Board of Directors Profile
Thomas W. Ritter, CET, C.I.M., P. Mgr.,Vice President of Advanced Designation Development and President-Elect, CIM Winnipeg Branch (2012-14)
President, CIM Winnipeg Branch (2014-16)
With over 30 years of professional experience in steel fabrication, Thomas Ritter’s career began with real-world experience in welding, fitting and fabricating steel. This experience initiated his interest in civil engineering and he attended Red River College from 1979 – 1981 studying Civil Engineering Technology.
Early in his career, Thomas attained various leadership positions that provided him with the depth and breadth of experience that employers, employees and clients appreciate. When he realized that formal education in Leadership and Management would be beneficial to his career, he was inspired to enter into the CIM Program in 1991 and graduated with Honors in 1995.
Thomas advanced into senior management positions and attained his Professional Manager’s designation (P.Mgr) in 2005.
The P.Mgr. designation is most important to me as the Code of Ethics is a very big part of my personal beliefs. The designation has helped me further advance my career to where it is today.
As General Manager at Capitol Steel, Thomas focuses on business development, marketing, sales, and estimating. His responsibilities include fostering a team approach to facilitate the growth of the organization; ensuring ISO 9001-2008 Certification is sustained through continuous improvement; adherence to Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health and COR Certification; and that the company operates in accordance with the Labour Laws of Manitoba and the Human Rights Legislation of the Government of Canada.
I do not believe that I would have had the career that I have had without the CIM and the Professional Manager’s Designation. This, in itself, has inspired me to be part of the CIM Winnipeg Branch Board and give back a little bit of what the CIM has given to me. In addition, the people that I have met on the Board along the way have become business colleagues and in many cases, friends, that have the same goals, objectives and beliefs that I do.
Thomas has been active in volunteer activities, playing, refereeing, coaching and managing hockey and soccer teams.
An experienced Board member on community club and area association Boards, Thomas particularly enjoyed his roles as AA Hockey Director and President of the Transcona Minor Hockey Association.
Thomas has been an energetic member of the Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian Institute of Management’s Board of Directors. He has held various positions, including Director of Professional Manager Services from 2005 until 2009, Co-chair of the 2009 National CIM AGM held in Winnipeg; and Director since the Fall of 2011.
Work and career. When I have spare time, I spend it golfing, hunting, and fishing.
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Favorite TV Show:
In my inner circle, it is known as “The Lodge”
by Thomas Ritter, CET, C.I.M., P.Mgr.
When asked by the Winnipeg Branch Board of Directors to prepare a write up on the Professional Manager’s Designation, I quickly realized that there was a substantial amount of information on the C.I.M. National website. I have compiled the information available to provide an overview of the designation from my perspective and identify what is important to me about the designation.
The most important word for me is Professional. In most cases, anyone who is a Manager, no matter what work they do, or how much education they have, work at a high level, have people reporting to them and in most cases are responsible and accountable for their performance and outcomes.
When I tried to define the true meaning of this designation, I found it easy when I looked at the two definitions separately, which both were easily found on the Internet. I did not need to dig out my old high school Webster’s dictionary from the closet. These are the definitions I found.
A Professional is someone who has completed formal education and training in one or more professions. The term also describes the standards of education and training that prepare members of the profession with the particular knowledge and skills necessary to perform the role of that profession. In addition, most professionals are subject to strict codes of conduct enshrining rigorous ethical and moral obligations. Professional standards of practice and ethics for a particular field are typically agreed upon and maintained through widely recognized professional associations.
A Manager is the person responsible for planning and directing the work of a group of individuals, monitoring their work, and taking corrective action when necessary. For many people, this is their first step into a management career.
Managers may direct workers directly or they may direct several supervisors who direct the workers. The Manager must be familiar with the work of all the groups he/she supervises, but does not need to be the best in any or all of the areas. It is more important for the Manager to know how to manage the workers than to know how to do their work well.
A Manager may have the power to hire, promote or fire employees. In larger companies, a Manager may only recommend such action to the next level of management. The Manager has the authority to change the work assignments of team members.
A Manager’s title reflects what he/she is responsible for. An Accounting Manager supervises the Accounting function. An Operations Manager is responsible for the operations of the company. The Manager of Design Engineering supervises engineers and support staff engaged in design of a product or service. A Night Manager is responsible for the activities that take place at night. There are many management functions in business and, therefore, many titles. Regardless of title, the Manager is responsible for planning, directing, monitoring and controlling the people and their work.
The question you need to ask yourself is … “Am I a professional manager and do I want to be acknowledged as one?”
Background of the C.I.M. Professional Manager Designation
The need for a meaningful professional standard for persons managing the services and resources of our economy was recognized as early as 1942, and led to informal discussions involving business, government and academic leaders. During the late 1950’s, these discussions developed into inter-disciplinary studies, culminating in 1967 in an official report which recommended the establishment of a “Professional Manager” designation.
The Professional Manager (P.Mgr.) Designation denotes an academic and practical experience background which will permit business to look at the holders of this designation with confidence as to their management skills.
In 1972, the Professional Manager (P.Mgr.) program was finalized and on January 25, 1975, received final approval from the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Management, established under Federal Charter.
The Institute’s designation “Professional Manager” provides the identification of individuals from various specialty disciplines who meet an established criterion reflecting a high standard of professional integrity, work performance and recognition.
Certification will encourage continuing professional development and will prove an incentive to graduates with a background in other disciplines to enter the management field as a profession.
How Can I Receive a Professional Manager (P.Mgr.) Designation?
The P.Mgr. designation denotes an academic and practical Canadian experience background which will permit businesses to look at the holders of this designation with confidence as to their management skills.
The Canadian Institute of Management’s “Professional Manager” designation provides, for the first time in the management profession, the identification of individuals from various specialty disciplines who meet an established set of criteria reflecting high standards of professional integrity, work performance and recognition.
Certification will encourage professional development and will prove an incentive to graduates with a background in other disciplines to enter the management field as a profession.
The Canadian Institute of Management offers the professional designation “P.Mgr.” to managers who fulfill the following criteria (guidelines only):
- Business graduate holding an MBA, MPA, or equivalent degree and three years’ experience in an established Canadian organization in a management position of individual responsibility, or
- University graduate holding a baccalaureate degree including a business degree, supplemented by an accepted program in management and five years’ experience in an established Canadian organization in a management position of individual responsibility, or
- A Certified General Accountant (CGA) in good standing, registered with one of the Provincial CGA Associations, and five years’ experience in an established Canadian organization in a management position of individual responsibility, or
- Graduate of the Institute’s four year program holding a C.I.M. designation, or other recognized certificate, and a total of seven years’ experience (which would include the experience requirements for the C.I.M. designation), in an established Canadian organization in a management position of individual responsibility,
- A person with ten years’ experience in an established Canadian organization in a management position of individual responsibility
- Experience of individual responsibility for example, could be with a municipal, government, charitable, not for profit or Private Corporation or personal business.
The phrase “management position of individual responsibility” requires that the applicant makes significant contributions within a job function, such as:
- Product modification
- Finance control
- Human resources
- Research development
- has accountability for human, physical or fiscal resources
- develops and executes short and long range objectives
- keeps current with the developments in the field of management by study of appropriate publications and/or seminar attendance
- has above average oral and/or written communication skills
- has high standards of personal and professional conduct
The applicant is required to document reasonable evidence covering these accountabilities and practices as outlined in the application form.
The Professional Manager Review Committee may recognize Canadian management experience in lieu of academic qualifications. Under these circumstances, the committee at its discretion, may request the applicant to submit to a qualification examination.
Persons holding the P.Mgr. designation are required to maintain their membership in good standing with the Institute. A Professional Manager is also required to participate in Continuous Professional Development. Contact the National Office for further details
Benefits and Privileges of P.Mgr. Membership
- National recognized professional management organization
- Recognition of academic and professional status under federal charter
- Source of continuing management development
- Participation in social activities
- Placement services
- Seminars on timely management subjects
- Group Insurance plans
- Subscription to the “Canadian Manager”
- Participation in the Institute’s affairs
- Exchange of knowledge and experience
- Meetings, membership roster
- Employer’s Benefits
- Participation in development of future executives
- Credibility – professional accreditation of its staff
- Profitability – professional management of its resources
- Operations effectiveness – professional attitudes towards human resources
- Flexibility – professional judgment on operational factors
- Interaction with a professional management organization on governmental business policies
- Up-to-date information on trends and changes in many areas of management activity
The Professional Manager’s Code of Ethics
The Professional Manager:
- Is honest and impartial, loyal to associates, the Canadian Institute of Management, employer, client, subordinates and the public, and is respectful of the personal dignity of all.
- Applies knowledge and skill to maintain high ideals of professional integrity and the advancement of human welfare.
- Promotes the competence of, and the public regard for, the management profession by respecting the reputation of the Institute and other Professional Managers.
- Supports an open climate for innovation and free exchange of ideas, and encourages colleagues to give their best.
- Promotes the principle of recognition for those whose performance makes a worthwhile contribution.
- Neither condones nor engages in misrepresentation, unlawful practices nor brings discredit to the Institute.
- Fosters educational requirements in order to further the training, knowledge and proficiency of existing and potential management.
- Upholds the principal of fair and impartial judgment.
- Consciously avoids prejudice in dealings with all persons.
- Acknowledges that subscribing to this code imposes a shared obligation with other Professional Managers to maintain these standards.
This information is available at the C.I.M. National website. (http://www.cim.ca/prodev/pmgr)
If you are interested in applying for your designation, please follow the instructions below.
If you need assistance with your application, feel free to contact any board member or the National office for guidance.
How to Apply
To apply for the P.Mgr. Designation,
- Download the Application Form (PDF Format) or (Word Format) and print it;
- Return your completed application in duplicate, along with three (3) letters of reference and remittance of the appropriate fees to the National Office:
Canadian Institute of Management
15 Collier Street, Lower Level
Barrie, Ontario L4M 1G5
Phone:  705-725-8926; Toll free:  800-387-5774; Fax:  705-725-8196
Please allow 60 days for Canadian applications to be reviewed.
For more information, visit http://www.cim.ca/prodev/pmgr