The Hamilton Section of the American Society for Quality



May 2009

Editor -
Adam Kossowski


DATE:  Thursday, May 21, 2009



Chan's Buffet Restaurant, 1400 Upper James St. Hamilton
(Just South of Stone Church Road - see map below)



6:00 pm Cash Bar, Networking and Registration
7:00 pm Buffet Dinner

8:00 pm

Welcoming and Presentation

Fee of $30 includes Dinner & Presentation.  $10 without dinner.

Non-member guests are welcome

Quality in Green Energy

Throughout the late 1990s and early years of the 21st Century, every Canadian province has pursued wind energy to supplement their provincial energy grids. This presentation will provide an overview of wind power issues and development in Canada. Each year, as the wind power business continues to expand and new technology is developed, more opportunities are opening up for clean and renewable energy.

DMI has manufactured more than 2,500 wind towers for major players in the wind energy industry. Based on todayís tower and turbine technologies and designs, annual capacity will support more than 3,000 MW of installed wind project capacity.

DMI goes beyond talking the talk of dedication to alternative energy development by walking the walk of combining profitability and stewardship in the renewable energy sector. Renewables provide DMI substantial long-term growth opportunities, engagement in projects that add to local, regional, national and international economies and productivity, and contribute to DMIís dedication to ensuring a cleaner and safer environment. Quality and environmental considerations factor into the finished product from DMI and an overview of process will be presented.

Speaker: Walter Wettges
Quality - Environmental Manager - DMI Canada


Walter Wettges has a multi-faceted background starting as a press operator and advancing to project manager and finally manufacturing manager at A.G. Simpson, a Tier 2 automotive supplier.

Walter switched to electrical stampings for a small company (Magnetic Metals) as manager responsible for tooling, facilities, environmental, quality and systems. This company was purchased by Tempel (BCL Magnetics) and he worked as systems and environmental coordinator. Along the way Walter was instrumental in the company achieving both TS 16949 automotive certification and C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) designation.

Walter started with DMI Industries in April 2007 as Quality-Environmental Manager. The facility is now ISO 9001:2008 registered, and is compliant to TS 16949 and 14001 standards. These multiple standards drive customer satisfaction opportunities throughout the organization.

Walter has a vast background of experiential learning, enjoys a vibrant family life and applies his quality skills in a renewable energy company.

If attending the dinner, please e-mail Jeff Race at  
by noon on Friday, May 15, 2009 and provide your name and phone number

Meeting Location: Chan's Buffet Restaurant, 1400 Upper James St., Hamilton

Other Upcoming Events





ASQ World Conference on Quality & Improvement



May 18 - 20, 2009


ASQ Toronto Section Meeting:
Productivity & Quality Linkage,
- Ken Kivenko, President, Kenmar Inc.


Hilton Garden Inn,

Jun 10, 2009



Inaugural Canadian Quality Congress


University of BC,

Aug 19 - 21, 2009


Winners of the ASQ Hamilton Section sponsored Quality Award
Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF)

Andrew Dziuba and David Ngyen, grade seven students at Sir Wilfred Laurier School, were winners of the ASQ Hamilton Section sponsored Quality Award of $100 for best use of "Quality Principles" at this year's BASEF science fair that was held at Mohawk College on April 26, 2009.  Their entry "From Compost to Cuisine" demonstrated, through a simple designed experiment and comparisons with a control (no fertilizer) and a benchmark (commercial fertilizer), that amongst three chemically equivalent concoctions, the homemade compost cocktail of salmon, spinach and coke was the plant starter of choice.  In selecting this submission from the rest, the judges (Tom Sutton, Carl Weidhaas and Olga Delvecchio) also considered clarity of the written presentation, evidence of teamwork and knowledge during the oral presentation and the potential to improve an existing product.  The team of Dziuba and Ngyen have plans to enter again next year with a sequel experiment that will build upon the lessons learned from this one.  We wish them both good luck!



Congratulations to ASQ Certification Achievers

The following Hamilton Section members were successful in the ASQ certification exams 
held in Hamilton in March 2009:

Certified HACCP Auditor:

Rafique Ahmed Ansari
Bruce Hasspieler

Certified Quality Technician:
Sunil Desai

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
Martin Foran
David Korczak

Certified Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence
Rajeev Papneja

NOTE:  If you have passed an ASQ certification exam that you wrote at a location other than Hamilton, please e-mail the Section Chair Jeff Race at  with the information.



Non-Credit Course Run by Brock University, St. Catharines

Wed, June 3, 2009    6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Wed, June 10, 2009  6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Thorold
Cost: $249

Quality has evolved over the years from having a narrow focus on quality of conformance (are we doing things right?) to a broader view that incorporates the quality of design (are we doing the right things?) and a concern for customers' perceptions and expectations (are we satisfying the customer?).  Consequently, quality has come to be seen as integral to management in both the public and private sectors. 

This course provides an introduction to the world of quality that combines technical terminology with a business point of view.  The first half covers basic quality concepts, including definitions of quality, performance metrics such as DPMO, and the costs of quality.  The second half provides a brief overview of current quality management approaches, including ISO 9000, NQI PEP, Six Sigma, and Lean.  Examples from both manufacturing and services will be used.

Instructor:  Michael J Armstrong is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business.  He holds a BSc, an MBA, and a PhD.  Michael is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality and is certified by them in Quality Management & Organizational Excellence (CMQOE) and as a Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB).  He has written numerous articles for periodicals such as Quality Progress, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, and Operations Research.  Before starting his academic career, Michael worked as a junior manager of aircraft maintenance services.  He has consistently received above-average teaching evaluations from his undergraduate business students.

For further information, contact Michael J. Armstrong:

Inaugural Canadian Quality Congress - August 19-21, 2009
University of British Columbia, Vancouver

A message from Gary Gehring, ASQ Canada Director

Hello fellow ASQ member,

My name is Gary Gehring. I am your elected ASQ regional representative in Canada. I would like to take this opportunity to say hello and to also inform you of an exciting upcoming quality initiative in Canada.

ASQ Canada is pleased to announce its support of the inaugural Canadian Quality Congress this August in Vancouver. You may have noticed a reference to this in ASQ Weekly or on our ASQ Canada Web site.

If not, I would like to offer you a bit more information about the opportunities for ASQ members at this event. Because ASQ Canada is a Title Sponsor of the Canadian Quality Congress, ASQ members are eligible for a 15-percent discount on the Congress fees.

But thatís not all.

In an effort to bring the ASQ Canada community together, there is opportunity for one volunteer from each Canadian section to come to Vancouver and assist. Congress fees will be waived in return for your volunteer services. The details surrounding the selection process are still in the works, but we ask that interested members express their interest to their Section Chairs. We will provide Section Chairs with more detail and criteria for the selection process shortly. Of course, volunteer members will still be required to cover their transportation and accommodation fees.

Keep watching for more details to be distributed in the coming months or check for updated information.

I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming World Conference on
Quality and Improvement in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 18-20, 2009,, or at the Canadian Quality Congress this August.

I hope to talk with you soon.


Gary Gehring
ASQ Canada Director


Jobs and Ads Web Page

Check out our Jobs & Ads web page - link on side bar - for employment opportunities in the quality field.  

ASQ Hamilton members seeking employment or a career change can also have their resumes posted in the Classified section of our Jobs and Ads web page. There is no charge for this service to our members.  Resumes (MS Word preferred) should be sent to the section webmaster Bob Mok at

Web-based CQE Practice Exams

The Hamilton ASQ section recently launched a complimentary web-based e-learning solution for candidates wishing to become ASQ-Certified Quality Engineers (CQE). For further details, click on :


ASQ Certification Study Materials Available for Loan

The Hamilton Section Executive is pleased to make Certification Examination preparation materials available to our membership. Section members can sign-out these resources, free of charge. Resources include study materials for: CQT, CQM, CQA, CQIA, CRE, CMI, and CSQ. These are not the ASQ's latest versions of the certification body of knowledge, but they will serve to give a good overview of the material and help members determine the scope and focus of each certification. (Members are encouraged to obtain the latest versions prior to completing their studies in order to ensure that they are completely up-to-date.)

To borrow these materials, please contact
Kris Krishnamoorthy at The materials will be available for 3-month loans on a first come, first served basis, and can be picked up at section meetings.

If you have materials that you would like to offer for the Section library, please also contact Kris.

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