2019 Gala Award Recipients

CME seeks to recognize individuals and companies who have achieved notable success in initiating, improving, or growing a manufacturing business in Manitoba.
These awards are designed to recognize excellence in a public way through a special awards gala held each year during Manufacturing Week and through the Hall of Fame display located in the University of Manitoba Engineering atrium. CME seeks to honor Manitoba Manufacturers in the following areas:

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION

The Community Contribution award celebrates Manitoba companies who have over time, demonstrated a commitment to supporting and building their community. This will be evidenced by community actions such as financial support, volunteering, participating in organizations, initiating improvements, and being involved in initiatives that build the social as well as economic landscape. Recipients will have gained a good reputation and be considered as a role model in creating a positive image for the manufacturing sector.

EMERGING

The Emerging award is designed to capture businesses that have started new companies with significant future potential. It will recognize relatively new companies who are distinguishing themselves through growth, impact and innovation. These organizations are likely to become future leaders in Manitoba manufacturing and exporting.

EXPORT

The Export award is granted each year to a company demonstrating excellence in expanding into geographic markets and through significant and sustained export sales. This company has achieved a certain degree revenue growth either through regular operations or the creation of additional product lines or the innovation of existing designs. They exhibit good corporate citizenship and have contributed to the expansion of Manitoban and Canadian employment.

HALL OF FAME

The Hall of Fame award celebrates individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the development of their company or companies and success in their chosen industry. These individuals are visionary leaders, and exhibit these qualities through the design or implementation of revolutionary products, systems or processes. They are strongly integrated into the community and demonstrate a positive impact with youth and students.

PARTNER

The Partner Award is presented to an organization that, through tireless support or advocacy, has made a notable contribution to the Manitoba manufacturing and exporting community. It recognizes partners and service providers that have demonstrated a measurable impact on the growth, sustainability or mission of manufacturing companies. Recipients are widely recognized for their integrity, dedication and collaboration in service to manufacturing.

PIONEER

The Pioneer award will look back at those people who began a manufacturing business in Manitoba and nurtured it into a successful company. Most Manitoba companies are home-grown organizations and this award will recognize the key builders of our manufacturing community. Pioneer Award recipients will have launched a successful company that significantly increased employment in manufacturing. The business may have successfully been passed on to others but is still viably operating.

Nomination Form

To nominate a Manitoba Manufacturer for any of these awards, please see criteria and nomination form. Deadline for Nominations is October 30th.

A panel of business and academic leaders will evaluate the candidates presented for each of these awards with the final selections identified by November 30th.

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Awards Gala

On April 15, we prepare to celebrate manufacturing and exporting excellence in Manitoba at the CME Gala Awards. This year, although we will gather together, apart, as the event goes virtual, we are nevertheless excited to celebrate. And in that spirit, we have exciting news to share: in collaboration with our generous event sponsors, we have decided to open the celebration to members and beyond at no charge!

Perhaps now more than ever, it is important to hear from industry leaders and pioneers and to showcase our Made-in-Manitoba success stories to as many members of our manufacturing community as we can, to lead and inspire others on their journeys.

Please help spread the news and register your colleagues, friends and family to join us at no cost. Whether you are celebrating yourself in your home or with colleagues (safely distanced) in the workplace, let’s come together and celebrate the best manufacturing has to offer this spring! Register here.

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