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DARE TO COMPETE CONFERENCE 2022

Overview

Supercharge your professional development and accelerate your learning in 2022. As the largest annual event of its kind on the prairies, the Dare to Compete Conference is a can’t-miss opportunity for the manufacturing community to come together, learn from experts, thought leaders and practitioners of operational excellence.

KEYNOTES

THE EXPONENTIAL TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTION

The world will change in the next 20 years more than it has in the previous 100. At the heart of that are technologies that are advancing at a pace never seen before – exponentially. Nikolas Badminton will provide a deep dive into the key exponentially developing and growing technologies that are changing the world, including Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Robotics, Computational Systems, 3D Printing, Medicine/Neurosystems, Cybersecurity and Bioinformatics, Renewable Energy, Nanotechnology and Quantum Computing.

 

He will highlight the “signals of change” that show how quickly the world is changing across industries – finance, agriculture, medicine, media, transportation and logistics, construction and many more. Nikolas will also provide a view on ethical implications and insights on how these technologies affect planning, policies and regulations at both the federal and state levels.

 

 

 

 

NIKOLAS BADMINTON
Futurist

 

HIDDEN POTENTIAL: OPENING DOORS TO THE INDIGENOUS WORKFORCE

Labour shortages are on every manufacturers’ mind. But opening doors to indigenous talent is more than posting help wanted. How can manufacturers recruit or identify and develop Indigenous talent? Join CME and Jamie Wilson as we unveil practical solutions and actions and CME’s manufacturing plan to engage an Indigenous workforce, which builds on current successes.

 

What’s more, Jamie will explore the concept of ‘We Are All Treaty People’ and bridge into a discussion about what contemporary hiring, recruitment and engagement best practice look like from a business perspective. This session will also give manufacturers important insights that could help both hire First Nations individuals and work with First Nations Communities to ensure strong working relationships and social awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

JAMIE WILSON
Former Deputy Minister & Treaty Commissioner for Manitoba

MANUFACTURING CANADA’S FUTURE

Manufacturing is the engine for growth that will drive Canada’s next 150 years. But while the sector emerged relatively unscathed from the pandemic, there are clouds on the horizon. From protectionism to labour shortages to supply chain to declining investments and increasing regulatory burdens, how can manufacturers weather the storm? Join us for a snapshot into Canada’s economic outlook and business competitiveness.

 

 

 

 

 

MATHEW WILSON
SVP, Policy, Government Relations & Ontario Operations, CME

WORKSHOPS

*Schedule and sessions subject to change.

MAKING ESG WORK FOR MANUFACTURERS | Workshop Length: 90 mins

What exactly does ESG mean? What do employers need to know? How can you separate the buzz from the business need? And how do we begin when the starting line is different for everyone, especially for SMEs. This session will:

  • Describe the fundamental elements of an ESG strategy
  • Discuss the financial business case internally and for other stakeholders
  • Provide an assessment roadmap and KPIs to help you get started

 

Neal CurryNEAL CURRY
Executive Director, Made Safe

Neal has more than 40 years manufacturing experience. He has provided leadership in executive positions in small, medium and large companies in both union and non-union environments.

 

Neal has been continuously contributing to safety networking in Manitoba as past Chair of CME Safety & Health Committee and member of the Ministers Advisory Council for Workplace Safety & Health. He is currently on the Worker’s Compensation Board of Manitoba Prevention Committee and serves as the Chair of the Industry Based Safety Program Council.

SUPPLY CHAIN: FORECASTING THE FUTURE | Workshop Length: 90 mins

Is yet another supply chain ‘butterfly effect’ around the corner? Will a pandemic outbreak in one corner of the world impact product availability in another? When every process is in flux, how do you plan with certainty in an uncertain climate? From Buy America to Re-shoring to Dual sourcing, join us for this session to learn more about emerging best practices and real-world insights. Participants will:

  • Discover how to focus on the right supply chain elements and make critical adjustments on the fly
  • Learn strategies to reduce the risk of securing material and parts in a timely and cost-effective manner
  • Identify supply chain barriers and issues that can lead to unexpected delays and price increases and how to prevent them

PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND SAFETY | Workshop Length: 50 mins

As the health and safety climate evolves, emerging trends and new legislative regulations means stronger stewardship requirements for industry. Is mental health the new ergonomics? Can costs be controlled? Are companies that lead the way able to retain and recruit more effectively? Join us to hear more about this emerging trend.

Learning objectives include:

  • Psychological safety costs real money regardless of whether you have a program to support it or not, discuss the cost comparisons between an organization where the costs are uncontrolled and psychological safety is a struggle vs implementation costs for a mental health safety program.
  • Create awareness around the required steps to create and develop a mental health safety program.
  • Discuss the lessons learned during the first steps of implementing a mental health program

 

 

NATHAN RASMUSSEN
Safety Trainer, Made Safe

Nathan Rasmussen has worked in the manufacturing industry for 21 years, gaining experience in Foundries, Sheet Metal and Millwork. In his manufacturing career, Nathan has spent 16 years as a Safety Professional, 11 years in disability management and 6 years in safety-specific training roles.

 

 

 

 

 

DECOR CABINETS LTD.
Manufacturing Partner

Established in 1977, Decor operates two modern production facilities and a showroom with the latest innovations in cabinetry based in Morden, Manitoba and its expanding dealer network is spreading throughout Canada and the USA. Modern facilities, quality materials, excellent equipment, and comprehensive employee training have created a highly-skilled workforce that is able to produce a superior product.

 

PROTECTING YOUR REPUTATION: WHAT MANUFACTURERS NEED TO KNOW | Workshop Length: 50 mins

From employee reviews on Glass Door, to favorable (or unfavorable) coverage in traditional news or social media, manufacturers must navigate a brave new world when it comes to reputational management. From protecting your brand, to leveraging employees as brand ambassadors to knowing what to do when things do go wrong, this session is a can’t miss for any modern manufacturer. Attendees will:

 

  • Remain in control if/when a crisis threatens to damage your company’s reputation or commercial position
  • Effectively command and coordinate a communications response during a critical situation or emergency
  • Leverage these opportunities to showcase responsible and trusted leadership

 

JEREMY SAWATZKY
Senior Advisor, Longview Communications & Public Affairs

Jeremy Sawatzky is a Senior Advisor based in Winnipeg’s Longview office. He has nearly 20 years of experience in public affairs, corporate communications, and government relations, and a strong understanding of how to navigate complex issues within the political, business and media landscapes. Jeremy has provided strategic advice and counsel in a number of roles over the past two decades, including as a senior communications strategist during BCE Inc.’s acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services in 2017.

 
 

PROBLEM SOLVING SUPPLY CHAIN (AND MORE!) | Workshop Length: 60 mins

As supply chain challenges remain increasingly unpredictable, it’s more important than ever to have an army of problem solvers on the front lines. Join us and learn how to extend Lean problem solving methodologies beyond the shop floor into procurement, purchasing and other departments most impacted by supply challenges.

 

 

JIM NEIRINCK
Plant General Manager (retired), JELD-WEN Windows & Doors

Jim Neirinck is currently responsible for overall plant general management at JELD-WEN Windows and Doors in Winnipeg, MB. Jim has over 30 years operational experience, with the first 20 years spent in the aerospace industry in engineering, project management and manufacturing operations. Over the last 15 years Jim has held senior executive leadership roles driving operational excellence and lean transformations in the environmental products industry, semi-custom cabinet manufacturing industry,  and custom window and door manufacturing industry.

LEADING EXHAUSTED TEAMS | Workshop Length: 90 mins

How do you lead exhausted teams when you’re losing steam yourself? After two years in a state of flux, leaders and supervisors have been unable to lean on the existing processes that have enabled informed decision making for years. Add in pandemic fog and you have a recipe for burnout. Join us to see how these manufacturers are employing innovative and creative solutions to stay nimble and energized throughout the ups and downs of recovery.

 

DR. MEAGHEN JOHNSTON
RSW, MSW, Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator

Meaghen Johnston is a Registered Social Worker and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. She has a PhD in Social Work and over 25 years experience supporting individuals, organizations and teams.  Meaghen works from a humanistic and strength based perspective with a focused effort on building capacity at the individual, group, and community level.  Being intentional, skillful and kind are the orienting principles that allow her to build relationships and map a pathway towards connection and wellness.

SCHEDULE

TBD...

LOCATION

RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

DATE & TIME

September 27, 2022

COST (UNTIL JULY 29, 2022)

$325 - CME Members
$425 - Non Members

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY BIRD PRICING UNTIL JULY 29, 2022

Rules and restrictions at public gatherings are determined by Manitoba Public Health officials and are subject to change and/or removal. See below for updated information regarding our vaccination policy.

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Effective March 15, 2022 – Event Facilities and COVID-19

 

Event Facility – The RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg: Please be advised that in accordance with Manitoba Provincial Health guidelines, face masks and proof of vaccination are not required to enter any event space at the Centre.

 

Rules and restrictions at public gatherings are determined by Manitoba Public Health officials. As such the Centre reserves the right to change or modify rules and regulations associated with these gatherings.

 

 

Updated: March 15, 2022

 

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Information regarding: Travel to and from Manitoba

Information regarding: COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada – Travel restrictions in Canada – Travel.gc.ca

 

SPONSORSHIP & EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES

Dare to Compete is the province’s premier showcase for industrial innovation, ingenuity and entrepreneurial excellence. Partners and sponsors play a significant role in the delivery and receive exclusive recognition benefits at this CME premier event, for which hundreds of registrations are processed each year.

DARE TO COMPETE (CONFERENCE SPONSOR*)

PLATINUM | $5,000
• Premium logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Premium logo recognition throughout the conference
• Podium introduction opportunity
• Exhibit booth (10X10)
• Four all access delegate registrations

  

GOLD | $2,500
• Logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Logo recognition throughout the conference
• Exhibit booth (10X10)
• Two all access delegate registrations

  

SILVER | $1,500
Logo recognition throughout the conference
• One all access delegate registration

 

EXHIBITOR BOOTH ONLY | $1,000
• Exhibit booth (10X10)

INTERESTED IN A SPONSORSHIP OR EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITY?

Please contact:
  
Riley Dunn
Marketing Coordinator, CME
riley.dunn@cme-mec.ca

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations received in writing to jennifer.ioannou@cme-mec.ca by September 13, 2022 will be refunded 100 per cent of the registration fee. Cancellations received after September 13 are eligible for a 50 per cent refund OR 100 per cent credit for future CME events (when participants are not able to attend due to illness or self-isolation). Registrations are fully transferable and substitutions may be made at any time.

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