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DARE TO COMPETE CONFERENCE 2023

Overview

Supercharge your professional development and accelerate your learning in 2023. 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

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

CANADA’S COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Advanced technologies can provide manufacturers with capabilities that will allow them to improve productivity, cut costs, increase the agility of their business, and develop new services for their customers. Canada’s competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing will not be built on technology alone, but also on the ability of companies to identify strategic business opportunities and access the skills required for successful implementation.

 

 

 

JAY MYERS

Chief Executive Officer of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

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 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
Partner, 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.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH ADVANCED MANUFACTURING | Workshop Length: 50 mins

At Dimatec, we believe that drilling and crushing through hard rock to access earth’s valuable resources is an exciting and important challenge. We serve our drilling and mining partners to accomplish this with the diamond metal matrix products we manufacture. Our commitment to invest in improving the quality and cost efficiency of delivering our product to a competitive global market has led us to the value of automation with robotics.

 

Please join us as we share some steps of our journey integrating an advanced PLC system, robotic arm, two furnaces with associated presses in a critical manufacturing cell. Through this journey we will also share how we benefitted from the investment in technology and the LEAN insights we gained on maximizing product flow and environmental sustainability gains that reduced our costs of manufacturing and environmental impact of our work.

DARYL PERRY
President & CEO, MD. MBA

Daryl is merging his medical and administration training with his fascination of manufacturing with metal powders and diamonds. Investing in the challenge of building teams and growing a second generation family owned manufacturing company is a privilege he does not take for granted. Along with the people of Dimatec, Daryl is guided by values of building trust, striving for excellence and maintaining with care.

AMIN GHANBAR
MSc. P. Eng eligible
Manufacturing Engineer and Programming Supervisor

Amin is passionate about figuring out how machines and technology work and can work better. Never afraid to take a manual home and read it cover to cover in order to learn how to use a program, or solve a problem, Amin cares about helping people work smarter and more efficiently.

 

ARJUN THAMMAIAH
PhD. P. Eng
Material Scientist and Engineer

Arjun is a deep thinker who takes the time to process all of the metallurgical implications of an opportunity for improvement without compromising material quality or performance. Often reverting to the scientific method or a root cause analysis methodology Arjun is energized by working with others to improve how we make our products and server our customers.

WORKFORCE EVOLUTION AND HOW TO ADAPT | Workshop Length: 60 mins

While traditional benefits like health coverage and pension once wooed workers into staying at a company for decades, a new era of challenges and workers has turned this idea on its head. To stay competitive in the hiring market, companies must adapt to modern employment best practices – including brushing up on what workers want and how to respond.

 

Hear from our panel of experts representing world-class manufacturing, innovation, trades and education, and moderated by an Executive & Professional Recruitment Consultant, as we explore what is needed to keep our industry at the forefront of employee recruitment and retention.

MODERATOR

RHAE REDEKOP
SR Recruitment Consultant
Engineering & Technical, Pinnacle

PANELISTS

SHYLYTE BLOODWORTH
A/P Program Manager, Electrical, Mechanical and Manufacturing, RRC Polytech

 

KATHLEEN GARNEY
General Manager, Boeing Winnipeg

 

WENDY FERRIS
Chief Strategy Officer, Decor Cabinets

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

We are living under conditions that require a new set of skills for coping with daily stress and uncertainty. On this shifting landscape there is an opportunity for leaders to shine, teams to build capacity and for individuals to build resilience. Join a conversation that will transform the way you lead your life personally and professionally. It’s a time to build connection, community and strategies for skillful navigation together, because we were never meant to do it alone.

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.

THE "WHY, HOW & WHAT" OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY | Workshop Length: 60 mins

The COVID-19 pandemic provided a vital reminder of the importance of supply chain and the role of Advanced Manufacturing. Companies in the production ecosystem had to quickly pivot and accelerate digital transformation to keep operations up and running, serve their consumers in a fast-changing environment, and support the needs of their employees and communities.

 

The challenges posed by consumers and society at large require leaders to go beyond operations, productivity and efficiency improvements. The most successful companies will be those able to leverage their investments in Advanced Manufacturing not only to optimize operating models, but also to unlock new business models that create and deliver new value to all stakeholders, including the companies themselves, workers, society and the environment.

ERWIN MATUSOC
Technology Champion, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Since joining CME in 2013, after more than 20 years in the manufacturing engineering field, Erwin has supported more than 100 companies through Lean Consortia, Kaizen events, Lean assessments, training, coaching, mentoring and strategic planning and execution. He is a Certified Quality Improvement Associate through the American Society for Quality as well as a Certified Lean Master Blackbelt.

SCHEDULE

TBD...

LOCATION

RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

DATE & TIME

March 21, 2023

COST

$425 - CME Members
$525 - Non Members
PLUS, save an extra 10% when you regiser 4 or more!

Members & Non-members SAVE $100 UNTIL FEBRUARY 7, 2023

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:
  
Chelsea Perrault
Member Relations Coordinator, CME
Chelsea.Perrault@cme-mec.ca

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations received in writing to jennifer.ioannou@cme-mec.ca by March 7, 2023 will be refunded 100 per cent of the registration fee. Cancellations received after March 7 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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