircraft operated by Hydro-Québec.


Building better tools

Lee Valley Tools’ Veritas division manufactures premium hand tools for discerning woodworkers. Since 1985, Veritas has grown to include 250 products and more than 100 patents in lines that include woodworking planes, sharpening equipment, marking and measuring tools, router tables and drilling accessories. To quote president Robin Lee: “Veritas manufacturing is really about studying what's gone before and finding ways to improve it — reinterpreting traditional tools using newer materials and newer manufacturing methods." Veritas’s Ottawa operation includes an R&D team of engineers, industrial designers and graphic designers, along with a modern manufacturing and packaging facility.


Exact and essential


Making packing a breeze

Laminacorr is the only Canadian-owned independent manufacturer of corrugated plastic. Since its founding in Cornwall in 1998, it has grown into the largest independent manufacturer of these plastics in North America. Laminacorr’s products are used for signage and display, and for packaging in a variety of industries, including automotive, agriculture and construction as well as medical, for the transportation of blood and other organic tissues. Laminacorr also supports its community with a bursary program for women studying business.


Safe suits for military members

Tulmar Safety Systems of Hawkesbury designs and manufactures engineered protective textiles and survivability and safety products for the aerospace, defence and public security industries. The company’s manufacturing facility features equipment ranging from computerized cutting tables, stitching machines and radio frequency welding and heat-sealing equipment to highly sophisticated testing and certification equipment. In July, Tulmar announced a contract renewal with the Royal Canadian Navy worth $3 million for hazardous duty and maritime pouch life preservers. In May, Tulmar acquired Icarus Training Systems of the United Kingdom — a maker of inflatable training equipment for aircraft cabin crew training.

Tools Einstein might have used

With its seismic monitoring instruments active on every continent, Nanometrics is a truly global leader and one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. The company applies science and technology to push the boundaries of Earth science and informs how human development can responsibly coexist with our planet. Two key products manufactured in Eastern Ontario are the Abalones Ocean Bottom System, which delivers a complete, self-contained seismographic system to the ocean floor, and the Trillium portable seismometer for hard-to-reach places. Nanometrics’ instruments have even been used to help prove Einstein's theory on the existence of gravitational waves.

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Custom chairs, sustainably sourced

“Best chairs on the planet.” Francois Bruneau and his family have been crafting fine Adirondack-style furniture since 1955 at DFC Woodworks Inc. in Kemptville. Each chair is built to order and customers can select the size, style, material, colour and stain that suits them best. Wood products are backed with an industry-leading 10-year guarantee. Today, the “Best Adirondack Chair” is a global success, with sales throughout the United States and Canada, and as far away as England, Australia and Dubai. DFC also makes sure its lumber is responsibly sourced, using only suppliers that are Forest Stewardship Council-certified.

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Making manufacturing seamless

Pleora designs and manufactures AI and sensor interface products for manufacturers, integrators and camera companies serving the industrial automation, security and medical imaging markets. These include sensor interfaces that connect cameras to processors for real-time inspection applications and rugged smart switching solutions. One flagship product made locally is the AI Gateway. This unit is used by brand owners in the consumer goods, parts manufacturing and food and beverage markets to automate errorprone human inspection at key points in the manufacturing process. This helps to improve product quality, maintain brand standards and accurately inspect challenging materials.


Dr. Robot

Drawing on its neuroscience roots in clinical research, Kingston’s Kinarm develops and exports interactive robotics platforms. This advanced instrumentation is used by researchers studying the brain to help patients recover from stroke, concussion or other traumatic brain injuries and to study neurological dysfunction due to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s. One flagship product is the Kinarm Exoskeleton Lab. This sophisticated robotic platform can monitor and manipulate a patient’s arm, providing a broad range of hand- and joint-based kinesiological information. [ 12 ]


Cornering the hockey tape market

Quality hockey tape made in a small town. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than that. All of Renfrew Pro Hockey Tape’s products are manufactured in Renfrew — a town that played a role in the origin of the NHL. Renfrew Pro is the official tape for most professional hockey teams in North America and has been in the dressing room of every Stanley Cup championship team for more than 20 years. Today, the company is part of diversified health-care and industrial products group Scapa, but the focus on that rich, small-town heritage continues.

Being kind to waterways

Eseidon, a Gatineau branch of the well-known Ottawa Boat Cruise company, is pioneering firstof-its-kind electric watercraft. The team behind the venture cares deeply about the future of our waterways and the planet and has seen first-hand the financial and environmental benefits of switching from diesel to electric motors. The first electric tour boat launched in May 2016, and was developed and tested on the waters of Eastern Ontario’s own Rideau Canal. Esiedon continues to push the state-of-theart for electric boats, passenger ferries and amphibian vessels. Based on a customer’s specific business needs — passenger capacity, tour types, number of tours — it can offer different options, including custom manufacturing.


A climate change counter

Since the 1990s, RBR Global has been creating oceanographic instruments to measure our blue planet. From the ocean abyss to the polar ice cap, RBR’s high-precision sensors track water parameters that include temperature, depth, salinity, dissolved gases and pH. The company exports to just about any country with a coastline, where its products support the study of climate change and projects for environmental sustainability and remediation. President Greg Johnson describes it as a “microniche” market with only six global players. The special sauce comes with the final assembly and the calibration of each instrument at RBR’s Kanata North facility.


Smokin’ things up

We featured Ensyn Technologies here in the first issue of STUFF for its biocrude produced from forest and agricultural residues. An interesting sideline of Ensyn’s signature process is smoke flavourings for food. Two years ago, food conglomerate Kerry Group of Ireland purchased Ensyn’s Rapid Thermal Pyrolysis (RTP) facility in Renfrew. Kerry is the largest producer of liquid smoke in the world and most of that supply now comes from the Renfrew site. This flavouring is used in a wide variety of foods, from bacon, sausage and ham to BBQ sauces and potato chips.


35 COOLEST THINGS A carpet caretaker

In operation since 1966, Nylene Canada Inc.’s Arnprior facility offers a variety of quality nylon polymers (plastics) for the compounding market. This includes its own compounded nylon polymers for use in the wire and cable industry. If you have carpet, Nylene Canada also produces deep, regular, cationic and specialty cationic dye resin with built-in Enhanced Acid Stain Resistance for carpet production. The Arnprior plant also has another distinction — it can produce high-quality polymers and yarns by recycling common nylon 6, thereby diverting plastic waste from landfills.



Woman of steel

Ivaco Rolling Mills is a worldclass producer and global exporter of hot-rolled wire rod and steel billets. Billets are used as raw material by other manufacturers for a variety of steel products. Achieving the highest quality in a billet’s manufacture is critical to the success of any downstream product that is made from it. Ivaco produces 900,000 tonnes of product per year. The company is a WBE (Women's Business Enterprise) business. This distinction recognizes Ivaco, based in L’Orignal, as a womenowned business by virtue of its parent company, The Heico Companies, which is chaired by Emily Heisley Stoeckel.

Building better buildings

Build stronger and faster, with less waste and lower construction labour costs, and avoid much of the maintenance over time that is typical of conventional “stick-built” structures. Feris’s Harmonic line is a high-performance building system that combines structure, insulation and vapour barrier in a single panel. Everything is custom engineered and fabricated in Kingston using Canadian steel and expanded polystyrene (EPS). This produces a building envelope that is mould/mildewand vermin-resistant, and able to achieve high environmental ratings such as net zero. Feris ships across Canada, the U.S. and worldwide, and is popular with architects, contractors and developers.


Canada’s biggest barge builder

Drake Cartier, always intrigued by tugboats and heavy equipment as a youngster, joined the marine construction industry with his first job at age 15. This eventually led him to found his own company to produce a quality product at a reasonable price on Canadian soil, specifically Cornwall soil. Today, Canadian Barge Builders bills itself as the country’s No. 1 barge-building company, with more than 400 barges on the water. These modular vessels are designed to be easily transported and can be configured and customized in numerous ways using a unique pinning system.


Fuelling nuclear reactors

EIPmfg is a custom precision machine shop that makes some unique items. One of these is a radioactive tube piercer. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories uses these piercers at sites across Ontario and the Pembroke machine shop even exports them to reactor installations overseas. Designed to function inside the fuel and materials cells of a nuclear reactor, a piercing machine is operated from a safe location using mechanical manipulator arms. The machine is used to cut a small piece, or coupon, of material from a radioactive reactor pressure tube sample. These coupons then undergo detailed examination to ensure continued safe operation of the reactor.


Keeping vehicles motoring

METEC Metal Technology Inc. offers precision machining, fabrication, manufacturing and assembly services as well as custom prototyping, design and an apprentice training school. The Vankleek Hill company’s products, made in Eastern Ontario and sold across North America, include a variety of vehicle maintenance attachments — sweepers, snowblowers, spreaders and plows. These include its single-auger blower — a box blower that ensures efficient snow removal, combined with easy usability and safe operation. The blower’s directdrive chute reduces the number of moving parts for lower maintenance and long-lasting performance.

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Math whiz? Creative type? People person?

There’s a trade for that.

Construction isn’t just heavy lifting. It’s problem solving. It’s creative thinking. It’s communication and teamwork. And it offers all kinds of career paths for all kinds of talent.

Learn more at

The EOCC is five colleges working together to deliver free trades training in Eastern Ontario.


Demand and salaries We look at manufacturing and construction jobs in Eastern Ontario by the numbers

Eastern Ontario is a hotbed of construction and manufacturing, but what positions are the hardest to fill and therefore in most demand? Which ones pay the best, and which ones employ the highest number of people? Thanks to the Ottawa Employment Hub, these charts provide the answer to those questions. Bet you didn’t know utilities managers make $71.20 an hour — that’s about $133,000 — or that purchasing managers in manufacturing make $61.58 an hour, or roughly $115,000. And did you know there were postings for 21 different jobs listed by the construction sector for plumbers in the region in 2020? Or that there were 40 for manufacturing material handlers? Keep reading for the answers to all your questions. [ 16 ]

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Occupations by job number Top 20 occupations in the manufacturing industry

Top 20 occupations in the construction industry Home building and renovation managers


Construction trades helpers and labourers


Electricians (except industrial and power system)

Construction managers Heavy equipment operators (except crane)

2,336 1,784 1,363


Plastic processing machine operators


Sales and account representatives - wholesale trade (non-technical)


Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews


Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations


1,319 1,197

Welders and related machine operators





Manufacturing managers

Material handlers


Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and services


Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics



Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing


Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors


Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors


Transport truck drivers


Other metal products machine operators


Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics


Transport truck drivers


Shippers and receivers

Construction estimators


Industrial electricians

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Residential and commercial installers and servicers


Metalworking and forging machine operators

Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers


Electrical and electronics engineers

Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)


Labourers in metal fabrication


Accounting technicians and bookkeepers


Chemical plant machine operators


Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades


Supervisors, food and beverage processing


781 727

Administrative assistants


Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians


Administrative officers


Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade



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Employed in Industry 2020


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Occupations by wage Top 20 occupations in the construction industry $66.68 $71.20 $61.58 $59.94 $61.58 $56.05 $54.93 $59.94 $53.46 $53.39 $56.68 $52.78 $52.28$56.05 $52.03 $51.12 $54.93 $51.09 $51.05$53.46 $50.14 $49.30$53.21 $48.81 $52.78 $48.40 $46.53 $52.28 $45.51 $45.19 $52.03

Utilities managers Purchasing managers Senior managers - construction, transportation, production and utilities Managers in natural resources production and fishing Financial managers Engineering managers Computer and information systems managers Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers Software engineers and designers Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)



Top 20 occupations in the manufacturing industry

Lawyers and Quebec notaries


Physicists and Astronomers


Purchasing managers Senior managers — construction, transportation, production and utilities

$59.94 $56.05

Financial managers Engineering managers

$54.93 $53.46

Computer and information systems managers Other professional occupations in physical sciences


Software engineers and designers


Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)


Lawyers and Quebec notaries


Banking, credit and other investment managers


Banking, credit and other investment managers


Corporate sales managers


Corporate sales managers


Human resources managers


Human resources managers


Aerospace engineers


Urban and land use planners


Architecture and science managers


Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries


Metallurgical and materials engineers


Electrical and electronics engineers


Air pilots, flight engineers and flying instructors


Manufacturing managers


Electrical and electronics engineers


Advertising, marketing and public relations managers


Manufacturing managers


Advertising, marketing and public relations managers



Industrial and manufacturing engineers

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Job demand


Top 20 occupations in the construction industry Administrative officers Administrative assistants Plumbers Construction trades helpers and labourers Transport truck drivers Carpenters Software engineers and designers Shippers and receivers Sales and account representatives - wholesale trade (non-technical) Corporate Sales managers Retail and wholesale trade managers Construction estimators Material handlers Heavy equipment operators (except crane) Construction managers Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents Gas fitters Other business service managers Accounting and related clerks Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators

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Job Postings 2020


Top 20 occupations in the manufacturing industry Sales and account representatives - wholesale trade (non-technical) Delivery and courier service drivers Computer programmers and interactive media developers Material Handlers Other labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities Manufacturing managers Retail salespersons Administrative officers Software engineers and designers Administrative assistants Other customer and information services representative Retail and wholesale buyers Other trades helpers and labourers Corporate sales managers Receptionists Welders and related machine operators Purchasing agents and officers Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors

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Career Takeoff

Five reasons to pursue a career in manufacturing or construction:


Companies are looking for new talent;

2 Demand for talent is driving wage gains; 3 Available positions span the spectrum; 4 You can demand work-life balance; 5 You can join the forefront of digital transformation.

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Which technical profession is right for you? 1 On a typical Saturday, you can be found A Cruising around and taking care of your car. B Scouting and testing out the latest tech gadgets at Best Buy. C Tinkering with tools and gear in the garage. D Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity or binge-watching HGTV. E Helping mom move a couch, fixing the sink, running the grill, setting up new TV/internet service — you seem to be able to figure anything out!

2 After graduation, you’re considering

3 Some of your favourite things to watch are A How-to videos on YouTube. B Fixer Upper and Property Brothers. C MythBusters.

A Getting a job as soon as possible.

D Stranger Things and Black Mirror.

B A gap year; travelling; a little freedom.

E Top Gear and Fast N’ Loud.

C An apprenticeship. D The least amount of post-secondary study you can do while still getting a degree. E Earning a certificate; you want to perfect a certain skill. [ 22 ]

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Find Your Number 4 You think it would be cool to … A Know how to build and restore cars. B Have the latest and greatest technology before everyone else. C Volunteer with a disaster relief group during a crisis. D Build skyscrapers and hospitals. E Take a road trip across the country.

5 Let’s say you take a longer study route. Which major would you be most likely to pick? A Logistics or supply-chain management. B Architecture or graphic design. C Cybersecurity or software engineering. D Physics or aerospace. E Civil or mechanical engineering.

Circle the letter you chose for each question to reveal its number — what number did you get the most? 1 2 3 4 5

A. 5 A. 3 A. 1 A. 3 A. 5,

B. 4 B. 5 B. 2 B. 4 B. 2

C. 3 C. 1 C. 3 C. 1 C. 4

MOSTLY 1S You enjoy solving problems and saving the day. Guess what? There are several technical professions that allow you to showcase that talent and get paid (very well) while doing so. Jobs perfect for you: • Industrial maintenance • CNC service technician • Substation and transmission tech • Electrician • Agri-technician MOSTLY 2S You have a passion for making and building things, which may have started when you got your first Lego or after a weekend marathon of Fixer Upper. Either way, your knack for building things can lead to a high-paying career in a technical profession. Jobs perfect for you: • Jobs in construction • CAD/CAM drafter • Tool and die maker • CNC machinist • Welder MOSTLY 3S You know your way around a toolbox. You’re handy and can fix things on your own. On-the-job training, an apprenticeship or a certificate — these training options are all you’ll need to get a job after high school. Jobs perfect for you: • Diesel technician • HVACR technician • Agri-technician • Electrician • Plumber

D. 2 D. 4 D. 4 D. 2 D. 3

E. 1 E. 2 E. 5 E. 5 E. 1

MOSTLY 4S You’re a techie with a knack for mastering the latest gear and gadgets before everyone else. From Macs to PCs to internet and drones, you understand it all. Eastern Ontario companies are clamouring for pros like you. Jobs perfect for you: • Automation and robotics • CAD/CAM drafter • Substation and transmission tech • CNC machinist MOSTLY 5S You crave freedom. Being your own boss sounds great, but four years of study is out of the question. Transportation-related jobs are a great fit for you and many local companies are hiring. Jobs perfect for you: • Commercial truck driver • Heavy equipment operator • Diesel technician • Agri-technician

Looking for other quizzes and resources? Try these: • SparkPath Challenge Cards | SparkPath • EdgeFactor • Job Bank Career planning - Choose a career • Career Gear - Ottawa Employment Hub employment-learning-resources/ career-gear STUFF Magazine 2021/2022 [ 23 ]


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Meet the

G N U YO S O R P The worlds of manufacturing and construction offer a range of jobs to new graduates. We profile six young professionals who have made it in these fields and are enjoying rewarding careers. BY PHIL GAUDREAU

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Lyndsey Lyons

Program: Carpentry techniques at St. Lawrence College Current Job: Carpentry apprentice with Beckwith Contracting Inc. Lyndsey Lyons has traded puzzles for plans and Lego for logs. She’s harnessed her lifelong passion for building and creation by completing an introductory program in carpentry at St. Lawrence College, and by joining a small but mighty local construction company as an apprentice. Lyons originally went to school for architecture, and found she enjoyed the hands-on shop time within that program. The Kingston native quickly made the switch to carpentry and is now on the path to completing her apprenticeship, allowing her to become certified as a carpenter and specialize in a type of carpentry that best suits her interests. “I enjoy finish carpentry and more detailed work,” Lyons says. “My satisfaction for putting things together has only grown bigger with bigger projects.” Along the way, she is building on her experience with jobs involving tiling, roofing, siding and more. Lyons even helped her parents renovate their kitchen and bathroom in recent years. She continues to enjoy her work environment, which she says exceeds her expectations by being fun, exciting and full of opportunities to try new things.. [ 28 ]

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Joel Fried Favreau Program: Carpentry Red Seal

Current Job: Co-owner of JFBC Carpentry Inc. Joel Fried Favreau was never an academic type. It wasn’t until he met Scott Pemberton that his high school education came into focus. Pemberton heads up engineering and technology programming at Earl of March Secondary School in Kanata. It was his influence that led Fried Favreau to discover carpentry through a high school co-op program. “I can't say enough good things about Scott,” Fried Favreau says. “He gave me the time of day and always reminded me to do what is best for me. You’re not going to ask a fish to climb a tree.” After completing high school, Fried Favreau joined a friend at a local carpentry company. The two have since paired up to found JFBC Carpentry Inc., which he calls one of his proudest moments. “We decided we wanted to be our own bosses and set our own hours,” Fried Favreau says. “You have to have a strong work ethic in this industry. I can teach how to frame a house, but I can't teach work ethic.” In addition to framing houses, Fried Favreau, his partner, and their one employee also complete renovations and additions. The Red Seal graduate credits his willingness to “be a sponge” and learn from all those he has worked with for his current success.

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Melissa Phelan

Program: Welding apprentice and welding and fabrication technician at St. Lawrence College Current Job: Welder, advocate for women in the trades, ambassador for Everlast Welder and Bessey Tools It all started with a 1996 Honda Civic. A classic, to be sure, but one in need of some repairs. For the vehicle to be roadworthy, it needed a new floor. That’s when Melissa Phelan thought, “Why don’t I learn how to repair it myself?” From that project, a passion was born. Phelan pursued her welding apprenticeship, and in the time since, she has welded everything from exercise equipment and robotics to forklift attachments and boats. “I’ve moved around if I felt I wasn’t moving up or learning enough,” Phelan says. “My mentors have pushed me to get those jobs and I’m glad I’ve had that.” Phelan is now giving back by sharing her experiences as a speaker and social-media influencer (@MissyWelds on Instagram) to encourage young women to enter the trade. “I don’t consider myself a woman welder — I’m just a welder,” she says. “It’s a job like any other. And there are many paths you can go down: instructor, inspector — so many avenues. So, I talk to girls about their fears and misconceptions.” Phelan says the No. 1 thing that has made her successful is her willingness to learn. She’s currently broadening her horizons with a health-care course.

Jimmy Johnson

Program: Supply-chain management at St. Lawrence College Current Job: Operations supervisor at Matrix Logistics When a package arrives at your door, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about how it got there. That’s for people such as Jimmy Johnson to worry about. After completing a bachelor’s and master’s degree in India, Johnson came to Canada to learn about supply-chain management. Through his studies at St. Lawrence College, he secured an internship with Matrix Logistics, working with its HR department and on the floor of its Cornwall warehouse. In the year since he graduated, Johnson has completed the training required to become an operations supervisor and is now responsible for keeping the warehouse’s technology working and setting the schedules for its 40 workers. “Working in supply-chain management, you learn all that goes into seeing how products are delivered, you learn hands-on mechanical skills, and you learn how to manage a team,” he says. “The more you work for people, the more they work for you.” Johnson intends to stay in Canada and continue taking on larger responsibilities as he gains more experience and knowledge about his field.

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Steven Perry

Program: Heritage carpentry, Algonquin College Current Job: Owner, Steven Perry Custom Carpentry When Steven Perry and his crew arrive at a job site, there’s not much to see, but by the time they’re done, they’ve left walls, a roof, windows, a door and a deck. “The guys love taking pictures to show their friends and family,” Perry says. “They’re proud of the quality they’re turning out.” Perry’s interest in carpentry began when he was quite young, making Adirondack chairs and bat houses with his grandfather. His interest was nurtured through shop classes in high school, and once he graduated, he enrolled in Algonquin College’s heritage carpentry program. He followed that up by apprenticing under a Carpbased homebuilder before breaking out on his own seven years ago. Today, Steven Perry Custom Carpentry employs six people full-time including Perry and his wife Ashley. “It’s a great career,” he says. “It’s very rewarding and you get to spend lots of time outdoors. Plus, there’s so much work right now, it's crazy. Every subcontractor I work with needs people.” With his expanded skillset, Perry has gone from building bat houses to real ones — even a custom loghouse, one of his favourite projects — and decks to go with those Adirondack chairs.

Jessica Hentschel

Program: Advanced biotechnology, Algonquin College; biology, University of Ottawa Current Job: Manufacturing associate, The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Jessica Hentschel liked biology, but wasn’t sure how to turn that passion and knowledge into a career after graduating from university. She enjoyed being hands-on in her work, and wanted to keep some laboratory time in the mix. She did not want to be stuck in front of a computer — at least not all the time — and wanted to keep learning and being challenged. After working in a pharmacy, Hentschel went back to school for a biotechnology program. During her studies, she learned about the Canadian Partnership for Research in Immunotherapy Manufacturing Excellence (CanPRIME). This program, which unites the Ottawa Hospital, Algonquin College, the University of Ottawa, Mitacs and industry partners, helped Hentschel learn a wide range of pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Today, as an employee of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, she manufactures virus-based therapeutics to help treat cancer and rare and infectious diseases. “My work helps complete the loop, from research to manufacturing the medication to getting it into the patient,” she says. Hentschel says the kind of pharmaceutical manufacturing she does is a great field to consider for someone who likes to be challenged, pays plenty of attention to detail and enjoys variety in their work.

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PATHWAY TO SUCCESS How high school programs connect students and industry partners





Ontario students enrolled in 2020-21 SHSM programs

Ontario High Schools offering SHSM programs

SHSM programs being offered across Ontario

SHSM sectors covered in the programs offered


Explore the Possibilities The SHSM program connects students with industry partners opening up different pathways to success

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ptions. Possibilities. Opportunities. These are what students today are looking for when they are choosing their career path. It isn’t a linear path, but one that crisscrosses and constantly evolves. Students and their parents and guardians are keen to understand and explore the options before zeroing in on what suits them best.

"SHSM enables students obtain sector-recognized certifications and valuable sector experience." This is where the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) diploma opportunity comes in. This provincial program supported by the Ministry of Education and delivered through the local school boards in partnership with industry partners, helps students explore a career path that matches their skills, interests and talents while earning a Specialist Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This program helps students engage with industry partners, focus on learning in a specific sector and gain relevant experience while getting the credits they

need to graduate. It helps students gain employment, apprenticeship, college or university admission after graduation. For the employer, it provides them with a qualified workforce that is ready to hit the ground running. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board currently offers 45 programs across 13 SHSM sectors including manufacturing, construction, business and more. SHSM facilitates the ‘what next’ decision-making process by providing students, and their families with a window into the multitude of career opportunities available. Even if students choose not to pursue their choice, it’s an easier, quicker and less expensive way to explore their options than enrolling in a post-secondary program, for example. Those who do continue are more likely to complete college or university because they know it’s what they want to do.


The SHSM program focuses on experiential learning combined with developing a mindset suitable for 21stcentury careers. The program fosters design thinking, showing students how to go from an idea to a complete product and beyond. Students can bring fresh eyes and ideas, offering creative ways to approach a problem or a challenge offered by their industry partners. It also helps teachers deliver the curriculum in an authentic way, without it being just about the textbooks. Students get to see how school translates to the real world and they discover there can be a purpose to their lessons.

"SHSM provides industry partners with a qualified workforce that is ready to hit the ground running." SKILLED WORKFORCE

Industry partners gain from this partnership just as much as a student does. SHSM enables students to obtain sector-recognized certifications, complete training courses and gain valuable on-the-job experience. Not only does the industry get access to the bright minds coming out of high school, but it also gains a workforce that is already skilled, certified and well immersed in the industry culture. Employers don’t need the additional time or training to get their new hires up to speed. While the pandemic has presented its challenges in delivering the program, SHSM opportunities are still available for those who are interested. There are multiple ways for a company to get involved as an industry partner, from speaking to students and mentoring a group through a problem-solving process, all the way up to offering a co-op placement, either virtually or in-person as COVID restrictions allow. STUFF Magazine 2021/2022 [ 35 ]

SHSM Snapshot Choosing a career for a high school student is not a straight path, but more of an exploration expedition. Parents and guardians are essential companions in this journey. SHSM students going home and sharing their experiences help both generations understand the multitude of opportunities available beyond the traditional roles such as those of a doctor or a lawyer. SHSM introduces and reinforces the belief among students, parents and guardians that there are many career paths that can be just as beneficial and lucrative. For 2021-2022, as we navigate through a global pandemic, SHSM programs are adapting and evolving to find innovative and interactive ways to provide students, and the industry partners, with a mutually beneficial and wholesome experience.” Lydia Hamilton, SHSM Board Lead for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the Co-Chair of the Eastern Regional SHSM Board Leads

Key benefits of SHSM for students • • • • • •

Build relevant industry skills; Industry recognized certifications at no cost; Authentic experiential learning with industry partners; Reach ahead opportunities (dual credit, OYAP); Innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship opportunities; and Receive recognition for your accomplishments

Key benefits of SHSM for employers • • • • •

Fresh set of eyes and ideas; Instant access to prospective employees; Access to bright minds coming out of high school; Workforce with sector-specific certifications and training; and High-school graduates who can hit the ground running.

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• 2006-07: Ontario high schools started offering SHSM programs • 27 SHSM programs • 8 Sectors


• Approximately 8400 per cent increase in the number of programs offered • Approximately 137 per cent increase in the sectors offered

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Thousands of local jobs in manufacturing What cool stuff is being made? Can manufacturing be a career for me?


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O-train trades

Find out who’s building the extensions on the O-train and LRT system, what tradespeople they need to do it and what those men and women can expect to be paid. [ 38 ]


BY CHARLES ENMAN f you’re the hands-on type, a doer, someone who always wants to pull his or her weight and has a lot of pride in workmanship, then you just might be a class-A candidate for a career in construction. And the good news is, there are far more jobs in construction in Eastern Ontario than there are people to fill them — so if you qualify for construction work, you’re going to be busy, and you’ll probably have a lot of coin in your pocket. Construction work is physical, and it helps to be reasonably fit, have a good sense of balance and reliable eye-hand-foot coordination. In Eastern Ontario, one of the biggest recent construction projects was the building of a new section of the O-Train, the light-rail transit system in Ottawa. The Confederation Line, as it’s called, runs east and west across the city, complementing the Trillium Line, which opened in 2001 and runs on a north-south axis. Both lines are being extended.


The consortium Kiewit-Eurovia Vinci is constructing the east and west extension of the section that was opened only two years ago. TransitNEXT is constructing the extension of the older, north-south line. We asked both companies for a list of the trades they’re using on these projects. Here are some of those trades — and what you need to know and do to qualify for them. Heavy equipment operators: graders, dozers, excavators and loaders Heavy equipment operators are heroes of young boys, but also some of the most important people on any construction site. They usually are among the first tradesmen at the site, so they have a bird’s-eye view of the process right from the beginning. Operators may be expected to do light repairs on their equipment, so it helps to be a bit mechanical. If you want to become a heavy equipment operator, you usually need to be a high school graduate or have a GED. You could qualify through on-thejob training, in which an experienced operator teaches you the ins and outs. Or, you may do a formal apprenticeship, which usually takes three years and requires 6,000 hours of on-site training, plus 144 hours of classroom lessons each year. The best part is that you get paid during the apprenticeship. A second route is through vocational schools and training institutes. You pay for these courses, but the upside is that you get quick exposure to all kinds of heavy equipment and can quickly get certified to operate them. This route can be faster than apprenticeship. The more equipment you’re certified for, the more useful you can be to an employer. The median pay for heavy equipment operators in Ontario is $26 per hour. Labour foremen A foreman is the person who manages workers in a specific area, such as electricity, carpentry or welding. They hire, train and oversee workers, and ensure completion of tasks on schedule. The most important qualification for a foreman is experience working in construction and knowledge of safety regulations. Sometimes specialized training or certification is needed — for example, if you’re in charge of a welding crew, you will probably be a licensed welder. In Ontario, a foreman will typically earn about $32 per hour.

General labourers General labour jobs are unspecialized and that may involve construction or simply moving materials. Often, general labourers help specialized contractors such as carpenters and masons. Many of their tasks don’t need a lot of training, though informal apprenticeships are often given on worksites. The average general labourer earns about $16 per hour.

We have a significant challenge in recruiting tradespeople — but there’s lots of opportunity. - JAMIE ROBINSON, THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR KIEWIT-EUROVIA VINCI

Surveyors Surveyors use special instruments to establish and mark property boundaries on construction sites. The process of becoming a surveyor is long. In Ontario, you need a baccalaureate-level program in professional surveying approved by the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors, and then you have to pass exams to become licensed. In Ontario, the average wage for a surveyor is $26 per hour. Survey helpers Survey helpers assist surveyors in taking their measurements and mapping an area. They may have to hammer in wooden stakes, carry survey equipment and perform similar tasks. Survey helpers usually only need a high school diploma. In Ontario, the average wage for a survey helper is $22.60 per hour. CAD Technicians A CAD technician uses CAD software to create technical drawings and plans for products and parts used in construction. (CAD is short for computer-aided design.)

In Ontario, there are several ways of becoming a CAD technician after securing your high school diploma. Beyond that, you can complete a two- or three-year college program in drafting technology or complete a shorter college program and do a three- or four-year apprenticeship. Certification is available in Ontario, but voluntary, though some employers may require it. In Ontario, the average wage for a CAD technician is $21.79. Pipelayers Pipelayers connect pipe pieces and seal joints in sewer structures and pipe systems. They may have to cut piping material, dig trenches, cover pipes with soil and perform other tasks. Pipelayers typically need a high school diploma and completion of an apprenticeship. In Ontario, the average wage for a pipelayers is $27.63. Form-setters Form-setters measure and cut materials to build wooden forms for pouring in cement for foundations, walls and other structures. There are no formal educational qualifications to become a form-setter, though most people do some form of apprenticeship. The worker must have solid carpentry skills. In Ontario, the average form-setter makes $31 per hour. Truck drivers On construction sites, truck drivers generally bring in construction materials and deliver them where they’re needed. To drive a truck, you need a DZ licence, which means you have to be 18, pass a test of operating knowledge of trucks and tractor trailers, meet vision standards and pass a road test. Truck drivers make an average of $22.71 in Ontario. Other jobs There are lots of other jobs that will be required on the extensions of Ottawa’s O-Train, including concrete finishers, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, rod workers, drywallers and other trades. And remember: There’s a demand for construction workers throughout the province. A job is there waiting for you. Jamie Robinson, the director of communications for KiewitEurovia Vinci, says his company is desperately looking for workers. “We have a significant challenge in recruiting tradespeople — but there’s lots of opportunity.” STUFF Magazine 2021/2022 [ 39 ]




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Wood manufacturing, such as that done by Roseburg Forest Products in Pembroke, is big business in Eastern Ontario and has been around as long as Canada itself. Photo by John A. Butler Photography

‘Chugging along’ Wood manufacturing in Eastern Ontario is as old as the country itself and it’s a reliable, stable career choice for young people in good physical shape who want to work with their hands.


BY CHARLES ENMAN f you’re a young person looking for a classic Eastern Ontario job, you can’t do better than finding something in the wood manufacturing sector. The sector is virtually as old as Canada itself, according to Alastair Baird, manager of economic development services and tourism for Renfrew County. “We’ve always been the biggest harvesters and sawyers of wood,” Baird says. “We’ve got 200-plus years of wood harvesting and processing in this region. It was core to the original wealth creation in this country, and that industry has held its own, has grown and developed, and kept up with the times. It’s part of our rocksolid, sustainable resource base.” Much of the industry is in fact in Renfrew [ 42 ]

County — but not all, Baird says. For example, Alexandria Moulding — which Baird describes as “an ideal example of a value-added enterprise” — is in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, at the eastern extreme of the province. If you look for work in the wood manufacturing sector, you’ll find mainly manual-labour jobs, which have always been part of the sector, and machineoperating jobs, which have become more important as automation has insinuated itself into the sector. In the forestry and wood manufacturing sector, manual-labour jobs have been declining and machine-operating jobs have been on the rise, according to David Wybou, Renfrew County’s business development officer. “We’ve been seeing

this pattern, I would say, for 15 years — somewhat less demand for manual labour and an uptick in demand for skilled machine operators.” As in any sector, there can be waves of business activity that will see demand for employees swell and wane. During the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, there have been increases in demand for wood products so that homeowners unable to go into their usual workplace could use this imposed down-time to make improvements in their homes — but this demand has since tapered off. They’re looking for employees at Roseburg Forest Products in Pembroke. “We definitely have an ongoing need for new employees,” plant manager Alexandre Ouellette says. “And I’d say we’re not

WOOD MANUFACTURING looking so much for technical skills — after all, we can teach those to new employees — as for people who will fit in well with our corporate culture. “That means we need people with leadership potential, a commitment to being reliable and a desire to grow in the industry, just as the company itself is growing in this wonderful sector.” Roseburg produces structural wood products, such as particle board, mediumdensity fibreboard and thermally fused laminates, as well as softwood and hardwood plywood and lumber. Roseburg’s human resources director JoAnn McIntyre says the company is looking for unskilled labourers for its production team as well as skilled tradespeople, such as electricians, thirdclass power engineers and stationary engineers. Unskilled workers need a minimum of Grade 12, a willingness to work shifts and they must be in good physical condition. Having some manufacturing experience and some mechanical aptitude is an asset, but not required. Unskilled workers will start by earning $18.50 per hour, including a $1,000 retention bonus payable in increments to employees who remain with the company. Extra benefits include medical, dental and eye care, three weeks of vacation from the first year (the company stresses work-life balance) and an RRSP matching program in which the company, within specified limits, will match employees’ contributions to their personal RRSP accounts. Tradesmen’s pay will start at $34 per hour. With experience, both unskilled workers and tradesmen will see their wages increase. “We want our employees to feel that they and their wages can grow as their time in the company grows,” McIntyre says. At Kerry (Canada) Inc. in Renfrew, they hire quite regularly, but are not looking for employees just now, according to human resources agent Lesley Wright. But that changes frequently. Kerry (Canada) Inc., which uses thermal technology to produce renewable liquid fuels from wood residues, is looking for candidates who have Grade 12, are mechanically inclined, good with computers, able to work shifts and in good shape. The company does its own training. Operations technicians will begin earning approximately $18 per hour. Lead operators will start by earning $24 per hour and can make up to $30 per hour. Maintenance workers begin at $22 per hour and can make up to $30 per hour.

Photo by John A. Butler Photography Roseburg Forest Products in Pembroke, whose facilities are seen in the top photo and the bottom one, has an ongoing need for new employees. At right is Alastair Baird, manager of economic development and tourism for Renfrew County. Pastway Planing in Combermere, an hour west of Renfrew, produces pressuretreated wood and accessories for building decks and fences and other uses. According to operations manager Rob Bersan, the company is not hiring at the moment though that may change over the coming months, as lumber prices, artificially boosted during the pandemic, come down and homeowners resume their building projects. When it is hiring, Pastway looks for good general labourers. Bersan lists reliability, a good attitude, good general physical condition and an ability to work well with others as traits the company seeks in new employees. Workers will start by earning $17.70 an hour. Probation lasts three months, after which a benefits program, including drug, dental, eyewear and life insurance kicks in. There is also an allowance for bootwear and safety equipment. Madawaska Door & Trim in Barry’s Bay, an hour west of Renfrew, creates handcrafted solid wood doors for homeowners around the world. Operations manager Marleen Foubert says the company is experiencing a hiring lull at the moment, but expects to be looking for new employees in the coming months.

Photo by John A. Butler Photography The company will be seeking carpenters or artisans for building the company’s signature wood doors. Candidates should have some carpentry skills or other experience with wood, have a good work ethic and be in good physical shape. The company sometimes uses stained glass in its doors and thus needs workers experienced at cutting glass. Wages start at $18 an hour, but can increase considerably with experience, Foubert says. One thing is certain: Eastern Ontario will always have a wood manufacturing sector. As Baird says, “The industry has put millions of dollars into its operations over the past decade and this foundational part of our economy isn’t going anywhere. It is mature and confident, the trees are here and things are just going to keep chugging along.” STUFF Magazine 2021/2022 [ 43 ]


Don’t count yourself out of the manufacturing job market


ant a job that pays well for doing something that you’re passionate about? Take a second look at the manufacturing job market. Many job seekers don’t know about the opportunities in manufacturing because people often consider the manufacturing job market to operate overseas. But the eastern Ontario region continues to prove that manufacturing has a home here. With some job seekers still in recovery mode from the last recession in 2008 and with new stressors like the global pandemic, many job seekers who have had to leave the workforce do not know about the opportunities and growth in the manufacturing sector. If this sounds like you or someone you know, consider how a job in manufacturing can help get your career back on track. Read on to learn about the people looking for jobs or looking to upskill to better jobs right now, and bust myths about working in manufacturing. A Bloomberg article notes that since 2008 millennial men tend to be missing from the job market. More recently because of the pandemic, 20, 600 Canadian women left

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the workforce. Meanwhile, manufacturing represents opportunity for all job seekers. Among men aged 25 to 34, some cite disability or continuing education for their lack of current employment. Others cite an unwillingness to work a job they hate for minimum wage. The trend began during the 2007-2009 recession, when the employment rate for men 25 to 34 fell behind that of the slightly older generation. And though the general rates of employment have been steadily recovering since the end of that recession, many of these young men have not recovered. “Millennial males remain less likely to hold down a job than the generation before them, even as women their age work at higher risk.” —- Bloomberg A report published by RBC shows that

in 2020, women paid a heavy price for the pandemic recession because: • women were more likely to occupy jobs in sectors that have been slower to recover and are at higher risk of second, third, and fourth wave lockdowns; • women’s ability to work from home is often hampered by the nature of their jobs; and • the pandemic has placed more familycare responsibilities squarely on women’s shoulders. All of these factors keep many people out of our workforce. But with active growth and recovery in place, there are more opportunities than ever for folks who’ve left the workforce, to re-enter it through the manufacturing sector.

“There are more opportunities than ever for folks previously outside the workforce, to enter it through the manufacturing sector.”


Busting common myths of the manufacturing job market The manufacturing sector has to deal with a lot of incorrect information and assumptions about the types of jobs provided to communities. These myths can lead to eligible job seekers writing off manufacturing job market as an option. So let’s debunk some of those myths.

Debunking 3 common myths of the manufacturing job market 1. MYTH: The manufacturing jobs are the jobs no one wants. The few good ones that exist are impossible to get.

TRUTH: There are many good jobs in

the manufacturing job market, including right here in eastern Ontario. A quick Worxica search for Kingston, Ont., in manufacturing finds jobs available right now in the following categories: • 38 postings for construction millwrights and industrial mechanics • 57 job postings for supply chain supervisors • 14 job postings for manufacturing managers

2. MYTH: In manufacturing jobs, you

slog through long, boring, pointless hours for minimal pay.

TRUTH: Today’s job opportunities in

the manufacturing job market are high tech and high stakes. The work that every single manufacturing employee does keeps our country thriving. • The manufacturing industry is a major driver of the Canadian economy • Manufacturing makes up +5% of Canadian GDP • Manufacturing in eastern Ontario employs 65K people

Ontario College Consortium can help job seekers find training and work in areas like construction, leadership, and project management. There are 21 skills development programs available to job seekers in the eastern Ontario region (contact the Ontario East Economic Development Commission at to learn about these programs).

3. MYTH: It is very difficult to qualify for manufacturing jobs.

TRUTH: There are great training

programs available that are local and affordable, like Elevate PLUS in the Bay of Quinte Region: a FREE 6-week program that combines classroom and on-site work placement to provide training and hands-on experience to adults for jobs in the manufacturing and food processing industry. The Eastern

Find great work close to home in the manufacturing job market. Visit the Ontario East Economic Development Commission’s website to learn more about the high quality of life in eastern Ontario.

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Finding a job that clients will love is Job 1 at Employment Services Centre T

he Employment Services Centre of Prescott-Russell may serve almost 12,000 clients, but big numbers don’t tell the full story of what it does for the two united counties, especially youth just entering the job market. With offices in Hawkesbury, Rockland and Embrun, the centre goes far beyond being just an office with job postings for young jobhunters, or anyone looking for a job or a career change.

Find a job ‘you love’

“We offer services not only for interviews and resume preparation,” says Employment and Placement Counsellor Andréanne Laflamme. “It is important to know yourself. You want to find a job that you love. You don’t want to go to work and you don’t love your job.” So that means offering workshops, working in collaboration with guidance and co-op teachers, one-on-one counselling, and counsellors working a network of employers to find clients jobs. [ 46 ]

"We offer the career exploration virtual lab which allows you to immerse yourself like through 3D technology." ANDRÉANNE LAFLAMME, EMPLOYMENT AND PLACEMENT COUNSELLOR

In the schools

“We’re always in the schools when they start the co-op training,” says Placement Agent Josée Potvin. “So after they graduate, they are already at Level 1 — plumbing, electrician, whatever the trade.” Aside from working with employment and training consultants setting up apprenticeships, the centre also follows up to ensure clients get the training hours they need to earn journeyperson status.

Career Exploration Virtual Lab

For young people not sure what they want to do, they can immerse themselves in 15 vocations — literally.

“We offer the career exploration virtual lab which allows you to immerse yourself like through 3D technology,” Laflamme says. “It gets you familiar with different elements required in the trades.”

Job Succession Scholarship

The Employment Services Centre launched this scholarship program to counter youth exodus from Prescott and Russell to large urban areas and to ensure workforce succession planning for high-demand trades and professions in our region. The centre is investing $250,000 from 2018 to 2022. The project will award 10 annual scholarships of $5,000 each to


COVID class cancellations result in career thanks to the centre’s help Like most students, 17-year-old Jacob Rose faced disruption of his education. So he decided to do something about it with the help of the Employment Services Centre of Prescott-Russell in Hawkesbury. “I asked if I could go to co-op because COVID cancelled a lot of my classes that I had picked last semester,” says Jacob, whose long-term goal is to be an IT Security Specialist.

Career Exploration Virtual Laboratory Come try it for yourself!

students attending Prescott and Russell high schools. The grant is payable in at least two instalments. Students may apply for a job-succession scholarship at their participating Prescott and Russell school. Check

Training and financial support

Since the Prescott-Russell economy has its own requirements, the centre organizes specialized trainings to

meet those needs whether that is snowplough driving, hands-on agricultural training or becoming a support worker, and more to come. In cases where job postings don’t match a young client’s needs, Potvin says the centre will use its own network. “We’ll contact employers and find a job match for the client.” Most importantly, because the Centre is primarily funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development of Ontario, its services are free to clients.

With the Employment Centre’s help, Jacob landed a co-op placement with Ginga Technology Solutions in the neighbouring village of Saint-Isodore. And after graduating from high school in July, he was offered a job doing client support and helping his boss with projects. “But today I actually had my first project alone. It was a fun experience.” Also happy is Nick Boudreault, Ginga Technology's founder and CEO. He says he is glad to have found Jacob and appreciates the help of the employment centre, which provided subsidies for Jacob’s tools. “They have been very helpful and supportive. They are extremely proactive. They’re not just a billboard that people just go and reach out to. They’re very present and they follow up a lot.” As for Jacob, his new gig is paying off already. “I earn a lot more money now in comparison with my student part time job.” STUFF Magazine 2021/2022 [ 47 ]


In a world obsessed with big, we are small. Small gives us the power to do big things. And things that make a big difference to our students, community, and partners. In an impersonal world of big lecture halls and stadium seating, we know our students by name and circumstance. Small frees us to provide personal one-on-one attention, in small classes and learning environments. Small means our students feel like they matter. That they belong. That they are no longer invisible in a world which had passed them by. Small means that we can move mountains to help every student succeed, confident in who they are and what they are capable of becoming. We are Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology. We are small.

Located between Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, Loyalist College in Belleville offers over 70 full-time programs, including Electromechanical Engineering Technician – Mechatronics and Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Techniques/Technician. If you like knowing how things work and enjoy creative problem-solving, we can’t wait to welcome you to Loyalist College.

Think outside the box If you are a new grad, or searching for a new job or change in career, now is the right time to think outside the box. Don’t spend your time dreaming of the house you wish you could afford in a big city where prices are sky high. Instead find a job in one of Eastern Ontario’s smaller towns or cities. You can work in a wide range of exciting new professions such as robotics, computing, fabricating and engineering while putting your salary towards things you love. Over the next several pages, you'll find information on a diverse range of exciting companies in the area.

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Take a sneak peak at what is being

made in Kingston.




How Kingston is staying competitive and liveable


f you had to plan the perfect liveable and competitive city to attract business and talent, you probably wouldn’t do much better than Kingston, Ont. Most cost competitive city in Ontario, according to the Conference Board of Canada, ninth most competitive of 29 cities in Eastern North America, stable employment, steadily rising employment demand, a cost of living 12 per cent lower than the national average with housing costs 47 per cent lower, according to Areavibes. All those metrics belong to the innovative and sustainable — and oh so liveable — Eastern Ontario City on the shores of Lake Ontario. With median household income of $66,346, according to Statistics Canada, Kingston is Canada’s naturally liveable and prosperous city. And the Kingston Economic Development Corporation is working to make sure the city stays that way. Kingston’s startup ecosystem now ranks 6th globally for cities of 100,000 to 300,000, according to the research service,

StartupBlink. Not surprisingly, the city has been a magnet in recent years for foreign investment. In 2017, Frulact, the Portuguese food processing giant, launched its first facility in North America, and doubled its size in 2021 with a total investment of $72 million. “This opens up the whole world [of foreign investment] for us. We’re speaking to all continents,” says Abdul Razak Jendi, Kingston Economic Development Investment Manager of Sustainable Manufacturing. “We’re focused on two sectors — this is part of our five-year strategic plan — one aspect is sustainable manufacturing and the other is health innovation.” With its proximity to the U.S. border and Canada’s major highway, the 401, Kingston Airport and access to a deep water

port, Kingston is a natural for sustainable manufacturing. And, with one of the top-ranked schools of medicine in Canada at Queen’s University, an abundance of talent through St. Lawrence College, an integrated health care network, including Kingston General Hospital, which is about to undergo a $500-million expansion, the city is also ideal for the health sector. Certainly the federal government thinks so. FedDev Ontario approved $3 million last January to develop a health innovation ecosystem to attract and grow such businesses and create 100 jobs in Kingston over the next three years. “Kingston proudly supports projects from startups to multinationals, fostering growth from an idea on a napkin to the dream of a unicorn business,” Jendi says. To grow more startups, Kingston Economic Development offers a variety of programs designed to offer training, expertise and financial assistance to entrepreneurs. “Grow the company. Grow the talent,” says Mr. Jendi.


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More for you in Renfrew County Living in the Ottawa Valley is the life changing opportunity you’ve been looking for. Live and work in an inspirational environment with a limitless back yard at a very affordable cost of living. Commercial, real estate and manufacturing investors will find growing municipalities, rapidly expanding multi-lane highways and a broad range of properties and business opportunities.

With the great connectivity my daily work, team meetings and client outreach can be done from my home office or on my back deck. My kids enjoy the small town life and I am never far from them. - Bryan Stott Manager, Early Resolution and Stakeholder Outreach

Moving to a small town while launching a tech start-up sounds like a contradiction, but for me, it makes a lot of sense. Rural life brings a lot of things into sharper focus. It’s very useful for picking out what’s important from the noise that you constantly experience in the city. Sometimes, having a little bit of separation allows you to see the bigger picture.

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I find myself to be much more productive, am fully engaged with my team and living in a wonderful small town in a heritage home. And I have boundless outdoor recreation opportunities, in all four seasons, just outside the door.

- Emma Baird, Manager, Client Relations

Investigating employment opportunities, moving, investing or starting a new business in Renfrew County? Find our more at

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Give your family and career room to breathe From manufacturing to logistics and food processing, Cornwall's employers are hungry for talent.


ornwall is a thriving Eastern Ontario city that has evolved from its United Empire Loyalist roots into a modern economy anchored by forwardthinking companies. But it has one pressing challenge — a lack of people. “There are simply more jobs than people — we’ve never seen anything like it,” says Bob Peters, division manager at Cornwall Economic Development. “Job opportunities are coming fast and furious and span a variety of occupations, skillsets and experience levels.” Cornwall’s challenges are a result of

successful efforts over the past 15 years to attract new investment. The city’s strategic location — in addition to low electricity rates, affordable commercial land and low housing costs — have created one of the strongest economies in Ontario.

A growing hub for multinational companies

Today, Cornwall is a growing hub for warehousing, transportation and logistics as well as the light industrial and manufacturing activities that have always been its mainstay. Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Benson Group operate large

Cornwall offers young people a chance to enjoy life while they are building a career. It is a great city to call home, with an amazing river lifestyle and progressive employment opportunities.” GUY ROBICHAUD, PRESIDENT, LAMINACORR • Laminacorr started in Cornwall in 1998 with just a few employees. Today, it has over 80 employees and has grown to become the largest independent corrugated plastic products manufacturer in North America. It is recognized as one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies. For Guy Robichaud, choosing Cornwall is all about lifestyle.

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10 REASONS TO WORK, LIVE AND PLAY IN CORNWALL 1 Housing prices among the most affordable in Ontario 2 Wide variety of employment opportunities 3 The amenities of a big city, without the headaches 4 A bilingual and multicultural community distribution centres, while Olymel and Leclerc have established state-of-the-art food processing facilities. These and a host of other employers in the area now find themselves in dire need of talent to fill vacancies that include skilled tradespeople, health-care professionals, truckers, managers, supervisors and technicians. For Peters and his team, it’s vital to reach recent graduates, newcomers to Canada and anyone else looking for a change from big city living. “Cornwall offers the chance to raise a family without having to worry about a

crippling mortgage or dealing with a long commute every day,” Peters says. “Our employers are creating opportunities to build careers and advance in growing sectors of our economy.” A list of current employment opportunities can be found on

5 Hundreds of acres of scenic waterfront parks with dedicated recreational trails 6 A vibrant arts scene along with top-notch shopping and dining 7 Excellent schools, including St. Lawrence College and skills training programs 8 A full-service community hospital and modern health-care services 9 Public transit, 400-series highway, daily inter-city bus and rail service 10 Modern fitness facilities, organized sports, world-class golf

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Jobs & Careers

Looking for a stable career with great pay? Check out these world-class companies located right in your backyard 3M


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3M CANADA WHO WE ARE At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve our homes, businesses and lives across Canada and around the world. We produce over 55,000 different products from personal protective equipment to automotive to electronics. You’re never more than 10 feet away from 3M Science.

3Mers are known for being problem solvers and making an impact by giving back to the communities where they live and work. - Penny Wise, President, 3M Canada


We manufacture products that meet everyday needs including cleaning products like Scotch-BriteTM Brand sponges and lint rollers. We produce tapes and adhesives used in construction and home improvement, industrial, automotive, and other industries. We also recently opened a new manufacturing plant in Brockville that produces N95 respirators to help protect Canadian healthcare and industrial workers.


Our safety and industrial products are used to help protect workers in construction and industrial settings. Our health care products are used to help improve patient outcomes in hospitals and health care settings. Our consumer products like Post-It® Notes, and ScotchTM Brand tapes are used in homes and offices across Canada.

to work each day. Engaging in our communities is an important aspect of what we do. Opportunities to give to others and learn fuels are passion to improve every life.


At 3M, you are rewarded for your efforts. The more you contribute to 3M’s success, the more success you create for yourself. 3M has created a manufacturing hub in eastern Ontario with multiple locations and products, opening pathways for career growth, new opportunities and advancement to leadership roles.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 1. Production Operator 2. Production Supervisor 3. Skilled Trades opportunities and apprenticeships 4. Maintenance 5. Engineering

3M Canada

2 Craig St., Perth, ON 60 California Ave. Brockville, ON


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Carp Road Corridor companies are hiring

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WHO WE ARE The Carp Road Corridor is Ottawa’s largest light industrial business area. We have more than 900 acres of vacant already zoned land, as well as space for lease and many “build to suit” opportunities. The corridor is zoned for light industry and highway commercial and is located just west of the Canadian Tire Centre. FOR JOB-SEEKERS

What kinds of employers operate in the Corridor? All kinds. The Corridor is home to more than 200 businesses and most of them are hiring. Our employers span the hightech, construction, trades, general contracting, warehousing and logistics and manufacturing sectors. We are home to big local names such as OZ Optics, Lee Valley/Veritas, Nutri-Lawn and M CON Products, as well as a host of smaller, growing businesses in need of staff. About 5,000 people work in the corridor. How about commuting? Carp Road is handy for anyone living in Perth, Smith’s Falls, Almonte, Arnprior and the surrounding area. It’s an easy drive without the traffic congestion that’s typical further east toward downtown. You can enjoy rural/country living (and more reasonable home prices) without having to spend more time in the car. And for anyone who lives in Kanata or further east, the morning commute is often lighter than if

you were heading in the opposite direction. What else is there to do on Carp Road? We have the famous Cheshire Cat Pub — our version of the traditional British pub experience. Also in the corridor are Irish Hills Golf Club, the Oz soccer dome (open year around and available to rent) and the very fun Evolution Wake Park — the first wakeboard cable park in the nation's capital. And then there is the Village of Carp, known for its annual Carp Fair and Garlic Festival, and its weekend Farmer’s Market that runs during the summer months. Popular spots in Carp include Alice’s Village Café and the Ridge Rock Brewing Co., as well as The Diefenbunker — Canada's Cold War Museum.

Carp Road Corridor Roddy G. Bolivar 613 314-7597


What sizes of property are available? We have available shovel-ready land to accommodate needs ranging from a modest half acre to a contiguous single parcel as large as 60 acres. What is transportation access like? We have excellent surface transportation access, direct to Hwy 417 and with Hwy 7 and Hwy 416 nearby. This makes the Carp Road Corridor an ideal base from which fleet operators can service the western half of the region or connect to the Toronto-Montreal corridor. In addition, we have our own airport. The Carp Municipal Airport offers a state-of-the-art fuel station and on-site maintenance services. It has one 1,200-metre asphalt runway and a 672-metre gravel runway. What does a property cost? Land acquisition and development costs are lower, sometimes dramatically so, than in other suburban business parks in the City of Ottawa that are connected to the city’s water and sewer. Based on current listings, for example, an acre along Carp Road prices around $250,000, while a serviced acre over on Michael Cowpland Drive in Kanata is about $800,000. Are you ready for a move? If you are looking to set up a new business or relocate an existing one, let’s talk. Visit to learn more. STUFF Magazine 2021/2022 [ 61 ]

At Central Precast, we’re always looking for original ways to use precast concrete to solve our customers’ most challenging requests. That’s why we invest so heavily in our staff: our solutions are only as good as our team. We’ve fostered a family feel with a forward-looking environment where plant workers are encouraged to challenge the status quo and come up with the highest quality products. When you work at Central Precast, you can be sure you’ll receive excellent training, continual investment in your personal development and a clear path to growth. We’re always on the lookout for team players who are positive, motivated and willing to learn.


Whatever you role is, you get to be part of a winning team creating the highest quality precast concrete products. We have positions for: • Carpenters • Skilled labourers • Precast erectors


CENTRAL PRECAST WHO WE ARE For 65 years, Central Precast has been a leading manufacturer of precast concrete products, from concrete infrastructure to unique aesthetic solutions. Central Precast is also the largest and most diversified dealer of landscaping and masonry products in Eastern Ontario.

We build teams and trust through honest relationships, responsible actions and hard work. WHAT WE MAKE

Modular buildings, architectural, insulated and structural precast panels, bleachers, site furnishings (planters, benches, bollards, parking curbs, pillars and columns, tree grates, waste and fence systems), custom signs and custom products. We are a dealer of landscape and masonry products.


We work directly with public and private sectors in the general construction industry such as the City of Ottawa, National Capital Commission (NCC), Enbridge Gas, EllisDon, PCL, Broccolini, Bird, HEIN, Minto Group, Mattamy Homes and Uniform Urban Developments.


Fast-paced work environment, which focuses on ensuring our people have the proper training and support to have a fulfilling career and go home safe each

evening. We are committed to inclusion, maximizing differences and giving back both locally and globally.


We strive to empower the future generation of leaders, building a long rewarding career for our employees. We value our employees, this has been proven with many employees who have been with us for 20, 25, and 50-plus years.

Central Precast 25 Bongard Ave. Ottawa, ON 613-225-9510

BENEFITS & PERKS • Company events and food truck days • Financial bonuses and milestone awards • Dental benefits • Drug benefits • Eye-care benefits • Retirement plan/ RRSP contributions • Three or more weeks of vacation time • Casual dress code • Free parking • Life insurance STUFF Magazine 2021/2022 [ 63 ]


HEALTHCRAFT PRODUCTS WHO WE ARE HealthCraft was founded in 1994 by an engineer, occupational therapist and a durable medical equipment store owner. Since 1994, HealthCraft has helped more than 1.9 million people prevent more than 907 million falls in over 20 countries worldwide.

We are a purpose-driven culture where our core values guide us to achieve excellence. WHAT WE MAKE

We design and manufacture advanced grab bar support products that help prevent falls. Our purpose is to raise awareness and educate on the needs of fall prevention and help people move with confidence.


We work directly with consumers who need safety, as well as market leaders who are passionate about providing a full safety solution for their clients, including medical equipment stores, access remodelers, occupational therapists and architects.


We are all about lean manufacturing and ISO quality standards. Minimizing waste, maximizing productivity, continuous improvement and quality management. We are a purpose-driven culture where our core values guide us to achieve excellence.


HealthCraft Team members have opportunities to advance when performance meets the highest standards, our purpose and core values are embraced, an interest to learn new skills is demonstrated and there is a desire to take on more responsibility. We are inspired by potential.

HealthCraft Products 2790 Fenton Rd. Ottawa, ON 888-619-9992 healthcraft-group @hlthcrft_group


Product assembly technician Paint line technician Production technician Order picker / shipper Junior production welder Manufacturing engineer

PERKS • Employee benefit program; health, dental, vision, LTD, life insurance • Three paid personal days • Three paid HealthCraft days • Personal development and training sessions • Financial performance bonuses • Competitive wages • Free parking • Casual dress • HealthCraft corporate culture; donut days; BBQs, pancake breakfasts, pizza lunches, food truck days, ice cream socials, hockey pool, team spirit activities and more…

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LABEL INNOVATION INC. WHO WE ARE We are a custom rotary converter and manufacturer of specialty components, tapes and labels. We have built a solid reputation over four decades for developing unique, inventive solutions to complex problems, delivering high-quality products and maintaining excellent customer service.

To exceed rigorous customer expectations, we recruit and retain the best possible talent, ensuring understanding at the individual and team levels are clear and achievement is rewarded. WHAT WE MAKE

Using precision rotary technology, we produce highly customized, pressure sensitive-based products that meet customer-specified requirements. We excel at converting challenges where tight tolerances, multi-layered constructions and efficient production processes are required.


Our clients come from a wide variety of industries including the medical device, security, technology and industrial markets. Our customers rely on Label Innovation as an invaluable supply partner, routinely making the impossible a reality. We provide superior solutions with quick turn-around times.


Our focus on partnership, emphasis on trust and a desire to constantly improve has built a company-wide team, driven

to perform to the highest standards. Our values — creativity, integrity, respect and ownership — drive us to achieve exceptional results for all clients.


We hire, train, promote and retain people who are performance-driven and strive to operate with integrity and values that match those of our organization. We are continually looking for exceptional people who can add value and develop their skills as the organization grows.

Label Innovation Inc. 2714 Fenton Rd. Ottawa, ON 877-247-9200

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES 1. Medical, dental and vision benefits 2. Drug coverage and paramedical services 3. Two weeks or more vacation time for new hires 4. Group RRSP/DPSP with company match 5. Free parking 6. Life insurance and income protection 7. Paid time off for vacation, bereavement, jury duty and more 8. Training opportunities and tuition refund 9. Recognition of prior service 10. Company social events STUFF Magazine 2021/2022 [ 67 ]

Solve. Design. Deliver. At Pure Ingenuity, we design and manufacture custom process equipment for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and fine chemical sectors. Customers bring us their manufacturing problems, and we solve, design and deliver.

We are honoured to support and work with world-renowned artists like sculptor Bill Lishman, fabricating and installing his colossal metal iceberg sculpture for the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

Engineering Services + Precision Fabrication + Installation & Service




WHO WE ARE Pure Ingenuity is a Kingston-based engineering and fabrication company working in stainless steel, high-performance alloys, aluminum, plastics and carbon fibre composites. Customers bring us their manufacturing problems and we solve, design and deliver.

It is gratifying to see what we can accomplish. - Emily Hutchinson, Operations Manager


We design and manufacture high-quality, custom process equipment for a wide range of industries, working with a variety of materials to meet the needs of our clients.


Our top customers are food, beverage and pharmaceutical manufacturers in Eastern Ontario and around the world.


Our workplace is collaborative and fast-paced. We focus on forging an effective partnership with each customer to develop innovative solutions. As a team, we maintain an unwavering focus on creating the best products possible in an energetic and fun environment.


Pure Ingenuity welders and fabricators receive hands-on training on the job in an apprenticeship-like system. Employees advance as they learn new skills and take on responsibility. Our setting is dynamic and entrepreneurial, valuing both technical and soft skills.

JOB PERKS • • • •

Dental benefits Vision benefits Free parking Drug coverage and paramedical services

Pure Ingenuity 665 Development Dr Kingston, ON 613-389-3335

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Explore oceans of opportunity. RBR creates oceanographic instruments to measure the blue planet. The effects of climate change are being seen from the ocean’s abyss to the polar ice caps. Our sensors quantify this change to support better analysis, improved planning, and more effective mitigation strategies for our customers. Are you looking for more meaning in your work? Explore a career at RBR.


RBR LTD. WHO WE ARE RBR designs and manufactures oceanographic instruments to measure the blue planet. The effects of climate change are being seen from the ocean’s abyss to the polar ice caps. Our instruments measure these effects and support scientific research to understand their impact and define strategies to improve the health of our planet. RBR careers ad.pdf



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Our people are driven by purpose — our innovative technology supports cutting-edge research designed to solve some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time.


Our instruments measure water parameters in some of the harshest environments on the planet. They get mounted on underwater drones, dropped out of planes and sent to the bottom of the ocean — sometimes for years at a time — all in an effort to get precise and accurate data to support climate research.


Our customers include some of the world’s leaders in the field of ocean science, such as Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Norwegian Polar Institute and the British Antarctic Survey.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES • Electro-mechanical assemblers and technicians • Engineering technologists

treat our environment, our community, our customers and each other.


• Hardware engineers

We recognize that people at all levels of career experience have something to teach us. Development discussions form a key component of our talent management approach, and we work with employees to identify training and career advancement opportunities that align with their personal passion, interests and expertise.

• Mechanical designers • Software developers • Sales and marketing specialists Photo by Justin D. Lawrence, Georgia Tech • Administrative support

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Ottawa, ON vehicle incentive and a 613-599-8900 Are you looking for more meaning in your work? Explore a career at RBR. charity matching program.


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Ready to simplify your manufacturing? Lower costs. Check. Faster turnaround. Check. Shorter lead time. You guessed it, check.


SIGMAPOINT WHO WE ARE SigmaPoint is a contract electronics manufacturer that specializes in rapid prototyping and end-to-end assembly, offering a full suite of engineering services applicable across industries. The company emphasizes supporting employees while focusing on lean manufacturing to reduce waste and non-value added steps in the process, in turn saving money for customers.

Our welcoming environment includes a diverse workforce in a gender-balanced workplace, dedicated to building better products. WHAT WE MAKE

We manufacture multi-layer, complex circuit boards such as those used in surveillance drones, military communication devices, licence plate recognition consoles such as those found in police cruisers, security systems that can detect concealed weapons using radar technology and cameras that offer high quality video at night with double camera technology and night vision with real-time telematics.


Clients come from many industries, including manufacturers of commercial drones, aerospace security, the military and defence sectors, industrial IoT, advanced network systems and producers of medical devices.


Our lean manufacturing approach emphasizes eliminating waste. It also emphasizes continuous improvement. Everyone shares in our steadfast commitment to the environment and reducing our carbon

footprint. We value diversity; workers from across the world in our facility help us gain new global perspectives. We work in unison, with everyone at SigmaPoint on a first-name basis.


We offer limitless possibilities and encourage employees to dream big; we always support their growth in their chosen path.

Sigmapoint 2880 Marleau Ave. Cornwall, ON 613-937-4462

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Floor positions: Mechanical Assemblers Hand Solderers Inspectors Material Handlers SMT Operators Other positions: Project Managers Production Managers Tactical Buyers Supply Chain Specialists Strategic Sourcing Specialists Controller

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Our flexible products allow you to create pods that meet the needs of the environment and offer its occupants a place to do their best work.





SNAPCAB WHO WE ARE SnapCab® is an award-winning leader in developing workspace privacy products that are flexible, high quality and safe to use in a variety of environments.

Our community of usefulness is what attracts people to work at SnapCab. - Sahiza Hossenbaccus, General Manager and Chief Financial Officer


SnapCab manufactures isolated, mobile office pod products. Prior to the pandemic, SnapCab Workspace primarily offered meeting pods that fit up to six people. Once the pandemic hit, SnapCab was able to quickly develop new products to respond to the new needs of the office thanks to its flexibility of design.


Amazon, Google, Trihealth, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Canadian and U.S. governments, MassGeneral Hospital for Children.


SnapCab's intention is to create space for communities of usefulness, both for its customers as well as its employees. SnapCab focuses on the right cultural fit before qualifications and embraces collaboration where team members

can talk openly and initiate ideas. The company values are: Be kind; be authentic; be useful.


Opportunity for growth is endless! It's SnapCab’s goal to promote from within, starting from the factory floor to all different areas of the company.


70 Railway St. Kingston, ON 855-762-7222

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES We welcome those who are naturally kind, willing to put the needs of the community first, and have a strong desire to be useful, no matter what job experience or career path brought them here. We look for people who typically enjoy working with their hands and mind.

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