WHAT IS SONAMI?

 

SONAMI is the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation.

SONAMI is a network of colleges and one university, who, through their respective Research and Innovation Centres, are collaborating with small- and medium-sized companies to turn innovations into commercialized products.

SONAMI leverages faculty, students and state-of-the-market equipment, together with funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, to support manufacturing in southern Ontario.

 


 

OUR MISSION:

SUPPORTING THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NEEDS OF
SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED COMPANIES IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO

 

 


 

OUR FUNDER

 

 

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev)

Funding Program: 
Regional Innovation Ecosystem (RIE)

Funding under this stream helps to create, grow and develop strong and inclusive regional networks that support business growth and innovation, as well as the entrepreneurial environment necessary for more innovative regional economies.

 

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OUR TEAM

 

 


Kithio Mwanzia, Network Manager

Kithio Mwanzia

Network Manager
SONAMI

Kithio Mwanzia is the Network Manager for the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), a Niagara College-led network of seven academic institutions that pool its resources to provide innovation and technology to smaller manufacturers. In his role, Kithio is responsible for the overall recruitment and outreach activities of the network, as well as the recruitment of three new academic institutions to the network during the next five years.

Kithio has spent a number of years in Niagara working on governance issues with the Thorold Chamber of Commerce and later the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC). He was also interim CEO at GNCC for a few months before taking the role of President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Brock University, and he has earned his Certificate in Public Governance from the Institute on Governance.
 

 


Sarah Dimick, Project Manager

Sarah Dimick

Project Manager
SONAMI

Sarah Dimick is the Project Manager for the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI), a Niagara College-led consortium of seven academic institutions supporting manufacturers’ research and development needs through applied research projects. In her role, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the network, including the management of a range of projects and related activities.

Sarah has extensive experience in innovation, information services and public policy areas. She spent 10 years at the Conference Board of Canada, an Ottawa-based think tank, as a researcher in their Technology and Innovation group. Most recently, she served as the Director of Research at an innovative data-analytics start-up rel8ed.to Analytics. She holds a Bachelor’s degree (Law and Political Science) and a Master’s degree in Legal Studies, both from Carleton University in Ottawa and has earned her designation as Project Management Professional.

 

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OUR PARTNERS

 

 

Conestoga College

CENTRE FOR SMART MANUFACTURING (CSM)
Kitchener, Ontario

By facilitating applied research and the development of innovative business processes, CSM will become an important driver of innovation, commercialization, productivity improvement and competitiveness for Ontario’s manufacturing sector. 

 


 

Fanshawe College

Centre for Research and Innovation
London, Ontario

The Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) is Fanshawe College’s Research Office and Industry Innovation Centre (IIC). CRI links industry, business and community partners with Fanshawe student and faculty researchers to develop research and innovation projects and programs, and serves as the College’s liaison to external funders. 

 


 

Lambton College

LAMBTON MANUFACTURING INNOVATION CENTRE (LMIC)
Sarnia, Ontario

LMIC is a specialized research and development centre that works with Canadian businesses – especially SME’s – to advance their products, processes, and services. 

 


 

McMaster University

McMaster University

MCMASTER MANUFACTURING RESEARCH INSTITUTE (MMRI)
Hamilton, Ontario

The MMRI’s focus is to develop intelligent solutions to issues faced by Canada’s manufacturers in all steps of machining processes. MMRI offers technology transfer opportunities for tooling selection, tool path development, process monitoring and process parameters.

 


 

Mohawk College

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING RESOURCE CENTRE (AMIC)
Hamilton, Ontario

As an applied research lab, the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre and its team of expert staff, faculty and students, can provide a test bed for industry to develop new products and processes. A regional hub for expertise in DMLS technology (metal 3D printing). 

 


 

Niagara College

WALKER ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INNOVATION CENTRE (WAMIC)
Welland, Ontario

WAMIC’s team specializes in engineering design, 3D technologies, lean manufacturing processes and additive manufacturing. Working with Southern Ontario businesses to bring ideas to life, from concept through to developing working prototypes, utilizing leading-edge technology, including equipment and software.

 


 

Sheridan College

CENTRE FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES (CAMDT)
Oakville, Ontario

CAMDT exemplifies Sheridan’s leading role as a hub connecting industry, curriculum and applied research. CAMDT supports the transformation and growth of our industry partners by providing innovation support, fostering collaboration and accelerating the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies.

 


 

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