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2016 Dare to Compete [un]Conference 


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Dare to Compete is Manitoba’s premiere conference for business leaders in manufacturing. Whether you’re managing front-line challenges or navigating the complexities of the C-suite, Dare to Compete's unique program is tailored to made-in-Manitoba business.

Made in Manitoba
Now in its 14th year, Dare to Compete has established itself as the signature conference uniting the Manitoba manufacturing and exporting communities. The largest conference of its kind on the prairies, Dare to Compete is the can’t-miss event of the year. From practical solutions for operational challenges, inspirational ‘Aha’ moments, and everything in between, Dare to Compete delivers.

In 2016, CME continues to build on our position as the voice of manufacturing in Manitoba. We’re combining our in-depth understanding of the unique realities facing Manitoba business with a dynamic, interactive program to deliver a uniquely transformative learning experienceDare to Compete 2016 is guaranteed to inspire, motivate and connect.

[un]Conference attendees from manufacturing, exporting and supporting services will:

  • Hear from two engaging keynote speakers. Jeremy Bout has energized audiences with his passion for advanced manufacturing and entertainment, most recently at AME. Marc Gordon has been called Canada’s Marketing Superstar by Oprah’s OWN network! Together they’ll inspire you with their insightful, relevant presentations.
  • Participate in six breakout sessions. Learn from Manitoba success stories, share insights and practical solutions with one another. Both big and small business will benefit.
  • Join us in our three [un]Conference spark rooms, where participant-driven topics will help you develop answers to the problems you’re facing today.
  • Network and strengthen your connections to the Manitoba companies that can help you weather any challenge. Dare to Compete is also a great way to introduce aspiring leaders to a broad view of manufacturing and exporting, and connect different levels of leadership.
  • Looking for fresh perspectives or new takes on old challenges? Consider mentoring a student at this years’ [un]Conference. Students participate at a reduced rate when registration is paid for by mentor firms.



KEYNOTE Speakers

Jeremy Bout
Creator and Host of Edge Factor.

Pushing the limits! Cultivating a new perspective of the manufacturing industry
Jeremy Bout loves big ideas and the energy he brings to the Edge Factor team is the catalyst for inspiration. As the creator and host of “Edge Factor,” Jeremy leads his team in using the power of storytelling to inspire the next generation of advanced manufacturers.

As the producer and host of Edge Factor and eduFACTOR productions, Jeremy Bout is always pushing the limits of what’s possible. Merging creative expertise with digital technology, he leads the Edge Factor team in telling stories that inspire audiences. At the heart of every production is Bout’s artistic direction and big picture vision for the lasting impact that Edge Factor media holds for audiences and the next generation of advanced manufacturers.

To impact communities and cultivate a new perspective of the manufacturing industry, Edge Factor reaches into homes through multiple TV series and at events across North America. Edge Factor is focused on equipping educators with resources to inspire students to pursue manufacturing careers. Building relationships with educational leaders to identify the needs of their classrooms, Bout and the Edge Factor team launched eduFACTOR; a membership-based, online suite of story driven media and tools.

About Jeremy Bout
When he’s not behind or in front of the cameras, Bout is likely to be hosting a big stage Edge Factor Live event, reaching out to Edge Factor's partners, overseeing post production or script writing. Sometimes, on the rare days that he has time, you can still catch him throwing on his headphones and hitting up the edit suite himself. 


Marc Gordon
Marketing Expert and Speaker recently billed as Canada’s Marketing Superstar by Oprah’s OWN network.

Become a Branding Champion
Your brand is the most powerful commodity your business has. Learn what it takes to build it, strengthen it and influence it.

A strong brand means more than having a great logo. It’s your reputation, the trust your customers have in you, and their belief in what you stand for. The problem for many companies is they believe marketing is their greatest tool for building a strong brand. The reality is that marketing only reinforces people’s experience with your brand – for better or for worse.

Join us as Marc shares real-world stories covering a number of industries; each one illustrating how a company’s own actions can build or destroy their own brand. Your customers want to be a part of something special – something that makes them feel valued and appreciated. If you’re able to be that, then they will gladly buy from you and become your greatest brand ambassadors.

About Marc Gordon
Marc Gordon is marketing communications and branding expert with over 25 years of hands-on business experience and is the president of his own agency. He’s been referred to as “Canada’s Marketing Superstar” by the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Since 2003, Marc has studied, written and spoken about how companies can cultivate or ruin relationships as the result of how they communicate through marketing and customer service. Marc travels all over the world to train and educate organizations in the art of using customer service in tandem with marketing. His clients include Canada Post, The Canadian Securities Exchange, Johnson & Johnson, and presidents and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

His article series, High 5 For Business, is the number one syndicated business column in the world, appearing in over 300 trade and business publications in six countries. In addition to being listed as one of the Top 100 Marketing Experts to Follow on Twitter, Marc is also a regularly quoted expert, having been featured in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, The National Post, Rogers Media and the CBC.

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Six impactful breakout sessions are designed to inspire answers for participants. Sessions include:

  • Obstacles to business growth
    Pursuing business growth through difficult times; knowing when to take the risk.
  • Manage your natural and built environments
    From two thumbs to green thumbs; everything you need to know about sustainability and accountability.
  • Artificial intelligence – harnessing the power of machine learning
    Technology is changing at breakneck pace; how can you reduce the risk of human error?
  • Create a business that can grow without you
    Could your business grow without you? How to know when or if you’re ready expand, sell, or add in the latest technologies? A dynamic case study of business courage. 
  • The Innovation Journey: Creating a Culutre of Innovation
    Creating a work culture is important, but how and what will work for you? Check out these work culture champions. Hear their stories and learn the tricks of their trade to keep your employees rocking.


SPARK Sessions
Designed to define and sharpen your professional edge; these three spark sessions will leave attendees inspired, motivated and connected; ready to face operational challenges with a fresh perspective and brand new solutions! 

Don’t miss out! Register before January 22 to take advantage of early bird rates!

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[un]Conference Student-Colleague Mentorship

Why mentor?
According to the National Mentoring Partnership (Mentor), sponsoring a student colleague to join your team gives you a shared opportunity for learning and growth.

Benefits for you
Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentees. Mentoring can help you to:

  • Have fun
  • Achieve personal growth and learn more about yourself
  • Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity
  • Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work

Mentoring at [un]Conference can bring a new perspective to your day and allow you to see the world through fresh eyes.

Benefits for your student
Research shows that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people, personally, academically and professionally.. Ultimately, mentoring helps youth with personal growth and development; and social and economic opportunity. Yet only one in three young people will grow up with this critical support

Mentor role:
During the conference, mentors should recognize their student colleagues as valuable members of their team. Remember to respect their ideas and knowledge. Students enrolled in the program are hand-selected and are starting on a manufacturing career path. As an industry leader, you can encourage and direct your student colleague to success.

  • Treat students like a colleague
  • Engage and share observations and creative ideas
  • Listen with patience to your student colleague’s input, questions and thoughts
  • Share experiences, oth positive and negative, to help your student colleague make informed decisions about their future career

The cost for student colleague registration is $100, when paid by the mentor firm. The total fee paid by the mentor is $395 ($295 mentor registration + $100 student registration).

Click here to select your student-colleague mentorship registration. CME will assign you your student. Details will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Mentor preparation:
CME Manitoba will host a mentor prep session for companies who hire a student colleague on Monday March 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM.
You’re invited to a pre-conference reception to meet your student colleague on March 21, 2016. 

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