Upcoming Events

Inspire Inclusion – 7th Annual Women in Manufacturing Success Forum


Canada’s leading forum that celebrates women in manufacturing is back!

This event brings together manufacturers, educators, and students from across the country to champion and accelerate the progress of women in the manufacturing sector. 

Over the course of three days, join us to:

  • Dive deep into strategies for attracting and retaining women in manufacturing workplaces
  • Explore ways to engage and inspire the next generation of young women to consider manufacturing careers
  • Hear firsthand stories from women working in manufacturing 

Mark your calendars for March 5-7 – prepare to hear from industry leaders, including untold stories of women in industry, and network with industry peers.

Help CME increase the number of women in manufacturing by 100,000 by 2030. Together, We Can Do It! 


MARCH 5, 2024

Opening Remarks

Dennis Darby

President & CEO

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)

Welcome Remarks

Angela Pappin

Chief Transformation Officer, ArcelorMittal Dofasco North America

Chair of CME’s Women in Manufacturing Working Group

Inspiring Inclusion: Tenaris’ Story 

What strategies are most effective for promoting careers in manufacturing to expand your workforce? Gain insights from a leading manufacturer, Tenaris, as they share their lessons learned and internal initiatives aimed at fostering inclusion and supporting their team members.


Fiana Bakshan

Legal Regional Director

Tenaris Canada 

Mike Dottor

Quality Senior Director

Tenaris Canada 

Fireside Chat: Supporting Women in Manufacturing 

Erin McLean

Verification & Control Analyst

Tenaris Canada

Amelie Chabert

Manufacturing Operations Manager

AMBICO Limited

Closing Remarks

Nathalie Batten, P. Eng

Senior Vice President of Operations


March 6, 2024

Opening Remarks

Erin Buchanan-Gelinas

General Manager, Manufacturing – North Plant

Toyota Motor Mfg Canada Inc.

Attracting Women in Manufacturing 

As the industry evolves, companies are shifting the focus from traditional “manufacturing experience” to a skills-based approach, opening doors to a diverse pool of talent. With over 15 years of experience, hear from Liza Vityuk as we explore innovative tactics to make manufacturing more attractive, reshaping its image to align with the modern workforce’s aspirations and values.

Liza Vityuk


McKinsey and Company 

Lessons Learned: StandardAero’s Story

With a focus on fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion, Stacey Barrette, Senior Human Resources Manager at StandardAero, leads the organization’s Canadian Employment Equity program. During this session, Stacey will share StandardAero’s best practices and delve into her personal journey. She will candidly share her motivations for pursuing a career in manufacturing and the challenges and opportunities she has navigated in attracting women to StandardAero. 

Stacey Barrette

Senior Human Resources Manager


Closing Remarks

Ewa Okon

Executive Director, Human Resources, Canada Value Chain

Estee Lauder Cosmetics

March 7, 2024

Opening Remarks

Driving Change by Inspiring Empowerment 

With a tremendous background in advancing gender quality and women’s rights from an intersectional lens, hear from Julie Savard-Shaw about common misconceptions surrounding the roles of women and explore strategies for bridging the STEM gap. Discover practical approaches to recognizing bias, engaging male leaders, and creating more inclusive environments where diverse talents can thrive.

Julie Savard-Shaw

Executive Director

The Prosperity Project

Creating an Inclusive Environment: Honda of Canada Mfg.’s Story

Discover the strategies and initiatives implemented by Honda to create an inclusive and empowering workplace environment. Walk away with practical tips for fostering gender equality and diversity within your own company.

Susan Kenny 

Plant Manager

Honda of Canada Mfg. 

Tara Lagani

Compliance and Ethics Manager

Honda of Canada Mfg. 

Closing Remarks

Dennis Darby

President & CEO

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)


March 5 - 7, 2024


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST




CME Members: Complimentary – anyone from your company can register

Non-Members: $200+ tax

Students/Educators: Free

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in boosting brand awareness and connecting with a dynamic audience of influential decision makers within the manufacturing sector?


Contact Erin Epstein via email to explore how your company can become an integral part of our community.


Please contact Erin.Epstein@cme-mec.ca, Events & Partnership Coordinator.