The Hamilton Section of the American Society for Quality
Thursday, May 21, 2009
OF MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Buffet Restaurant, 1400 Upper James St. Hamilton
(Just South of Stone
Church Road - see map below)
||Cash Bar, Networking and Registration
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
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
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
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.
attending the dinner, please e-mail Jeff Race at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
University of BC,
Aug 19 - 21, 2009
Winners of the
ASQ Hamilton Section sponsored Quality AwardAndrew
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
Certified Quality Technician:
Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
Certified Manager of Quality /
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
email@example.com with the
INTRODUCTION TO QUALITY MANAGEMENT
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
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Thorold
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'
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.
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
For further information, contact Michael J. Armstrong:
Inaugural Canadian Quality Congress -
August 19-21, 2009
University of British Columbia,
A message from Gary Gehring, ASQ Canada Director
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
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
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
Keep watching for more details to be distributed
in the coming months or check
www.canadianqualitycongress.com for updated
I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming
World Conference on
Quality and Improvement in Minneapolis, Minnesota,
May 18-20, 2009,
http://wcqi.asq.org/index.html, or at the
Canadian Quality Congress this August.
I hope to talk with you soon.
ASQ Canada Director
Jobs and Ads Web Page
Check out our Jobs & Ads web page - link on
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 : http://www.asqhamilton.com/cqepexam.htm
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
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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