Categories for Workshops and Seminars

1st Annual Professional Managers Symposium

March 14, 2016

The University of Manitoba and the Canadian Institute of Management are pleased to invite you to our 1st Annual Professional Managers Symposium, a one-day professional development event to be held on April 29th, 2016 at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg. This inaugural symposium is an opportunity for professional managers, CIM students and graduates, as well as current and emerging leaders to

  • explore proven leadership practices;
  • discuss leadership models that create a shared vision, build successful teams and inspire organizational change; and
  • gain better understanding of their personal leadership style.

You will convene with experts and colleagues to examine innovative approaches to leadership and reflect on the role of the manager as a leader. This forum will serve as an opportunity for networking and for increasing the awareness of management as a profession.

An exciting line-up of speakers coming from a wide range of backgrounds – including Winnipeg Free Press Business Reporter Martin Cash; the former national coach of the Irish and the Canadian field hockey team, Gene Muller; as well as accomplished leadership consultants Stephen DeGroot and Dianne McCoy – will discuss their transformative process of Manager to Leader, and reveal to you how this can positively impact your workplace and professional career.

Join our keynote speaker, Michael Kerr, Hall of Fame international business speaker and author of The Humor Advantage on April 29th for an inspiring and transformative learning opportunity.

Your invite from Michael Kerr

To learn more about the event and registration, go to:

Click here to view the Schedule of the Day.

Manitoba Executive Summit 2015

September 15, 2015


Coming to Winnipeg is one of this year’s best opportunities for business and personal growth. The Manitoba Executive Summit 2015.


Who: Manitoba executives, business professionals, entrepreneurs and inspiring individuals.


What: 1 day, 24 sessions,700+ professionals coming together to grow you business. Featuring: Keynote Speaker: former Dragons’ Den Dragon Bruce Croxon.


Where: RBC Convention Center, Winnipeg Manitoba.


When: September 24, 2015


Why: Bringing together Manitoba’s finest business minds to: network, learn and grow their businesses.


For more details about the event, sponsorship or ticket purchases please visit the event website link here:


CIM members get a 25% off discount! To receive your discount, enter promotion code: CIM25.

The Art of Leadership Conference – Vancouver

September 4, 2015

The Art of Leadership Conference – Vancouver

Join Canadian Institute of Management at Canada’s leading leadership event – September 14th, 2015.

The Art of Leadership conference brings world-renowned leaders and bestselling authors for a full day of cutting edge thinking and real world experience on today’s most critical leadership strategies.

Connect with over 1,200 of Vancouver’s most influential professionals and gain insights from:

  • Chris Hadfield– Astronaut & First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2013)
  • Captain Phillips– New York Times Bestselling Author of A Captain’s Duty & Real Life Inspiration for the Movie Captain Phillips
  • Marshall Goldsmith– New York Times Bestselling Author & World-Renowned Leadership Expert
  • Gretchen Rubin– #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Happiness Project, Happier at Home & Better Than Before
  • Liane Davey – New York Times Bestselling Author of You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done


Take advantage of our preferred member rate, use promo-code “CIM\27” and save up to $100 when registering!

Click here to view Event Brochure

Click here to REGISTER

When: Sept 14th, 2015 8:30AM – 5:00PM


Vancouver Convention Centre
East Building – Ballroom ABC
999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3C1

Careers in Motion Presents: Engaging Managers and the New Employee Engagement

March 25, 2015


Networking … Key to Career Advancement Seminar

September 16, 2013

We have all heard that networking is the key to professional success – it is one of the most powerful competencies that you can use to advance your career. So why is it that many of us dread the very word and are fearful about what to do at the next networking event?

Networking is key to career advancement. It is a planned and ongoing effort.

Networking - Key to Career Advancement, presented by Eddie Calisto-Tavares, sponsored by CIM Winnipeg Branch and University of Manitoba Extended Education

Join Eddie Calisto-Tavares on Monday, November 18, 2013 to

  • Learn what networking really is and how to effectively use yourself as a resource;
  • Learn how to craft your message to appeal to a broad audience and achieve your goals; and
  • Have some fun practicing your approach with a “Speed Networking” activity, which will push the introverts out of their comfort zone and “temper” the extrovert from interrupting.
    • Extroverts talk too much? Introverts don’t like talking? See how each of these personalities perceives the world, seeks power, and communicates.

With a thoughtful approach, a little preparation and the willingness to share information, you can learn to use networking to give you an edge to career advancement.

It is essential that you establish and build relationships with people who can tip you off to job openings, perhaps even introduce you to the person who is doing the hiring. There is some truth in, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

Learn and practice how to build your network by:

  1. Defining your purpose
  2. Setting goals
  3. Crafting your message
  4. Expanding your network
  5. Managing yourself as a resource

Any way you look at it, other people are your greatest resource. Unlock the door to your full potential in relationship building. Eddie will share tips from her “tool kit” on how to get the success you want by tapping into the people you know.

Join us for an energizing and interactive session with Eddie
and learn how networking will give you an edge to advancing your career.

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | Monday, November 18 | Norwood Hotel
Appetizers and Cash Bar 6:30 pm         Workshop 7:00 pm

Presented by Canadian Institute of Management, Winnipeg Branch and
sponsored by University of Manitoba Extended Education

Networking - Key to Career Advancement, sponsored by University of Manitoba Extended Education

This presentation is provided at no charge to CIM Members and
University of Manitoba Extended Education students, staff, instructors and 1 guest

Tickets are available for those not affiliated with CIM or U of M Extended Education at $49

Seats are limited

Register by November 11, 2013

Pre-Register before midnight, Monday, November 4, 2013
to be entered into a draw for an executive briefcase

Click here to Register Now

Meet Eddie Calisto-Tavares

Eddie Calisto-Tavares, CIM, President & Principal Consultant, Options for Success Inc.

Eddie Calisto-Tavares, CIM, is dynamic in spirit, driven by performance and passionate for excellence in all facets of life. Eddie’s experience, practical business know-how, education, and two decades as an entrepreneur and senior manager have greatly enriched the communities in which she works. As a consultant, coach, facilitator, and speaker her “tool kit” consists of Human Resource Solutions, Communication across the Generations, Networking and Relationship Management, Service Excellence, Team and Leadership Development, Culture Intelligence, Innovative Practices in Project Management, and, Career and Transition Services.

In June 2009, Eddie was honoured by CIM with a Professional Recognition for Innovation & Management Excellence (PRIME) Award as President of Options for Success Inc. The PRIME Award recognized her for outstanding performance, leadership, and inspiration for immigrants, women and small business owners to enable them to discover and achieve excellence in their lives.

Amongst her many accomplishments, she is a recipient of the Diversity and Cultural Awareness Award from the Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba in 2010. She is a founding member and Past President of Woman Business Owners of Manitoba. Eddie was a finalist in the 2008 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, the 2003 Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and in the top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards in 2012. In 2010, On Manitoba Alumni Magazine featured her story of knowing firsthand the barriers to success new immigrants to Canada face, in her role as a Leader and Successful Immigrant.

Eddie is known as a vibrant and passionate individual who believes that passion moves all people towards greatness.

For more information, contact us at or 204.474.8653

A Synopsis of “Creating Addictive Content with Social Media”

March 13, 2013

Careers In Motion Social Media

by Gilles Abraham, CIM,  Manager, Administration & Materiel Management,
Prairie Region, Canada Border Services Agency

Our February Careers in Motion event was co-sponsored with our partner, UofM Continuing Education. CIM Winnipeg Branch and UofM Continuing Education have enjoyed a fruitful partnership spanning many years and it was evidenced by their support of this event.

Deborah Daigle CIM, PMgr

Celebrating a New Professional Manager

CIM Winnipeg Branch was pleased to present Deb Daigle with her Professional Manager Designation certificate.

Deb has served on the Winnipeg Branch board and is currently serving on the National Board.

Congrats Deb Daigle, CIM, PMgr
… on your significant achievement.




The evening progressed with our featured speaker, Ron Cantiveros and his presentation “Creating Addictive Content with Social Media”. Ron is a Social Media Marketing Strategist who enjoys sharing his tactics to successfully create addictive content with social media. His focus is on achieving real results through these important communication tools.


What We Learned

Ron shared impressive statistics and strategies for generating interest for our businesses, organizations and volunteer organizations.

The world of social media is unique in that the information provided is more about providing value with new and fresh content that is of interest to your client base versus selling. Social media typically replaces brochures and standard ads.

Social media has an estimated 16.1 million users in Canada alone. Of the top 20 countries, Canada ranks number 8 for Twitter accounts.

As a common platform that can be used and understood globally, Ron uses social media for both personal and business communication around the world.

Ron shared with us his five key elements to creating successful addictive content:

Ron Cantiveros - Creating Addictive Content with Social Media1.  Creating instant rapport

  • Branding
  • First impressions
  • Getting people to like you

2.  Creating relevance

  • All about content
  • Graphics to reach clients
  • Creating a strong content strategy
  • Taking advantage of current events, ie., Telus and the Ikea Monkey Darwin ad

3.  Instant gratification

  • All about style vs. substance
  • Content has to be developed in small “devourable” formats that can be quickly shared

4.  Share-ability

  • Move from emails for mass sharing to single click instant share solutions
  • Take advantage of easy on-line tools and websites to generate share-ability
  • Build yourself a tribe of raving fans

5.  Calls to action

  • Not necessarily about sales, it’s about gaining followers
  • Tease readers with more content
  • Keeping your followers engaged throughout


Ron provided useful resources that will assist us in our own social media adventure:

  • Free e-books on using social media for business are available at
  • A social media dashboard tool to help you manage all your social media networks is available at
  • Short articles on maximizing the use of social media are published daily at

Q & A

Q. Are businesses getting away from their web pages and moving to social media?

A. They should work in tandem. Social media should be used to draw users to your website. It is good to note that social media is being used more and more to communicate and connect with clients. For example, Shaw now accepts technical and customer support requests through Twitter.

Q. Which social media platform would you invest in?

A. Determine which platform your client base uses. You should also consider how much you want to control feedback or client commentary. The evolution of technology will dictate how people and businesses communicate with each other, so stay flexible.

Q. Do you recommend separate Linked In pages, one for business and one for personal?

A. You can generate as many pages as you want based on your goals and needs. Consider your strategies and decide what works best for you.


In Conclusion …

This Careers in Motion event was an evening well spent. I had an opportunity to network with CIM members as well as other guests. I took away some good information regarding social media, as well as some nice shwag from our UofM continuing education partners.

~ Gilles Abraham, CIM, Manager, Administration & Materiel Management,
Prairie Region, Canada Border Services Agency



A Synopsis of “The Magic of Coaching within Leadership”

February 21, 2013

by Dennie Cormack, BA, CIM
Registrar’s Office, Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology

On the early Saturday morning of November 3rd, along with 62 colleagues, I attended “The Magic of Coaching within Leadership – discovering potential and achieving extraordinary results” presented by Marc Desrosiers, MBA, ABC, P.Mgr. This seminar was sponsored by the Winnipeg Branch of CIM as part of Careers in Motion at the Norwood Hotel in Winnipeg.


Many people think of coaching as something that has to be an official arrangement between a manager and an employee. But in reality anyone can be a coach and often the relationship is not something official but rather something that evolves. Coaching is a positive relationship that benefits more than just the coachee – it also benefits the coach. This seminar covered who is a coach, how successful coaching is compared to other forms of learning, and discusses the positive coaching relationship and the GROW model of Coaching.

What We LearnedMagic of Coaching participants enjoy Marc Desrosiers' humour

“People don’t need to be managed, they need to be unleashed.”  ~ Richard Florida

“Leadership is not magnetic personality…It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’…Leadership – like Coaching – is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal expectations.”  ~ Peter F. Drucker

Why is coaching popular?

Coaching is transformational – it causes positive personal development and growth through compassionate leadership, thinking outside the box, encouragement of innovation/ creativity, excitement through accomplishments, sharing a vision, walking the walk together, trust and a personal confidential and professional relationship.

Magic of Coaching participantsWhat is the Magic of Coaching?

Coaching is the most effective form of professional development when measured by impact on the coachee’s success: 90% of knowledge in the short term and 90% of application of knowledge in the long term.

Coaching is traditionally short-term in duration and task oriented, while mentoring is more of a long-term commitment. Often a coaching relationship morphs into a confidential professional mentoring relationship.

Who are the great coaches in your life?

A coach can be virtually anyone in the coachee’s life. Examples that seminar participants came up with included co-workers, supervisors, managers, fathers and mothers, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, and even sons and daughters. A coach is someone who supports, explains, demonstrates, instructs, and directs the coachee through encouragement and asking questions; and is centered on the coachee’s growth, goals and development.

Coach's Gifts To YouA coach’s gifts to you are:

  • Incremental improvement – new skills, practices, doing things better
  • Re-shaping patterns of thinking – revising frames of reference, how one sees the world and  assumptions about the way things work
  • Transformation – a fundamental shift in how one sees oneself

Three pillars form the solid base of coaching, those of: inspiration, encouragement and challenging a coachee. A coach:

  • Inspires you to set high and realistic goals, finds out what motivates you, demonstrates a positive attitude, and helps the coachee develop a vision and clear mission for success.
  • Encourages you to never let good work or effort go unnoticed, checks in with you regularly to provide feedback, and act as a role model.
  • Challenges you to focus on ability, encourage lifelong learning and never allows poor work to go unnoticed.

Building on these three pillars, the coach emphasizes reinforcement to encourage positive behaviour and create a sense of bond and self-worth about the activities that the coachee is doing right. Finally the coach emphasizes stretching, which reflects a wish for improvement in an area that the coachee has some mastery or a desire to take mastered skills to the next level or apply a new way of doing things.

The GROW Coaching Model

Goals: agree on topic/objectives and set long-term aim if appropriate

Reality: invite self-assessment, avoid assumptions, what is current situation and discard irrelevant history

Options: cover all options; invite suggestions from coachee, offer suggestions carefully, ensure choice is made

Will: commit to action, identify possible obstacles, make steps specific and define timing, and agree to support

What are the Key Coaching Skills?

–  Promoting Positive OutcomesImagine Your Potential
–  Providing Feedback
–  Active Questioning and Listening
–  Building Trust and Rapport
–  Creating the Right Environment

 What are the Key Benefits of Coaching?

–  Increased Motivation
–  Clarity and Direction
–  Increased Productivity
–  Ownership and Responsibility
–  Positive Outcomes

Marc Desrosiers


Finally, we all need to remember:

“Don’t look back, as you’re not going that way!”  ~ Marc Desrosiers


About Marc

Marc Desrosiers, MBA, ABC, P.Mgr is a popular lecturer at the University of Manitoba, instructing courses within the Certificate in Management (CIM) and the Certificate in Human Resource Management (HRM) programs. Additionally, Marc has instructed courses in Business at Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology, courses in Leadership; Supervising and Coaching at the Winnipeg Police Service Training Academy; and has presented a number of workshops and conferences both locally and abroad.


Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Magic of Coaching within Leadership seminar was very well attended with 63 participants, who all thoroughly enjoyed this interactive (‘Exercise!’) seminar, presented by Marc Desrosiers, MBA, ABC, P.Mgr. For those participants who have previously attended Marc’s sessions, they were, as always, delighted to be there; and for those participants who have not experienced one of Marc’s sessions, now they know what they have been missing!

Marc packed a lot of information into a mere 3½ hours and maintained a high level of involvement from everyone. If ever you have a chance to attend a seminar or course from Marc Desrosiers, I would recommend you sign up early. You don’t want to miss it!

~ Dennie Cormack, BA, CIM
Registrar’s Office, Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology

 Magic of Coaching Presentation, by Marc Desrosiers

CIM Winnipeg Branch Presents: Magic of Coaching Workshop

October 9, 2012

Magic of Coaching Flyer

The Magic of Coaching within Leadership

discovering potential and achieving extraordinary results

with Marc Desrosiers, MBA, ABC, P.Mgr

Are you witnessing an appalling lack of leadership to evoke the full and willing commitmentof employees to apply their energies to achieve top performance?

Do you subscribe to the view that a strong and vibrant workplace is where you – as a manager / supervisor / leader – could and should engage both the hearts and minds of individuals and teams to use all of their talents to contribute to high performance results?

As leaders or leaders-in-the-making, we do have the power to engage others, to set and achieve goals, to act authentically, to dream of the impact we want to make, and to follow through on that dream.

and now … Marc Desrosiers will introduce you to that dream and to the often forgotten art and magic of coaching!

Coaching . . . Supports you as a manager/supervisor/leader at all levels by introducing fresh ways of listening, thinking, learning and leading in today’s world.

Helps you and your ‘coach-ee’ to attain a higher level of success in both your personal and professional lives; discovering full potential and achieving a synergy of extraordinary results.

Marc Desrosiers is a popular sessional lecturer at the University of Manitoba, instructing Certificate in Management (CIM), as well as Human Resource Management (HRM) courses. He has instructed at the
Red River College of Applied Arts and Sciences (Business) and at the Winnipeg Police Service Training Academy (Leadership, Coaching, Supervising, Communicating); and has presented at numerous workshops and conferences locally and abroad.

In his award-winning work in Philanthropy, Alumni Relations and Institutional Advancement, Marc has garnered both local and national recognition. His Marketing and Communications expertise has been recognized with a plethora of awards from the international natural gas industry. He has held senior leadership and Management positions in the Federal Government, the private sector, the not-for-profit arena, and at four post-secondary educational institutions in Manitoba.

Marc was born and raised in Winnipeg (St. Boniface) and received his BA (Hons) from the University of Manitoba; MBA in Communications, Toronto; ABC accreditation through the International Association of Business Communicators; UMC Certificate in University Management from the Centre for Higher Education, Research and Development; and a post-graduate IEM Certificate in Institutional Educational Management from Harvard University. In 2009, he received his PMgr designation from the Canadian Institute of Management.

Join us for a highly informative and interactive half-day workshop with Marc, to explore topical and practical leadership coaching techniques.

7:30 am to Noon | Saturday, November 3 | Norwood Hotel
Continental Breakfast: 7:30 am – 8:30 am     Workshop: 8:30 am (sharp) – noon

Sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Management, Winnipeg Branch
Cost: CIM Members and UofM CIM /HRM Students: complimentary;
Non-Members: $195

Seats are limited

Pre-Register by October 27, 2012
Pre-Register before midnight, Saturday, October 13th at or 204.474.8653 to be entered into a draw for an executive briefcase