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Advanced Manufacturing

COVID-19, climate change, and the shifting of globalization and supply chains are the largest driving trends of the fourth industrial revolution today. Businesses that do not invest in Industry 4.0 are at risk of being left behind in the global economy, yet the transition is expensive and difficult to implement for many firms.

Over the next 3-5 years, investing in robotics and automation, data capture, IIOT, and cloud technologies are the largest technological priorities for Canadian manufacturing firms.

Global Advantage has the expertise and prior experience to help you plan for future risks that will impact you and your ecosystem, identify mitigation strategies, and take advantage of the funding and economic opportunities available.

Projects of relevance to advanced manufacturing that Global Advantage has completed include:

  • For Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP) Network, designed and developed an ecosystem map of the Advanced Manufacturing landscape in Canada, along with supporting them in funding submissions and in the development of a new sustainable development strategy
  • For Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (Ngen), visualized the NGEN Supercluster’s key data and information as they relate to its key activities, results, and outcomes
  • For National Academies (US), conducted an assessment and produced a report on the Canadian NRC-IRAP program as part of an examination of 21st-century manufacturing being coordinated by the National Academies Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy in the United States
  • Analyzed Southern Ontario’s economy and particularly its links to the S&T/Innovation Agenda and identified where they might invest, in order to provide further support for the Private Sector – particularly the ICT and Manufacturing sectors

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Dr. Robert J.H. Crawhall

Strategic Advisor

Robert Crawhall is a strategic innovation advisor to the public, private and academic sectors in AI, cybersecurity, net-zero energy and advanced materials. His private sector career spanned telecommunications, energy and manufacturing sectors with multinational corporations. Over the past 15 years he has run several collaborative innovation organizations focused on nanotechnology, IoT, eCommerce, wireless and photonic technologies. Robert sits on the boards of private and not-for-profit organizations dealing with aerospace manufacturing, advanced materials and national security. He holds the ICD.D Director certification. Robert is a professional engineer in the Province of Ontario, holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Michael Rowell

Lead Research Analyst

Michael Rowell is a lead research analyst at Global Advantage Consulting Group. Contributing in various capacities since June 2020, he has a Masters in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, along with a Joint-Honours bachelor’s in Political Science and History from McGill University.