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AIMday™ Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Manufacturing


Welcome to AIMday Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Manufacturing – January 26, 2021

On January 26, 2021 we look forward to discussing Heavy Equipment and Vehicle Manufacturing industry challenges. This event will be held online. Click here to register.

Academic Industry Meeting day, or AIMday™, is centered around industry-identified challenges and/or questions.  At the workshops, multidisciplinary faculty from colleges, polytechnics and universities will discuss the specific questions (1 per workshop) with the aim of identifying potential solutions or pathways to solutions.

  • Each question or challenge submitted by a company is tackled by a group of selected experts, with the aim of finding a pathway to a solution.
  • One question, one hour, a group of academic experts
  • Register your attendance at the event by submitting a question on the registration page.


Driven by world-class companies, Manitoba’s long-time success in the heavy vehicle industry is rooted in its unique and robust cluster of outstanding manufacturers, parts and component suppliers, research institutes and educational institutions.

The heavy vehicle manufacturing industry is a cornerstone of manufacturing in Manitoba, directly employing about 10 per cent of Manitoba’s manufacturing workforce and indirectly employing many more. Intensely export-oriented, the industry annually accounts for about $1 billion in exports.

Manitoba’s heavy vehicle manufacturers produce urban and intercity buses, fire trucks, motor homes, recreational vehicles, trailers, agricultural equipment and associated parts and components.

Manitoba is home to North America’s two largest bus manufacturers (New Flyer Industries and Motor Coach Industries), Canada’s largest fire truck manufacturer (Fort Garry Fire Trucks) and Canada’s largest tractor manufacturer (Buhler Industries).

Manitoba has a well-diversified infrastructure of suppliers of raw materials, parts, component assemblies and services. Many of these suppliers also serve the aerospace and agricultural equipment sectors.

Industry and Academia Working Together

One of our shared objectives is to increase collaboration between Manitoba’s private sector and post-secondary institutions with the goal to foster a more competitive, digitally skilled workforce. Conversations between industry and academia will highlight the most relevant intelligent technologies for Digital Agriculture, and may lead to potential collaboration projects and novel solutions for industry challenges.

How do companies participate?

  1. Register and submit questions you want to discuss – we will work with you to tailor effective questions
  2. We will work to identify researchers who can contribute to the discussion
  3. Participate in the AIMday workshops, meet potential academic partners
  4. Researchers submit project proposals, leading to new opportunities for collaboration

How do researchers participate?

  1. Read the questions posted by companies or organizations
  2. Sign up for the questions you want to discuss
  3. Meet the company representatives in the AIMday workshops
  4. Submit project proposals, leading to new opportunities for collaboration

If you have any additional questions or require further information, please contact us at [email protected]