Upcoming Events



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.

This year, we’re putting the spotlight on technology:

Step into a world where innovation meets practicality. Join us for an event that brings to life the stories of manufacturers who have changed their industries with technology. Experience the Exhibitor Roadshow, where service providers demonstrate how they’ve helped integrate these technologies seamlessly. It’s a unique blend of inspiration and real-world application, perfect for those eager to learn from the tech leaders and the teams that support them.

Connect, discover, and be inspired by the future of tech in action.



Featuring two tech industry titans:

Gerry Price, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Price

Marc Saltzman, Author and Tech Expert

Presentations & Exhibitor Roadshow:

Attendees will have an immersive, interactive experience. First, hear engaging presentations from industry experts, thought leaders, and practitioners of operational excellence.  Next, connect with service providers who offer solutions to enhance manufacturing processes. These sessions will showcase real-world examples of technology adoption, best practices, and success stories. From automation to IoT, attendees can explore a wide range of technologies that can drive efficiency and competitiveness.


Gerry Price, Ph.D., P.Eng., FCAE
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Price Industries


Born and raised in Winnipeg, Gerry holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. In 1977, Gerry joined E.H. Price Limited (now Price Industries Limited) and became President in 1986.  He laid the foundation for Price’s expansion into the US market, and over the course of his career has launched many new product lines, factory expansions and new business units in Canada, the US, Australia & New Zealand.  Gerry Price is now Chairman and CEO of the Price Group of Companies.


The Price Group comprises 10 companies with over $1.2 billion in sales, a 10%+ compounded growth rate since 1985.  Price operates 26 factories, 7 in Canada, 11 in the US and 8 across Australia and New Zealand, totaling 2.8 million sq. ft.  Manufactured products range from HVAC mechanical products to transit windows, aluminum extrusions and other industrial products. Each Price business is a market leader in its category as a result of operating in the “Price Way” – a focus on extreme customer service, operating in a principled way, and investing in new technologies to better serve their customers.  The company’s workforce numbers approximately 4,500, with approximately 1,400 in Winnipeg, MB.


Gerry will deliver an inspiring keynote sharing his company’s journey in technology investment and advancement and vision for future success in the manufacturing industry.

Marc Saltzman
Tech Expert and Author


Marc Saltzman is a prolific tech expert driven by a singular mission: translating complex geek speak into everyday street speak! With over 9 years of experience as a freelance journalist, his work graces the pages of more than 20 publications, including USA TODAY, Postmedia, Reader’s Digest, Costco Connection, and Zoomer. As a distinguished author with 17 books under his belt, including the eagerly anticipated “Apple Vision Pro For Dummies,” Marc is a sought-after voice in the tech world. Aside from writing, he also extends his expertise to television, radio, and podcasts.


Marc’s knowledge spans a wide spectrum of tech realms, from consumer electronics and retail trends to interactive entertainment, automotive innovations, business tech, and beyond, all while keeping an eye on the future. He will wow us with his insights on cutting-edge technology trends, workplace innovation, and strategies for staying competitive in the manufacturing sector.


Marc will also be our emcee for the day; so be ready for a total tech experience!

PRESENTATIONS & Exhibitor Roadshow

Industry presentations, and the Exhibitor Roadshow service providers with whom you can partner, will supercharge your learning and provide actionable solutions and tools to ignite your tech journey.


Topics of focus will be geared around the nine key technologies that make up the foundation of Industry 4.0 while diving into the dollars and cents for Manitoba manufacturers.


Additive Manufacturing
Augmented Reality
Industrial Internet
ERP/MRP Systems
Simulation and Modelling
Big Data, Analytics & Machine Learning
Robotics / Automation
Cloud / Fog Computing


Full schedule coming soon.


8:00 Registration / Networking
8:30 Opening
8:40 KEYNOTE – Gerry Price, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Price
Networking & Break & Exhibits
Lunch & Networking
Networking & Break & Exhibits
3:00 KEYNOTE – Marc Saltzman, Author and Tech Expert
4:00 Closing & Prizes & Networking Reception
*Schedule and sessions are subject to change.


Cancellations received in writing to jennifer.ioannou@cme-mec.ca by May 21, 2024 will be refunded 100 per cent of the registration fee. Cancellations received after May 21 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.


Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre


June 4, 2024
8am - 5pm


CME Members: Early bird pricing - $375
Non Members: Early bird pricing - $475
* Early bird pricing in effect until April 30th


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.


Please contact:
Richard Harzing
Marketing Coordinator, CME



PLATINUM | $5,000
• Premium logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Logo recognition on day-of signage
• Premium logo recognition and full-page advertisement in printed conference program
• Access to attendee list (company only) 48 hours in advance
• Podium introduction opportunity
• Exhibit booth (10X10)
• Four all access delegate registration badges


GOLD | $3,500
• Logo recognition in all advertising and marketing collateral, including website
• Logo recognition on day-of signage
• Half-page advertisement in printed conference program.
• Exhibit booth (10X10)
• Two all access delegate registration badges


SILVER | $1,500
• Logo recognition in printed conference program.
• Logo recognition on day-of-signage.
• 1 all access delegate registration badge.


• Exhibit booth (10X10)

Platinum Sponsors