5th Annual Women in Manufacturing Success Forum

OVERVIEW

CME’s Women in Manufacturing Success Forum is Canada’s leading conference that brings together over 500 participants to empower, support, and accelerate women in Canadian manufacturing, as well as help manufacturers attract and retain women in their workplaces.

In 2018, CME launched our We Can Do It Campaign. The campaign’s updated goal is to increase women representation in manufacturing by 100,000 by 2030. Though COVID-19 caused unprecedented layoffs, with your support, we helped to raise the total number of jobs held by women in manufacturing by 41,000, moving a number that remained static for decades. With our pandemic learnings, it’s time to double down on our efforts.

During the week of March 7th, join us each day from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST to hear from manufacturing sector leaders, attend engaging discussion panels, experience virtual factory tours, get inspired by untold stories of women in industry, and much more.

It is time to support women in manufacturing! Register now to join us virtually.

Together, We Can Do It!

EVENT AGENDA

MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2022 - ENGAGING, SUPPORTING, AND INSPIRING WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING

Opening Remarks

Dennis Darby, President & CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)

 

Welcome Remarks

Angela Pappin, Chief Transformation Officer, ArcelorMittal Dofasco North America, and Chair of CME’s Women in Manufacturing Working Group

 

CME Highlight Video 

Sharing stories of Women in Manufacturing and recapping past CME events 

 

Engaging, Supporting, and Inspiring Women in Manufacturing – Fireside Chat 

Karen Vecchio, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London and Chair of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women

 

Introduced by/moderator of questions: Angela Pappin, Chief Transformation Officer, ArcelorMittal Dofasco North America, and Chair CME’s Women in Manufacturing Working Group 

 

Engaging, Supporting, and Inspiring Women in Manufacturing  – Fireside Chat

Rhonda Barnet, Chief Executive Officer, Palette Skills

Paulette Senior, President and CEO, Canadian Women’s Federation

 

Virtual Plant Tour – Toyota 

 

Closing Remarks 

Chris McLean, Talent Development & Transformation Senior Manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2022 - TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN LEADERSHIP

Opening Remarks

Lisa Block, People & Culture Business Partner, Metrie

 

Next Generation of Women Leadership – Keynote

Mandy Rennehan, Blue-Collar CEO™ & Founder, Freshco.ca (not the grocery store!)

 

Introduced by/moderator of questions: Lisa Block, People & Culture Business Partner, Metrie

 

Training the Next Generation of Women Leadership – Panel Discussion 

 

Moderator: Julie Ruben Rodney, Founder and CEO, MaxPeople

 

Panelists:

  • Leah Coutinho Mauer, General Manager, Multi Blend
  • Emmanuelle Toussaint, Vice President of Public Affairs, Volvo Group Canada/Nova Bus
  • David Clare, Vice President Manufacturing and Supply Chain Canada, Estée Lauder Companies

Virtual Plant Tour – Volvo Group Canada/Nova Bus

 

Closing Remarks 

Alexandra Salzmann, Applications and Sales Engineer, Berg Chilling Systems Inc.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2022 - ENGAGING YOUNG WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING

Opening Remarks

Tracy Spear, Owner and Managing Partner, Humble Manufacturing

 

Engaging Young Women in Manufacturing – Keynote

Jamie McMillan, Founder of KickAss Careers

 

Introduced by/moderator of questions: Tracy Spear, Owner and Managing Partner, Humble Manufacturing

 

Engaging Young Women in Manufacturing – Panel Discussion 

 

Moderator: Taylor Valee, Benefits Consultant, People Corporation

 

Panelists:

  • Morris Hucal, Superintendent of Education at Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board
  • Stephanie Thompson, Engineering Team Leader, General Motors of Canada; Founder of STEM by Steph
  • Tiffany Recksiedler, Group Inventory Leader, Loewen Windows

Virtual Plant Tour – Bombardier

 

Closing Remarks 

Christian Reid, Human Resources Director, Bombardier

THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2022 - FROM PANDEMIC LEARNINGS - THE FUTURE OF WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING

Opening Remarks

Mary Keith, Vice President of Communications, JD Irving Shipbuilding

 

Virtual Plant Tour – JD Irving: Halifax Shipyard

 

What the Pandemic Has Taught Us: Future of Women in Manufacturing – Panel Discussion

 

Moderator: Mary Ann Wenzler-Wiebe, Vice President of Financing and Consulting, Business Development Bank of Canada

 

Panelists:

  • Sandrine Devillard, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Kathleen Garney, General Manager, Boeing Winnipeg
  • Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice President, Policy, Government Relations & Ontario Operations, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)
  • Adriana Ico, General Manager of Human Resources, ArcelorMittal Dofasco North America

From Pandemic Learnings to the Future of Women in Manufacturing – Fireside Chat

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion 

 

Introduced and moderated by:

  • Elise Maheu, Chair, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and Vice-President of Government Affairs and Markets, 3M Company  
  • Dennis Darby, President & CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Closing Remarks 

Dennis Darby, CEO & President, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022 - CENTERING DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION IN MANUFACTURING & CALL TO ACTION

Opening Remarks

Elise Maheu, Vice-President of Government Affairs and Markets, 3M Company, and Chair, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Board of Directors

 

Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Manufacturing – Panel Discussion 

 

Moderator: Alison Glober, Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG Canada

 

Panelists:

  • Kimberly Eberwine, General Counsel & Government Relations, Proctor & Gamble Canada
  • Kerry Smith, Senior Director, Manitoba Métis Federation
  • Joseph Amankrah, Co-Founder and Former President of the Camara Skills Training Network

Call to Action: What Is Next? – Panel Discussion 

 

Panelists:

  • Angela Pappin, Chief Transformation Officer, ArcelorMittal Dofasco North America, and Chair CME’s Women in Manufacturing Working Group
  • Rhonda Barnet, Chief Executive Officer, Palette Skills
  • Tessa Myers, Global Vice President, Software and Control, Rockwell Automation

Closing Remarks 

Dennis Darby, CEO & President, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) 

LOCATION

Online

EVENT DATES AND TIME

March 7 - 11, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

 

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough is the Member of Parliament for Delta, British Columbia. She has been a Cabinet Minister since she was first elected in 2015, having previously served as Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and as Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility. She currently serves in the senior role of Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. She is active on a number of Cabinet committees, and has been at the center of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is responsible for many emergency measures, including the CERB, the CESB, Employment Insurance and the Disability Payment. As Canada works to recover from the effects of this pandemic, Minister Qualtrough is leading the charge on creating jobs, upskilling workers and implementing a historic Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

 

Prior to entering politics, Minister Qualtrough practiced human rights law at the provincial and federal levels, and was a Vice-Chair with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal. She also has an impressive background in sport, having competed for Team Canada in the sport of swimming, winning a number of world championship and Paralympic medals. She volunteered extensively at the local, national and international levels, focusing on inclusion and equal access for all. She has been inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame, and has been recognized as one of Canada’s most influential women in sport on a number of occasions.

 

Minister Qualtrough has been legally blind since birth and is a passionate advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. She led the creation of the Accessible Canada Act and is internationally recognized for her work in disability inclusion. She has received a number of awards for her advocacy, including from the Disabled Women’s Network of Canada, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, the Abilities Centre and the International Paralympic Committee. She is also the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award.

 

 

 

Mandy Rennehan

Blue-Collar CEO™ & Founder

Freshco.ca (not the grocery store!)

Host, Contractor & Designer for HGTV’s, Trading Up

 

Mandy Rennehan (a.k.a. Bear) is called the Blue-Collar CEO™ for her ability to seamlessly navigate between the white- and blue-collar worlds, and to respectfully ‘tell it like it is’.

 

Not only is she the Host, Designer and Contractor for HGTV’s new show, Trading Up, Mandy is a sought-after speaker, multiple award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, trade-industry ambassador and CEO/founder of Freshco.ca (not the grocery store!)

 

Mandy defies labels. The description she often gets is “refreshing.” Her (respectfully) uncensored honesty is matched by her quick wit, East Coast humour, and big heart. It is impossible to remain unchanged after coming into contact with this authentic, self-taught and self-made powerhouse.

 

Her vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is redefining the collar, blue™ and changing the answer to ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ in order to help solve the massive skilled trade shortage world wide.

 

Mandy is challenging the misconception that white-collar jobs are “better” or “more desirable” than blue-collar ones; society needs both collars!

 

Rennehan is also a lead advisor to the federal Governments national campaign encouraging apprenticeships and promoting the skilled trades as a career and has a book coming out called, The Blue Collar CEO, My Gutsy Journey from Rookie Contractor to Multi-Millionaire Construction Boss April 19th with Harper Collins Publishing.

 

 

 

Jamie McMillan

Founder of KickAss Careers

Ironworker

Apprentice Boilermaker

 

Jamie became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the struggles and challenges of working in a male dominated workforce and is on mission to break down the negative misconceptions and stereotypes.

 

Through KickAss Careers, Jamies travels approximately 30 weeks a year providing engaging keynote presentations and workshops to more than 50,000 students, parents, educators and employers each year across North America. Her efforts have gained international notoriety for opening doors and minds to the possibilities of well-paid careers in skilled trades and technology sectors.

 

Over the years, Jamie has received the Top 20 Under 40 Award for making an impact in the metal trades, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Champion Award and District School Board of Niagara Technology Education Partnership Award for her commitment to youth in schools across the province of Ontario.

 

In 2018 she received the Hamilton YWCA Women of Distinction Award for being a trailblazer excelling in her field promoting leadership and equal advancement opportunities. In 2019, Jamie was named a co-chair on a National Skilled Trades Advisory Committee to create a campaign to promote careers in skilled trades as first choice pathways to youth for the Canadian Federal Government by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

 

Jamie continues to speak professionally across North America, works on various construction sites across the country whenever possible, and enjoys helping out at a homeless shelter for women. In her free time she loves to hang out with family, friends, travel, climb mountains and hike with her cat Spud.

COST

CME Members: Complimentary – Anyone from your company can register

Non-Members: 250+ tax, includes events March 7-11

Students/Educators: Free

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS