CIM Testimonial

October 30, 2013

Gail Shimonek, MA, BA, CIM, CGA (Hon)

Gail Shimonek, CIMI received the CIM designation in 1991, approximately 22 years ago and the career opportunities that have manifested since are too numerous to mention. I was working at the Red River College Winkler Campus as their Regional Manager at the time and had to drive a considerable distance to the University of Manitoba to access the CIM courses, but it truly was well worth the effort.

Since my successful completion of the CIM program, I have moved into the Chair, Applied Commerce & Management Education position at the Notre Dame Campus, Red River College and now manage one of the largest departments at the College, including multiple campuses.

CIM has been an instrumental element in my career development. It has presented a host of networking opportunities and informative seminars designed to update and improve my management capabilities. In 2012, I was honored to receive my 20-year pin as a member of CIM.

I have had a successful career at the College for 27 years and attribute my successful leadership and administrative tenure to belonging to the Canadian Institute Management and holding the CIM designation.

Profile – Clayton McPherson

October 24, 2013

Board of Directors Profile

Clayton McPherson, C.I.M., P.Mgr,
President, CIM Winnipeg Branch (2012-13)

Clayton McPherson, CIM, PMgr

Clayton McPherson is an accomplished and respected leader, with a proven ability to develop and implement lean manufacturing initiatives that result in improved efficiencies and increased profitability. He improves organizational alignment by building a culture of accountability and maximizing personal competence, which in turn has proven to generate quantifiable results.

As President of the Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian Institute of Management (the largest branch in Canada with more than 750 members), Clayton has strived to take the organization to the next level, through the implementation of unique marketing and targeted communications strategies, resulting in membership growth and a healthy increase in member participation.

When Clayton embarked upon his management career in the printing industry in 1996, he quickly realized that a strategically focused organization was critical to success. Through his roles of increasing responsibility, as Production Supervisor and Production Manager, he understood the significant impact that efficiencies in the areas of supply chain and logistics could have on an organization. Having the right people, with the right skills, in the right jobs, and doing the right things was key to develop and sustain the success of the organization.

In 2009, Clayton’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired him to launch Kitpak Fulfillment, a full-service kitting and fulfillment facility located in Winnipeg Manitoba. His motto ‘get the job done’ translated into combining the right balance of skills, knowledge and aptitude; and putting the right infrastructure, systems and resources in place to deliver value to his potential clients. Kitpak provides a warehousing and logistics solution to any manufacturing organization; and is of particular interest to the growing e-commerce industry. Kitpak is an ideal strategic partner, enabling customers to remain focused on their core business activities, while Kitpak manages the client’s warehousing and fulfillment requirements – their core business.

With a strong focus on process improvement through lean manufacturing and 5S quality management initiatives, Clayton has achieved significant cost savings through increased labour productivity; and production equipment utilizations and efficiencies.

Clayton’s strategy for continuous education ensures that he is well prepared to handle his clientele’s most demanding supply chain challenges in a cost effective and efficient manner.

Clayton McPherson can be contacted at 403.471.8251 or