March 31st the WMCO hosted it’s first in-person networking event since the pandemic of 2020. The event brought forth a strong attendance and helped those who attended online feel part of the group as both presenters and guests shared in the hybrid (online/in-person) experience. The subject matters presented had such a positive response and impact, that the WMCO will in fact be revisiting the subject matter of writing effective contracts (contract law) for an upcoming networking event (more details to come).
The networking event was jam packed with speakers and content featuring an economic outlook and returning presenter, Chief Economist of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Alan Arcand. Arcand shared insight into the structural challenges inherent to the Canadian economy, and world influences from the fall out of the current geo-political turmoil in Europe.
Peter DeGelder, Owner of COGS Approach Group, joined WMCO’s presenter list to provide some best practices to consider as manufacturers struggle with material cost increases. DeGelder also included a brief inclusion of business acquaintance, James Norris of Express Employment Professionals for a lightning round of solid recruiting strategies to provide a competitive edge in a highly competitive market.
For each successive event the WMCO is hosting, the capabilities of our delivery are getting stronger and providing a quality experience for those who are tuning in remotely.
Finishing off the networking event, Legal Professional, Joe Hentz of Lerner’s Lawyers LLP and Ann Matyas, Senior Business Advisor for Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT). Hentz (Lerner’s Lawyers), presented on key clauses and situation examples of contracts and what type of language can help to protect the interest of the business generating the contract and provide guidance and clarity for all parties involved. Hentz’ insight and examples went over so well that he will be returning to present more about contract law along with other presenters and topics for the WMCO’s next networking event.
Finishing off the event was Ann Matyas (MEDJCT), speaking on current government funding programs available to help businesses grow, develop, and innovate.
With all these presenters, there was still plenty of time for networking breaks, some delicious lunch (courtesy of the generosity and hospitality of WMCO associate member BLUM). The WMCO always strives for a position of neutrality and thanks our associate members as we are in a temporary transition to return to our neutral hosting locations.
Each successive in-person WMCO event is growing and returning to the familiar networking among woodworking professionals and associated services. WMCO members can rewatch this event when logged in to our members area of our website, but better yet – don’t miss the next one!