About Valerie Bradford

Business Development Officer for the City of Kitchener, responsible for corporate consultation program (Business Retention and Expansion) as well as the manufacturing, life sciences, and financial services clusters. Chair of the Board of Directors for the Manufacturing Innovation Network (MIN)
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Message from the Chair: Annual Manufacturing Summit

I am pleased to announce that the Annual Manufacturing Summit (originally postponed from May) will now be offered in a virtual format on June 25th, with the same amazing lineup of speakers.  The theme, “Remaining Competitive in Times of Global Uncertainty” is even more relevant than when we originally planned our event and still features [...]

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Message from the Chair – Covid-19 Challenges and Opportunities

I hope all of you, as you read this, are healthy and safe.  There is no question, we are all facing challenges like we have never seen before, and everyone needs to pull together at this time.  Social distancing, poses a unique challenge in many manufacturing environments.  Manufacturers, while definitely facing challenges, are in a [...]

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Message From the Chair: Post Your Co-op Job Now for the Spring Work Term

If you are interested in hiring a Co-Op student from one of Conestoga College’s many programs, now is the time to do so for Spring/Summer positions, for the May to August term.  Businesses in our community are so blessed to have access to these well-trained and qualified students, that can really help address the talent [...]

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Make it Kitchener Economic Development Strategy

The City of Kitchener is in the process of redoing their Economic Development Strategy, which will guide the economic development focus for the next five years.  Given the wide-spread success and acceptance of the existing award-winning “Make it Kitchener” strategy, we are doing a “refresh” rather than a brand new strategy.  However, we are still [...]

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Did you know MIN has it’s own LinkedIn Group?

Join the group today to stay on top of the latest local manufacturing news: JOIN NOW!

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Message from the Chair: State of Local Manufacturing

Please join me the morning of May 16th for a panel discussion on the State of Local Manufacturing. In this meetup we will examine the status of manufacturing in our community, and review which industries/sectors are active in our community, which may be growing, and the associated labour market considerations and opportunities. Joining me on the [...]

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Message from the Chair: 2018 Tri-City Manufacturing Golf Tournament

Hi Everyone:  It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and time once again for the annual Tri-City Manufacturing Golf Tournament.   The tournament will be held again at the Savannah Links on Cheese Factory Road in Cambridge, on Friday, August 17th. Full details are posted on the MIN Event Calendar here. This is a wonderful [...]

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Message from the Chair: EmployerOne Reports Now Available

The results of the recent EmployerOne Survey are now available at the new Workforce Planning Board website. Over 100 manufacturers participated, 18% of the total respondents….which coincidently, is the same percentage as the local workforce employed in manufacturing.  This survey reflects number of hires, quits, and hiring intentions, as well as recruitment methods and training [...]

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Message from the Chair: Manufacturing Day 2017

Manufacturing Day” will soon be here…..Friday, October 6th.  The purpose of this annual event, held in communities across North America, is to educate the public about modern manufacturing, and the amazing career opportunities available in this important sector of the economy.  Locally, manufacturing represents approximately 18% of employment opportunities, more than any other sector.  Many [...]

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The Industrial Progress of Kitchener

Check out this video on manufacturing in Kitchener in the 1950’s.  While the video focuses on Kitchener industries in particular, it is clear that the Waterloo Region has a history of punching above its weight, and has always had a prominent national reputation as a centre of industry and progress.  Kitchener was in fact known [...]

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