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A New Partnership in Saskatchewan Manufacturing Safety

Published by CME Staff on March 16, 2014

On behalf of Tom Kishchuk (President & CEO, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada, Ltd.), Chair of the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council — an initiative of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) — and Bill Glanville (Human Resources Lead, Bourgault Industries Ltd.), President of the Safety Association of Saskatchewan Manufacturers (SASM), we are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership between CME and SASM, which paves the way for enhanced supports and added value for our respective members. Safety, after all, is everyone's business.

While the nature of this agreement will evolve in the coming months, it initially establishes a framework of cooperation and collaboration in three distinct areas:

Training Within Industry

Training Within Industry (TWI) is a dynamic program of hands-on learning and practice, teaching essential skills for supervisors, team leaders, and anyone who directs the work of others. TWI is an essential element of LEAN and continuous improvement programs around the world, including the Toyota Production System.

Its proven methods: Generate cooperation and positive employee relations; teaches how to quickly, correctly and conscientiously train employees to establish and maintain standardized work; improve methods; solve problems efficiently and effectively; and, create a safer work environment.

Under this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), CME and SASM will now offer joint TWI training in Saskatchewan. Keep your eyes peeled for details on two upcoming information sessions that are currently in the planning stage, but tentatively slated for May 7 in Saskatoon and May 8 in Regina (so save the dates); in the meantime, however, please click here to learn more.

Saskatchewan Manufacturing Safety Advisory Committee

This partnership calls for the launch of a joint Safety Advisory Committee that will work to ensure the necessary policies, programs and services are in place to create best-in-class safety management systems and safety outcomes amongst Saskatchewan manufacturers.

This important action group will also serve as CME's and SASM's primary advocacy body on safety-related issues to the provincial and federal governments on behalf of Saskatchewan's manufacturing community.

We are currently looking for 4-5 industry representatives from SASM's membership and 4-5 industry representatives from CME's membership to become a part of this initiative. If you are passionate about workplace safety and are interested in contributing, please e-mail

Reciprocal Discounts

Through this agreement, CME and SASM recognize the value of reciprocal membership.

If you are currently a SASM member, but not a member of CME / the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council, you are now eligible to receive a one-time $500 discount on your first-year CME membership fees. Contact for more information.

Conversely, if you are currently a CME member, but not a member of SASM, you are now eligible to receive a one-time $500 discount on your first-year SASM membership fees. Contact for details.

For more information

For more information, please don't hesitate to contact either of us at any time:

Derek Lothian
Executive Director, Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Phone: (306) 713-3765

Ken Ricketts
Executive Director
Safety Association of Saskatchewan Manufacturers
Phone: (306) 525-3180

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