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Manufacturers' Entrepreneur & Startup Council (MESC)

A Manufacturers' Entrepreneur & Startup Council (MESC) is an exclusive group of entrepreneurs, senior representatives and professionals from non-competing CME member companies responsible for key decisions as it relates to becoming a manufacturer in BC.

A MESC is a forum for the confidential exchange of information on a wide range of current topics. Meetings are highly interactive and participants are expected to share their experiences on various topics to help the group resolve their challenges. Groups also gain access to CME resources and trusted 3rd party subject matter experts.

Council Participants

Common participants in a MESC include Entrepreneurs and Senior Managers of a Manufacturing (Design and Fabrication) Startup.

Ideal participants are companies that are past the Friend & Family Stage. You may have or are looking for investors and need expertise on how to succeed in the first couple of years. You have moved from the garage and are ready to hire key staff to build your business. You want to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls of a startup and learn from mentors in the industry. You have completed your research and looking for advice on building a manufacturing plant and the planning process. CME believes in your success and will support your growth towards being globally competitive.


Identify and resolve financial, budget and strategic management challenges faced by new manufacturers and exporters.

Sample Discussion Topics

  • Business Planning - getting to your goals
  • Strategic business growth & business modelling
  • Financial reporting/budget management issues
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Compliance with financial legislation
  • Process integration
  • Productivity optimization
  • Tax planning and structuring
  • Investment attraction
  • Taking advantage of government grants and incentives
  • Supplier and vendor management
  • Customer Identification
  • Sales, Marketing and Exporting
  • Staffing and talent management
  • Staff development and training Production (How to Manufacture)

How It Works

  • Participants are matched with peer executives of other leading non-competing companies.
  • Benefit from peer support and learning, as well as from CME resources.
  • The council is coordinated and guided by a trained facilitator who has C-suite or senior level executive experience.
  • The MESC also benefits from the presence of mentors and specialized subject matter experts.
  • Each month, a morning meeting is held at one of the participants' factories or facilities.
  • Discussions are confidential.
  • For more information or to join a MESC, please contact

    Chris Van Zeist
    Membership Representative
    604 713-7800 ext. 5220
          Jennifer Tsang
    Manager, Operations
    604 713-7800 ext. 5210

    ***Participation in a MESC is an opportunity exclusive to CME members in good standing!

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