Upcoming Events

Solutions to Skill Shortages


Looking for strategies to improve hiring and job retention initiatives? Follow along with CME’s  series on Solutions to Skill Shortages. This series is a dynamic event designed to address workforce talent shortages, focusing on bridging the gap between underrepresented groups and the essential insights employers need to attract and retain diverse talent in the manufacturing industry.

It aims to empower both employers and job seekers by exploring current barriers to entry and the challenges faced by underrepresented groups within the workforce.

Each presenter will have 25-30 minutes to discuss the organization they are representing. Following the presentations, the event moderator will ask the presenters questions about best practices in the industry concerning accessing underrepresented groups for employment and retention of those groups.

Sign up now for one or more of this series to learn more about what you could be doing to attract employees from all backgrounds.




11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CST




February 7, 2024 - INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

In this session of Solutions to Skill Shortages, we discuss best practices to attract Indigenous talent to your workplace. Partnering with service providers and experts in Indigenous relations and engagement, join us as we discuss strategies to effectively connect and build lasting relationships between communities and industry.



Chief Executive Officer, AMIK Inc.


Sherman has been closely involved with the Indigenous community for nearly two decades. He holds a degree in Economics & Business from the University of Manitoba and has worked at many large Canadian corporations such as RBC, The Business Development Bank of Canada, as well as private for-profit and non-profit organizations. In all his roles, Sherman has always had a connection with the Indigenous community in a variety of capacities including as a board member and consultant. 


For nearly 20 years, AMIK Inc. has established itself as a leader in professional Indigenous engagement services working in partnership with companies like Air Canada, CN Rail, the University of Manitoba, Travel Manitoba,  Red River College and many others. AMIK specializes in developing inclusive strategies that bridge the gap between Indigenous communities and industry that are mutually beneficial and culturally appropriate.


Senior Employee and Labour Relations,
Monarch Industries


In her presentation, Trisha will speak to new recruitment and retention initiatives which have assisted Monarch Industries in retaining a number of highly successful, long-term employees from Indigenous backgrounds. This will cover topics such as finding solutions to challenges created by unequal wealth distribution, generational trauma, transportation needs, plus includes examples of special supports that both Monarch and our employees have offered their colleagues when they needed it most.

Founder, Red Rebel Armour


Sean is a social-entrepreneur who created the streetwear brand Red Rebel Armour as it provided a form of expression and a source of revenue for his growing family.

Based on Rayland-Boubars’ experiences, he wanted to reduce the barriers Indigenous people face when trying to regain employment after leaving the criminal justice system.

For two years, he studied Social Innovation and Community Development at RRC Polytech and graduated with a diploma in Indigenous Social Entrepreneurship.
After graduation, he set out to combine streetwear fashion and social enterprise to elevate his community through his own personal story of healing, identity, and resilience. 

Associate Director, Indigenous for Mikwam Makwa Ikwe, the National Indigenous Hub for the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) and the Federal 50 – 30 Challenge at the University of Manitoba


Ashley is a proud Ojibway, Métis, and Filipina woman residing in Treaty 1 Territory. Her family roots are from the Richard Family from Pine Creek First Nation, the McLeod Family in Camperville, MB.


Ashley brings a relational and empathetic approach to all of the work she does and has over 12 years’ experience working with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in both the private and not for profit sectors. She completed her Masters in Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. Her background and passion lies in design thinking as well as the teachings from her grandmother, Mary Richard.