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The rapid change to industrial workplaces in Canada has been dramatically accelerated by COVID-19. To help the Ontario manufacturing industry, CME is extending its suite of training services designed to help the sector adapt, innovate, and thrive.

With support from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, CME’s Skills Development Program provide free training for manufacturing employees and affordable peer-to-peer mentoring.

CME’s Training Services

Focused on overcoming the biggest challenges that are hindering the manufacturing sector’s ability to grow and thrive – supply chain disruptions and labour shortages – CME’s training programs are designed exclusively for the needs of the manufacturing workplace.

Training is underway – click below to get involved.

What Training Programs Are Being Offered Free of Charge?

Lean 101
Lean 101 is a one-day interactive workshop that introduces Lean to those who have never had any exposure. It is applicable to all levels in the organization – through presentation, discussion, simulation and group exercises, participants learn about the seven wastes and the core principles, concepts, philosophy, and benefits of applying Lean within their organization.
Women in Manufacturing Development Program 
This 5.5 day program helps companies develop supervisors and leaders to influence employee engagement to impact efficiency, improve productivity and strengthen the bottom line. By delivering CME’s best-in-class leadership training in a women’s-only learning environment, participants will:

  • Develop a powerful network of peers and advocates.
  • Be supported by mentors from the same company who coach learners to apply workshop teachings to the workplace.

Health & Safety Workshops 
Your health and safety is our priority. CME is focused on building safer workplaces across Ontario through the delivery of health and safety training designed specifically for the needs of the manufacturing work environment. Health & safety training includes:

  • Ontario Health and Safety Law for Managers and Supervisors
  • Conducting Effective Accident/Incident Investigation
  • How to Carry Out a Workplace Health and Safety Inspection
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

How Do I Participate in Training Sessions?

To participate in CME’s training programs, please fill out the following form and a member of our team will be in touch. For any questions, please contact John Rodic, CME Program Manager at


CME Ontario Skills Development Program


Peer Councils

CME’s Peer Councils are a gathering of like-minded, non-competitive companies that are designed to facilitate leadership discussions that will drive activities aimed at removing barriers to the issues facing manufacturers. Members will meet 6 times a year in facilitated peer groups of 10-15 people.

What peer councils are being offered?

Manufacturers’ Executive Council (MEC)

CME’s Manufacturers’ Executive Council (MEC) is an exclusive group of owners and senior manufacturing executives from non-competing companies who attend highly interactive meetings to gain strategic insights, share ideas, and share their experiences on various topics such as market growth, facility location and expansion, operational issues, and more.


Manufacturers’ Export Council (MEXC)

Understanding foreign markets is critical to keep manufacturers competitive. CME’s Export Council (MEXC) helps manufacturing executives understand what export opportunities are best suited for their needs and provides greater certainty on their investments.


Manufacturers’ Technology Council (MTC)

Businesses that invest in technologies have a considerably better growth outlook than their non-adopting counterparts. CME’s Manufacturers’ Technology Council (MTC) helps manufacturing executives understand what technologies are best suited for their needs and provides greater certainty on their investments.


Women in Manufacturing Leadership Council (WIMLC)

CME’s Women in Manufacturing Leadership Council (WIMLC) is a peer-mentoring forum to provide opportunities for women to network, improve their professional skills and learn from the experience of other women in industry. Participants share their experiences on various topics such as: breaking down barriers to personal and professional growth, advancing gender diversity and inclusion in workplaces, and operational issues to help the group resolve their business challenges.

How Do I Participate in Peer Councils?

Due to the generous support of the provincial government, the council fees will be discounted by 75%. To inquire about participation fees and how to get involved, please contact John Rodic, CME Program Manager at