The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) peer councils bring executives and seniors managers together to exchange information, ideas, and insights. Members meet regularly in facilitated peer groups of 8 to 10 individuals from non-competing companies. The peer group model ensures high level of commitment and accountability which in turns offers valuable solution-seeking discussions.
The Councils are most effective when the members themselves drive the agenda. So meetings are highly interactive, and participants are expected to share their experiences on various topics relevant to their roles. The confidential nature of the discussions allows members to seek frank advice related to the ongoing operations and growth of their businesses. These real time business issues discussions challenge the expertise of the participants and provide excellent learning opportunities.
The councils are coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has C-suite or senior level executive experience that is directly relevant to the Council. Groups also gain access to CME resources and trusted third party subject matter experts.
Key benefits for Council participants include:
- Broadening your perspective and developing your critical thinking, communication and leadership skills;
- Increasing your knowledge and getting high level advice not available in your own organization:
- Building new networks and business relationships; and
- Enjoying the freedom and flexibility of shared experiential learning without pausing your career.