Welcome Messages 2023

Kristina Thony

Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Toronto

Welcome to our German Technology Day guests. It is my great pleasure to introduce you to this special edition presenting the attractive line-up for the now fifth German Technology Day!

Having just arrived in Toronto in August, I am impressed by the long list of German companies that have joined forces for this event, and the great cooperation between them in promoting
German excellence in manufacturing, automation technology and Industry 4.0. Twenty-two companies gather here this time.

They are outstanding companies that represent the expertise and know-how of the much-vaunted German Mittelstand: small and medium-sized companies, many of them family-owned, often from small towns in Germany, who became top in the world in their field through ingenuity, excellence and entrepreneurship. In the next few pages, you will be introduced to these champions, all standing together to showcase not just their own respective excellence, but the impressive quality of German automation in North America.

A special thanks to Andreas Sobotta, whose grand vision and efforts started this event in 2019. Since then, it has grown steadily and has become a permanent institution in our annual calendar. I cannot wait to see you all at this special event in October!

Germany's Ambassador to Canada

By now, it is a tradition: German Technology Day is taking place for the fifth time. With 22 exciting exhibitors on the floor, GTD 2023 showcases latest innovations in the fields of industrial automation and advanced manufacturing.

We are living a high moment of the German-Canadian relationship. State visits back and forth, meetings of Prime Minister and Chancellor in Berlin and Toronto have marked the last year. Our governments have never worked more closely together. Investment between Canada and Germany is at an all time high. Just think of Volkswagen’s historic investment in the new St. Thomas-based battery plant, Heidelberg Cement’s construction of North America’s first carbon-neutral cement plant in Edmonton or Eavor Technologies’ first ever commercial deployment of its ground-breaking geothermal energy loop in Germany.

These are just a few examples of the innovations, partnerships and opportunities that will enable us to accelerate our respective green transitions and make us more resilient and independent in the future. Lots of room to grow and plenty of opportunities for our technology industry to contribute and prosper…

I want to express my profound gratitude to Andreas Sobotta of Pilz Automation Safety Canada for initiating the German Technology Day. Big ideas and initiatives need drivers. Thank you for driving this event. Thank you to all supporters and sponsors!

Mayor , City of Mississauga

I am delighted to welcome you to the 2023 German Technology Day here in the City of Mississauga. This event is a celebration of innovation, collaboration, and the incredible advancements that have been made possible through the merging of German expertise with the vibrant spirit of our city.

The City of Mississauga takes great pride in its commitment to fostering global partnerships and supporting the remarkable Mississauga-based companies with German roots. In fact, we are privileged to be home to around 120 German companies, a number that surpasses any other Canadian city. These companies are not just industry giants; many of them are family-owned, innovative enterprises that play a pivotal role in the growth and development of their respective sectors. A shining example of this is PILZ, a leader in automation and advanced manufacturing.

We are immensely grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with such strong local partners who are dedicated to bringing together the technology community. This event shines a spotlight on the innovative German companies that have made Mississauga their home, showcasing the remarkable contributions they make to our city’s landscape.

Our city is dedicated to creating an environment that encourages innovation and growth, and we firmly believe that the collaboration between our local businesses and these international industry leaders will undoubtedly pave the way for exciting advancements in the field of technology.

Once again, I extend my warmest welcome to all participants and guests of the 2023 German Technology Day. May this event be a beacon of innovation, an arena for collaboration, and a platform for progress.