June 6 – 8, 2017 | Edmonton EXPO Centre (Hall C) | Edmonton, Alberta

Sandra L. Bouckley


Creating the Manufacturing Workforce of the Future

Wednesday, June 7  1:00 – 2:00 pm

Sandra L. Bouckley, P. Eng, FSME
President, SME

Sandra L. Bouckley will discuss the current state of the manufacturing workforce, what this means for the future, how companies can help bridge the skills gap and the role of new technology in resolving workforce challenges. There are currently thousands of hard to fill manufacturing jobs and yet not nearly enough skilled workers to meet the demand. Ms. Bouckley will discuss the widening skills gap and the misconceptions around manufacturing and the need to get to young people to consider manufacturing jobs as a viable career choice.

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About Sandra Bouckley

Sandra L. Bouckley, FSME, P.Eng., is the 2017 SME president. Previously, she was the vice president of manufacturing systems, supply chain management and lean at GKN Driveline Americas, leading operational excellence by driving lean manufacturing and investment efficiency to establish an optimized manufacturing footprint for the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. Bouckley had global leadership responsibilities on the GKN Driveline Global Manufacturing Systems Council and had been with GKN since January 2015.

She retired in late 2014 from the position of vice president, operations for the Electrical Systems and Services Business for the Electrical Sector of Eaton to which she was appointed in March 2013. Bouckley was responsible for developing and implementing the ESSG manufacturing strategy, while providing functional leadership across manufacturing, quality, operational excellence, supply chain, logistics and environmental health and safety. She joined Eaton in January 2011 as vice president of global advanced manufacturing for the industrial sector.

Prior to joining Eaton, Bouckley was global director of operations at Tyco Electrical and Metal Products (division of Tyco International) where she led 20 plants and the manufacturing engineering activities. Previously, Bouckley served as director of advance manufacturing engineering for the front-wheel drive platform at Chrysler. She was plant manager at six different facilities in the U.S. and Canada and ran the largest plant (St. Louis Minivan Assembly). Before Chrysler, Bouckley held positions in product engineering at General Motors both in the U.S. and Canada.

She holds an MBA from Michigan State University (Executive Program), a master’s degree in manufacturing management from Kettering University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute). Bouckley is a professional engineer registered in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

She was elected to the SME Board of Directors and is serving through 2018. In 2016, Bouckley was elected SME president-elect and elected as an SME Fellow. In 2014, she was a STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Award honoree from the Manufacturing Institute. Bouckley was named one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News in 2005 and again in 2015. She has served on the boards of the SME Education Foundation, GMI Alumni Association and the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Bouckley is also a member of both the Society of Automotive Engineers (winner of Outstanding Younger Member) and Society of Women Engineers (former VP of Detroit section).

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