If you are interested to apply for a position, we welcome you to send your cover letter and resume to the attention of our HR Department at resume@cme-mec.ca. Due to volume, only those shortlisted will be contacted regarding the position.

CME Staff

CME staff at the Annual AGM & Manufacturing Conference held last November 2018 in Ottawa, ON.

Current Opportunities

Director, Public Affairs

CME advocates for and works with 2,500 leading manufacturers across Canada to help their businesses grow. Led by a national board of directors, CME has member-driven programs and services that aim to strengthen key knowledge and capability areas. As an advocate, CME works with government across the country championing manufacturing in Canada. CME seeks an experienced professional specialized in government relations and public affairs to join our Ottawa team.

Using their exceptional skills in media relations, the Director, Public Affairs will be responsible for managing CME’s strategic response to critical issues that impact our members. In this role, the incumbent will work with the divisions and national policy team to proactively identify, evaluate, and prioritize opportunities and risks generated by public policy. Through various communication initiatives, the Director acts to position CME as a committed player in public debate that champions manufacturing in Canada.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Develops and maintains a network of relationships with key stakeholders in government, media, associations, and corporates
  • Ensures continuous media monitoring of files relating to the areas of concerns for CME and our members
  • Provides strategic coordination and execution of daily and ongoing public relations activities, including media relations
  • Creates presentations and communications for the President & CEO of CME
  • Develops strategies and action plans in public affairs to position CME at the forefront illustrating the importance of manufacturing in Canada
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding of the issues related to government decisions and communicates possible solutions proposed by CME
  • Drafts briefs, press releases, opinion letters and other documents voicing the stance of CME
  • Establishes partnerships or collaborations with various experts and stakeholders

Skills and experience required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or relevant discipline or an equivalent level of education, training, and experience
  • 10+ years of relevant experience
  • Persuasive and effective communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan at a strategic level with measurable outcomes
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and tasks with shifting priorities on strict deadlines
  • Exceptional market-focused business judgment, strong strategic analysis and project management skills are required
  • Knowledge of policies affecting such areas as competitiveness and productivity, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance), Workforce of the Future, skills, Diversity & Inclusion, Market Growth
  • Strong news judgment and understanding of traditional and new media
  • Extremely knowledgeable of social media and emerging technologies as strategic communication tools
  • Self-starter/high level of internal motivation
  • Experience in public policy analysis required
  • Direct working experience in provincial or federal politics an asset
  • Ability to work fluently in both official languages (French and English)


  • Home-based, flexible work environment (hybrid)
  • Group Health & Dental Benefits
  • Competitive base salary commensurate with experience
  • CME is proud to be certified as a Great Place to Work®

CME is committed to providing its services to everyone, including differently-abled persons in a way that respects their dignity and independence. CME’s goal is to ensure that differently-abled people have equal opportunity to access services in an integrated manner by identifying, removing, and preventing barriers that could interfere with their ability to make full use of CME services. Please let us know should you require accommodation during any part of this recruitment process.

Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Program Manager, Workforce Development

Reports To: Director, Workforce Development

Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Onsite

Travel: Travel to events and meetings in Winnipeg and within rural MB, based on program requirements.


The Program Manager will assist the Director, Workforce Development to create, manage & evaluate program offerings while ensuring strategies are effective & relevant to Manitoba manufacturers, while also being aligned to divisional goals. The Program Manager will be responsible to track project progress and measure outcomes for reporting purposes.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support for the execution of the Traditional and Advanced Manufacturing Sector Council Program (TAMSC) and Workforce Development activities under other funded programs;
  • With support from the Program Administrator, collect information and data via reports to be submitted to key program stakeholders (government, members, director) based on meeting reporting requirements;
  • Ensure all funding reports are compiled and drafted and provided to Director, Workforce Development for final edits, review and submission well in advance of funding deadlines;
  • Maintain an administrative overview of up to date, key qualitative and quantitative program-relevant data and provide to partners and other identified stakeholders on a monthly or as needed basis. Support to be provided by Program Administrator.
  • Support the Director in Workforce Development initiatives such as Labor Market Information data collection and analysis, or involvement in other organizations related to Workforce Development;
  • Work collaboratively with the team in developing, managing, scheduling and delivering Workforce Development programs;
  • Attend & support events as needed to grow & support program participation and membership;
  • Provides support on the development and preparation of contractual agreements for contractors and external facilitators supporting Workforce Development initiatives;
  • Identify opportunities for ongoing or new initiatives and submit proposals to the Director;
  • Provide Leadership / management of the Youth initiatives and work collaboratively with the team to execute events and meetings;
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications team to promote program initiatives, sharing success stories, etc.;
  • Organize feedback sessions with those involved with program for future development;
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • 3+ years of experience in Human Resources, Marketing and Communications, or Corporate Training, with a proven track record of success in developing and delivering programs;
  • Must be highly organized, with exceptional ability to manage multiple deliverables, deadlines and activity owners;
  • Demonstrated commitment to service excellence;
  • Previous experience with funding applications and reporting is an asset;
  • High energy, maturity & ability to lead & serve with a collaborative attitude;
  • Ability to create & implement new initiatives with an entrepreneurial spirit & the ability to work independently & as well as with teams;
  • Passion for the success & growth of manufacturers within Canada;
  • Must be detail oriented, organized & able to manage multiple tasks & timelines concurrently;
  • Excellent negotiation skills, strong decision making, judgement & analytical skills;
  • Strong computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Excellent interpersonal skills & ability to build relationships with stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of or having previously worked within manufacturing would be considered an asset.



CME is proud to be certified as a Great Place to Work® after a thorough and independent analysis conducted by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. This certification is based on direct feedback from employees. CME looks forward to working with staff on continuously improving its workplace culture and is committed to leading the manufacturing sector in fostering inclusion and diversity in the manufacturing sector with initiatives like Women and Manufacturing.


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