CME's van Rosmalen announces retirement - Koslowsky assumes reins of Manitoba office

    WINNIPEG, March 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Tony van Rosmalen, Vice President,
Manitoba Division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, today announced his
retirement effective March 31 after almost six years with the organization.
Ron Koslowsky has been appointed as the Vice President effective April 1.
    Appointed in July 2001, Mr. van Rosmalen, a professional agrologist,
possesses an extensive background in international trade, sales, marketing and
commercial finance.
    "During his time at CME, Tony has made a major contribution to the
Manitoba business community by strengthening both the manufacturing and
international trade sectors and elevating the profile of CME," says CME
President and CEO, Perrin Beatty. "I congratulate Tony on an illustrious
career and I thank him for his dedication and the excellent job he did for our
organization. We wish him well in his retirement."
    Mr. van Rosmalen's efforts have had a positive impact upon Manitoba's
largest business sector. Tony led the development and introduction of
Manufacturing Week in 2001; was instrumental in the creation of the Manitoba
CME Excellence Award in 2002 and in the Manitoba Export Award in 2003.
    Mr. van Rosmalen played a significant role in the creation of five
Manitoba LEAN consortia and, under his direction, the first LEAN Certificate
Program in Canada was developed.
    Under his able leadership, CME Manitoba launched the tri-partnership
Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (AMI) in 2005, followed by the first
Canadian provincial Manufacturing Hall of Fame the year after.
    Mr. Beatty announced that Ron Koslowsky, the current Human Resource
Champion of the Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (AMI) in CME's Manitoba
division, will succeed Mr. van Rosmalen.
    Ron Koslowsky holds the professional designation of Certified Human
Resource Professional (CHRP) and an honors diploma in Business Administration.
With over 25 years experience in senior positions, he is well-prepared for
this leadership role representing and supporting Manitoba's manufacturers and
    "Ron is a natural choice for this position as he understands our
organization and the issues facing Manitoba's manufacturing and exporting
communities," Beatty adds. "He is a welcome addition to CME's senior
management team."
    Ron joined CME in 1986 and since then has held numerous positions on the
board of directors, including a term as board chair in Manitoba and several
terms on the national board.
    He is currently involved in leading the AMI in Manitoba, which works to
improve the level of productivity in the manufacturing sector. His role
includes human resource development supporting productivity and promoting the
value and career opportunities of manufacturing.

    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters is Canada's leading trade and industry
association and the nation's leading business network. CME is dedicated to
promoting competitiveness and continuous improvement in Canadian manufacturing
and exporting. Its members account for 75 per cent of Canada's industrial
output and 90 per cent of its exports. Manufacturing accounts for 17 per cent
of the GDP and over 2 million jobs in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Tony Van Rosmalen, (204) 949-1454

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