Canadian Manufacturing

CME appoints Rhonda Barnet as new chairman of the board

Barnet, who brings more than 25 years of industry experience, is the first women chairman in the 140-year history of the organization.


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OTTAWA—Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has named Rhonda Barnet the new chair of its board of directors.

Barnet, who brings more than 25 years of industry experience, is the first women chairman in the 140-year history of the organization. Her term is set to last two years.

Barnet has served as a director on CME’s board since 2013 and has held progressive management and advocacy roles in the manufacturing industry; currently she is the VP of Finance at Steelworks Design Inc.

“I am honoured to be selected as CME’s new chair of the board of directors and its first female in this role. I look forward to continuing to be fully engaged in the important work CME does on behalf of its members to advance, improve and grow Canada’s manufacturing sector,” she said. “CME has a strong depth of knowledge to on its board and a dedicated membership base providing the ideal platform for all of us to collaborate and strengthen the entire organization.”

Ms. Barnet’s experience in finance, federal policy, national and international business development are strong assets that have been recognized by the Federal Government, when Ms. Barnet was invited to accompany the Prime Minister to the Netherlands and China on Canadian led Trade Missions to identify opportunities for Canadian manufacturers.

“Rhonda is a recognized voice and influencer in Canadian manufacturing, she is a passionate advocate of CME’s work and a respected resource who can provide thoughtful insight into manufacturing for policymakers across Canada,” said Mathew Wilson, CME senior vice president. “We are fortunate to have someone of Rhonda’s calibre leading our board of directors as we reinvent manufacturing and exporting in Canada.”


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