The Hamilton Section Of The American Society For Quality



Newsletter Editor
Adam Kossowski

DATE:  Thursday, March 10, 2005

Turbocharging Improvement Approaches by Injecting Creativity and Innovation

People who work in organizations are constantly faced with change issues and ill-structured problems. Integration of strategic business change goals and tactical problem solving is frequently lacking.  Senior managers and continuous improvement practitioners have significantly different expectations of end results of continuous improvement programs. This presentation will introduce a process to build skills in proactively seeking out problems and opportunities and implementing creative solutions on the job. When there is a simple, interconnected system of skills, creative process, tools and styles an organization can achieve a quantum jump in effectiveness of CI tools and add innovation. You will learn of the process to use proven applied creativity tools to look at problems from all sides and find the best answer, not just the first one.




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Olga Delvecchio at:



Hank Verspagen at:

905-575-2375 Ext 3091 



Turbocharging Improvement Approaches by Injecting Creativity and Innovation

Speaker: Dr. Min Basadur
Professor of Innovation in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University

Dr. Min Basadur is Professor of Innovation in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and Founder of Basadur Applied Creativity. Dr. Basadur is a recognized world leader in the field of applied creativity with years of experience in building creative thinking, innovation and problem solving capabilities across organizations. He has helped numerous industry leaders, including Procter & Gamble, Frito-Lay, PepsiCo, Goodrich and Pfizer, to involve employees at every level in using their creativity to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenues and cost savings.  

Educated in organizational psychology and engineering physics, Dr. Basadur began refining his insights about creative thinking and problem solving while working with teams developing new products at Procter & Gamble. He created the award-winning Simplex System with its unique set of interconnected tools. Today, Dr. Basadur and his associates work with clients engaged in a range of industries, including software, microelectronics, telecommunications, finance, health, food and beverage, publishing, energy, retail, manufacturing, e-commerce and many others. He is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the Academy of Management, the Professional Engineers of Ontario and the American Psychological Association.

Author of the books, The Power of Innovation and Simplex: A Flight to Creativity, and an engaging, highly sought-after speaker, Dr. Basadur regularly shares his insights in creative thinking at conferences worldwide.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

The Plainsman Restaurant [Click for Map]
Highway 5, 3 km west of Hwy. 6 in Dundas

Charge for the buffet dinner is $25.00. There is no charge for the presentation. Non-member guests are welcome.

6:00 pm - Cash Bar, Networking and Registration
7:00 pm - Buffet Dinner
8:00 pm
- Welcoming & Presentation

Please use the Web Poll (above) in this email or the website
to confirm attendance.




ASQ Certification Achievers

The following members who were successful in the December 2004 ASQ certification exams:

Certified Quality Auditor:
Catherine A. McCallum
Pranati Basu
Krishna Das P.N. Tantry
Rubina Younus

Certified Quality Engineer:
Bradley J. Williams, CQA
Brian K. Moore
Arvind R. Kulkarni
David Riese Perry
Anne Christine Sheresky
Tim P. Dietrich

Certified Software Quality Engineer:

Jane A. Devries

Certified Quality Manager (at May 2004 Exam):
Jim Franklin

Note :
If you have passed an ASQ certified Exam that you wrote in a location other than Hamilton, please email the Section Chair at
with the information.



Plant Tour  - Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Cambridge
Thursday, April 14, 2005 – 12:30 pm

Arrive early for our March 10 meeting if you want to sign up for one of the 48 spots available for this outstanding tour, which is likely to be in great demand. The tour will include a 10-minute presentation, a tour on a motorized tram through the Stamping, Powertrain, Welding and Assembly shops – visitors will be provided with audio headsets – followed by a question and answer session, and an invitation to browse around the Visitors’ Centre display room.  Total duration of the visit will be about one hour and 15 minutes

The section will be charging a $20 non-refundable fee for this tour.


Sign up with your non-refundable $20 fee (cash or cheque only) at the March 10 meeting at the Plainsman Restaurant. Priority will be given to attending ASQ Hamilton Section members. Absentee sign-ups permitted on a waiting list if accompanied by the fee. Non-Hamilton Section members and non-ASQ members may also sign up on the waiting list. The sign-up sheet will include car-pooling requests.

IMPORTANT: The following mandatory regulations will apply to all tour participants:

Must wear outer clothing made of 100% natural fibres – no synthetic fibres.

Must wear long pants or slacks.

Must wear safety glasses – provided by Toyota – at all times during the tour.

No skirts, shorts, tear-away pants, windsuits,

No smoking,

*No ball caps or hats,

*No purses, bags, knapsacks,

*No cameras,

*No cell phones, pagers or communication devices.

*These can be stored under lock & key in the Visitor Centre

Directions to the Toyota Cambridge Plant

1055 Fountain Street North, Cambridge

From Hwy. 401 exit at Hwy. 8 Kitchener. Take first exit – Sportsworld Drive. Turn left onto Sportsworld Drive East, which turns into Maple Grove Road. Turn right onto Fountain Street. Toyota plant is on the left. Enter by Gate #2 and park in Visitor Parking. Proceed to Gate #2, identify yourself and Security will clear you if you are on the list, and direct you to the Visitors’ Centre. NOTE: Please plan to arrive between 12:15 and 12:25 pm.

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