The GHMN has a very simple mandate – give manufacturers what they need when they need it. We will do that by:
GHMN formed through a partnership between McMaster University, City of Hamilton, and the Regions of Halton and Niagara. Other stakeholders from academic institutions, municipal economic development, funding agencies, government and associations have been a part of discussions that have been taking place over the last few years.
There was a recognition that the Golden Horseshoe is in a critical time where external forces are making it impossible to stay the current course. In particular, raising the level of innovation in the region is seen as a critical element of the long term viability in the region. The GH has all the necessary attributes to make it a great incubation environment for innovation, but the advantages of the region that are not being fully capitalized. In the spring/summer of 2007, Deloitte was commissioned to do a study on innovation in the Golden Horseshoe and give recommendations on an innovation strategy and implementation plan. The recommendation was to form a focal organization for manufacturers in the Golden Horseshoe region - the Golden Horseshoe Manufacturing Network.