Profile – Bob Beitz

January 17, 2014

Board of Directors Profile

Bob Beitz, C.I.M., Director, CIM Winnipeg Branch (2012-14)

Bob Beitz, CIM WinnipegBob Beitz has been associated with the CIM Winnipeg Branch Board for 10 years. Presently he is working on updating both the branch and national constitutions.

Bob is mechanically inclined and in his senior high years took industrial electrical with the focus of becoming a licensed electrician. In 1974 Bob was hired into a railway apprenticeship and by 1980 had acquired an interprovincial electrical license (now called Red Seal) as well as a contractor license. At this time Bob was very adamant he would never go into management as he could not see himself sitting behind a desk.

Life has a habit of changing ones outlook and goals. Bob realized he enjoyed the challenges of planning as well as doing the electrical requirements of major projects and building and maintenance repairs. As a result Bob moved into management as a maintenance supervisor. At the suggestion of one of his managers, Bob joined the CIM Program.

The CIM Designation helped Bob survive a number of downsizing and restructuring phases. In the first reorganization Bob was moved from the maintenance environment into the world of manufacturing. The man who could never envision sitting behind a desk relished the daily challenges of a manufacturing operation. Bob held a number of manufacturing positions including floor supervisor, planner, engineering requirements and shop manager.

The CIM courses gave Bob the building blocks to understand the needs of both maintenance and manufacturing. The program allowed him to understand employees’ differences and the ins and outs of disciplines and rewards. CIM also gave Bob the knowledge to defend inventory on hand – to times of manufacture – to customer requirements; as well as justifications for returns on investment.

In 2009, 35 years to the day from his first day as an apprentice, Bob finished his last day of working for railroad industries. In his retirement Bob is enjoying his passions of traveling and home renovations.

Profile – Louise Doberstein

January 13, 2014

Board of Directors Profile

Louise Doberstein, C.I.M.
Vice President Membership, CIM Winnipeg Branch (2010-14)

Louise Doberstein, CIM Winnipeg

Louise Doberstein is an enthusiastic, energetic and highly motivated entrepreneur. Fluent in both English and French gives Louise an upper hand in many areas. Highly skilled in working in communications with diverse clientele gives Louise a competitive edge. She is a strong leader and has a proven ability to strategically manage various stages of planning; establishing priorities; delegating tasks and following through to ensure success. She is a self-starter with excellent analytical, organizational, and creative skills. She has worked alongside her husband in a ground-up lawn care business, established in 1998 (Dobie’s Lawn Care – 204-757-2944 –

Working all aspects and areas of her business and working full time at MTS Allstream while completing her CIM designation displays how motivated she is. Achieving her designation has been a value in Louise’s career at MTS Allstream. Her strong work ethic, personal drive for success and genuine grassroots personality, with the support of the four year management and administration program through the Canadian Institute of Management, continues to evolve.

The University of Manitoba – Continuing Education Canadian Institute of Management’s graduating class of 2010 elected Louise as their valedictorian, which attests to Louise’s tenacity and positive “can-do” attitude. Since graduating, Louise has demonstrated growth in many areas including self-confidence within the professional industry. She is reliable, dependable and a hardworking professional with a practical hands-on approach, who always perseveres to achieve the best results.

Louise is well known for her passion and ability to meet and exceed personal goals/targets, a knack for connecting with decision makers and the ability to transfer the secrets of sales and account management to others, displaying excellent presentation, negotiation, closing, and follow through skills.

Upon joining the Winnipeg CIM Branch Board of Directors, Louise’s passion for CIM has increased her quest to re-engage past members and increase awareness of the CIM brand.

Message from the President

January 7, 2014

CIM Winnipeg Branch Membership & Colleagues

Thomas Ritter, President CIM WinnipegI am extremely excited and honored to begin my new role in the position of Board President of the CIM Winnipeg Branch. I was a board member from 2005 through 2009 as the Director, Professional Manager Services. I rejoined the Board in 2011 as Vice President of Advanced Designation Development and became the President Elect in the fall of 2013. I have been fortunate to have worked with some excellent board members throughout the past few years, which has provided me with a solid understanding about how the Canadian Institute of Management operates – both locally and Nationally.

The team effort of our board members has been instrumental in enabling the CIM Winnipeg Branch to move forward on the path that has been set by our past Presidents. It is my objective to continue along this path of ‘forward thinking’ and continue building our branch to be a strong a vibrant membership. I am also happy to announce that we will re-establish our board to have four vice-presidents.

Our goals and objectives remain clear.

  • Provide value to our members through the Careers in Motion series and other activities.
  • Support the students through activities around their studies.
  • Improve communications to our membership.
  • Strive to improve the value of your membership through professional development activities.
  • Grow our membership by working closely with the University of Manitoba, Extended Education, Continuing Education.

A close colleague of mine said to me quite recently, “I don’t want to hear, ‘What does CIM mean?’ – I want to hear, ‘I’ve heard great things about the Institute’.”

I take those words to heart. The Board of Directors will continue our efforts to hear these words from members and non-members.

In closing, I want to say that the Board of Directors is in place to serve you, the membership. We want your input. Anyone wishing to contribute their thoughts, ideas and volunteer their services are most welcome to approach us! Our door is open!

If you would like to volunteer some time to our worthwhile organization, we have a number of events that we are planning and will need your help with! Please contact Sarah, our Branch Administrator at with your thoughts and ideas and for volunteer opportunities.


Thomas Ritter, C.I.M., P. Mgr.
President, CIM Winnipeg Branch

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