The Manufacturing & Export Enhancement Cluster

Launched in early 2021, the “MEE Cluster” is an industry-led initiative that supports growth and enhances global competitiveness of the Western Canadian manufacturing industry. Cluster-led initiatives are focused on facilitating industry collaboration, reducing the risks associated with innovation, and accelerating technology adoption.

The Cluster is comprised of industry members and program partners that provide input into cluster projects and deliverables via a Steering Committee and an Advisory Panel. In addition, the Cluster utilizes a broad network of solution and service providers across North America to support Cluster-led projects and initiatives.

Enhancing Industry Capabilities

As members of Alberta’s business community, we understand the struggle to improve technology and industry connections within your company. The MEE Cluster strives to elevate the advanced manufacturing industry by working with our partners to deliver workshops, seminars, formal training, and enabling joint industry projects. We dedicate ourselves to promoting collaboration and innovation through support from our members and partners. When you access the MEE Cluster and join as a member, your business has even more resources and connections.

The MEE Cluster also works to enhance your ability to export your products by promoting best practices and supporting companies in establishing export development strategies. We can help you accomplish this by raising industry awareness of existing export development programs, leading initiatives where gaps have been identified, and co-developing initiatives with partner organizations.

MEE Cluster Team

Peter Krzesinski

Executive Director

Peter is passionate about supporting the manufacturing industry in technology adoption, innovation, and building a collaborative ecosystem drawing on the strengths of all organisations supporting the manufacturing sector across Western Canada. Peter has a background in developing, growing, and leading industry support programs, conducting market research, and enhancing the engagement of underrepresented groups within the economy. 

Before taking on his role with the MEE Cluster, Peter led a program supporting advanced fabrication technology adoption across Western Canada. He also has extensive international experience in the oil and gas service industry.

 

David Rist

Program Integration Director

David has built a career in Project Management, Business Operations, and Change Management in  various capacities.

David has extensive experience implementing new systems and technology, and helping businesses realize opportunities to create efficiencies within their current business models.

He is adept at building strategic relationships and advocating on behalf of an organization and stakeholders he represents.

David’s hobbies include being an avid mountain biker, hiker, and kayaker, and enjoys all outdoor pursuits.

Lesli Rentz

Project Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

Lesli has over 18 years of administrative and project coordination experience, including working with Access Prosperity since its inception in 2011.

Lesli has helped manage and execute many projects and is responsible for coordinating events,  marketing and communications, and providing overall administrative support for the MEE Cluster and project team. She is eager to raise awareness and generate new opportunities for the cluster, industry and local businesses.

Bruce Ennis

Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

MEE Cluster Process Improvement Guru

Bruce Ennis is a Quality Management Professional with thirty years experience in the field of Quality, Process Improvement, and Lean.  He’s been recognized for his accomplishments in Lean by being invited to present at the American Society for Quality’s (ASQ) Global Lean Summit and has published a whitepaper through the ASQ as well.

Bruce is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Senior Member of the American Society for Quality.  He has created Lean programs that have dramatically improved the speed, quality and profitability of numerous businesses from a wide variety of sectors – aeronautics, manufacturing, petroleum, administration…and even professional sports management.

Bruce has consulted for multi-billion dollar conglomerates down to small family owned businesses and is passionate about supporting local manufacturers in process improvement.

Paul Hogendoorn

Digital Transformation Consultant

Paul brings 40 years of experience in manufacturing and technology industries, having co-founded multiple companies, building them from start-ups to internationally recognized brands. Paul Hogendoorn is a co-founder of FreePoint Technologies (2013), a co-founder of OES-Inc (1981) and related companies OES-A (El Paso), IST and BloomAuction.com.

Paul is a self described “incurable entrepreneur” that leveraged natural technology development skills to successfully launch numerous companies, building them to international acclaim and significance, and effectively transition them to future owners and management teams for continued growth and prosperity. His primary skills include: ‘tactile’ information technology (IIoT) development and implementation skills, proven sales and marketing abilities, and demonstrated leadership, vision casting and team building skills. Primary assets include a vast knowledge of manufacturing machines, methods and industry verticals; comprehensive understanding of technology development from design of hardware, firmware and software to team building, R&D ITC and intellectual property protection applications; decades of trust-based relationships with technology companies, manufacturing companies, industry influencers and leaders.

MEE Cluster Steering Committee

Kent Wilkinson

Director
Cougar Drilling Solutions Inc.

Carter Will

Director
Exergy Solutions Inc.

Robert Stegmeier

Director
Kaymor Machining & Welding Ltd.

Matt Cornall

Director
Alberta Innovates

Nathan Starchuk

Director
Flexcim Manufacturing Services

Alicia Cafferata

Director
Red Deer Polytechnic/Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network (CARIN)

Tonya Wolfe

Director
Red Deer Polytechnic/Alberta Additive Manufacturing Network

Peter Krzesinski

Chair (Non-voting)
MEE Cluster