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CME is concerned about the health of its members and its staff. Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak,  we have made the difficult decision of postponing this event until October 2020. Purchased tickets and table reservations will simply be converted to the upcoming event date, as we continue working full-steam ahead.


CME celebrates manufacturing and exporting excellence in Manitoba at our annual Gala Awards Dinner. Join us for an evening of celebration alongside more than 500 of manufacturing’s influencers, job creators and thought leaders. This event provides the greater manufacturing community with an opportunity to honour the Hall of Fame, Pioneer, Export and Emerging award recipients.


Can’t attend yourself? Be sure to encourage your peers and colleagues to join the celebration as well.


Visit the CME Hall of Fame for more information on the awards and past recipients.

Hall of Fame Award

Ivor Perry, Dimatec

Ivor Perry founded Dimatec in 1988, leading the company to its current position as a trusted market leader through an unerring dedication to providing high quality products and excellent service. The company designs and manufactures innovative, high-quality metal bond diamond products, drilling equipment components, and precision-machined parts for the mineral exploration, mining, geotechnical and energy sectors.
Born In Northern Ireland, Ivor’s professional journey took him through South Africa as a manufacturing control engineer, including a fellowship at the Production Management Institute of South Africa, before landing In Canada in the late 1980s to join what would eventually become Dimatec. Since Its Inception, Ivor has ensured Dimatec stayed on the cutting edge of Innotative developments in the fields it serves, meeting and exceeding ISO standdards. Ivor is committeed to professional excellence, and Is a long-standing member of the Institute of Engineering Designers (MIED), the Canadian Diamond Drilling Association (CDDA), the Industrial Diamond Association (IDA), as well as Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
Under Perry’s leadership, Dimatec remains 100% Canadian owned and managed. With Its facility located at the geographic center of North America, the company is able to rapidly transport our products all over the world.

Pioneer Award

Ernest Guertin

Born in Verchères, Montreal in 1878, Ernest Guertin moved to Ste. Agathe Manitoba prior to the turn of the century. He later moved to Winnipeg to work, and subsequently purchase, P.D. Dodds artist supply store, renamed Western Paint. Ernest began reorganizing the company, focusing more on commercial paints, and acquiring Eaton Department Store as a customer. In 1908 Ernest oversaw the construction of a building on Charlotte Street – now Hargrave Avenue – where Western Paint remains today, celebrating its’ 110th anniversary.
With no children of his own, Ernest and his wife Louise acted as guardians to his late brother’s daughter, and imparted knowledge of paint manufacturing and entrepreneurship to extended family, leaving a longstanding legacy in paint distribution and manufacturing that has continued for four generations. Many of his family members carried on the paint tradition – from Guertin Brothers Paints, founded by Antoine Guertin Sr. and his brother Norbert Guertin out of their garage in St. Boniface, to Superior Finishes Inc, founded and run by great grandnephew Tony Guertin Jr.
Ernest was later decorated by Pope Pius XII with the order of Pro-Ecclesia-et-Pontifice for his outstanding and widely-recognized philanthropic work and used his success and wealth to contribute to society through sizable donations to St. Boniface Hospital, St. Boniface College, Sacré-Coeur School and church, as well as the University of Manitoba, which created a bursary in his name.

Export Award

RTDS Technologies

It was an uphill battle trying to the convince an analog world that the future was digital. But the fight was worth it: the five Canadians (Rick Kuffel, Rudi Wierckx, Trevor Maguire, James Giesbrecht, and Neil Mackenzie) who believed in real-time digital simulation were right. And after eight years of development, they founded RTDS Technologies in 1994 — shortly after sending the world’s first-ever real-time digital simulator to Hitachi for installation. From that moment on, RTDS Technologies introduced a level of accessibility and flexibility that had never been seen before by the power industry. And after changing the industry, it dominated it, remaining the market’s most trusted, powerful, and accurate real-time simulation technology available. Twenty-five years later, RTDS Technologies has installed over 1,800 units of hardware across in over 50 countries and six continents, and employs over 75 people: a team mostly composed of power system engineers, software developers, and hardware technicians. Discover how RTDS Technologies allows leading institutions to validate and de-risk new protection and control solutions by visiting

Emerging Award

Tiber River

Tiber River is a Canadian, vertically integrated, female-owned company that creates and distributes its own line of earth and people-friendly products for bath, body and home use. The company distributes online, via a Canadian team of product ambassadors, and through brick and mortar spa and retail locations which they lovingly refer to as their Coteries. Everything Tiber River does is designed to connect people through a shared sense of purpose. Tiber River carefully chooses ingredients that are good for the user and our beautiful planet, curates products and sizes that make sense for customers, thoughtfully distributes through channels that empower female entrepreneurs, writes witty product descriptions to make you smile and tops it off with bright and colourful merchandising, all to fulfill our purpose of creating happiness!
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International Truck Body

International Truck Body (ITB) delivers excellence experience, innovation, longevity and quality. The design of ITB’s truck bodies, trailers and enclosures is limited only by the imagination. With each new project, ITB continues to improve our designs as we strive to find creative new ways to meet our customers’ needs. Combining the expertise of our design draftsman, professional engineers, and journeyman trades, ITB leverages today’s best custom design and construction techniques and configures Its patented system of building to each customers’ exacting needs that match your requirements perfectly — all backed by the uncompromising quality of a custom-built aluminum body.
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RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
375 York Ave, Winnipeg, MB


March 25, 2021
(Date is subject to change)


Individual tickets | $195
Table of 10 | $1950


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.



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


PLATINUM | $7,500
• Premium logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Day-of on signage and audio-visual
• Podium introduction opportunity with official program or award introduction
• Airing of corporate video (30 second, supplied by sponsor)
• Gala Awards Dinner tickets (Table of 9 + 1 head table seat)


GOLD | $4,500
• Logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Day-of on signage and audio-visual
• 4 Gala Awards Dinner tickets


SILVER | $2,500
• Day-of on signage and audio-visual
• 2 Gala Awards Dinner tickets


*Subject to print and production schedules


PLATINUM | $5,000
• Premium logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Day-of on signage and audio-visual
• Premium title page logo recognition and full-page advertisement in printed conference program
• Podium introduction opportunity
• Exhibit booth (10 X 10)
• 4 all access delegate registrations


GOLD | $2,500
• Logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Day-of on signage and audio-visual
• Half-page advertisement in printed conference program
• Exhibit booth (10 X 10)
• 2 all access delegate registrations


SILVER | $1,500
• Logo recognition in printed conference program
• Day-of on signage and audio-visual
• 1 all access delegate registration


Book your exhibitor space and increase your brand visibility with value-added options from media partner Prairie Manufacturer Magazine. Ads will run in the Spring 2020 issue, which will be distributed at the conference through these 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 valid if booked by January 31.


Please contact:
Renata Castro
Member Services Coordinator, CME