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Attracting more women into manufacturing professions is critical to helping companies grow. Our 2nd Annual BC Women in Manufacturing (WIM) Success Forum 2022 will focus on how we engage and inspire young women to consider careers in manufacturing and to help manufacturers attract and retain women in their workplaces.  By achieving this, we empower, support, and accelerate women in the industry.

Our forum will take place virtually over the course of two days. Join us on Oct 18 and Oct 20! Learn from thought leaders in manufacturing, attend engaging panel discussions, and be inspired by the stories you hear!

Help CME increase the number of women in manufacturing by 100,000 in 5 years.
Together, We Can Do It!




October 18 & October 20, 2022
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST


CME Members | Complimentary
Educators | Complimentary
Students | Complimentary
Non-Members | $50 (GST not included)



Learn from manufacturing companies who have successfully attracted and retained women and increased diversity within their organization.


Nancy Morison, VP of the Delta Ophthalmic Laboratory, FYidoctors

Nancy Morison is the VP of the FYidoctors Ophthalmic Lab located in Delta, BC. Delivering on the FYidoctors DNA of ‘Enhancing Life’, Nancy and the team are focused on the daily manufacturing and shipping of over 3000 pairs of the most technically advanced lenses and glasses and supporting the clinics and ultimately the patients as FYidoctors provides the best care and experience in the industry.

Nancy joined FYidoctors in 2017 after senior roles in various industries including online optical with Clearly.ca, online home food delivery with SPUD.ca, IT product management with i2 Technologies and small pack supply chain and logistics with Loomis Express.

Nancy’s informal and genuine leadership style has mentored many individuals on various Operations teams from entry level roles to managers and directors.  Her success has been the result of focusing on corporate culture to ensure first that each employee has the same core values and working towards the same targets and objectives.  She is equally proud of her team as she is of their accomplishments.

She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in the field of Human Kinetics with a specialization in leadership and coaching. Nancy was a finalist in the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in the Business and Professions category.

A native Vancouverite with a few years in Toronto, Nancy is proud to be working in Delta, the community she has always called home. Weekends and evenings will find Nancy on the links, the basketball court, the slopes, in a pick-up game of ice hockey or at the gym.

Beau Olmstead, Vice President, Commercial Banking, RBC Royal Bank
Since joining RBC Royal Bank in 1997, Beau’s recognized approach to commercial business and creating value for both customers and the firm has lead him to cover many industry sectors including commercial real estate, industrial manufacturing, consumer retail, supply chain, health care and public sector.
His breadth of relationships and reputation for collaborative success had lead Beau to assume leadership responsibilities following work with RBC’s Capital Markets division. In 2007, Beau was appointed Vice President of RBC’s Commercial Financial Services’ Commercial Health Care group in British Columbia, where he leads a team of industry banking specialists. His commercial banking scope was expanded in 2010 to include the Vancouver Commercial Banking centre located on Broadway. In September 2015, shifted responsibility to the South Vancouver/Richmond/Delta market to support continued growth of RBC’s commercial business there.

With a broad range of interests, Beau is committed to both the values of family and community. He has lead several community work projects aimed at giving back to the community and building social capital. Currently Beau is focused on his Executive Board role and community/varsity sport volunteer.

Beau graduated from University of Victoria receiving his Bachelor of Commerce degree, specializing in International Business, and Royal Roads University receiving his Master of Business Administration degree. He is a past associate member of the Canadian College of Health Care Executives.

Silvia Gonzalez-Zamora, MILR, Inclusion and Diversity Practice Leader, Partner, KPMG
Silvia Gonzalez-Zamora is a Partner in the People and Change practice and head of the Inclusion and Diversity service offering at KPMG in Canada. She has a masters in Organizational Behaviour, and her 20 years of experience in Diversity and Inclusion streams into Talent Management, Behavioural Change Management, People Analytics and Employee Experience.
Silvia has a passion for understanding how people bring value as individuals with emotions, needs, and skills, and become part of high-performing teams that are the cornerstone of any successful business. She has been a pioneer in inclusion and diversity leveraging her foundation in organizational behavior, leadership, and social psychology, while adding new methods and tools, such as sentiment analysis, wearables, usability (UX), and lean and agile principles.

Sim Nesbitt, CPHR, HR and Special Projects Manager, VMAC

Sim Nesbitt is an HR Manager with almost fifteen years of HR experience in many different sectors, including health, tourism, mining and manufacturing.

She has a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration, Human Resources Management diploma, and have CPHR designation. She has experience in full cycle recruitment, employee and labour relations, performance management, training & development, development and implementation of policies and procedures, compensation, benefits administration, occupational health and safety, union relations and payroll. She has a passion for integrating Human Resources into a key driver of companies’ strategic plans. She has dedicated to maintaining our robust company culture that cultivates customer loyalty by motivating and empowering coworkers to bring their best to the job.


Next Generation of Skilled Trade: How to Attract the Talent?
We will showcase manufacturing companies in BC and job opportunities for young women and youth.


Jordan Perrault, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Construction Foundation of BC

Jordan Perrault is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at CFBC. He has been part of the organizations research and outreach initiatives to build the next generation of skilled workers since 2016. Jordan brings a mix of experiences working in industry and community services – particularly youth programming and workforce development. He completed a research degree in International Development Studies in Sweden before returning to Canada to be a carpenter’s helper and ultimately transitioning to the not-for-profit sector. Joining the CFBC team with the flagship Skills Ready program, Jordan has supported partnership development and program design with several of CFBC’s youth, Indigenous, and apprenticeship initiatives.



Bob Edl, General Manager – Manufacturing Services, ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Bob Edl is the Manufacturing Services General Manager for ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Hamilton’s largest private sector employer with nearly 5,000 employees that plays a key role in North America’s advanced manufacturing supply chain that ships 4.5 million net tons of high-quality flat carbon steel annually.

Bob’s role has a large focus on skilled trades within ArcelorMittal Dofasco. Bob is currently leading AMD’s World Class Apprenticeship program that involves working with provincial governments, stakeholders and educational institutions to advance the profile of skilled trades with emphasis in equality, diversity and inclusion. Bob is a strong supporter of the “Women in Skilled Trades Program” that helps to promote women and underrepresented groups to have access to a career in skilled trades.

Bob began his career as an Control Systems Technologist at ArcelorMittal Dofasco after completing Electrical Control System Engineering Technology from Mohawk College. Bob gained his technical and maintenance experience working through many large Manufacturing projects. Bob advanced to several positions in Maintenance Management that has afforded an excellent understanding of Manufacturing needs of skill trades and the benefits of leveraging diversity.

Jelissa De Torres, Carpenter, Welder & Designer, Caisley Developments building

Jelissa is a carpentry apprentice, welder, and trades advocate. She currently works with Caisley Developments building and renovating high-end residential homes in Vancouver.

Outside of work and advocacy, she runs a business designing and building custom wood pieces and merchandise displays for local businesses and event decorators.

She serves as a regional representative for the BC Centre for Women in the Trades and is a board member for the non-profit’s Build a Dream and The BC Tradeswomen Society.

She has appeared in numerous publications and has been a speaker at various trades and STEM events across Canada. Her advocacy includes providing mentorship and guidance to women who are just starting their career in the trades or who are considering, yet hesitant, to pursue one.

Her efforts also seek to encourage and inspire young girls to consider alternative career paths and make pursuing a career in this industry more appealing and accessible to those who are underrepresented.