QNET Excellence Conference

June 5, 2014

MAY 28 2014 QNET4


On May 28th the QNET Excellence Conference “Cultivating Corporate Culture” was held at Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre with over 300 participants. CIM Winnipeg Branch participated in this conference as a Silver sponsor and hosted a tradeshow booth and was co-located next to the University of Manitoba Extended Education. We had many participants come by the booth and express interest in CIM.

The keynote address and luncheon plenary session was presented by Ron McMillan, who is a recognized expert in leadership, influence, and workplace communication. He is the author of four New York Times bestselling books: Crucial Conversations, Influencer, Change Anything and Crucial Confrontations.

The conference had four streams of Leadership & Management, Quality & Effectiveness, Tools & Techniques and Workplace Wellness with twelve breakout sessions in total.

Big Daddy Tazz closed out the conference with his special brand of humour.

QNet Excellence Conference

April 30, 2014

QNet Excellence Conference - May 28, 2014

Canadian Institute of Management, Winnipeg Branch, is pleased to be a Silver Sponsor of the QNET Excellence Conference, held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, Winnipeg, MB.

Explore various ways organizations are “Cultivating Corporate Culture” through:

  • Leadership & Management
  • Quality & Effectiveness
  • Workplace Wellness
  • Tools & Techniques

Opening Keynote & Luncheon Plenary Speaker: Ron McMillan

Recognized as an expert in leadership, influence, and workplace communication, Ron McMillan’s internationally published research led to the development of four New York Times bestselling books: Crucial Conversations, Influencer, Change Anything and Crucial Confrontations. More than one million people and 300 of the Fortune 500 companies have changed human behaviour with the help of Ron’s award-winning training solutions. Ron is a, dynamic keynote speaker with an engaging style that is a sought-after mix of entertainment, practicality, humour and research.


Closing Keynote: Big Daddy Tazz

After 30 years of denying he had the mental illnesses that were controlling his life, Tazz realized that being manic-depressive, attention deficit, and having mild dyslexia could either destroy or enhance his life… it was his choice. Today, audiences are happy to join him on his rapid cycle ride down the never-ending road to recovery. Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business,” Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and on television for more than twenty years. Big Daddy Tazz will make you laugh til you cry then laugh again… it’s the bi-polar way.

Download 2014 QNET Excellence Conference Breakout Sessions and Registration Information

Register at www.qnet.ca or phone 204.949.4999

CIM Winter 2014 After Term Refresher

March 20, 2014

The CIM Winnipeg Branch Board of Directors
would like to invite all CIM Students to join us at our

CIM Winnipeg
2014 After Term Refresher

Saturday, April 12, 2014
10:30 am – 2:00 pm
at the
Tavern United
1824 Pembina Highway

CIM Students, let’s celebrate the end of the Winter 2014 Term!


Enjoy a complimentary lunch
(includes your beverage)
and network with CIM Winnipeg Branch
Board of Directors
and other students from all levels of the
CIM Program

There will also be an assortment of giveaway draws for all those in attendance


Come on out, enjoy lunch on us and network with your peers and the Board!

To register, please visit: http://cimwinter2014atr.eventbrite.ca

Download Poster


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 – ldobie6@mymts.net).

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 cim.winnipeg@mts.net 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

Notice: Special Members’ Meeting

December 7, 2013

of a Special Members’ Meeting

to be held on
Monday, January 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm
at the
Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion Street, Winnipeg MB

A Special Branch Meeting is being held to make changes to the Winnipeg Branch Constitution so fully audited financial statements can be presented at all future annual general meetings.

To save costs, past Winnipeg Boards submitted “duly balanced Annual Financial Statement” which did not fully meet the Branch Constitution requirement to “submit an Annual Financial Statement, duly audited”. At the 2013 Winnipeg Branch Annual General Meeting the Winnipeg Board of Directors committed to the membership that going forward the requirements of the constitution would be met and audited Financial Statements would be presented at future annual general meetings.

The Canadian Institute of Management’s fiscal year end is May 31st as dictated by our National Organization. To allow the time required to develop audited financial reports the board needs to change the date of AGM of “held in May of each year”. The Non-for-Profit Act requires financial reports to be presented to its membership within six months of the organization’s fiscal year end or in our case on or before November 30th of each year.

Changing the AGM date directly affects two article sub-sections in the branch’s constitution. Two Motions will be presented and voted on at the Special Meeting to allow future boards the time needed to present audited Financial State.

Summary of Motions:

Motion #: 2014-S01

Article VI Sec.7 – Change the requirement date of “held in May” to “held within five months of the end of the fiscal year”.

Motion #: 2014-S02

Article VIII Sec.7 – Change the date newly elected officers assume duties of “on June 1st or earlier” to “November 30th or earlier”.

Motions 2014-S01 and 2014-S02 can be accessed by clicking the links below:

Motion #: 2014-S01

Motion #: 2014-S02

Members planning on attending the meeting must register by December 20th through the link provided below to ensure seating for all attendees.

Members who are unable to attend can also accept/reject the motions through the link provided below. Votes must be submitted no later than January 3, 2014.

Please click here to register to attend the meeting, or to submit your votes online.

Questions and comments can be directed to the Winnipeg Branch at 204.474.8653 or cim.winnipeg@mts.net.