CICMC The Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), in collaboration with Caribbean Export, hosted the second annual CICMC Management Consulting Business Symposium at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & the Royal Beach Casino June 29 – July 2, 2010.
On June 29, 2010, the opening day, CICMC was presented with its Full Member Certificate by Brian Ing, the ICMCI immediate Past Chair. CICMC now joins the ranks of the other forty-eight (48) National Institutes which administer, in accordance with world class standards, the international "CMC" certification Certified Management Consultant. When Brian Ing presented the official ICMCI certificate of Full Member Status to Dennis Strong, out-going CICMC president, he congratulated CICMC on having made completed the journey and reiterated that ICMCI was there to support and assist CICMC in its mission to “... mobilize its members and enhance their ability to serve clients according to global standards of excellence and ethics”.
In her emailed congratulatory message to CICMC, current ICMCI president Aneeta Madhok also congratulated Dennis Strong, outgoing CICMC president on the “... path you have led the CICMC through and the absolutely wonderful team you have to support you in the endeavour to establish the institute in the first place, and then to take it to meeting the criteria of full membership too. I do know how much passion and commitment it takes of volunteer effort, and know that it is not an easy task for you to have engaged with.”
Brian Ing presents the ICMCI Full Membership certificate to Dennis Strong (outgoing president) and Brenda Pope (incoming president)
As a follow-up to the first Symposium in Bahamas in May 2009, the second symposium brought together members of CICMC and regional management consultants, in order to continue to chart a regional strategy for advancing the industry, as well as providing specifics on how management consultants can benefit from trade agreements such as the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) concluded last year with the EU. The gathering of strategic thinkers was useful in addressing regional economic challenges in a way that identifies how management consultants can integrate themselves into part of the solution.
The symposium was again an outstanding success, the results of which can be summarized as follows:
• 60 persons participated in the symposium including participants, presenters and sponsors;
Attendees were from 13 countries, coming from the Caribbean (Bahamas, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago) as well as from the UK and Denmark;
• Of these over 30 persons completed the three (3) day training workshop on Fundamentals of Management Consulting.
Participants in role-playing session during the three-day “Fundamentals of Management Consulting” training.
• There were approximately 25 speakers and presenters (2 via video-conference) including a sitting Cabinet Minister, Ambassador, heads/representatives of regional and national organizations, ICMCI, university professors/directors/principals and trade policy specialists. Other discussion leaders included CICMC directors and CICMC members.
• Brian Ing, CMC, Former Chairman ICMCI (2007-2009) provided a global perspective on the CMC designation and value of the profession to local/regional economies;
• Brenda Pope, CMC, CICMC Director and incoming President, provided a status report on CICMC and its activities and successes from the 1st Management Consulting Symposium in the Bahamas to date;
Some of the distinguished panellists making presentations included (from right) Brian Ing (ICMCI Past Chair), Honourable Timothy Harris (Minister of International Trade), Ambassador Rosalind Hazelle, Anthony Bradshaw (Officer-in –Charge, Caribbean Export).
Attendees in plenary session listening attentively.
• Ambassador Hazelle, Chairperson, Caribbean Export and Anthony Bradshaw, Officer-in Charge, provided an update on the role of Caribbean Export and the Task Force in the Development of the Industry, and specific expectations from the symposium;
• Nathan EME (via video-conference) presented more detailed findings of the CICMC/Caribbean Export: Management Consulting Market Study and Status of the Industry Report commissioned by CICMC and funded by CEDA (now expanded to include Martinique and Dominican Republic), the aim of which was to develop an overall profile of the region’s management consulting industry and to propose a strategy for development of the industry;
• Representatives from Royal Roads University (Canada), UWI Open Campus, UNIBE and Ministry of Education, Jamaica were part of a panel leading discussions on the role of the University in the Development of the Management Consulting Industry in the region, and the possibility of strategic alliances with CICMC;
• Another panel (including a CARICOM Secretariat representative via video-conference), discussed developing and implementing an industry awareness campaign for MC, including an update on the registration and licensing of the CMC in the CSME);
• One of the most critical sessions which elicited much discussion and questions was the panel discussion on How Management Consultants can benefit from Trade Agreements (Generating Business Opportunities). Presenters included trade policy and EPA specialists from CARICOM Secretariat and Caribbean Export, as well as a Danish firm with many joint ventures in the Caribbean and they provided detailed explanations and guidelines on how Management Consultants can benefit from the EPA signed with the EU;
• The final panel discussion examined developing and implementing a strategy for the sustainability of CICMC;
• The new President, Brenda Pope, outlined the steps in the process to achieve the CMC designation;
• The CICMC AGM was held with 37 members present and a new slate of directors (all CMCs) was installed;
• CICMC further increased its membership and application flow has continued to increase;
The CICMC strategic sessions were vigorous and thought-provoking as members and other attendees debated strategies necessary to continue to take the body forward. Participants forged closer linkages and agreed to pursue collaboration and cooperation.
Once again this event has helped CICMC gain further recognition as the voice of the regional management consulting industry and profession.