2. <ul><li>A cluster is a geographically proximate group of companies and </li></ul><ul><li>associated institutions in a particular field, linked by commonalities </li></ul><ul><li>and complementarities.“ Michael F. Porter. </li></ul><ul><li>It Attracts customers to invest research, and build skills in workforce </li></ul>What is A Cluster?
3. Three major auto manufacturers – General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler – collectively operate six assembly plants in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) More than 700 parts manufacturers help make the cluster 50,000 workers, second only to Detroit, and produce more than 1.1 million cars, trucks and minivans per year. GTA Automotive Cluster
4. <ul><li>Ontario is the most important vehicle-producing jurisdiction in North America, producing the highest vehicles than any other region or State. 2.4 million vehicles were manufactured in the Greater Toronto Area in 2006. </li></ul>Some Stats on Automotive Cluster!
5. <ul><li>Ontario autoworkers are the reason Ontario facilities are consistent winners of both the </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Ontario’s 44 colleges and universities produce more than 25,000 graduates per year in math, engineering, and pure and applied sciences. The GTA is second only to Boston, Mass in the number of engineering and science. </li></ul>Well-educated, highly skilled workers
6. <ul><li>Ryerson University </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science </li></ul><ul><li>University of Toronto </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>University of Ontario Institute of Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science </li></ul><ul><li>Centennial, Durham, George Brown, Humber and Seneca offer engineering and apprentice programs as well. </li></ul>Ontario School’s Associated with Automotives
7. a new five-year, $500 million program designed to strengthen the industry’s competitiveness. Leveraging after the success of this program, the government of Ontario launched the Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy (AMIS) in 2005 and Next Generation of Jobs Fund (NGOJF) in 2007. Innovation <ul><li>I In today’s global economy, innovation is crucial for success. </li></ul><ul><li>Canada and Ontario are working hard to ensure the continued strength and growth of the Canadian automotive industry. </li></ul>
8. <ul><li>The Ontario government is investing $58 million in the centre as part of its $235 million investment in GM's Beacon project. </li></ul><ul><li>GM and Canada, through an NSERC grant, will contribute $1 million each over a five-year period to co-fund a Chair in Innovative Design Engineering at UOIT. </li></ul>Investments for the Industry
9. <ul><li>"Our vision has been to create a new advanced automotive technology cluster centered at UOIT that links together our best Canadian companies, universities, students and engineers with companies in the Canadian automotive supply chain," said Arturo Elias, president of GM of Canada. </li></ul>Future