The Hamilton Section of the American Society for Quality



March 2006

Newsletter Editor -
Adam Kossowski



DATE:  Wednesday, March 8, 2006


Location:   The Plainsman Restaurant, Hwy. 5,  3 km west of Hwy. 6, Dundas
(See map below)


6:00 pm Cash Bar, Networking and Registration
7:00 pm Buffet Dinner (optional) - charge $25

8:00 pm

Presentation - No charge

Non-member guests are welcome

Subject:   Success Strategies for the Change Management Process

Speaker:  Melanie Beaumont - Senior Advisor, Lean Advisors Inc.  

Defining roles, selecting the right players, and setting measurable benchmarks for return are critical differentiators between Lean teams that succeed and those that don’t. The key is to create a sustaining Lean culture that supports the right behaviors and values. Lean cultures strive to eliminate the costly wastes created in the ‘human’ system of an organization, replacing them with a climate of accountability, productivity and competitive excellence.

Melanie Beaumont has worked with companies in Canada and the U.S. establishing ways to measure and benchmark behavioral wastes using a Cultural Current and Future State methodology that mirrors Value Stream Mapping on the operational side of Lean. She will be discussing typical behavioral disconnects found in Lean teams (and with their leaders) and speak to a number of case studies in Lean culture implementation that set the ‘gold bar’ standard.

Melanie has managed both process and structural change at the enterprise and team level. Her experience includes organizational design and restructure and she has a long track record in strategic planning in a change environment. One of her specialties is setting and meeting measurable benchmark goals for cultural change initiatives.

For Lean Advisors Inc. (LEAD®), creator of the ‘Cultural Value Stream Process’, she has most recently implemented the program with the Royal Canadian Mint, Acrohelipro, and Saeplast Canada Ltd. Melanie also created and delivered LEAD’s ‘Lean Leadership’ program for Wachovia Securities, Richmond, Virginia and Masonite Canada to enable their Lean Enterprise initiatives. Also for (LEAD®), she created and delivered ‘Customer Service in a Fast Paced Environment’, ‘Leading Change Management’, and ‘Managing Change for Teams’ programs at Ottawa Airport.

Melanie teaches ‘Problem Solving for Teams’, ‘Conflict Management’, ‘Change Management’ and ‘Marketing & Communications’ for the HCHSA Disability Management Continuing Education Program at Mohawk College. She is also the author of several books on lean strategies.




Meeting Location:

Plainsman Restaurant
#261 Highway 5,

3 km west of Hwy. 6

Please use this web poll to confirm dinner attendance by noon on March 3, 2006


For more information please contact
Olga Delvecchio at:



Plant Tour  -  Stackpole Precision Metal Components Division, Ancaster

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 – 7:00 pm

Stackpole Limited is one of the world's leading manufacturers of highly engineered, technologically differentiated, automotive powertrain systems and components, with more than 1,500 skilled employees at seven operating facilities in Canada and the United Kingdom.

We shall be given a tour of the Precision Metal Components Division in Ancaster. The tour will include a 20-minute presentation, a post-tour Q & A session, and doughnuts and refreshments. Total duration of the visit will be about one hour and 15 minutes.

Tour participants will be required to wear safety glasses and safety footwear. 
Safety glasses will be provided by Stackpole, 

but visitors will be required to bring their own safety footwear.

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


Sign up with your $20 fee - cash or cheque only - at the March 8 meeting at the Plainsman Restaurant. There is a group size limit of 40 for this tour. 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.

See below for directions to the plant.
Parking will be available near the main entrance.

Plan to arrive by 6:45 pm.




Jobs and Ads Web Page

Check out our new Jobs and Ads web page at: 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 Secretary at

Other Upcoming Events


Location Date Details:
Moving from ISO 9000 to Knowledge Management – Peter Merrill


ASQ Toronto Apr 12, 2006
2006 ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement ASQ Milwaukee May 1-3, 2006

Click on link on sidebar at


Process Mapping - Larry Coudenys
ASQ Toronto May 10, 2006
Cost of Quality - Dennis Beecroft ASQ Hamilton May 31, 2006

See May Newsletter



Nominations for Hamilton Section Executive

As announced at the January 19, 2006 Section meeting, nominations are requested for the following positions on the Hamilton Section executive for 2006 / 2008:

Vice-Chair / Chair-Elect

Nominations for any of the above positions should be submitted to Judi Mansfield-Jones at  or 905-525-8770, before March 8, 2006. Elections to the new executive will be conducted at the March 8, 2006 membership meeting.

Congratulations to ASQ Certification Achievers


Below is an updated list of members who were successful in the October and December 2005 
ASQ certification exams held in Hamilton:


Certified Quality Auditor  

Wayne Guthrie, Victoria Leroux

Certified Quality Engineer


Carmen-Luminita Aldea, John Krizmanic, Nathan Andrew Riley, Konstantin Agabekian, Glenn A. Bosma, Chris Skowron, James P. Damant,  Xuesong Li, William A. Maitland, Abul Hossain Mollah, Camelia Felicia Sontrop

Certified Software Quality Engineer

S. Haider

Certified Quality Manager

Murray Atchison, Joe Fisher, Claude Pardiac, Muhammad Yousuf


Certified Quality Technician

Colleen Steele, Mathew C. Thoman, Paul K. McArthur, Peter Dreyer, Majaz Ali, Mahesh C. Prajapati, Ron Gaston


Certified Six Sigma Black Belt

Senhui Wang


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

Electronic Version of Hamilton Section Newsletter


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