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50th Anniversary Gala

October 12, 2014

Address by John Bulman, one of the nine founders of CIM in Manitoba


Wasn’t that a Party!

On October 4th, the Winnipeg Branch held a truly memorable 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg.

The evening began with a Cocktail Reception where C.I.M members and their guests had the opportunity to renew friendships and make new friends. During the reception we had a table as well as a slideshow of highlighting some of our Winnipeg branch history.

We had a great turnout with 185 enjoying a fabulous evening. Special guests included: Dr. Matthew Jelavic and Mrs. Myvonny Jelavic, Betty Smith, Robert Beitz, Deb Daigle, Nicole Hamilton, Garry Kalawarny, Doug Komadowski, Cindy Erdosi, Valerie Squires, Phyllis Reid-Jarvis, Janine Drennan-Alsip, Sharon Bukowski, Lynne Gibbings, Vincent Hykawy, Susan Rusk and Alan Thorlakson.

Piper Kyle Campbell lead the Winnipeg Branch Board of Directors and our special guests into the Gala dinner. The evening was Emceed by Gord Leclerc, CTV Winnipeg News Anchor

A number of presentations were made…

The Professional Manager Designation recipients for 2013 – 2014 were:

Gilles Abraham, Nick Bevilacqua, D.Timothy Brown, Darrin Desmedt, Garry Kalawarny, Steven Lupky, and Paul Senecal.


The following awards were presented:

P.R.A.I.S.E. Award

The Performance Recognition for Achievement, Innovation, Service & Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have contributed to our success through their significant contributions to better our branch and our members’ CIM experience. Contributions such as this ensure that the CIM Winnipeg Branch remains the largest and most vibrant branch in Canada.

Robert Beitz, C.I.M.

Char Chastalain

Clayton McPherson, C.I.M. P.Mgr.

Dr. Lori Wallace


Martin J. Lyons P.R.I.M.E. Awards

The Performance Recognition for Innovation & Management Excellence Award recognizes the general management achievements of an organization located in Manitoba. This year two organizations are being presented this prestigious award.

Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

Accepting this award – Les Parry

MTS Allstream Inc.

Accepting this award – Ed Kostusik


George Smith Communications Award

The George Smith Communications Award is presented annually to the student who attains the highest mark in the Canadian Institute of Management’s communications class for the current year.

Bethany Phillips


Long-Term Service Pins

We would like to thank the following long-term service pin recipients for their continued dedication and commitment to the Canadian Institute of Management

10 Year Pin

David Henderson

Garry Kalawarny

Ryan Klips

Jeffrey Koroluk

Dalia Naguib

Darryl Pohl

Deborah Regier

Cheryl Summerly

Travis Wahl

Leon Wong


15 Year Pin

Dennie Diell

Kim Griffith

Jeff Henry

Dennis Holowka

Ruth Kresnyak

Margaret Makodanski

Karen Pellatt

Phil Picton

Christine Prociuk

Hugh Roche

Maria Vokey


20 Year Pin

Robert Beitz

Paul Desorcy

Jules Gareau

Charles Latschislaw

Thomas Mark

Albert Stephen Smith


25 Year Pin

Ward Keith

Deborah O’Bray


30 Year Pin

Alan Thorlakson


40 Year Pin

Terrance Clark


To round out the evening we enjoyed the comedy of Dean Jenkinson

All guests in attendance were entered into a draw for door prizes which included 35 tickets to the John Maxwell Leadership Conference, 1 stay at the Victoria Inn, and 1 pair of Jets tickets.

We would like to thank our organizing committee: Luanne Scott, Dennie Cormack, Louise Doberstein, Garry Kalawarny, and Heather Kozubski.

The Canadian Institute of Management – Winnipeg Branch would like to thank the Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre, Decorations by Rick, Petals by S & A, CSR Systems, and Jon Schroeder Photography.

A special thank you to our sponsors, Manitoba Blue Cross, Petals by S & A, University of Manitoba – Extended Education, and the Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre.

Finally we would like to Thank YOU, the business community, fellow members, friends, and family for your support over the past 50 Years.


To view the pictures from the 50th Anniversary Gala please log into the Members area.

Dennie Cormack, BA C.I.M.

Vice-President Marketing and Communications

Winnipeg Chapter

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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