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History of CIM


The real beginning for the Canadian Institute of Management goes back to 1941. In that year, a Dominion Provincial War Training Plan instituted a training course in Time and Motion Study. The purpose of this course was to aid the War Effort by increasing the efficiency and raising the level of production throughout industry.


One of the lecturers was Mr. Ralph Presgrave, who, during the discussions, suggested the formation of a society or association by the graduates of the Time and Motion Study courses. As a result of this suggestion, a group under the leadership of Mr. Jack Gringorten began holding meetings and organized the "Society of Industrial Methods Engineers" in 1942.


The Society made steady progress during the war years, but in 1946 decided to broaden its field in order to draw together all phases of industrial management. The Constitution of the Society of Industrial Methods Engineers, which was originally written by Mr. Gringorten, was revised by him and adopted in 1946 by the second organization known as the Canadian Industrial Management Association. Thus, the first branch of

C.I.M.A. was formed in Toronto.


The activities of the organization (under the C.I.M.A. name) were confined for several years to the Toronto area, but as a result of mergers with chapters of the Canadian Industrial Engineering Association centres in Galt and Hamilton, the C.I.M.A. became a three-branch operation in 1949. It remained that way for a considerable period. In 1957, a group commenced operations in the Niagara District, and after that the "Association" grew steadily with the organization of Branches in other centres of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Alberta.


Over the years, changes in the organization's name and concept appeared inevitable. Evidence of this was seen in the growing use of principles of scientific management in fields other than industry. A direct result, in turn, has been a gradual rise in numbers of "non-industrial" personnel seeking enrolment for training or other activities.


The institute opened its doors wider and welcomed affiliation with managers in other major spheres such as finance, government, business and education. The Institute was now organized and planned its activities so as to be the national society and professional home for the entire managerial body in Canada.


The current name, Canadian Institute of Management, was adopted in 1970 to reflect this expanded membership. This was decided by unanimous vote of all Branch delegates assembled at the Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg in June of 1970. Interim authority was granted by the Department of

Corporate and Consumer Affairs to use this new name. In 1978, Supplementary Letters Patent were granted legally changing the name from the Canadian Industrial Management Association to the Canadian Institute of Management.


Parallel to the name change was the recognition of a need for a meaningful set of professional standards for persons managing the services and resources of our economy. As a result, in 1972 the Professional Manager (P.Mgr.) program was finalized. On January 25, 1974, it received final approval from the National Board of Directors.


The Institute's designation "Professional Manager" provides for the first time in the management profession, the identification of individuals from various specialty disciplines who met an established set of criteria reflecting high standards of professional competence. Certification fostered professional integrity, work performance and recognition. Further, it encouraged continuing professional development and would prove an incentive to university and college graduates with a background in other disciplines to enter the management field as a professional.





The former Association (C.I.M.A.) was chartered in 1956 by the Province of Ontario as an educational organization to conduct a course in Industrial Management and Administration and to grant to students who successfully complete this course the Association's "Certificate in Industrial Management" In the same year, the course was standardized and adopted by the three Branches then existing under the original charter. Similar charters were granted by the provinces of Alberta, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Manitoba. Others were applied for as required. In 1965, the designation was revised to "Certified Industrial Manager" and all graduates were so registered.


In 1973, consistent with the rise in interest in management development, the Federal Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce authorized a substantial grant to CIM with a mandate to broaden the appeal of their program. This was to meet the management development needs of as many segments of the economy as possible. In gathering data to achieve this objective, CIM has involved authoritative business consultants, leading academics and scholars, and business and professional organizations including the Ontario Education Communication Authority. The result was an imaginative new program that had national impact on management development in manufacturing, transportation, wholesaling, retailing, the service industry and public service. It has had an impact on both large and small organizations, and is continually being updated to meet the changing needs of management. The designation became "Certificate in Management."

Over 50,000 Canadian men and women have participated in the four year CIM Program, which, until 1980, had only been available by attending lectures at particular universities and colleges across Canada.


In 1978, it was decided to develop an independent study programme based on the CIM course material so that managers who are not close to a current course centre would be able to work towards the C.I.M. designation. Through the co-operation of the University of Toronto, this became a reality in the summer of 1980.


The certificate course is now being offered at twenty centres across Canada. The course content has been developed by the Education Advisory Committee of the Institute's National Council. Material presented during the course has been selected to fill the requirements of many Canadian businesses.


In 1993 the Chartered Manager (F.CIM) diploma/designation was introduced to recognize those who have achieved academic accomplishments in management beyond the CIM program, and requires the successful completion of twelve additional courses, or other recognized educational achievements.


The C.I.M. (Hons.) designation program was launched in 1998, and encourages and recognizes the continued learning of members. This designation requires four approved courses beyond the C.I.M. program.


In 1996, the Institute began the process of moving away from a core program to an equivalency program. Course outlines have been approved at colleges and universities across the country, and by the end of the 1998/99 education year, the in-class program will be available entirely through equivalencies.


Conference & Convention


In June 1967, a National Convention was organized, as a Centennial project. It was such a success that it has now become an annual event, at the close of the Institute's year. Branches compete for the choice of location.





Most Branches publish their own periodicals or newsletters to provide economical local communication. One of these, formerly issued by Toronto Branch, was taken over on a national basis late in 1965. Formerly called "The Industrial Manager," it is now "The Canadian Manager," a magazine-type journal, and is distributed to all members. The magazine originally replaced a newsletter known as "News and Notes from National Office."


All articles in The Canadian Manager are original and deal with the critical areas of every manager's job. Past issues have included articles on time management, meetings, public speaking, delegation, motivation, futurology, labour-management relation, technology, marketing and small business management.


The magazine is published quarterly and is distributed to members across the country. As well, branches receive bulk copies for their own distribution as required. Individual subscriptions are mailed from Toronto. Over the years, The Canadian Manager has gained recognition as a leading journal of management information and has attracted original manuscripts from prominent business leaders and writers.


"Tips From The Top" is a bimonthly newsletter which provides members with valuable tips to assist them with both their personal and business challenges. Copies are distributed to members through their branches.





Since its earliest days, and to the present moment, the Branches of the institute have remained fully autonomous. While operating under a standard Branch charter, they elect their own executive officers, plan programs, administer membership, collect fees, and manage finances. This has built a strong and resourceful organization.


However, more than forty years ago, officers saw the need for a central authority to steer the progress of the different Branch groups along parallel courses. Thus, the National Council was formed. It is made up of delegates from all of the Branches who meet to co-ordinate activities and set overall policy for the organization. The first National Council of C.I.M.A. was convened in Toronto on November 3, 1954. Representatives from the existing Branches met to chart an expansion program designed to promote the development of additional Branches in Canada.


One of the early functions of the National Council concerned the co-ordination and standardization of the

education programs. These were sponsored by the former C.I.M.A. and conducted by the extension

departments of the universities participating at that time.


Until mid-1964, the central administration of the organization was in the hands of a small group of hard working volunteers - doing these jobs in their own time and largely with their own resources. It was advocated by some that the time had come, as it does to most growing associations, to secure the services of a full time secretariat. The decision was made in June of 1964.





On September 1, 1965, the National Office opened under the management of the Institute's first Executive Secretary, E.C. Luke. The office was located then in modest quarters at 119 Chaplin Crescent, in Toronto. The requirements soon outgrew this space, and the staff moved to offices at 51 Eglinton Avenue East in November of 1965.


In 1967, with growth to both coasts an accomplished fact, a Regional organization was adopted to aid and improve administrative control. Since then, Regional Presidents have been elected annually to supervise Institute operations in six regions - Western (B.C. and Alberta), Central (Saskatchewan and Manitoba), Western Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic. With the combination of the Western and Central Regions in 1997, the Institute now has five regions representing branches and regions across the country.


In late 1975, further expansion and the need for additional services prompted a move to the current premises at 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, North York, Ontario.


By the 1980's, the education program was competing with established courses in both colleges and universities. In order to keep updated, a National Advisory Committee was formed. This body met regularly to revise curricula and to provide advice concerning new markets for our education programs. As well, efforts were made to encourage branches to hold meetings to increase networking and membership-related activities.


In 1987, our courses were certified for university credit by City University and shortly thereafter, Athabasca University. Both schools granted our members the same status. The University of Calgary recognizes the

C.I.M. designation as a suitable entrance qualification for the M.B.A. program, provided the candidate obtains a suitable GMAT score and agrees to take eight make-up courses. Negotiations are underway with a British university that specializes in distance learning; if these negotiations are successful the Institute will become an alternative route to the highest levels of business education, the M.B.A. The proposed program would be available to every member in Canada.


Along with these high-level programs, the Institute has expanded into Hong Kong. The CSM course is to be run through the YWCA. Of note too, is the new correspondence program launched there in September of 1991 had more than sixty registrations.


In 1997, the Institute introduced Vision 2000, a document that examined its future direction as it relates to Education, Membership, Structure, Designations, Marketing, Finance and Administration.


In 2002, the Canadian Institute of Management celebrated its Diamond Jubilee (celebrating 60 years of excellence). A new business plan was developed that concentrated on membership, marketing, education and finance that will allow CIM to continue to be Canada's premier management Institute.


For further information on CIM, its programs and membership, call or write the National Office at:



15 Collier Street, Lower Level
Barrie, Ontario L4M 1G5



Telephone: 705-725-8926, 1-800-387-5774

Fax: 705-725-8196


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History of the Canadian Institute of Management in Manitoba


Our history in Manitoba dates back to October 8, 1964 when nine visionary leaders established the Canadian Industrial Management Association (Manitoba Division) incorporated in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The name changed in 1970 at the National Conference in Winnipeg to become the Canadian Institute of Management.
These nine visionary leaders became the first Manitoba board members:


  • Martin James Anthony Lyons - Works Manager
  • Donald Harvey Jackman - Accountant
  • George Elwyn Douglas - Accountant
  • Serge Edward DeConinck - Accountant
  • Timothy Ryan - Professor
  • William John Antiliff Bullman - Manager
  • Charles Leslie Hill - Manager
  • George Hugh Boucher - Manager
  • Douglas Godfrey Renton - Purchasing Agent

Since 1964, the Winnipeg Branch has been very successful:


  • Over 3,400 individuals have received the Certified in Management designation in Manitoba.
  • Currently, Manitoba is the largest branch of CIM in Canada with over 754 members, including 305 students, 2 Chartered Managers, 66 Professional Managers and 356 Certified in Management.
  • During this time we have partnered with the University of Manitoba - Extended Education as our education partner, with the first class graduating in 1966.
  • The Winnipeg Branch has hosted five National Conferences: in 1970, 1982, 1994, 2000 and 2009.
  • In October 2014, the Winnipeg Branch celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner.

As part of the Annual General Meeting on October 5th, the membership ratified a name change to better reflect the growth of CIM in Manitoba. The Winnipeg Branch was renamed the Manitoba Chapter.


Throughout our history we have and continue to make significant contributions by having representation on the National Board of Directors. CIM in Manitoba continues to innovate and contribute to leading the development of the Canadian Institute of Management.
For further information on CIM in Manitoba, its programs, activities and membership, please contact us:


Canadian Institute of Management - Manitoba Chapter
C/O HUB International STRATA Benefits Consulting
Unit B2 - 1150 Waverley Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 0P4