AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR QUALITY

                                              NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING

                                                            DATE : Nov 14, 2001
PLACE : The Plainsman Restaurant                                TIME: 6:00 PM - Cocktails
                Highway 5                                                                         7:00 PM - Dinner
                Dundas, Ontario                                                              8:00 PM - Presentation

Note :
The Plainsman Restaurant on Hwy5, 2 miles West of Highway 6 in Dundas, Ontario has been arranged as the permanent dinner meeting location of the Sec 0400 for the 2001 / 2002 session. Charge for the dinner and the presentation is currently $20.00, with a cash bar.

Our web site is now featured to accept member E-Mail addresses for the purpose of receiving electronic Newsletters on a self-maintenance basis. Please visit our website at to sign up. More section news are provided below.

Our speaker for the meeting will be Denis Devos. Denis is a Professional Engineer with a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. Denis started his career as a Quality Assurance Engineer at General Motors, and later became involved in supplier management. In 1993, 1994, Denis led the ISO 9001 implementation at Diesel Division, earning it the first registration of a GM plant in North America.

After General Motors, Denis joined KPMG Quality Registrar, where he was involved in the registration audits of dozens of quality systems in a variety of industries. During the past several years, Denis has been lecturing and training throughout south-western Ontario. Currently, Denis is an advisor to industry, sharing his expertise with companies wishing to implement or improve their quality systems. Denis is past chairman of the Kitchener Section of the American Society for Quality (1998-1999), and has been actively involved in that section for the past several years.

Denis' presentation will discuss continuous improvement in problem solving with a slightly different focus. Instead of using the tools and resources for product quality improvement, these tools will be used for cost reduction. Emphasis will be placed on the following:

- Cost of Quality
- Dollars - the new quality measurement!
- Strategies for project prioritization
- Making quality initiatives pay for themselves.

Managers and all practitioners in the quality field will benefit from attending this informative session. Please notify one of the following executive members of your attendance by 12:00 PM on Friday, Nov 9, 2001.

Bob Anderson          (905) 575-2375 ext 3092
Hank Verspagen
      (905) 575-2375 ext 3091


Bob Mok, CQA., CQE

Section Secretary, Sec 0400

The Society of Professionals Dedicated to the Advancement of Quality

Section #0400 News Nov, 2001

1)Hamilton Section has committed to a $5,000 (CDN) contribution to the new Canadian Room at the new ASQ HQ, in three installments over the next 3 years.

2)Victor Dobrin remembrance - The section will provide a one-time $250 bursary in memory of Victor Dobrin, to Mohawk College for awarding to a student in the quality program.

3)Advertising policy. There has been some misunderstanding with regard to the mailing of flyers with our Newsletters. It is the on-going policy of this section to perform these mailings for members and area industries, provided that they pay for part of the expenditures associated with this activity. Currently, we charge $150.00 for each tri-folded brochure mailing.

The deadline for submission of payment and flyers is one month from scheduled meeting date. Please contact me if you or your organization are interested.

We also have a linked web site - designed for the posting of available jobs or classified ad's. Please contact me for prices to a job posting or classified ad's.

4)E-Mail address maintenance for receiving electronic Newsletter is now available. It is the member's responsibility to update his/her E-Mail address by themselves. Making use of a Yahoo group feature, this is a quick and easy way to get this task completed. Try it out ! Our long term goal is to E-Mail our Newsletters to members and send the paper copies only to those who do not have E-Mail addresses. This effort will help to streamline our operations, as well as making a contribution to environmental protection through the reduced use of paper, stamps, and envelops.