CME partners with University of Windsor to support local manufacturers

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Published by Derek Lothian on May 30, 2013

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) – Canada's largest trade and industry association – is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Windsor's Office of Automotive and Vehicle Research (OAVR) at the Odette School of Business to strengthen the voice of manufacturers and exporters in Windsor-Essex County.

OAVR will work closely with CME's newly launched Ontario Council of Manufacturing Executives (oCME) to share best practices, intelligence and to advocate more effectively to all levels of government, ensuring the necessary policies, programs and services are in place to grow domestically and around the world.

"This strategic partnership is a critical step to strengthening the future of manufacturing at the heart of the industry in Ontario," says CME President & CEO, Jayson Myers. "OAVR will be CME's voice in the Windsor area, providing companies with tangible resources and providing us with the key input we need to react to pressing business issues."

The alliance will also establish a CME office in the region, and will provide local manufacturers with enhanced access to CME's extensive member resources, including policy and regulatory experts, networking opportunities, and up to $60,000 in savings and discounts through its Industry Benefits Program.

"We look forward to working with CME to support and raise the profile of manufacturers in Windsor-Essex County," says Allan Conway, dean of the Odette School of Business. "It will offer our students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the sector and broaden their knowledge of manufacturing and exporting in Ontario, Canada, and around the world."

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada's largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.

The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME's members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada's leading business network, CME – through various initiatives, such as the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all goods and services exports. For more information, visit

About oCME

The Ontario Council of Manufacturing Executives (oCME) is an exclusive group of senior industry leaders who come together to speak with one voice on priority issues impacting the province's small- and mid-sized manufacturers.

Its mandate is to work alongside partners in both industry and the public sector to ensure the necessary policies, programs and services are in place to grow domestically and around the world. For more information, visit

About the Odette School of Business

Undergraduate and graduate business degrees at the University of Windsor were among the first to be established in Canada and continue to break new ground. Students at Odette quickly discover that their education is not just about just taking a number of independent classes. Rather, the complete "Odette Experience" weaves course requirements into a total process focusing on participants' personal leadership development and career readiness. This requires a dynamic mosaic of interactions among faculty and their scholarship, industrial partners and leaders, and student activities and aspirations.

Named after and built in the image of Louis and Edmond Odette, the Odette School of Business is dedicated to creating 21st century leaders and is home to about 1,600 undergraduate and 450 graduate students, who are practising leadership today rather than practising to be leaders tomorrow. As such, the Odette School of Business is proud to be one of the University of Windsor's eight faculties, which house 16,000 students in total.