Annual Events

Women in Manufacturing Success Forum

Thank you for attending the 2019 Women Success Forum. We will see you in 2020!

Click here to access the Diversity and Innovation Toolkit unveiled at the event.

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), together with our partners, is hosting our 2nd annual Women in Manufacturing Success Forum.

CME’s Women in Manufacturing Success Forum will:

  • Provide a unique opportunity to get inspired by the stories of women in industry.
  • Feature the release of our Diversity Toolkit to help manufacturers adopt more inclusive workplaces.
  • Give manufacturing representatives an opportunity to share current strategies and develop new concepts to attract and retain female talent.
  • If you can see me you can be me! It is a chance for women to connect with their peers and learn from each other’s successes.
  • Showcase tours of Communitech, 80,000+ square foot hub dedicated to world-leading collaboration and innovation. Communitech supports a community of more than 1,400 companies — from start-ups to scale-ups to large global players.

Attracting and retaining more women in the workforce is the key to a stronger manufacturing workforce. Help CME increase the number of women in manufacturing by 100,000 in 5 years. Together, We Can Do It!


industry partners




Tannery Event Centre 151
Charles St West,
Kitchener, ON


March 6, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


CME Members: $100
Non-Members: $200
CME Member Table (six tickets): $550
Non-Members Table (six tickets): $1100


Minister of Status of Women

Join Minister Monsef as she will be moderating a fireside chat with several young women beginning their career in manufacturing.  The panelists will share their perspective on what attracted them to manufacturing and the challenges they face.

Minister Monsef was sworn in as Minister of Status of Women in January 2017. She introduced Canada’s first ever Strategy to Prevent Gender-Based Violence, and lead the transformation of the Status of Women from a federal agency to a full-fledged government department, the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE), for the first time since it was created more than 40 years ago.

General Manager, Production Control, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Rick has 25 years in the manufacturing industry, experiencing all areas of the manufacturing business. As a general manager he is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment, establishing team member career development, encouraging innovative adoption, and empowering the team to be comfortable making decisions, and mistakes, at all levels.


Director, Culture of Inclusion, Rockwell Automation

In this role, Michele has led significant efforts to transform the organizational culture and embed inclusion into business processes to create meaningful results and lasting change. The success and impact of the Culture of Inclusion Journey earned Rockwell Automation a Catalyst Award in 2017.

President & COO, Steelworks Design

As President & COO, Rhonda spent the past 10 years as VP of Finance for Steelworks Design Inc. where she managed the day to day operations as well as finance and business development portfolios.  At Steelworks Design, Rhonda has cultivated a dedicated team with a small-town work ethic, supported by a global vision.  Rhonda is asked regularly to advise and consult with EDC, BDC and the Federal Government on the needs and issues of SME’s within Canadian Manufacturing.


We will be offering tours of Communitech Data Hub. A place committed to world leading collaboration and innovation, as well as a collaborative office space for a mix of tech and non-tech companies.

For your convenience there are two times to choose from, 8:15 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. You will be able to confirm your participation during the registration process.


For your convenience CME has reserved a block of rooms at The Walper Hotel, 20 Queen Street South, Kitchener, ON, at a discounted rate of $179 + HST per night until February 11, 2019.

To book your room call 1-800-265-8749 and provide either the group name: Women in Manufacturing Forum *OR* Group Code: 190306WOME.


If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to register for one of the Communitech tours, please contact: Camay Fortier at