Since opening its doors in 1963, the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) has accomplished an impressive amount—not only within the organization—but for the industry, as well.

It’s no surprise the organization’s Annual General Meeting & Dinner was once again nearly sold out with more than 180 guests gathering to also celebrate its 60th anniversary on Sept. 21, at the Lamplighter Inn in London, Ont. A commemorative video was created and shown at the event, and it is available online here.

The AGM & Dinner also featured the Annual Apprentice Awards; a keynote presentation by Joe Roberts, aka the “Skidrow CEO”; the Trades Ambassador of the Year Award; the induction of three new honourary members, the election of a new board of directors; recognition of new members; updates on the Career-Ready program, and of course, ample opportunities for networking.

CTMA's 2023-24 Board of Directors

Front row from left: Chris Hergott, XL Tool Inc.; Michelle Henning, Answer Precision Technologies; Louis Jahn, Jahn Engineering; Scott Allen, Integrity Tool and Mold Inc.; and Arman Pouragha, Rapid Enterprises. Missing from photo: Larry Delaey, AarKel Tool and Die Inc.; Ryan Wozniak, Anchor Danly; Eli Meisels, FGL Precision Works Inc; and Jason Warmington, Hallink Moulds. CTMA photo

WELCOMING THE NEW PRESIDENT AND BOARD MEMBERS

Chris Hergott & Louis Jahn

Chris Hergott (left) passes the president’s gavel to CTMA’s incoming president, Louis Jahn, to honour his new role. CTMA photo

Louis Jahn was elected as the CTMA’s president, effective Sept. 21, 2023. Louis replaces the outgoing president, Chris Hergott, who held the position for a record of four consecutive years.

“When I look back on my presidency from 2019 to 2023; the first thing I think of is how fast it went,” said Hergott. “I’m very grateful for everything I have learned and all the amazing people I have met; but the best feeling is all the work we accomplished as a team with one common goal: to make our industry better by working with the province and high schools to prepare youth for amazing careers within our trades, while rebuilding our manufacturing classes so students can get to work right out of high school, directly into their trade on the shop floor, making money and growing our GDP! My final thought is how fortunate we are to have the next leaders of the CTMA step forward,” continues Hergott. “We have an amazing board of directors and the next successors have stepped up and are well in place.”

Louis is the owner of Jahn Engineering in Windsor and brings with him more than 30+ years of industry experience.

“Louis has many years of experience as a tool and die maker, engineer, and business owner, which are perfect credentials for the position of CTMA president,” said Robert Cattle, executive director. “As vice-president over the last few years, Louis has been working with Chris and board members and has an excellent pulse on what we have been doing. We all look forward to his direction over his presidency.”

In addition to the induction of the new president, the Association also announced three new board members: Arman Pouragha, Rapid Enterprises; Michelle Henning, Answer Precision Technologies; and Scott Allan, Integrity Tool & Mold Inc., who are replacing Anjan Tak, Robust Gear & Industries; Kyle Patton, Answer Precision Technologies; and Ray Buxton, Mazak Canada.

The CTMA thanks Anjan, Ray and Kyle for all their support, dedication, and countless volunteer hours throughout their time on the board of directors.

“We look forward to receiving input from our three new board members, for it is imperative for the board to gain new perspectives and input from new sources,” said Cattle. “Also, our board members reflect all areas of our industry, tool and die, moulds, gauges, large/small precision machining, automation, etc., which gives us strength and enables us to gather feedback from all sectors of our industry.”

APPRENTICE AWARDS

Since 1994, the CTMA and its members have recognized, honoured, and provided encouragement to outstanding apprentices and pre-apprentices for the contribution they make to the industry. The CTMA’s Annual Apprentice Awards not only recognize these individuals, but also increases the awareness and value of skilled trades training, which contributes to an enhanced tooling and machining industry in Canada.

This year, the CTMA celebrated the achievements of two pre-apprentices; six apprentices; and one top apprentice in the precision metalworking industry.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Pre-Apprentice Winners:

  • Janier Ippersiel, Unique Tool & Gauge

  • Matthew Clark, XL Tool Inc.

Apprentice Winners:

  • Josh Bergeron, Collins Electric Services Ltd.
  • Casey Blondeel, Manor Tool & Die Ltd.
  • Sheradyn Braido, Collins Electric Services Ltd.
  • Sarah Carnevale, Bowman Precision Tooling
  • Dylan Purdy, AarKel Tool & Die Inc.
  • Hayden Tripp, Armo Tool

CMTDA Top Apprentice Winner:

  • Bailey Robert, Manor Tool & Die Ltd.

2023 Apprentice Award Winners

The CTMA celebrated the achievements of two pre-apprentices and six apprentices in the precision metalworking industry during the Annual Apprentice Award ceremony. Back row from left: Matthew Clark, XL Tool Inc.; Casey Blondeel, Manor Tool and Die Ltd.; Bailey Robert, Manor Tool and Die Ltd.; Dylan Purdy, AarKel Tool and Die Inc. Front row from left: Janier Ippersiel, Unique Tool & Gauge Inc.; Sheradyn Braido, Collins Electric Services Inc.; Josh Bergeron, Collins Electric Services Inc.; Hayden Tripp, Armo Tool Ltd.; and Sarah Carnevales, Bowman Precision Tooling. CTMA photo

 

“It was my pleasure to introduce these apprentices to everyone at this year’s AGM and it is rewarding to see their dedication and commitment to learning new skills that will support them throughout their careers,” said Cattle.

Each recipient was awarded a selection of the following items:

  • Cash award (valued at $500, $1,000 or $1,500)
  • Gift certificate redeemable at KBC Tools & Machinery (valued at $500)
  • SOLIDWORKS CAD Essential Training— Donated by CAD Micro ($2,500 value)
  • Cheque and Hand Tools—Donated by Sandvik ($500 value)
  • One-year subscription to e-Mastercam training and an educational licence—Donated by In-House Solutions (valued at $560)
  • Mitutoyo Digimatic Machinist Tool Kit—Donated by Mitutoyo & KBC Tools & Machinery ($370 value)
  • Klein 80028 Electrician 28-piece Tool Set for electrical apprentices ($500 value)

This program would not be possible without the ongoing generous support from members and sponsors. Thank you to the 2023 Apprentice Award sponsors:

  • AarKel Tool and Die Inc.
  • Armo Tool
  • Black Controls Company Inc.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
  • CAD micro
  • Canadian Metalworking Magazine
  • Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing Ltd.
  • Circle 5 Tool & Mold
  • Canadian Machine Tool Distributors Association (CMTDA)
  • Cowan Insurance Group
  • Export Development Canada (EDC)
  • Hallink Moulds Inc.
  • In-House Solutions Inc.
  • Kamal Jain
  • KBC Tools & Machinery
  • Little Lakes Machine & Tool Co.
  • LMS Management Inc.
  • Manor Tool & Die Ltd.
  • Michael G. Solcz Sr.
  • Mitutoyo Canada
  • New Era Group
  • OSG Canada
  • Rapid Enterprises Inc.
  • Reko International Group
  • Sandvik Canada
  • XL Tool Inc.

HONOURARY MEMBERS

In recognition of their outstanding contributions to the CTMA over the years, the CTMA and its board of directors inducted three special individuals as Honourary Members: Andy McTear, Ray Buxton, and Ted Callighen were presented with a special certificate to mark the occasion. The CTMA thanks them all for their time, dedication, passion, and contributions over the years. Congratulations.

CTMA and its board or directors inducted three special individuals as Honourary Members.

In recognition of their outstanding contributions to the CTMA over the years, the CTMA and its board or directors inducted three special individuals as Honourary Members: Andy McTear, Ray Buxton, and Ted Callighen were presented with a special certificate to mark the occasion. All the honourary members in attendance gathered for a photo. Back row from left: Les Payne, Ed Glover, and Horst Just. Front row from left: Ken Watton, Ted Callighen, Ray Buxton, Andy McTear, and Jack Tickins. CTMA photo

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Keynote speaker Joe Roberts

Joe Roberts left attendees of the CTMA’s AGM & Dinner feeling inspired and moved to action from his keynote presentation on Sept. 21. CTMA photo

This year’s keynote presentation was by the inspirational, Joe Roberts aka “The Skidrow CEO.” Joe is an expert on resiliency and change. Having experienced both catastrophic failure and extraordinary success, Joe shared his insight on how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of high performance.

What is most amazing about Joe is that in 1989, he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless Skid Row addict. Through perseverance, determination, and his resilient human spirit, Joe pulled himself out of darkness and despair, to become a highly respected business and community leader. It’s safe to say, attendees were left feeling inspired and moved to action.

Joe’s story shows the resiliency of the human spirit. He is a living testament to the idea that “anything is possible.” To find out more about his passion to end homelessness, check out his most recent book “The Push For Change” available from www.thepushforchange.com.

“Joe was an excellent speaker, and we all left the room inspired by his life journey,” said Cattle. “It was incredible to see how he was able to turn his life around, the ‘life lessons’ he has learned and was able to transfer to the audience. His ‘Push for Change’ journey was incredible to re-live, and the audience was able to take away and implement many messages he brought forward.”

Michelle Henning from Answer Precision Technologies introduced the keynote speaker as part of their Diamond and Keynote Sponsorship. Thank you, Michelle and Dave Henning.

Michelle Henning from Answer Precision Technologies introduced the keynote speaker as part of their Diamond and Keynote Sponsorship. Thank you, Michelle and Dave Henning. CTMA photo

2023 TRADES AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Trades Ambassador of the Year Award recognizes and celebrates individuals who mentor others within the precision metalworking industry, and who go above and beyond to transfer their knowledge and skills.

In recognition of his contribution and dedication to inspire youth, this year’s recipient goes above and beyond to ensure students are well educated and have the tools at hand to prepare for a career in the precision metalworking industry. Congratulations again to Thomas Douglas from Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ont.

“I have experienced first-hand the extra efforts that Thomas gives when showing his students how to operate the machines in his shop and to learn the skills needed to produce components, which can be used in the robotics team,” said Cattle. “I have also witnessed the respect and dedication that his students give him by working after school and getting involved in his programs. Thomas has also been instrumental in helping the CTMA develop its Career-Ready with CTMA: Expanding Opportunities program, through which we have been supplying high schools throughout the province with new high-tech CNC machines and tooling for their machine shop classes.

“His efforts have contributed to expanding the knowledge of many students and have shaped career paths for many of them—who without this exposure—would have had no awareness about how ‘we make things’.”

The CTMA created a video to try and capture the difference Thomas is making within our industry. You can watch the video here.

In recognition of his contribution and dedication to inspire youth, this year’s Trades Ambassador of the Year Award went to Thomas Douglas

In recognition of his contribution and dedication to inspire youth, this year’s Trades Ambassador of the Year Award went to Thomas Douglas from Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ont. From left: Robert Cattle; Thomas Douglas; and Chris Hergott. CTMA photo

NETWORKING

Everyone enjoyed cocktails in the atrium and plenty of networking, which was followed by dinner. As Platinum Sponsors—BDC, CAD Micro, Cowan, EDC, Javelin, and Tool & Cutter Supply—were provided with display tables to promote their products and services.

During the “After Party” attendees continued networking and enjoyed some great music and entertainment provided by Richard Janik who, at times, was accompanied by the CTMA’s new president, Louis Jahn.

To commemorate the CTMA’s 60th anniversary, each attendee went home with a custom engraved glass to celebrate this important milestone in the Association’s history.

CTMA team photo

The CTMA team pose for a photo in the atrium at the Lamplighter Inn during cocktails and networking. From left: Robin McFarlane; Sarah Grandy; Robert Cattle; Julie McFarlane; and Darlene Carr.

WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS

Two new CTMA members received their new member plaques at the AGM & Dinner. Welcome to Five Star Tool & Die Limited and Larca Custom Machining Inc.

CTMA new members: Larca Custom Machining Inc.

Brad Koehler (middle) and Bryce Dougan (right) accept their new member plaque on behalf of Larca Custom Machining Inc., from Chris Hergott.

Nathan Carroll (right) accepts the new member plaque on behalf of Five Star Tool & Die Limited from Chris Hergott.

Nathan Carroll (right) accepts the new member plaque on behalf of Five Star Tool & Die Limited from Chris Hergott. CTMA photo

THANK YOU SPONSORS!

The CTMA would like to send a huge thank you to all the sponsors who generously supported the event.

“This event would not be able to take place without your support and your continued commitment to supporting our efforts—thank you!” said Cattle.

Thank you to the following AGM & Dinner sponsors:

  • Answer Precision Technologies (Diamond & Keynote Speaker Sponsor)
  • Michael G. Solcz (Diamond & Host Bar Sponsor)
  • BDC
  • CAD Micro
  • Cowan Insurance Group
  • Dormer Pramet
  • EDC
  • Tool & Cutter Supply
  • TriMech (formerly Javelin)
  • Anchor Danly
  • Black Controls Company Inc.
  • Bowman Precision Tooling
  • Canadian Metalworking Magazine
  • Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing Ltd.
  • FGL Precision Works Inc.
  • Hallink Moulds
  • In-House Solutions
  • Jahn Engineering Ltd.
  • Mazak Canada
  • North Star Technical Inc.
  • Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE)
  • ProShop ERP (Adion Systems Inc.)
  • Rapid Gear
  • SME Canada
  • Southwestern Manufacturing Inc.
  • Triumph Tool Ltd.

“The CTMA’s AGM seems to be getting larger every year and is an important networking event for all our members and those who are involved in the precision metalworking industry,” said Cattle. “Thanks to all our attendees and we look forward to seeing everyone next year on Oct. 17, 2024!

Stay tuned for more information about next year’s event!