CME New Chair of National Board of Directors – Rhonda Barnet
On Thursday, October 20, 2016, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) announced that Rhonda Barnet, VP Finance at Steelworks Design Inc., would become the new chair of their national board of directors, effective immediately. As she assumes the role, Rhonda also sets a milestone for the organization as the first ever female Chair.
Rhonda Barnet has sat on the CME’s board of directors since 2013 and brings a proven passion for promoting Canadian manufacturing, along with her 25+ years of industry experience in finance, federal policy, national and international business development, to the role. She has held a number of progressive management and advocacy roles in the manufacturing industry and was invited to accompany the Prime Minister to the Netherlands and China on Canadian led Trade Missions to identify opportunities for Canadian manufacturers.
She plans to prioritize the growth of CME’s membership and, given that more than 85 per cent of members are small and medium-sized enterprises, Rhonda will focus on working with SME’s, youth and start-up companies along with women in manufacturing.