OVERVIEW

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) peer councils bring executives and seniors managers together to exchange information, ideas, and insights. Members meet regularly in facilitated peer groups of 8 to 10 individuals from non-competing companies. The peer group model ensures high level of commitment and accountability which in turns offers valuable solution-seeking discussions.

The Councils are most effective when the members themselves drive the agenda. So meetings are highly interactive, and participants are expected to share their experiences on various topics relevant to their roles. The confidential nature of the discussions allows members to seek frank advice related to the ongoing operations and growth of their businesses. These real time business issues discussions challenge the expertise of the participants and provide excellent learning opportunities.

The councils are coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has C-suite or senior level executive experience that is directly relevant to the Council. Groups also gain access to CME resources and trusted third party subject matter experts.

Key benefits for Council participants include:

  • Broadening your perspective and developing your critical thinking, communication and leadership skills;
  • Increasing your knowledge and getting high level advice not available in your own organization:
  • Building new networks and business relationships; and
  • Enjoying the freedom and flexibility of shared experiential learning without pausing your career.

PEER COUNCILS ARE OFFERED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

MANUFACTURERS’ EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (MEC)

Manufacturers’ Executive Council (MEC) is an exclusive group of owners and senior executives from non-competing CME member companies who meet six times a year to gain strategic insights, share ideas, and learn from each other’s experiences. MEC is a peer-mentoring forum where executives can exchange confidential business information related to the ongoing operations and growth of their businesses. Meetings are highly interactive, and participants are expected to share their experiences on various topics to help the group resolve their strategic and operational business challenges. Groups also gain access to CME resources and trusted third party subject matter experts. Discussions are strictly confidential.

WHY MANUFACTURERS' EXECUTIVE COUNCIL?

MEC participation allows senior manufacturing leaders to:

Align yourself with other manufacturing leaders who can help to sharpen your leadership and management skills, and coach your peers in the same way;

  • Challenge your management expertise through real-time business issue discussion, within your own organization and those of your peers;
  • Broaden your perspective and develop your critical thinking, communication and leadership skills
  • Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of shared experiential learning without pausing your career; and
  • Increase your skills and mindset to lead, while building new networks and business relationships

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

Participating in a MEC is only available to CME members who are Owners, Presidents, CEOs and General Managers of manufacturers, distributors and exporters.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Participants are matched in groups with peer executives of other leading non-competing companies

  • Benefit from peer support and learning, as well as from CME resources.

  • The council is coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has C-suite or senior level executive experience

  • Meetings are held six (6) times per year either hosted by a participating member company or in a venue of the facilitator’s choice in different regions across Ontario. (Remote access is available for participants unable to join in-person.)

  • Minimum number of registrations to create a MEC is twelve (12) with a maximum of twenty-four (24)

DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Market growth

  • Best practices sharing

  • Facility location and expansion

  • Sales and marketing

  • Human resource issues

  • “It’s lonely at the top”

  • Succession planning

  • Executive teamwork

  • Leadership skills development

  • Performance incentives

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Accessing government grants and funding

MANUFACTURERS’ OPERATIONS COUNCIL (MOC)

Manufacturers’ Operations Council (MOC) is an exclusive group of senior operations professionals from non-competing CME member companies.

MOC executive peer council provides a forum for the confidential exchange of information on a wide range of current operational issues. Meetings are highly interactive and participants are expected to share their experiences on various topics to help the group resolve their operations challenges. Groups also gain access to CME resources and trusted third party subject matter experts.

Discussions are confidential.

WHY MANUFACTURERS' OPERATIONS COUNCIL?

  • Networking

  • Shared intelligence

  • Benefit from peer support and learning

  • Access to CME resources

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

Common participants in a MOC include VPs of Manufacturing, Director of Operations, Managers of Operations, Plant Managers, Production Supervisors, and Manufacturing Leaders.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Participants are matched with peer executives of other leading non-competing companies

  • Benefit from peer support and learning, as well as from CME resources

  • The council is coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has C-suite or senior-level executive experience

  • Each month, a morning meeting is held at one of the participants’ facilities

DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Operations best-practices

  • Production process optimization

  • Improving productivity through Lean thinking

  • Managing and eliminating the Eight Wastes in a company

  • Process Mapping and Value Stream Mapping to add value

  • Understanding customer value and engagement of employees

  • Developing meaningful KPI measures to manage operations

  • ERP implementation

  • Standard Operating Procedures, work instructions and worker training

  • Supplier selection and management

  • Procurement

  • Logistics

EXPORTERS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (EEC)

Export Executive Councils (EECs) are exclusive groups of executives responsible for sales, business development and trade. With a facilitator, EEC meets regularly to share ideas, learn from each other and help find solutions. The EEC uses confidential peer-mentoring to draw on the strengths of like-minded top talent in a non-competitive environment. EEC helps members stay a step ahead.

Discussions are confidential.

WHY EXPORTERS EXECUTIVE COUNCIL?

EECs allow participants to harness the power of their network with an exclusive focus on export and business development issues. EEC gives participants access to:

  • An exclusive network of top-talent peers

  • Shared business intelligence

  • The power of the network, plus exclusive access to trade resource, insights, solutions and support

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

  • Business owners, CEOs and general managers

  • Participation exclusively from non-competing CME manufacturer member companies

  • Leaders with a willingness to openly share information about their organization, their own professional development and learn from one another

    Document: Export Executive Council PDF

*Participation in an EEC is an opportunity exclusive to CME members in good standing!

To find out more information or to join, contact a CME representative today.

SALES, MARKETING AND EXPORTING COUNCIL (SMEC)

A Sales, Marketing and Exporting Council (SMEC) is an exclusive group of senior representatives from non-competing CME member companies interested in expanding sales into markets outside of their province.

A SMEC is a forum for the confidential exchange of information on a wide range of business development issues for local and international markets. Meetings are highly interactive and participants are expected to share their experiences on various topics to help the group resolve their challenges. Groups also gain access to CME resources and trusted third party subject matter experts.

Discussions are confidential.

WHY SALES, MARKETING AND EXPORTING COUNCIL?

  • Networking

  • Shared intelligence

  • Benefit from peer support and learning

  • Access to CME resources

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

Common participants in a SMEC include Vice-Presidents, Directors and Senior Managers of Marketing, Sales and/or Business Development, and International Business Development

HOW IT WORKS

  • Participants are matched with peer executives of other leading non-competing companies

  • Benefit from peer support and learning, as well as from CME resources

  • The council is coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has senior level sales and marketing executive experience

  • Each month, a morning meeting is held at one of the participants’ facilities

DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Business development best-practices

  • Market opportunity research

  • Lead identification

  • Customer relationship management

  • Business to Business and member to member supplier opportunities

  • Working with distributors and agents

  • Market growth

  • International opportunities

  • Tips for foreign market entry

  • Troubleshooting

MANUFACTURERS’ HUMAN RESOURCE COUNCIL (MHRC)

Manufacturers’ Human Resource Council (MHRC) is an exclusive group of senior representatives and professionals from non-competing CME member companies responsible for labour, employment and human resource matters within their company.

MHRC is a forum for the confidential exchange of information on a wide range of current human resource management issues in both a union and non-union environment. Meetings are highly interactive and participants are expected to share their experiences on various topics to help the group resolve their challenges. Groups also gain access to CME resources and trusted third party subject matter experts.

Discussions are confidential.

WHY MANUFACTURERS' HUMAN RESOURCE COUNCIL?

  • Networking

  • Shared intelligence

  • Benefit from peer support and learning

  • Access to CME resources

WHO CAN BENEFIT

Common participants in a MHRC include Vice-Presidents, Directors and Senior Managers of Human Resources.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Participants are matched with peer executives of other leading non-competing companies

  • Benefit from peer support and learning, as well as from CME resources

  • The council is coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has senior level executive experience

  • Each month, a morning meeting is held at one of the participants’ facilities.

  • MHRC meetings qualify as HRMA continuing education credits

DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Human resource management

    best-practices

  • Improving employee relations

  • Enhancing employee engagement

  • Recruitment and retention best-practices

  • Increased understanding of labour

    policy and employment standard

    legal requirements

  • Training and skills development

  • Compensation models and

    controlling benefit costs

  • Performance management and incentive

  • Workers’ compensation

  • Bullying and harassment policies

  • Mental health

  • Illness & Due Diligence

SUPPLY CHAIN COUNCIL (SCC)

A Supply Chain Council (SCC) is an exclusive group of senior professionals from non-competing Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) member companies.

A SCC executive peer council provides a forum for the confidential exchange of information on a wide range of current supply chain issues. Meetings are highly interactive and participants are expected to share their experiences on various topics to help the group resolve their operations challenges. Groups also gain access to CME resources and trusted third party subject matter experts.

Discussions are confidential.

WHY MANUFACTURERS' SUPPLY CHAIN COUNCIL?

  • Networking

  • Shared intelligence

  • Benefit from peer support and learning

  • Access to CME resources

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

Common participants in a SCC include Supply Chain Leaders, Directors of Logistics, Material Managers, Purchasing Managers, Demand Managers, Directors of Planning, and Inventory Specialists.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Participants are matched with peer executives of other leading non-competing companies

  • Benefit from peer support and learning, as well as from CME resources

  • The council is coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has senior level executive experience

  • Each month, a morning meeting is held at one of the participants’ facilities

DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Supply Chain best practices

  • CRM and SRM process optimization

  • Improving flow through Lean thinking & SC Optimization

  • Process Mapping and Value Stream Mapping to add value

  • Understanding customer value and engagement of employees

  • Developing meaningful KPI measures and best practice metrics

  • ERP implementation including SC bolt on tools i.e. (forecasting, network optimization)

  • Supply and Demand Management with Inventory tuning

  • Training and Certification pathways, value added industry associations.

  • Supplier selection and management including international strategies

  • Strategic Sourcing

  • Channel and Distribution Strategies

  • Logistics and 3PL enablement

  • Reverse Supply Chains

MANUFACTURERS’ SAFETY COUNCIL (MSC)

The Manufacturers’ Safety Council (MSC) is an exclusive group of occupational health and safety professionals from CME member companies.

A MSC peer council provides a forum for the confidential exchange of information on a wide range of current health and safety issues. Meetings are highly interactive and participants are expected to share their experiences on various topics to help the group resolve their health and safety challenges. Groups also gain access to CME resources and trusted third party subject matter experts.

Discussions are confidential.

WHY MANUFACTURERS' SAFETY COUNCIL?

  • Networking

  • Shared intelligence

  • Benefit from peer support and learning

  • Access to CME resources

WHO CAN BENEFIT?

Common participants in a MSC include Safety Managers, Safety Coordinators, Occupational Health and Safety professionals, and Continual Improvement Supervisors

HOW IT WORKS

  • Participants are matched with peer executives of other leading companies

  • Benefit from peer support and learning, as well as from CME resources

  • The council is coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has senior-level experience in occupational health and safety

  • Each month, a morning meeting is held at one of the participants’ facilities

DISCUSSION TOPICS

  • Participants are matched with peer executives of other leading companies

  • Benefit from peer support and learning, as well as from CME resources

  • The council is coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has senior-level experience in occupational health and safety

  • Each month, a morning meeting is held at one of the participants’ facilities

  • Discussions are confidential

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