FABTECH Canada 2012


As Canada grapples with the challenges of an aging workforce, the time to educate today’s youth and look to them as the potential replacements in the future. That’s the mantra from organizers of FABTECH Canada 2012, Canada’s first exclusive fabricating, metal forming and welding event, which recently made its debut at the Toronto Congress Centre.

“If we are going to maintain our strong manufacturing base, we need to find innovative ways to support and encourage students to pursue a career in manufacturing,” according to Rodney Grover, Senior Development Officer, for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), which co-organized the three-day event along with the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) and the American Welding Society (AWS).

Statistics from The Conference Board of Canada indicate about 48 per cent of the Canadian workforce will be eligible for retirement within the next five to 10 years.  The province of Ontario alone will need to attract an estimated 350,000 workers within 15 years in order to achieve strong economic growth.  Because of that, the need to attract youth to the manufacturing sector is crucial. FABTECH Canada was organized in an effort to help stimulate interest.

Already known as Canada’s premier industry event in metal forming, welding and fabricating, FABTECH Canada 2012 featured a comprehensive showcase of the latest industry technologies, tools and trends geared towards the needs of this country’s estimated 1.5 million manufacturing employees.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers 

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the world’s leading resource for manufacturing information and knowledge with headquarters in Toronto. The society promotes an increased awareness of the value of manufacturing among industry professionals and the general public, while supporting educational initiatives and introducing career options for those entering the industry. For half a million manufacturing engineers, executives and members in more than 70 countries around the globe, SME is the source for knowledge, networking and skills development opportunities that help them advance their careers, their companies and their industries. For more information about our initiative, including how you can contribute, contact Rodney Grover at rgrover@sme.org or 313-424-3222.


Fabricators & Manufacturers Association

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, headquartered in Rockford, Ill., is a non-profit educational association dedicated exclusively to metal forming and fabricating professionals. Founded in 1970, it is considered the world’s largest educational association for its industry, with thousands of members worldwide.

FMA provides in-depth technical information and educational opportunities through conferences, award-winning magazines, extensive research services, and co-sponsorship of FABTECH.


American Welding Society

The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, non-profit organization with a mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering, and thermal spraying. Headquartered in Miami, Fla., and led by a volunteer organization of officers and directors, AWS serves more than 70,000 members worldwide and consists of 22 districts with 250 sections and student chapters.