From the first industrial boom in Canada, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has been advocating for and representing member interests. 150 years strong, we have earned an extensive and effective track record of working for and with 2,500 leading manufacturers from coast to coast to help their businesses grow. Our success comes from integrating the association with industry, being run by manufacturers for manufacturers. Led by a national board of directors made up of senior leaders from a diverse group of Canadian manufacturers of all sizes, we have our finger on the pulse of the sector. Overcoming your challenges and maximizing opportunities are at the forefront of everything we do. CME has member-driven programs and services to help you work on your business. We partner with you to strengthen your competitive advantage by building your knowledge and capacity in key areas, like LEAN and productivity; trade and export; energy and environment; leadership development; safety and more. As your advocate, CME has the ear of all levels of government in Canada and in key markets around the world. We actively work to influence and recommend effective policies that will allow manufacturers to compete at home and abroad. CME works wherever you are – with regional chapters in every province, championed by local manufacturers just like you. This multi-pronged approach has provided us with the credibility to confidently speak as the voice of manufacturing in Canada.

Our Values

CME subscribes to these core values that drive all the association’s actions:

  • Innovation is the cornerstone of success. CME believes that the status quo isn’t good enough and that an association should be as innovative as its members. CME places great value on the investment in technology as the key to creating competitiveness and prosperity.
  • Growth of the manufacturing sector is critical to our economy. CME proposes policies and best practices that enable growth, investment and competitiveness.
  • CME’s currency is integrity and trust. As a non-partisan, learning organization CME is guided by data and represents only members’ interests in fulfilling our mission.
  • CME is driven to influence, not just advocate: CME’s opinion is sought after. The association is able to influence policy and regulations on behalf of members, and has a role and responsibility to engage in the political process and shape the public agenda to fulfill our mission.

CME’s Mission for 2018-2021

To enable our members to compete successfully in Canada and internationally, and to ensure manufacturing is recognized by the public and by policy-makers as an innovative and important part of Canada’s economy.



Supporting members through an extensive suite of programs and services created specifically to address manufacturers’ top concerns, such as labor shortage, improving productivity and improving access to capital.



Facilitating opportunities for manufacturers to learn from each other, work with each other, and grow together through peer councils, events, and other B2B networking opportunities.



Influencing decision-makers at the federal and provincial levels as the strong voice of industry, whether on behalf of one company or the entire sector, to create a competitive environment for manufacturers.

CME’s Vision for Canada

Manufacturing and Exporting are recognized as engines for growth in the economy, and Canada acknowledged as both a global leader and innovator in advanced manufacturing, and a global leader in exporting.

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CME is proud to be certified as a Great Place to Work® after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. This certification is based on direct feedback from employees. CME looks forward to working with staff on continuously improving its workplace culture and is committed to leading the manufacturing sector in fostering inclusion and diversity in the manufacturing sector with initiatives like Women and Manufacturing.


Our national board of directors represent manufacturers of all sizes and subsectors, from coast to coast. Reflective of the thousands of manufacturers we serve across Canada, we believe in the power of the network to advance your business and our industry.