DARE TO COMPETE CONFERENCE

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Overview

CME is excited to announce that the Dare to Compete Conference is back for 2021 in a new, virtual format.

Supercharge your professional development and accelerate your learning in 2021. As the largest annual events of its kind on the prairies, the Dare to Compete Conference is a can’t-miss opportunity for the manufacturing community to come together, learn from experts, thought leaders and practitioners of operational excellence. Our new online conference platform allows attendees to experience the best parts of these tried-and-true events in a safe, schedule-friendly online environment.

With more than 300 delegates from 100 companies and with a targeted focus on operational leadership, the event is manufacturing’s can’t-miss professional development opportunity of the year! The 2021 conference is back with a fresh focus and energized approach, packing CME’s extensive lineup of training programs for manufacturers, by manufacturers into two-days of action-packed, relevant and applied learning, all in a schedule-friendly format.

The conference lineup features:

  • Powerful keynotes: to inspire and challenge you to overcome your biggest barriers at work
  • Hands-on workshops* filled with manufacturing-specific content, applicable lessons and tools to hit the ground running; all supported by real-life manufacturer success stories.
  • Maximum flexibility. Conference programming is repeated over two days. Attend live for practical, applied lessons or watch on demand afterward to suit your schedule and interests. Attend the sessions that work best for you or spend a full day developing the practical skills you need to drive change and step improvements throughout your business.

* Registration includes a maximum of three workshops per delegate. Space is limited.
Sessions and speakers are subject to change.

Don’t miss out – register today!

  

KEYNOTES

FLASHES OF GENIUS: LEARNING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF CREATIVITY

We’ve been spoon-fed the notion that creativity is the province of genius – of those favored, brilliant few whose moments of insight that arrive in unpredictable flashes of divine inspiration. In this restrictive view, creativity is not something you can be intentional or methodical about. This talk will disprove this, explain how flashes of genius actually happen and provide ways any creator can increase their odds of having one. Participants will:
 

  • Understand the neurological and psychological mechanisms behind flashes of genius
  • Learn how to have more of these so-called aha moments through the mass consumption of content
  • See how famous creators engage in a strategy called “the 20 per cent principle” that is accessible for anyone
  • Understand how imitation provides you with the ability to create ideas that have the right mix of familiarity and novelty.

ALLEN GANNETT,
Author of The Creative Curve

Big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett was the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics platform whose clients included Microsoft, Marriott, Saks Fifth Avenue, Home Depot, Aetna, Honda, and GE. He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes and is a contributor for FastCompany. In his book The Creative Curve, Gannett overturns the mythology around creative genius and reveals the science and secrets behind achieving breakout commercial success in any field. The book has been featured on CNBC, Forbes, numerous top podcasts and has been picked up to be translated into seven other languages in 2019.

Learn more about Allen Gannett’s keynote here.

 

YOU FIRST: HOW YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR TEAM FOR THE BETTER

Organizations of all sizes depend on teams for productivity, growth, and innovation. Unfortunately, even with the most talented teams, dysfunction is the norm, not the exception. To make things worse, most teams are doing little to make it better, either because they aren’t aware of the problem or because they’re waiting for “someone else to fix it.”

The good news is that you don’t have to wait. You don’t need the jerk to get fired, your boss to move on, or a pricey consultant to turn your team around. In this keynote, you’ll learn how you can change your team from any seat at the table and take steps to help your team get along and get stuff done. Audiences will learn how to:
 

  • Proactively identify toxic behavior before it results in lost revenue or customers.
  • Discover how your attitudes, choices, and behaviors are affecting the dynamic of your team.
  • Learn the five things you can do immediately to help your team be happier, healthier, and more productive.

Liane-DaveyLIANE DAVEY,
The Teamwork Doctor

Expert on Building Effective Teams, Improving Communication, and Increasing Leadership Effectiveness, Liane Davey is known as the “teamwork doctor” and knows how to create high performing teams. Having worked with organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, from across the globe helping teams from the frontlines to the boardroom, she has developed a unique perspective on the challenges that teams face — and how to solve them. Her mission is to transform the way people communicate, connect, and contribute, and, using her expertise in strategy and group dynamics, she delivers the perfect combination of education and entertainment that leaders and teams need to make an immediate impact on their organizations.

Learn more about Liane Davey’s keynote here.

WORKSHOPS

COACHING FOR SUCCESS

Coaching through a scientific approach offers a deliberate way to develop great coaching skills and improve the ability of in-house coaches. This session will help supervisors and leaders step-up their game and help people achieve outstanding results with a series of specially designed training exercises coaches can repeatedly practice in an offline environment, including helpful tips to enhance coaching. Participants will:
  

  • Develop increased situational coaching ability
  • Have an ability to use deepening questions beyond the five questions of the Coaching Kata
  • Practice a proven method for developing managers-as-coaches within your organization or team

  

ADAM PLOUFFE,
General Manager, Brunswick Steel

Adam brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to industrial manufacturing plants in Manitoba. He has been with Brunswick Steel for over four years and has facilitated a major cultural change within all aspects of the business. Brunswick’s core values are: bring it everyday, do what we say, and find a better way. These values are used when determining all CI projects with the Brunswick facility.

 
 
 

 
Warren Peters

WARREN PETERS,
Lean Facilitator, CME

Over the course of a 20-year career in the manufacturing sector, Warren Peters has steadily assumed more senior roles, including operational responsibility for multiple plants across Canada. His experience from the shop floor to the boardroom provide him with a valuable perspective from which to provide guidance, coaching, facilitation and training services. Warren is LEAN Blackbelt Certified and Kata trained through the University of Michigan. Along with a degree from the University of Manitoba, he maintains a number of other certifications, including 4 Disciplines of Execution (Franklin Covey), Safety Management, Leadership for Excellence, Safety Auditor Training and WHIMS (COR).

 
 
 

STANDARD WORK

Give two employees the same task and chances are they’ll each perform it slightly differently. For companies who focus on consistency in process, these differences can be costly. This need to standardize work in the most efficient way is the motivation behind ‘job instruction’, which leverages the role of individuals in the organization who direct or influence work to increase productivity, reduce quality errors, reduce training time, improve morale and sustain standard work. After attending, participants will:
  

  • Understand how variation is introduced at the basic training level and how Job Instruction mitigates this
  • Understand how the “human element” impacts compliance to process
  • Understand the tools behind standard work

Susan Sullivan

  
  

SUSAN SULLIVAN,
Human Resource Manager, Conviron

A Chartered Human Resource Professional with 20+ years in the field, Susan Sullivan is the Human Resource Manager at Controlled Environments Limited (Conviron) serving 300 employees in 4 countries.

 
 
 
 

 
Brett Hiscock

  
  

BRETT HISCOCK,
Lean Facilitator & Certified TWI Instructor, CME

Brett is a Certified Training Within (TWI) instructor and LEAN Facilitator for CME. For more than two decades, he has worked extensively in manufacturing operations management.

 
 
 
 
 

LEAN FOR SERVICE

Continuous improvement is all about engaging people and Lean for Service provides a hands-on introduction to Lean with an emphasis on service environments. Sales, service, finance, and more – any department can drive results. Participants complete group simulations and apply the tools they learn to improve organization processes. Participants will:

  

  • See how Lean tools can be used effectively in any industry, even when you’re not producing a physical product
  • Develop the skills and confidence to apply basic Lean tools to a service environment
  • Be able to participate meaningfully in Lean and continuous improvement efforts

CARLA DOUGLAS,
VP of Technology & Lean Champion, Red River Mutual

Carla currently works for Red River Mutual Insurance (RRM) as their VP Technology & Lean Champion. In her technology role Carla leads a high performing team of technical staff currently working on the final pieces of a multi million-dollar Guidewire Insurance Suite implementation. The RRM technical team works closely with strategic partners in planning and advancing their digit journey and is leveraging “Lean Thinking” to address process improvements that drive efficiency to support automation. As the RRM Lean Champion, Carla has introduced Lean to the organization and works along side the VP Strategy to co-chair the Lean Steering Committee aimed at building and supporting a roadmap that underpins the corporate journey of learning, doing and reflecting through kaizen events and a corporate bright ideas initiative.

 


IAN MARSHALL,

Lean Champion, CME

Ian Marshall has over 35 years of Lean experience in a variety of manufacturing sectors helping companies achieve improved levels of operational performance. As Lean Champion with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Ian delivers the Lean Greenbelt, Lean Blackbelt and Lean for Leader programs, assists public and private sector organizations on enterprise-wide Lean transformation and supports the four Manitoba Lean consortiums. Ian is a professional engineer and spent 12 years driving Lean in automotive and aerospace companies across Europe before moving to Winnipeg 24 years ago to assume operational and change management roles in bus, agricultural equipment and furniture manufacturing.

 
 
 

LEAN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Despite the hype, most individuals at the actual implementation and working levels in manufacturing aren’t sure what Industry 4.0 (advanced manufacturing) is all about or how to incorporate it into their business. This session provides the answers to those critical questions. By advancing the discipline and principles of Lean into the digitally-connected world through the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies to existing processes and equipment, manufacturers can enhance their operations, improve product development and supply chains all while significantly reducing lead times. Attendees at this session will

  • Learn more about the 9 pillars (core components) of Advanced Manufacturing
  • Understand the correlation between Lean thinking and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Hear from industry leaders that have made investments in Lean-Advanced Manufacturing
  • Build the business case for Lean-Advanced Manufacturing

Darryl PerryDR. DARYL PERRY,
Managing Partner, Dimatec

Dr. Perry will share his experiences on adopting and applying robotics in the workplace. After completing a fellowship in Neuromuscular Disease and Electrodiagnostic Medicine with the Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, as well as completing an MBA from the Asper School of Business, he now splits his time between his role as medical director of The Arena Hand and Arm Clinic in Winnipeg and his position as Director of Operations, Managing Partner of Dimatec – a privately managed business that produces diamond-impregnated drilling bits for global mining and geotechnical drilling industries as well as precision machining for the oil and gas sector.

 
 

Gord Atamanchuk

 

GORD ATAMANCHUK,
General Manager, Micro Tool & Machine (MTM)

Gord will share Micro Tool & Machine’s reasons for adopting 3D printing as an SME and their experiences thus far. Micro Tool & Machine is a custom machinery manufacturer with a particular focus on the transformer industry. The company is a leader in the design and production of coil winding machines, cut to length lines, panel radiator production lines, with customers in over 40 countries.

 
 
 

 

 
 

CRAIG HARRISON, Lean Facilitator, CME
Craig brings more than 20 years’ experience with delivering training in the public, private and government sectors to CME, facilitating consortia and training while leading CME’s Lean and Green programs.

 
 
 
 
 
 

STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT & DEPLOYMENT

Instead of the “binder on the shelf” approach, organizational plans that are executed through strategic deployment use both top-down and bottom-up perspectives – and look at both process and results. See how strategic deployment connects each person to the business purpose. Attendees will:
  

  • Understand the overall approach to strategic deployment
  • Learn patented strategic deployment tools through hands-on learning and exercises
  • Practice learning to reinforce the concepts and instill confidence when heading back to the workplace

 

 

Laurie Balan

LAURIE BALAN,
Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Genoa Design International Ltd.

Laurie Balan is a professional engineer and experienced senior leader with over a decade of technical operations leadership experience. As the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and a member of the executive team at Genoa Design International, she is responsible for developing and leveraging Genoa’s technical expertise to continuously identify, develop, evaluate, and plan for the delivery of high-quality products and cost-efficient services to its customers. Laurie is responsible for aligning employees and the technical strategy with Genoa’s culture and overall strategic direction. 

  

Kirk Burcar (New Flyer)

KIRK BURCAR,
Vice President of Engineering Services, New Flyer

Kirk Burcar is a seasoned production engineer, having held progressively advancing roles in automotive and heavy-duty manufacturing for over three decades. He currently leads New Flyer’s engineering operation as Vice President, Engineering Services. Since joining New Flyer in 2009, Kirk has provided direction and guidance to its critical design processes and engineering programs, lending expertise in vehicle controls, statistical problem solving, product quality, and lean strategies focused on process improvement. Prior to joining New Flyer, Kirk spent 20 years in the automotive industry with General Motors in various engineering management positions. Kirk is a certified Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University, and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto.   
  

Brian Pries

 
  

BRIAN PRIES,
President, Barkman Concrete

Coming from a family farm in Manitoba, Brian obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1995, and held several finance-related positions in accounting and banking. In 2003, Brian joined Barkman Concrete as Finance Manager, becoming General Manager of the company in 2007, and President in 2021. Brian has helped lead the company through a period of significant growth and transition, including expansion throughout Western Canada.

 
 

 
Stephanie Roehr

STEPHANIE ROEHR,
Lean Facilitator, CME

Stephanie Roehr is a Lean Facilitator at Canadian Manufacturer and Exporters (CME) a non-profit organization that supports growth in manufacturing in Manitoba. With 15+ years of experience leading operations departments, Stephanie understands the challenges of developing efficient sustainable processes. In her role as Facilitator she supports two consortiums of manufacturing companies in Manitoba who have the mission to become world class. Stephanie is Blackbelt Certified in LEAN Manufacturing and is passionate about continuous improvement.

 
 
  
  

SAFETY DUE DILIGENCE

Oversight of an entire safety management system can be an overwhelming addition to anyone’s portfolio. This presentation will highlight priority risk management areas for non-safety professionals and incorporates best practices from Made Safe, the industry-based safety association for manufacturing.
  

  • Simplify and manage the biggest risks and safety compliance requirements for your own business
  • Identify where you’re at with your current safety and health situation
  • Develop a safety and health roadmap to help you reach your next level safety goals

 
 

DON OLDCORN,
Training and Development Supervisor, MacDon Industries Ltd.

Don’s focus at MacDon is the training and development of 1,300 employees, across a range of training topics, including safety, leadership, lean and more. Don has his Greenbelt certification from CME-MB, has attended Dare to Compete for many years and has enjoyed partnering with CME-MB and Made Safe on many successful training initiatives over the years.

 
 

 
STEVEN HNATISHIN,
Program Manager, Made Safe

Steven provides leadership to the Made Safe team to provide Manitoba manufacturers with a comprehensive suite of training and services to accelerate workplace safety progress. Steven worked in the heavy construction and mining industries before getting involved with manufacturing. Steven has been with the Made Safe team since the initial launch in 2016. Steven volunteers for the CSSE Professional Development Conference committee, the CSSE Safety & Health week committee, the Herzing College Advisory Board for the Occupational Safety & Health Office certification and is the Safetys Gala Chair on the CSSE Manitoba Chapter Executive.

 
 

 
 
  

NATHAN RASMUSSEN,
Safety Advisor, Made Safe

Nathan has worked in the manufacturing industry for 18 years, gaining experience in Foundries, Sheet Metal and Millwork. In his manufacturing career, Nathan has spent 11 years as a Safety Professional and 6 years in a safety training role.
 
 
 
 

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

Communication can either make or break a team. Being able to effectively communicate the company vision through each level of management and to the frontline is the secret to scaling up. In today’s diverse workforce, communication may be the single most important skill to master for success. Participants will:
  

  • Recognize different communication styles and adapt your style to ensure effective communication
  • Learn the language of leaders to speak with clarity and create a positive impact on team members
  • Raise awareness of communication vehicles that are most effective for communicating across boundaries or between departments

 

 
 

NEIL (SENEI) ADDISON

  


NEIL (SENSEI) ADDISON,
Accounting Manager and Lean Sensei, The Innovair Group of Companies

Neil (Sensei) Addison is the accounting manager and Lean sensei for the Innovair Group of companies where he has worked for the past 32 years. He has his Blackbelt in Lean, is their champion of continuous improvement and he leads Innovair toward operational excellence and its vision of becoming a 5-star, world-class Lean organization.

 

 
  

Andrea Aiello (Circle)ANDREA AIELLO,
Director of Workforce Development, CME

Andrea has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing, primarily focused on Human Resources, strategy and innovation. As the Director of Workforce Development at CME, her work focuses on ensuring there is a steady supply of skilled talent available to Manitoba manufacturers by making connections to close workforce gaps; whether that be new training curriculum, new sources of talent or preparing manufacturers for the future of work. Andrea is also the Chair of the Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing Academic Committee and member of MITT’s Micro-Credential Advisory Committee.

  
  
  
  
  

  
  
  JOHN GRAHAM,
Advisor, CME

John has spent many years leading organizations through cultural and process transformation. From small to large manufacturing enterprises to government and service sector industry. His successes have been the result of working with great people and teams, and always challenging status quo. John has a passion for Lean and building learning and problem solving organizations.

  
  
  

PROBLEM SOLVING

We all know problems are costly and disruptive. Their impact often affects other areas and departments – even entire operations. With so many tools and strategies for solving problems already in our toolbox, why do we still struggle? This interactive session will guide participants on how to use common Lean and continuous improvement tools to:
  

  • Give structure to problem solving
  • Provide effective and concise communications on progress and results
  • Ensure accountability

 

JIM NEIRINCK,
Plant General Manager (retired), JELD-WEN Windows & Doors

Jim Neirinck is currently responsible for overall plant general management at JELD-WEN Windows and Doors in Winnipeg, MB. Jim has over 30 years operational experience, with the first 20 years spent in the aerospace industry in engineering, project management and manufacturing operations. Over the last 15 years Jim has held senior executive leadership roles driving operational excellence and lean transformations in the environmental products industry, semi-custom cabinet manufacturing industry,  and custom window and door manufacturing industry.

 
 
  

John Chaput

 
 

JOHN CHAPUT,
Director of Business Development, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

John has spent many years leading organizations through cultural and process transformation. From small to large manufacturing enterprises to government and service sector industry. His successes have been the result of working with great people and teams, and always challenging status quo. John has a passion for Lean and building learning and problem solving organizations.

SCHEDULE

DAY 1 - TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2021

8:00AM: Open Greetings & Kick Off Orientation
  
8:15AM: Keynote – THE CREATIVE CURVE by Allen Gannet
  
9:15AM: SELECT 3 WORKSHOPS – 8 Options available, repeated in 4 timeslot choices for your convenience.

  1. Coaching For Success
  2. Standard Work
  3. Lean For Service
  4. Lean Advanced Manufacturing
  5. Safety Due Diligence
  6. Strategic Alignment & Deployment
  7. Effective Communications
  8. Problem Solving

10:15AM: Networking – Exhibitor Visits
  
10:45AM: Morning Workshops (Continued)
  
12:00PM: Refresh, Recharge – Take a Break
  
12:30PM: Networking – Exhibitor Visits
  
1:00PM: Afternoon Workshops:

  1. Coaching For Success
  2. Standard Work
  3. Lean For Service
  4. Lean Advanced Manufacturing
  5. Safety Due Diligence
  6. Strategic Alignment & Deployment
  7. Effective Communications
  8. Problem Solving

2:00PM: Networking – Exhibitor Visits
  
2:30PM: Afternoon Workshops (Continued)
  
3:45PM: Day 1 Prize Draws – Networking – Exhibitor Visits
  
  

DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021

8:00AM: Open Greetings & Kick Off Orientation
  
8:15AM: Keynote – HOW YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR TEAM FOR THE BETTER by Liane Davey
  
9:15AM: SELECT 3 WORKSHOPS – 8 Options available, repeated in 4 timeslot choices for your convenience:

  1. Coaching For Success
  2. Standard Work
  3. Lean For Service
  4. Lean Advanced Manufacturing
  5. Safety Due Diligence
  6. Strategic Alignment & Deployment
  7. Effective Communications
  8. Problem Solving

10:15AM: Networking – Exhibitor Visits
  
10:45AM: Morning Workshops (Continued)
  
12:00PM: Refresh, Recharge – Take a Break
  
12:30PM: Networking – Exhibitor Visits
  
1:00PM: Afternoon Workshops:

  1. Coaching For Success
  2. Standard Work
  3. Lean For Service
  4. Lean Advanced Manufacturing
  5. Safety Due Diligence
  6. Strategic Alignment & Deployment
  7. Effective Communications
  8. Problem Solving

2:00PM: Networking – Exhibitor Visits
  
2:30PM: Afternoon Workshops (Continued)
  
3:45PM: Day 2 Closing Remarks – Prize Draws – Networking

LOCATION

Online

DATE & TIME

March 23 & 24, 2021

Cost

Members $405
Non-members $495
4 or More: Members $365
4 or More: Non-members $445.50

CALL 204.770.4641 OR EMAIL RENATA.CASTRO@CME-MEC.CA IF YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO REGISTER

SPONSORSHIP & EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES

Manitoba Manufacturing Week is the province’s premier showcase for industrial innovation, ingenuity and entrepreneurial excellence. Partners and sponsors play a significant role in the delivery and receive exclusive recognition benefits at these two premier events, for which nearly 1,000 registrations are processed each year.

 

MANUFACTURING WEEK GLOBAL PARTNER | $10,000

• Premium logo recognition on all Manufacturing Week materials
• PLUS access to platinum package benefits for both Conference and Gala
  

DARE TO COMPETE (CONFERENCE SPONSOR*)

PLATINUM | $5,000
• Premium logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Premium logo recognition throughout the conference event platform
• Podium introduction opportunity
• Exhibit virtual booth space (see details below)
• 8 all access delegate registrations

  

GOLD | $2,500
• Logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Logo recognition throughout the conference event platform
• Exhibit virtual booth space (see details below)
• 4 all access delegate registrations

  

SILVER | $1,500
• Logo recognition throughout the conference event platform
• 2 all access delegate registration

  

EXHIBIT VIRTUAL BOOTH SPACE ONLY | $1,000
Exhibitor virtual booth space can be branded and customized; including options to feature videos, brochures, promotional offers, showcase space and live streaming. Many interactive features are available within the event platform to network and gather leads. The event will feature a Passport and other game and contest features to engage attendees and drive exhibit visits.
• Exhibit Virtual Booth Space includes 2 exhibitor registrations

 

CME GALA AWARDS (EVENT SPONSOR*)

PLATINUM | $7,500
• Premium logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Premium logo recognition on the gala streaming platform
• Podium introduction opportunity with official program or award introduction
• Airing of corporate video (30 second, supplied by sponsor)
• 10 Gala Awards event tickets

  

GOLD | $4,500
• Logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Logo recognition on the gala streaming platform
• 4 Gala Awards event tickets

  

SILVER | $2,500
• Logo recognition on the gala streaming platform
• 2 Gala Awards event tickets

  

*Subject to print and production schedules
  

INTERESTED IN A SPONSORSHIP OR EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITY?

Please contact:
  
Renata Castro
Member Services Coordinator, CME
renata.castro@cme-mec.ca

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