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Thank you for attending the 2019 Dare to Compete event. We will see you in 2020!

Helping manufacturers grow

Dare to Compete is the largest manufacturing conference on the prairies. With more than 300 attendees, 85 companies and participation from front-line supervisors to the C-Suite, the conference has something for everyone. Dare to Compete features 3 engaging keynote speakers and 9 presentations from Manitoba’s top companies, executives and leaders. Nearly two decades strong, Dare To Compete is the can’t-miss event of the year for manufacturers!

3 High-Performance Keynotes

9 Industry-driven breakout sessions


Build meaningful connections with manufacturing peers and services to accelerate your organizational success with precision focus.


Forward-thinking industry delivered professional development focused on equipping your team with practical tools, and best practices


Align your whole team with shared strategies for business growth, technology and company culture to power through like a pro in today’s global market.


MEMBER                                   $405
NON MEMBER                       $495

Group savings – Register four or more and save 10 per cent


2019 Keynotes


MICHAEL TIMMS, Principal, Avail Leadership

Explore the tectonic changes occurring in the labour market today, and learn how continuous leadership and talent development (aka “succession planning”) is the key to thriving in the new reality. Discover how exceptional companies tackle succession planning and learn what it really takes to become a world-class talent developer.


MATHEW WILSON, Senior Vice President, CME

Manufacturing and Exporting are recognized as engines for growth in the economy. Canada is acknowledged as an innovator in advanced manufacturing, and a global leader in exporting. Hear the latest on NAFTA, USMCA and free trade efforts to maintain virtuous trade relations and how Canada is affected. Get a snapshot into Canada’s current economic outlook and business competitiveness.



How to Navigate the Future with Enthusiasm & Vigor

Sometimes life just gets in the way. Do you ever think, “Why can’t things just go the way I want for a change?” or “Why can’t people just leave me alone?” In this hilarious and provocative presentation, manufacturers and exporters will learn how to get in front of a constantly evolving future and proactively drive change.



Silvia de Sousa, TDS Law
Catherine Hamilton, TDS Law
Scott Birse, TDS Law
Melissa Beaumont, TDS Law

A panel of lawyers from TDS’ intellectual property (IP), privacy, environmental, and labour & employment departments will speak on new laws that have the potential to impact the bottom line of Manitoba manufacturers.



Four topics will be discussed:

» Learn about the trademark law changes that are coming in June 2019.

» Learn about Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) new breach reporting requirements and how to avoid government fines.

» Learn how the new federal backstop carbon tax regime applies to Manitoba manufacturers.

» Learn what private Manitoba businesses need to do to comply with the Accessibility for Manitobans Act.



Silvia de Sousa, TDS IP lawyer

Silvia’s practice is concentrated in the area of business law with an emphasis on intellectual property law and technology law. Her practice also includes intellectual property transactions, cannabis advertising and marketing, intellectual property protection, trademarks, copyrights, patents and licensing matters.

Catherine Hamilton, TDS Privacy lawyer

Cathy’s practice is concentrated in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law, Privacy Law, Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, Municipal Law, and Indigenous Law. Cathy’s Corporate and Commercial Law practice is centred on corporate governance, and commercial real estate and development. Cathy also provides advice to clients on the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Scott Birse, TDS environmental lawyer

Scott Birse has a broad practice with a particular emphasis on environmental law, municipal law, real estate and development law, regulatory compliance, commercial law and related litigation. He has particular experience assisting clients in the areas of environmental liability in real estate transactions and business acquisitions, municipal planning and approvals, contaminated sites liability, environmental assessments, commercial real estate development and civil litigation.

Melissa Beaumont, TDS Labour and Employment lawyer

Melissa practices in the areas of labour and employment law and human rights law. She has experience providing advice to both employees and employers, in both unionized and non-unionized contexts. Melissa has experience in matters before the Manitoba Labour Board, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, judicial review hearings, human rights complaint processes and wrongful dismissal litigation. Melissa also provides advice with respect to employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, workplace policies, compliance (including employment standards and workplace safety legislation) and employment terminations.


Neal Pinto, Westburne, Midwest Division Jason Maynard, Cisco Systems

Join Industrie 4.0 experts in an interactive discussion on the benefits of a connected factory with IT/OT convergence, the security gaps that exist today and what to consider when designing and upgrading your plant’s technology architecture.


Learn how to put the focus on the identification, management and control of the following risks.

» The integration of any new technology in manufacturing can be daunting due to the fear of inadequate security, how can we overcome this?

» Learn the benefits of a connected factory with IT/OT convergence, the security gaps that exist today.

» What should you consider when designing and upgrading your plant’s technology architecture?



Neal Pinto, Enterprise IoT Solutions Manager, Westburne, Midwest Division

Neal is dedicated to helping Canadian industries develop and enhance their competitive edge with Industrial IoT (IIoT) and the Connected Enterprise – benefiting SMB to enterprise and public-sector organizations, through various degrees of technology integration with Industrial Automation & Control Systems (IACS), Process & Discrete Manufacturing Technology, Physical & Logical Network Infrastructure, CyberSecurity Tools & Polices… and beyond.  He brings 20 years of professional experience in uniting people, process and technology to Westburne, a division of Rexel, SA. Organizations who embrace this evolution today will be future leaders in their respective industries.

Jason Maynard, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cybersecurity, Cisco Systems

Jason has been architecting, designing, and deploying security technologies that secure
the most complex computing environments for almost 2 decades. His understanding of technologies, people, and process enable him to deliver effective, comprehensive security solutions that align to an organization’s security goals and strategic imperatives. Jason is adept at addressing a range of risk profiles across industry verticals; skills he has cultivated as an end-user security practitioner, partner/integrator, and now manufacturer as Consulting Systems Engineer, Cybersecurity for Cisco Systems. Jason also holds over 70+ designations across a variety of products and technologies including the CCIE designation.


Tony Zandos, Canadian Kraft Paper Industries
Running a business can be tough. Staying on trend, keeping up with competitors and trying to maintain highly-skilled employees can be daunting. What happens when your company can no longer compete? Hear how a local company rose from the ashes.


» Learn to see the opportunity in challenge and how to get your entire company on board.
» Understand the importance of community.
» Learn tips on how to keep competitive in a rapidly expanding market.


Tony Zandos, Senior Advisor to Canadian Kraft Paper Industries; Global Director, AIAC for Sales and New Business Development
Tony has been with AIAC since 2006 working within sales, customer negotiations, marketing, supplier negotiations, production, purchasing and company restructuring. He has experience within companies dealing in Pharmaceuticals, Medical equipment, Stamping, Die-Casting, Gensets, Meat & fish processing machinery, Refrigeration and freezers for Supermarkets, Plating, Hi-tech metal Hoses, Compressors, Aluminium smelting, Hi-Tech Tuner and several other manufacturing companies globally.


Daniel Bernard, BDO

Mike Ketler, BDO IT Solutions Jennifer Kardynal, BDO Consulting Sylvain Defoy, BDO

How can we take full advantage of available government incentives to better fund innovation and growth? How do we develop a digital strategy that can help transform our business? How do we prepare for the sale of our business to maximize value? Let our experts help answer these questions (and more), enabling your business to become more competitive.



» Review and analyze the available government incentives available to your company today.

» Address the importance of developing an organized technology vision that supports your entire digital and business strategy, with full justification of required technology investments.

» Identify the components of a business valuation, including financing, business models, acquisitions, and industry factors.



Daniel Bernard, CPA, CA, CBV, Partner, Financial Advisory Services, BDO

Daniel is based in Winnipeg and leads BDO’s financial services practice for Manitoba. In this capacity, he is responsible for the administration and completion of valuation, litigation, and business plan assignments for BDO’s Manitoba offices. Daniel has been

working in public practice for approximately 12 years with the majority of this time spent performing financial advisory work.

Mike Ketler, Business Development Manager, BDO IT Solutions

Mike has over 25 years in the Information Technology sector delivering end to end business solutions to local and national companies. Mike specializes in defining and delivering innovative business information solutions including ERP, CRM and Analytics and has industry experience working with Manufacturing, Wholesale/Distribution, Oil & Gas, Transportation, Agriculture and Project Services industries.

Jennifer Kardynal, Senior Manager, BDO Consulting

Jennifer provides leadership to clients regarding information strategies, business process improvements and technology decision making. Jennifer possesses an extensive background in technology and business qualifications with 20 years of hands-on experience in the design and delivery of technology solutions specializing in aligning strategic objectives to operational execution, project management, business analysis, solutions architecture and process improvement strategies.

Sylvain Defoy, Senior Manager, SR&ED Government Incentives, BDO

Sylvain has experience working in a variety of small to large manufacturing companies in a variety of sectors. He has extensive knowledge of the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) program and has been involved in preparation of technical and financial information for SR&ED claims, preparing strategy for CRA audits, assisting clients to address eligibility criteria and developing and implementing training sessions for clients related to CRA requirements for SR&ED.


Jeff Vilar, NAIDA Communications

Why is it so much easier for some companies to elevate their brand and their sales than other companies? Simple. They have been able to articulate what truly sets their business apart and have decided to take a stand about something specific. These companies have become well known for ‘standing out’ amongst their competitors. Hear from a leader in Value Proposition development and learn the key elements to develop your own differentiator.

‘Sales & marketing’ have evolved dramatically over the years and it is more critical than ever to ensure the alignment of marketing with sales. ‘Sales’ is no longer about selling. Learn how to leverage the new meaning of sales in today’s marketplace and engage the right customers to your compelling value proposition and increase your revenues!



» How to simplify sales & marketing in a competitive marketplace.

» How to develop your value proposition & market your differentiator to stand out!

» Learn the importance of aligning marketing with sales.

» Understand the concept of: strategy before execution.



Jeff Vilar, President, NAIDA Communications

In 2009, Jeff Vilar launched Naida Communications, a sales and marketing growth consulting firm dedicated to helping businesses generate and elevate their sales. With more than 27 years of experience in the sales and marketing arena, Jeff has been instrumental in the growth of many businesses involved in a variety of industries including manufacturing, agriculture, telecommunications, technology, insurance and financial services.

Jeff’s diligent and no-compromise attitude to strategic sales and marketing initiatives and sales process development enables him to provide his clients with a high level of accountability. However, his most prominent asset is his relentless dedication toward growing the companies with whom he partners.


Brett Wills, Green Enterprise Movement Inc

Today’s competitive manufacturers know environmental sustainability is key to business success. Environmental waste impacts competitiveness, the bottom line, relationships with customers, facilities and operations. By taking Lean thinking to the next level, manufacturers can eliminate environmental waste to protect margins while increasing profitability, competitiveness and ensuring long-term sustainability.



» Understand how green (environmental) wastes impact nearly every aspect of manufacturing operations.

» See how a focus on reducing green waste will enable organizations to not only survive but thrive under the recently announced provincial and federal prices on carbon.

» Identify the seven key wastes associated with green thinking.



Brett Wills, President, Green Enterprise Movement Inc; Author

Brett Wills brings over 18 years of experience in Sustainable Business Management. As a former Plant Manager, Brett has first-hand experience driving organizational performance. As President of Green Enterprise Movement, Director of Sustainability for High-Performance Solutions and Director of Support Programs for Provision Coalition, Brett is focused on helping organizations across North America drive organizational performance through a focus on Sustainability and has worked with hundreds of organizations across various industries from manufacturing to food processing to the government.

Brett lives in Toronto and is the author of Green Intentions: Creating a Green Value Stream to Compete and Win and Purposely Profitable: Embedding Sustainability into the DNA of Food Processing and Other Businesses.


Mathew Wilson, CME
Mike Holden, CME
Honourable Blaine Pedersen, Province of Manitoba
Ron Koslowsky, CME

Advocacy has always been a priority for CME locally and globally to help manufacturers grow. Hear how together we can create change in policy and process by sharing our manufacturing voice.



» Better understand the issues and policies that either hinder or support manufacturing.

» Gain a perspective of how the Federal and Provincial governments are faring and how manufacturers are affected.

» Learn about facts and trends in manufacturing and how these help shape programs and policies.

» Hear about the efforts of the Manitoba government to reduce “red tape” and streamline processes to b.etter serve manufacturers.



Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice President, Policy & Government Relations, CME

Mathew leads and coordinates CME’s policy and advocacy efforts for the 2,500 members of the organization across Canada and internationally. Mathew has a broad background of Canadian and international government relations expertise with a focus on manufacturing competitiveness and international trade and market access.

Mike Holden, Chief Economist, CME

Based out of Calgary, Mike brings over 20 years of experience as an economist and public policy analyst to CME. He leads the organization’s economic analysis and forecasting functions, and plays a key role in policy research and setting CME’s strategic agenda for government advocacy on behalf of manufacturers and exporters across Canada.


Honourable Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade, Province of Manitoba

Blaine Pedersen was first elected as MLA for Midland Constituency in 2007 and re- elected in 2011 and 2016. Blaine served as Minister of Infrastructure from May 2016 until August 2017 when he was appointed Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade. Prior to being elected, Blaine and his wife Dianne operated a successful cattle and grain operation in the Elm Creek area for over 30 years.


Ron Koslowsky, MB Divisional Vice President, CME

Ron is a business leader with various roles in construction, insurance, business consulting, and manufacturing spending 20 years at Palliser (VP Human Resources) and supporting their growth to 5,000 employees. Ron has led CME Manitoba since 2007 advocating manufacturing and expanding services to help companies grow. He currently also leads the Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing to address issues and opportunities related to the rapidly changing digital world including the talent needed. He enjoys participating in public policy and improving the business environment, education, health care, and other areas applying a continuous improvement approach. Reading and innovative discussions help him shape best practices.


Gord Atamanchuk, Micro Tool & Machine Ltd. Chris Parker, Winpak Ltd.

Dimitrios Kukutsidis, Boeing Canada Operations Ltd

How do you plan for your manufacturing business to fit into Manitoba’s status as a world-class advanced manufacturing region? Understand the next steps to tap into more advanced technology and get in the game today. Find out more about the implementation, challenges and opportunities in technology.



» Hear the challenges of advanced manufacturing from those who are currently integrating new technologies.

» Understand the ultimate opportunities that new technology can bring to your future processes.

» What are companies identifying as the current skills gaps within their organizations and how they plan on addressing them.



Gord Atamanchuk, General Manager, Micro Tool & Machine Ltd.

Gord has worked in various positions in machine development and manufacturing since graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical) in 2000. Involvement in product design, testing, manufacturing, and service / support has provided him a unique experience on the machine development process and the role technology plays. Micro Tool & Machine Ltd. (MTM), a local engineering company focused on custom machine design and automation.


Chris Parker, Manager, Sustainability & Process Improvement, Winpak Ltd.

Chris has worked in various manufacturing operations for over 30 years. From drywall to water jugs, food packaging to bread, he has seen a variety of interesting challenges and successes. A strong commitment to work place safety has been a cornerstone.

Chris has had the opportunity to participate in installing and commissioning multimillion-dollar capital projects, improve work place safety, and support and develop continuous improvement cultures. Chris graduated from McGill University, with a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, and a Minor in Computer Science.


Dimitrios Kukutsidis, Senior Manager, Engineering and Product Development, Boeing Canada Operations Ltd.

Dimitrios has been with Boeing Canada Winnipeg since 2007. He is the senior manager of Engineering and Product Development, and manages the Engineering Integration & Operations, 777-8X-9X, Boeing Research and Technology, Structural, Design & Analysis and Automation departments. Dimitrios also worked at Magellan for 20 years responsible for rocket propulsion and defense systems in both development and manufacturing. Dimitrios graduated with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University.


Mike Gordon, Workplace Engineering Solutions Inc.
Kristin Petaski, Workplace Engineering Solutions Inc.
Steven Hnatishin, Made Safe

Join Made Safe and Workplace Engineering Solutions for a discussion of risk assessments and their application to process safety. Using case studies, this session will examine the risks associated with processes including machine safety, energy control, chemical and ergonomic. Learn how to put the focus on the identification, management and control of those risks.



Learn how to put the focus on the identification, management and control of the following risks:
»  Machine safety

»  Energy control

» Chemical and ergonomic



Mike Gordon, Co-Founder, Workplace Engineering Solutions Inc.

Mike graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa and has over 20 years’ experience as a Mechanical Engineer. Mike developed mechanical engineering expertise through a hands-on approach and has always maintained a focus on real-world solutions, specializing in Machine Safeguarding Assessments, team building, leadership and delegation through to the end of a process, hazard and risk identification and practical application of codes and regulations.

Kristin Petaski, Co-Founder, Workplace Engineering Solutions Inc.

Kristin is a manufacturing engineer with 15 years’ experience in the Manitoba manufacturing industry. She started her career focusing on process improvement and in 2011 co-founded Workplace Engineering Solutions with Mike Gordon. Workplace Engineering Solutions is a local engineering firm specialized in helping their clients reduce workplace risk and optimize their operations. They are experts in risk assessments and machine safety including safeguarding controls and machine lockout.

Steven Hnatishin, Program Manager, Made Safe

Steven provides leadership to the Made Safe team to support Manitoba manufacturers with a comprehensive suite of training and services to accelerate workplace safety progress. Steven has completed the Occupational Health & Safety Program from Red River College, he is an Ergonomic Systems Specialist (ESS) and a Certified Auditor through SafeWork Certified. He has years of experience in the heavy construction industry and is a Certified National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO). Steven has a passion for continuous improvement and has been a presenter on Lean & Safety.

* CME Manitoba reserves the right to substitute speakers and topics


RBC Convention Centre 375 York Ave,
Winnipeg MB R3C 3J3


MARCH 19, 2019



The province’s premier showcase for industrial innovation, ingenuity and entrepreneurial excellence. As an event partner, you’ll play a significant role in the delivery of two premier events and receive exclusive recognition benefits.


  • Premium logo recognition on all Manufacturing Week materials
  • PLUS access to platinum package benefits for both Conference and Gala
PLATINUM | $5,000
  • Logo recognition:
    •  Day-of on signage and audio-visual
    • In all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
  • Premium title page logo recognition in conference program
  • Podium introduction opportunity
  • Full-page advertisement in conference program
  • Exhibit booth
  • 4 all access delegate registrations
GOLD | $2,500
  • Logo recognition:
    • Day-of logo on signage and audio-visual
    •  In all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
  • Half-page advertisement in conference program
  • Exhibit booth
  • 2 all access delegate registrations
SILVER | $1,000
  • Logo recognition: Day-of logo on signage and audio-visual
  • 1 all access delegate registration
PLATINUM | $5,000
  • Logo recognition:
    • Day-of on signage and audio-visual
    • In all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
  • Premium title page logo recognition in conference program
  • Podium introduction opportunity
  • Full-page advertisement in conference program
  • Exhibit booth
  • 4 all access delegate registrations
GOLD | $2,500
  • Logo recognition:
    • Day-of logo on signage and audio-visual
    • In all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
  • Half-page advertisement in conference program
  • Exhibit booth
  • 2 all access delegate registrations
SILVER | $1,000
  • Logo recognition:
    • Day-of logo on signage and audio-visual
  • 1 all access delegate registration


Exhibit booth only | $1,000

Working with our Media Partner Prairie Manufacturer Magazine (PMM), we would like to present a new value-added option! Book your exhibitor space by January 31st to increase your brand visibility with a featured ad in the PMM Spring 2019 issue that will be distributed at the Dare to Compete Conference!


Value Added Options:
  • Exhibit booth + quarter page horizontal ad | $1,500
  • Exhibit booth + half page horizontal ad | $1,750
  • Exhibit booth + full page ad | $2,500

*Rates only valid if taking as a package and booked by January 31st 2019.


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