2022 Manufacturing Conference & AGM


Join CME for our virtual 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Manufacturing Conference from October 25 to 28.

Attend in person for Day 1 with our ‘Registration Plus’ option.

Registration Plus includes virtual participation in Days 2-4, plus an in-person experience on Day 1, including lunch, the AGM and Conference, as well as a networking reception and dinner at the end of the session – all for $125.

Currently, all Registration Plus spaces have been reserved. If you are still interested in attending in-person, please click the ‘register now’ button to be added to our waitlist.


Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre,
801 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON
M9W 1J5


CME & CMC Member Ticket
for In-Person Attendance (October 25):
$125.00 each




11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Networking lunch
12:05 PM – 1:05 PM – Manufacturing Outlook and Survey Results


Introduced by: Y Nguyen, Head of Sustainability Risk Advisory & Co-lead of N. American Sustainable Supply Chain, BDO Canada

Alan Arcand, Chief Economist, CME

Alan is a member of the National Policy team where he is responsible for developing and executing CME’s major national research projects, conducting CME’s macroeconomic analysis to support the organization across the country, leading our tax policy efforts, and be a leading voice representing the interests of the association and members with government and with the public.
Before joining CME, Alan spent 19 years at The Conference Board of Canada where he held multiple roles, including the Associate Director of the Centre for Municipal Studies. Alan’s background includes expertise in municipal, regional, and national economic matters including economic forecasting and analysis.

Fireside Chat:

Moderator: Jane Taber, Vice President Public Affairs, NATIONAL Public Relations

  • Patrick Oland, Chief Financial Officer, Moosehead Breweries
  • Todd LeRoy, Vice President, Manufacturing, Loewen

1:05 PM – 1:55 PM – CME’s Annual General Meeting Chaired by:

Elise Maheu, Chair, CME’s National Board of Directors and Vice-President of Government Affairs and Markets, 3M Canada Company

1:55 PM – 2:20 PM – Closing Keynote:

Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief and Economics Columnist, Toronto Star

Heather Scoffield is the Ottawa bureau chief and economics columnist at the Toronto Star. Her writing focuses on political economy and its effect on people. Previously, she was Ottawa bureau chief for The Canadian Press, leading an award-winning team of 15 journalists focused on politics, public policy and the nation’s capital. Over the course of her 28-year career in journalism, she has covered monetary and fiscal policy, economics, trade policy, social policy, aboriginal affairs, environment and energy, and several different political parties. Before joining CP in 2009, she spent 12 years at the Globe and Mail.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM – Networking Break
2:45 PM – 3:45 PM – Panel Discussion – Canada-Made Innovation: Closing the Commercialization Gap
As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian manufacturers are leading the future of our economy with investment in zero-emission vehicles, high-quality protein and transformed food to feed the planet and life saving pharmaceuticals.  But while Canada has many assets in the form of world-class research and educational institutions, we also lag our international peers in business investment, business enterprise R&D spending, and commercialization.  What will be needed from government and companies for Canada to seize the moment and truly become a powerhouse exporter of innovative products?
Panelist will discuss:

  • Enterprise culture and strategies to nurture curiosity and bold ambitions
  • Promoting effective partnerships between small, large firms and educational institutions
  • How to improve government incentives and regulatory approvals

Moderator: Rob Rovina, Manufacturing & Distribution Industry Leader, BDO Consulting

  • Wes Rhiger, Senior Manager Design Engineering, General Dynamics Land Systems
  • Dela Karimi, Director of Manufacturing, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
  • James White, Vice President of Business Development, Wellmaster

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Reception
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner

Keynote Speaker

Hon. Victor Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

The Honourable Victor Fedeli is a lifelong entrepreneur, successful businessperson, author, and philanthropist, and serves the Ford government as Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
His business experience led his firm Fedeli Corporation to be ranked 34th in the Top 50 Best Places to Work in Canada in 1989. It also served him well, when he was elected to two terms as Mayor of North Bay from 2003 to 2010. As Mayor, Vic focused on fiscal prudence and economic development, restoring hope and restoring solvency to North Bay.


(ONLINE) 12 PM – 1:50 PM

Fireside Chat

Robert Ruggieri, Vice President, Manufacturing, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Bob Ruggieri is Vice President, Manufacturing, West, Units & Pilot, at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. (TMMC). In his role, Mr. Ruggieri is responsible for all areas of the manufacturing process including Engineering, Production, and Maintenance for the West Plant, the Units division, and Pilot projects. TMMC assembles the Toyota RAV4, RAV4 hybrid, Lexus NX, Lexus NX hybrid, and Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h.
Mr. Ruggieri began his career at Toyota in 1997. Most recently, he served as General Manager overseeing TMMC’s West Plant operations and has also led the South Plant at this level. Former roles within TMMC include AGM of Assembly South and Quality Control Inspection; Technical Manager, Assembly West; and numerous positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing management.

Dennis Darby, President & CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Dennis joined CME in 2017 after nine years as CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association and a 24 year-long career in senior management at Procter & Gamble, including leadership roles in the US and Europe.
Dennis graduated from McMaster University in 1984 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Management, and he is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. He is an accredited corporate director, having received his ICD.D designation in 2011. He has served on a number of industry and charity boards as both director and Chair.

Panel Discussion – Innovation and Low Carbon Energy: A Roadmap for Manufacturers

Since the steam engine powered the first industrial revolution, access to reliable and affordable energy has been integral to the sector’s success.  But as the world transitions to lower carbon emissions, access to critical energy is complicated by geopolitical uncertainty and escalating costs.
Our expert panelists will discuss strategies to power the next generation of low-emitting manufacturing and secure a lasting competitive advantage, including:

  • Using affordable and clean energy to attract and retain investment in Canadian manufacturing.
  • Building on Canada’s role as a green energy provider in the North American and global context.
  • Leveraging innovation to reinvent processes and supply chains.

Moderator: Lynette Gillen, Vice President, Commercial Solutions and Trade, RBC

  • Catherine Loubier, Former Quebec Delegate to New York
  • Patrick Dalzell, Head of Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power
  • Joy Romero, Executive Advisor, Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited


(ONLINE) 12 PM – 1:50 PM

Fireside Chat

Bob Rae, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, has spent a lifetime serving Canadians as one of our most distinguished public servants. Ambassador Rae is a geopolitical expert and one of Canada’s leading and most forceful voices on the international stage. Join CME for a conversation with him on all things global trade. His overview of the state of international politics, China, the impacts of foreign conflict, and supply chains disruptions is not something you will want to miss.

The Honourable Robert Rae, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York

Bob Rae is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York. He served as Premier of Ontario from 1990-1995, interim Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011-2013 and was appointed as Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar (2017) and Canada’s Special Envoy on Humanitarian and Refugee Issues (2020). From 1996 to 2008, he was a partner at Goodmans LLP and wrote government reports on the Air India bombing and higher education in Ontario. He also served as Chair of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Institute for Research in Public Policy and the Forum of Federations. Mr. Rae taught law and public policy at the University of Toronto and in the VicOne programme at Victoria College, and was a partner and senior counsel to the law firm OKT LLP from 2014 to 2020, specializing in indigenous law and constitutional issues. Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, a Companion of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Order of Ontario.

Moderators: Dennis Darby and Elise Maheu

Panel Discussion: Supply Chain and Trade Logistics: Untangling Global Supply Chains

This panel discussion features Canada’s leading experts on manufacturing supply chains. Join them for a discussion on the current state of supply chains, the future outlook, and tactics for coping with disruption. This is your chance to ask your questions and to learn from your peers how they are navigating one of the most challenging moments in global manufacturing supply chain management.
Moderator: Alison Glober, Consulting Partner, National Manufacturing Sector Lead, KPMG

  • Martin Imbleau, CEO, Port of Montreal
  • Pierre Pyun, Vice President, Government Affairs, Bombardier
  • Dan Bresolin, Vice-President Intermodal, CN
  • Louise Yako, Co-chair, National Supply Chain Task Force, Transport Canada

Closing Keynote:

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development


(ONLINE) 12 PM – 1:50 PM

Fireside Chat: What does ESG mean for the manufacturing industry?

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) have rapidly become one of the top priorities of Canadian manufacturers and exporters as consumers, investors and policymakers develop their expectations of industry’s ESG efforts. To maintain the global competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers and exporters, most of which are small and medium-sized businesses, we need to better understand what these expectations mean for manufacturers, and what opportunities and challenges ESG present for manufacturers. This fireside chat will provide insights on the changing ESG regulatory, social, and financial landscape while highlighting how manufacturers can reposition ESG expectations from risk to opportunity for sustainable growth.

Hélène Gagnon, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement, CAE

Hélène V. Gagnon is Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement at CAE and is a member of the Executive Management Committee. She leads CAE’s ESG strategy, sustainability, environment, and social impact to make the world a safer place. She is accountable for CAE’s global communications with employees, media and other stakeholders as well as public affairs and government relations including R&D and Higher education institutions relations. She joined CAE in 2015 as Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Global Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Moderator: Veronique Proulx, CEO Quebec Manufacturers & Exporters, SVP National Policy & Public Affairs, CME

Panel Discussion: Addressing the labour and skills shortages

With labour shortages at all-time high, Canadian manufacturers tackle with skills shortages now and in the future. To maintain the global competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers and exporters, Canadian workforce needs to be prepared for changing labour market transitions and new jobs created by technology and net zero. This panel discussion will provide insights from manufacturers on best practices and issues to attract, retain and upskill the workforce while highlighting policy recommendations on labour and skills development to the government for manufacturers by manufacturers.
Moderator: Julie Ruben Rodney, Founder & CEO, MaxPeople

  • Seonaid Macneil, R&D Manager, Protocase
  • Simon Drexler, General Manager, ATS Automation
  • Kathleen Garney, General Manager, Boeing Canada




October 25 to 28, 2022


CME & CMC Member Ticket
for Virtual Attendance
(Oct 25 - 28)
$0.00 each



Ashley Stevens | Ashley.Stevens@cme-mec.ca