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Women in Manufacturing Success Forum

Published by Marie Morden

March 08, 2018

To celebrate International Women Day 2018, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is hosting Canada’s first Women in Manufacturing Success Forum

March 8, 2018 | 8:00 am – 1:30 pm | University Club, 380 University Ave | Toronto, ON 



Event Overview 

The Women in Manufacturing Success Forum is a national platform for women working in manufacturing to speak up and create change they want to see in the industry. It is a unique opportunity for business leaders to get inspired by the stories of women and identify ways they can set the pace in creating workplaces that are more diverse and inclusive. 

The Women in Manufacturing Success Forum is a celebration of the success of women in manufacturing and is the first event to encourage mentorship, community-building and experience-sharing amongst female peers.

Attracting and retaining more women in the workforce is the key to a stronger manufacturing workforce.  Be part of the change.

Featured Speakers

 Rhonda Barnet, President & COO, Steelworks Design and Chair of CME’s National Board of Directors

Opening Remarks: Ms. Barnet shares her experience working in the manufacturing sector and how she broke the glass ceiling to become the first women chair of CME’s National Board

Tessa Myers, Vice President, North America Sales, Services and Solutions, Rockwell Automation and Chair of CME’s Women in Manufacturing Working Group

State of Women in Manufacturing: Ms. Myers gives an overview of what it means to be a woman working in the manufacturing sector in 2018, talks about the challenges and opportunities highlighted in CME’s Women in Manufacturing action plan and how she will lead the working group to overcome the roadblocks.

Discussion Sessions

Inclusion in the Workplace: What are the concerns of women working in the manufacturing sector? What are the best practices? Business leaders share what employers need to know to create a work environment that is welcoming and inclusive.

Work-life Balance: What are creative ways for employers to improve work-life balance for their employees? What are the best accommodations for both women and men who have unavoidable family obligations.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Welcome Remarks

8:40 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Diversity in the Workplace

9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. State of Women in Manufacturing

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Discussion Topic 1: Inclusion in the Workplace

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Discussion Topic 2: Work-life Balance

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. STEM Success Story

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Government Address

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Closing Remarks and Luncheon


CME has reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Radisson Suite Hotel, Toronto Airport (640 Dixon Road, Etobicoke, ON) at the discounted rate of $139/night. To reserve your hotel room, please visit and use reference code CME18. Please note a shuttle to and from the University Club will be provided for anyone staying at the Radisson, if this is of interest please reserve a seat on the shuttle when registering for the Forum.



Looking to support the Women in Manufacturing Initiative? Contact Marie Morden for sponsorship opportunities. 

Additional Information

Location: University Club, 380 University Ave, Toronto, ON
Time: March 8, 2018 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

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