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We Are Changing Our Name!

November 5, 2015

We are changing our name!

As part of the Annual General Meeting on October 5th, the membership ratified a name change to better reflect the growth of CIM in Manitoba.

The Canadian Institute of Management – Winnipeg Branch is now the Canadian Institute of Management – Manitoba Chapter!

Our geographic area of responsibility for CIM is for the province of Manitoba, so the name change will better reflect this as we develop strategic partnerships with the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba and Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, as well as enhance our marketing to the business community throughout Manitoba.

We should all be proud of Manitoba as the largest chapter in the Canadian Institute of Management and continue to work hard at growing the CIM brand in Manitoba.

In the near future we will be making some changes to our website and contact information. Stay tuned…

Thank you,

Dennie Cormack BA, C.I.M.

Vice-President of Marketing and Communications

CIM Winnipeg AGM and Membership Appreciation Evening

September 15, 2015


Please join us for our Annual General Meeting being held at an exciting new location this year – Inn at the Forks!

When: Monday, October 5, 2015
5:30 pm: Appetizers and Cocktails (cash bar)
6:30 pm: Annual General Meeting
Membership Appreciation to follow at 7:45 pm

Where: Inn at the Forks
75 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg MB

Deadline to register is Friday, September 25, 2015.

Notice of Name Change:

In 1990, the Corporation’s Articles were amended to establish the name “Canadian Institute of Management – Winnipeg Branch Inc.”.

Due to recent changes to the Canada Not-for-Profit Act, including changes to the Bylaws of CIM National, it is requested that “Branches” refer to themselves as “Chapters”.

Membership of the Winnipeg Branch has broadened in recent years through distant education and now includes many members who live outside of the city of Winnipeg.

The Directors of the Corporation are recommending that we change our name from “Canadian Institute of Management – Winnipeg Branch Inc.” to “Canadian Institute of Management Manitoba Chapter Inc.”

The resolution is to be voted on at the AGM on the 5th of October 2015. The Board of Directors feels that this change from Winnipeg to Manitoba better reflects our geography and membership.

1. the Articles be amended to change the name of the Corporation to Canadian Institute of Management Manitoba Chapter Inc.; and
2. any one director or officer of the Corporation is hereby authorized and directed to do all things and execute all documents as may be necessary to give effect to this resolution.

Directors Needed!

The CIM Winnipeg Board of Directors is looking to fill available vacancies for the 2015/16 term. If you are interested in joining, please submit your resume and bio to, Attn: Nomination Committee.


CIM Winnipeg Branch 2015 Membership Appreciation Evening

Following our Annual General Meeting, we will be holding our Membership Appreciation Evening. Please join us to recognize our long-term members as well as acknowledge this year’s P.R.I.M.E. and P.R.A.I.S.E. award recipients and much more! To register for this event and the AGM, please click the link below.




Unable to Attend?

If you are unable to attend the AGM but wish to participate in the meeting by proxy please click here go to the CIM website to download the proxy forms for the event.

Profile – Dennie Cormack

February 12, 2014

Board of Directors Profile

Dennie Cormack, BA, C.I.M., TCP (EVC)
Director of Communications, CIM Winnipeg Branch (2012-14)
VP, Marketing and Communications, CIM Winnipeg Branch (2014-15)

Dennie Cormack, CIM WinnipegDennie Cormack is the Student Records and Systems Support Officer in the Registrar’s Office at Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology, with 18 years’ experience working in post-secondary education.

A highly motivated member of the Registrar’s Team, Dennie leads the Degree Audit Team, and Catalogue Governance. In addition to the Registrar’s Management Team he works closely with Academic Chairs, Continuing Education, Regional Campuses, the Controller’s Office and Support Services.

As a trainer, he instructs Support Staff, Instructors, Coordinators, Program Managers, Chairs and Deans in the use of College software including Colleague (enterprise resource planning), Catalogue Maintenance (curriculum), and RRC Reporting.

He strongly believes in cross-training, teamwork, staff development and empowering team members to take the initiative. Throughout his career Dennie has believed in 360 degree leadership. Each person can have influence and take on a leadership role whether it is leading employees, leading laterally with colleagues from other departments or leading upwards with senior managers.

Dennie received his Certified in Management designation in June 2012 and joined the CIM Winnipeg Board of Directors in October 2012 as the Director of Communications.

Dennie is a life-long learner and strongly believes that knowledge is a continuous process. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Manitoba and from Red River College a Diploma in Business Administration as well as Certificates in Career/Employment Counseling, Human Resource Management and Industrial Supervision.

He has also received his Tourism Certified Professional (Event Coordinator) designation from the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) in 2007.

Professional Associations:

  • Western Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (WARUCC)
  • Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC)
  • Ellucian Users Group

Volunteer work:

  • Canadian Institute of Management Board of Directors (Winnipeg Branch)
  • St. James-Assiniboia Community Health Advisory Council for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Personal Interests:
Dennie enjoys travelling, golfing, hiking, biking, reading, and watching a variety of cinema. His interests include strategic enrolment management, Canadian military topics, economics, politics, history, management and leadership.

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

Thomas Ritters’ Profile

CIM Winnipeg Branch
commemorates 50 Years in 2014/2015!

Watch for email blasts and blog postings
about upcoming activities as the planned events unfold!

Important CIM Winnipeg Branch Announcement

December 27, 2013

Message to CIM Winnipeg Membership

It comes with sadness that I announce that Clayton McPherson has tendered his resignation as president of the CIM Winnipeg Branch.

Clayton brought his unique perspective to the board. His experience obtained from the successful start up and operation of his own new business (Kitpak Fulfillment) has been invaluable to the board.

He introduced new concepts to fulfil our members’ experiences and saw it through to grow the Careers In Motion series.

He always had the membership’s best interest at heart, always striving to provide true bang for their buck.

During Clayton’s time on the board, these same core values have led to Kitpak’s tremendous growth, and as a result, he is no longer able to continue his work with the CIM Winnipeg Branch Board of Directors.
Special Thanks to Clayton McPherson
The Winnipeg Branch of the Canadian Institute of Management thanks Clayton for his dedicated leadership and service to the board and the membership and we wish him well as his business continues to grow.


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


Happy Holidays from CIM Winnipeg

December 19, 2013

Seasons Greetings from CIM Winnipeg Board of Directors

Profile – Thomas W. Ritter

November 29, 2013

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)

Thomas Ritter, CIM Winnipeg

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.

Personal Tidbits

Work and career. When I have spare time, I spend it golfing, hunting, and fishing.

Favorite Author(s):
Anyone who sends me an email, BBM or text message.

Favorite TV Show:
Winnipeg Jets

Favorite Place:
In my inner circle, it is known as “The Lodge”

The C.I.M. Professional Manager’s Designation

November 11, 2013

by Thomas Ritter, CET, C.I.M., P.Mgr.

Thomas Ritter, CIM WinnipegWhen 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):

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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,
  5. A person with ten years’ experience in an established Canadian organization in a management position of individual responsibility
  6. 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:

  • Productivity
  • Marketing
  • Product modification
  • Finance control
  • Human resources
  • Research development
  • Administration


  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Applies knowledge and skill to maintain high ideals of professional integrity and the advancement of human welfare.
  3. Promotes the competence of, and the public regard for, the management profession by respecting the reputation of the Institute and other Professional Managers.
  4. Supports an open climate for innovation and free exchange of ideas, and encourages colleagues to give their best.
  5. Promotes the principle of recognition for those whose performance makes a worthwhile contribution.
  6. Neither condones nor engages in misrepresentation, unlawful practices nor brings discredit to the Institute.
  7. Fosters educational requirements in order to further the training, knowledge and proficiency of existing and potential management.
  8. Upholds the principal of fair and impartial judgment.
  9. Consciously avoids prejudice in dealings with all persons.
  10. 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. (

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,

  1. Download the Application Form (PDF Format) or (Word Format) and print it;
  2. 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: [1] 705-725-8926; Toll free: [1] 800-387-5774; Fax: [1] 705-725-8196

Please allow 60 days for Canadian applications to be reviewed.

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