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Two upcoming WMCO events open to everyone

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The Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario is getting ready for two virtual events on Feb. 9 and Feb. 15. Both will be open to members and non-members alike.
The WMCO Virtual Networking Event – Economics Update & Supply Chain Discussion - will be held Feb. 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and will feature a keynote presentation by Alan Arcand M.A, Canadian Manufactures and Exporters (CME) who will provide an economic outlook and update.
In addition there will be breakout discussion groups talking about:
- Hardware: Current market conditions
- Coatings: Supply chain challenges updates
- Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS): A WMCO manufacturers’ first-hand insight into a business model designed to solve issues, bring focus, discipline, accountability and much more
Alan Arcand is the chief economist, Canadian Manufactures and Exporters (CME) and will present the economic outlook for 2022 for Canada, providing insight to trends in the economy and how this affects business owners and Canadian consumers.
Arcand is a member of the national policy team and responsible for developing and executing CME’s major national research projects, conducting CME’s macroeconomic analysis to support the organization across the country, managing our tax policy efforts, and be a leading voice representing the interests of the association and members with government and with the public.
This event will be hosted on the virtual meeting space Wonder, an interactive web browser-based meeting space that allows attendees to freely move around in a virtual meeting, in the same way we are used to at physical conferences.
You can find out more and register here.

The second event is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15.
“Cyber Security Risks & Solutions for Wood Manufacturers: What we need to know and do about it now,” will take a look at cyber security risks, which  are increasing every day and tell manufacturers how to manage the risks and threats that exist in today’s business world.
WMCO says many members have brought forward examples of how and where they have been hacked, lost valuable data and production time in addition of the associated costs to fix their systems and restore data.
Also discussed will be risks to your business, and what systems and processes do you need to have in place, as well as new rules that will require businesses to have some form of cyber security practice covered by cyber insurance.
For this event, WMCO, in collaboration with MIT Consulting Inc., has put together a series of seminars and training workshops to help you understand you need to reduce your risk to protect your business and reputation, along with an upcoming WMCO cyber security service for members.
Erez Zevulunov of MIT Consulting will cover the following topics along with some concrete actions you can take now:
- New advance threat protection Firewalls and how they work
- End of the old anti-virus and into the new era of endpoint protection and response software.
- Goodbye passwords and hello to two-factor authentication (2FA/MFA).
- Darkweb – is your data out there.
- Disaster planning and best practice to protect your data.
- Employee awareness training and how to keep your people aware of the threat.
- Product examples that are used and how.
- Company case study - learn how they were hacked and the solutions they sourced.
This event will be held via Zoom and you can find out more and register here.



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