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Pictured in photo L to R: Vince D’Alessio, President, Elliott Matsuura, Udo Jahn, General Manager, Modern Engineering, Yuto Matsuura, Director, Matsuura, Japan

October 5, 2022 (Vancouver, BC) The Construction Foundation of BC (CFBC) is proud to announce that the BC Metal Manufacturing Advisory Group Fund (BCMMAG) has received a generous donation from Elliott-Matsuura Canada Inc. to support the group’s continuing efforts to raise awareness surrounding manufacturing trades in the province of BC.

More specifically, funds received from Elliot-Matsuura Canada Inc. will support BCMMAG’s efforts to raise awareness and accessibility of manufacturing trades through purchases of Desktop Mill machines and costs associated with the funding of certification courses that serve BC students and educators.

Established in 2016 and administered through the CFBC, the BCMMAG is comprised of industry leaders with a passion for manufacturing. Since the group’s inception, BCMMAG has worked to spread awareness of the manufacturing sector to students and educators across the province of BC.

“About six months ago, I was having dinner with Udo Jahn of Modern Engineering and through our conversations, I realized that the BCMMAG was something that we would like to participate in,” said Vince D’Alessio, President of Elliot-Matsuura. “Developing skills and providing funding are key areas of manufacturing that are needed to help grow the industry and the BCMMAG is a key component in introducing future trades workers to that industry.”

Elliot-Matsuura’s history in Canadian manufacturing spans over 70 years. Operating out of Ontario, the Elliot team consists of over 85 employees who provide sales, service and engineering/manufacturing support to customers across Canada. D’Alessio himself has been involved with manufacturing for 41 years and recognizes the importance of establishing a connection with future workers at the high school level.

“The reason I made my career in manufacturing was a result of the exposure I had in the high school machine shop,” added D’Alessio. “It is important that we expose and educate young students in all career opportunities. Our schools tend to emphasize academic careers, not the skilled trades.

“Quite frankly, today’s manufacturing engineer, machinist or programmer require a college or university education. The path to becoming a professional in our industry is both challenging and rewarding. The majority of our Application Engineers started in the trade and advanced their careers through continuing education, training and work experience.”

Six years removed from the initial launch of the BCMMAG, the group has continued to make impressive strides. Elliot-Matsuura’s donation signals the team's most recent success story. The donation will continue to aid in the efforts to outfit schools with new and cutting-edge machinery equipment while ensuring that educators who have access to this equipment are trained and knowledgeable about its uses.

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