As the voice of manufacturing in Manitoba, CME represents our members’ interests through advocacy, member support and a comprehensive suite of member services and training opportunities. Join us at our annual members meeting and economic roadshow as we look back on the challenges and lessons learned from pandemic and forward to the future.

What will COVID-19 continue to mean for Manitoba’s economy and what are the scenarios for growth and recovery? What other factors will affect growth prospects for the province’s manufacturing industry this year and next? These questions and more will be addressed at CME’s economic outlook presentation, which will provide a comprehensive overview of the latest forecasts for the province’s key economic regions and across Canada. CME’s Chief Economist, Alan Arcand, will also briefly discuss the outlooks for the province’s key trading partners including the United States, Japan, China, and Mexico.


9:00 AM Opening remarks
9:15 AM 2020 highlights. Looking forward to a brighter future
9:30 AM Economic Outlook
9:55 AM Moderated panel
10:25 AM Closing remarks


CME Members: Free

date & time

Wednesday, May 12
9:00 AM - 10: 30 AM







ALAN ARCAND, Chief Economist, CME


Alan Arcand is a member of the National Policy team where he is responsible for developing and executing CME’s major national research projects, conducting CME’s macroeconomic analysis to support the organization across the country, leading our tax policy efforts, and be a leading voice representing the interests of the association and members with government and with the public.

Before joining CME, Alan spent 19 years at The Conference Board of Canada where he held multiple roles, including the Associate Director of the Centre for Municipal Studies. Alan’s background includes expertise in municipal, regional, and national economic matters including economic forecasting and analysis.

Chad BrickCHAD BRICK, President, The Eastside Group of Companies

Chad Brick is a member of the second generation of the Eastside Group of Companies, a family owned business local to Winnipeg, Manitoba and operating as the following entities: Eastside Collision, Eastside Heavy Truck Collision, Moray Autobody, Eastside Industrial Coatings and Composites and Adhesive Templates Canada focused on three core values, People, Quality and Customer Service that are evident in each of the divisions today.

Chad Brick started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he obtained his Chartered Accountant Designation and valuable experience to apply to the Eastside Group as its President today.  He continues to see that the original company values are present today in the operations of each of the divisions of the Eastside Group.

Chad is a proud volunteer, serving as Chairman of the CME Manitoba Advisory Board as well as past board positions with non profit organizations such as the Manitoba Children’s museum and the Composite Innovation Centre.

KIERA YOUNG, Senior Vice President, Customers, Products and Services, MacDon

As MacDon’s Senior Vice President, Kiera has overall responsibility for growth strategies, global sales & marketing, after-market parts & service, new product development and engineering. Kiera brings a wealth of experience to this position joining MacDon in 2015 as the Director of Design Engineering. Kiera holds a B.Sc. in Engineering (Mechanical) from the University of Manitoba and has completed the Program for Leadership Development from Harvard Business School. In addition, Kiera holds a Lean Sensei International Blackbelt Certification. Having been involved in farming and the agricultural community throughout her life, Kiera also actively contributes to the operation of her husbands’ family farm in Southern Manitoba.