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CME forms strategic alliance with SME

Ottawa, ON -- An alliance has been formed between Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the Society of Manuf...


July 10, 2007
By MRO Magazine

Ottawa, ON — An alliance has been formed between Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in a move that is aimed at strengthening the competitiveness, knowledge and innovation capabilities of Canadian manufacturers

The two organizations will combine efforts in membership development, event planning, professional and workforce activities and programs.

CME supports manufacturing companies in developing long-term visions for Canadian manufacturing, while helping them address challenges in a rapidly growing global market. As an individual member-based professional society, SME works with companies and individuals to strengthen manufacturing workforce competency through educational resources, training, certification, and professional networking.

Together, the organizations will collaborate on joint membership packages, industry events, workforce development initiatives, and creating awareness with the public that manufacturing is a critical part of the economy and a rewarding career choice.


F. Brian Holmes, CMfgE, SME President, is enthusiastic about this alliance. I am very excited about the Memorandum of Understanding between SME and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. It will enable both associations to work together to enhance the capabilities of the Canadian manufacturing workforce. I look forward to the opportunities the alliance brings, because both organizations are looking for the same result: a stronger manufacturing sector through technology and education of the current and future workforce.

Canadas manufacturers face unprecedented challenges resulting from the high dollar, growing competition from low-wage countries, skills shortages, and a border that continues to get more sticky, costly and thick, says outgoing CME president and CEO Perrin Beatty. Manufacturing is a vital part of our countrys economy, and it is essential that our manufacturers be armed with the tools they need to compete successfully in world markets. Our new partnership will supply some of those tools and help to strengthen Canadas industrial base.

Mark C. Tomlinson, CEM, CMfgT, Executive Director & General Manager of SME said that, Despite the negative press, manufacturing is still a vital part of the North American economy. Addressing workforce development needs and technology transfer are key to the success and viability of manufacturing. The CME-SME collaboration will play a critical role in bringing resources to manufacturers.

The alliance with CME is part of SMEs larger initiative to bring manufacturing education and workforce development resources deeper into Canada, supporting the underserved manufacturing communities throughout the nation. To support this initiative, SME acquired seven manufacturing trade shows (by buying Reed Exhibitions Canada) in Canada.