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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 the support from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, CME has launched a Skills Development Program to provide free training for manufacturing employees and launch several peer councils.

CME’s Lean Training Program

Designed for manufacturers by manufacturers, CME’s training programs are designed exclusively for the needs of the manufacturing workplace. CME’s Ontario Lean Training Program will focus on helping companies adapt to pandemic realities by showing how to safely and effectively improve their overall productivity.

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.
Lean Level I Yellowbelt
Lean is all about engaging people in the spirit of continuous improvement – Lean Level I Yellowbelt provides an in-depth introduction to Lean with an emphasis on the five core Lean principles and waste reduction. Facilitated by experts with real-world experience, this five-day program is focused on hands-on learning. Participants work through group exercises and homework assignments to consolidate the learning and prepare them to support continuous improvement efforts.

How Do I Participate in Training Sessions?

To participate in CME’s free Lean 101 or Yellowbelt training sessions, 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

Ontario Lean Programs


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.


Manufacturers’ Regional Industry Skills Council (MRIC)

Skills and labour shortages are the biggest challenges facing manufacturers today – when businesses can play a role in coordinating the training of their regional labour pool they can overcome these challenges. CME’s Manufacturers’ Regional Industry Skills Council (MRIC) will bring together manufacturers, stakeholders from local colleges and universities, labour unions, and other educational stakeholders to map out the labour needs in their community and work with the local education system to produce the workers needed for those jobs.


Manufacturers’ Net Zero Council (MNZC)

As the race to Net Zero GHG emissions by 2050 worldwide intensifies, global industry leaders are demanding their supply chains implement comprehensive Net Zero strategies. This transition will not be easy. CME’s Manufacturers’ Net Zero Council (MNZC) will help manufacturing executives collectively navigate the changing landscape to implement Net Zero strategies focused on the growth and competitiveness of their business.


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