2018 OGRA Conference - Antoine van Agtmael
February 25 - 28, 2018

For years, Ontarians have been led to believe that traditional manufacturing was a race to the bottom.

Maintaining a competitive manufacturing company meant making things as cheaply as possible in low-cost overseas factories. Antoine van Agtmael doesn’t buy this argument. With his co-researcher Fred Bakker, van Agtmael crisscrossed the globe and found that the economic tide is beginning to shift from its obsession with cheap goods to the production of smart ones. In their book, The Smartest Places on Earth, van Agtmael and Bakker analyzed the evolving factors that are transforming former “rustbelt” communities into “brainbelt” centres of design and innovation. These findings could have significant impacts on Ontario communities.

Hear from Antoine van Agtmael at the 2018 OGRA Conference.


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