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Dennis Darby to serve as CME president/CEO


January 17, 2017
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Jan. 17, 2017 – Industry and trade association Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is welcoming Dennis Darby as its new president and CEO, effective January 30, 2017.

Darby joins CME from his role as CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists Association (OPA) where he had a “proven track record of strengthening the association and growing membership through the development of programs and services that support member success, and advocating public policy improvements for association members,” according to CME, adding that he also brings “extensive experience” in manufacturing through a 24-year career with Procter & Gamble.

“Manufacturing remains the cornerstone of the Canadian economy, representing almost one-third of all economic activity. It has been and must continue to be the pillar of innovation, of wealth creation and of prosperity for Canada,” said Darby. “As detailed in our Industrie 2030 strategy, for manufacturing to succeed, it must evolve continuously. We need to inspire entrepreneurs, investors, inventors and companies to competitively create and manufacture products people will use, not just in Canada, but around the world. We will work together with governments to support our vision and the central role that manufacturing continues to play in Canada.”

He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and Management from McMaster University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. He achieved the Institute of Corporate Directors Designation from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, in 2011.

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“We are extremely pleased that Dennis will be taking over the leadership of CME,” said Rhonda Barnet, chair, National Board, CME. “He joins the association at a critical time for Canadian manufacturing as the sector is undergoing rapid change and transition. To be globally competitive, to serve changing customer expectations, and to grow and be profitable, our sector must continue to invest in its people, processes and products.”

Established in 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is a member-driven association that represents more than 2,500 companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada’s exports.