Peer Council

Manufacturers’ Executive Council (MEC)

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Manufacturers’ Executive Council (MEC) is an exclusive group of owners and senior executives from non-competing CME member companies who meet six times a year to gain strategic insights, share ideas, and learn from each other’s experiences.
MEC is a peer-mentoring forum where executives can exchange confidential business information related to the ongoing operations and growth of their businesses. Meetings are highly interactive, and participants are expected to share their experiences on various topics to help the group resolve their strategic and operational business challenges. Groups also gain access to CME resources and trusted third party subject matter experts.

Discussions are strictly confidential.

Why Manufacturers' Executive Council?

MEC participation allows senior manufacturing leaders to:

Align yourself with other manufacturing leaders who can help to sharpen your leadership and management skills, and coach your peers in the same way;

  • Challenge your management expertise through real-time business issue discussion, within your own organization and those of your peers;
  • Broaden your perspective and develop your critical thinking, communication and leadership skills
  • Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of shared experiential learning without pausing your career; and
  • Increase your skills and mindset to lead, while building new networks and business relationships

Who Can Benefit?

Participating in a MEC is only available to CME members who are Owners, Presidents, CEOs and General Managers of manufacturers, distributors and exporters.


  • Participants are matched in groups with peer executives of other leading non-competing companies.
  • Benefit from peer support and learning, as well as from CME resources.
  • The council is coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has C-suite or senior level executive experience.
  • Meetings are held six (6) times per year either hosted by a participating member company or in a venue of the facilitator’s choice in different regions across Ontario. (Remote access is available for participants unable to join in-person.)
  • Minimum number of registrations to create a MEC is twelve (12) with a maximum of twenty-four (24).


•Market growth
•Best practices sharing
•Facility location and expansion
•Sales and marketing
•Human resource issues
•“It’s lonely at the top”
•Succession planning
•Executive teamwork
•Leadership skills development
•Performance incentives
•Mergers and acquisitions
•Accessing government grants and funding