The Hamilton Section of the American Society for Quality



November 2008

Editor -
Adam Kossowski


DATE:  Wednesday, November 19, 2008


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

Charge: $30 includes Dinner and Presentation.  $10 for Presentation only.

Non-member guests are welcome

Topic: CSA Initiatives

This presentation will cover the new and innovative products that are available from The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Education and Training department.  Come and see how these innovative learning tools are applied to Management Systems such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.  CSA provides extensive training opportunities for Canadian companies.  One new format includes game based learning packages that engage the learner in an interactive learning environment. This interactive approach provides a new fun, dynamic for on-site training and helps build awareness of quality principles.  For quality professionals this session will provide some fresh ideas and approaches to training.

Also covered will be the new CSA standards that follow the Plan - Do - Check - Act approach.  Highlights of other software tools, programs and standards will also be reviewed in this presentation.

Speaker: Richard Boyles
Product Manager, Business Systems and Risk Management, Canadian Standards Association

Over the last 15 years Richard has held a variety of training and development roles in several industry sectors including Quality Management, IT and Software development, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Retail Systems prior to coming to CSA.

Initiatives he is responsible for include the management and development of training products to support the management systems standards that CSA is involved in, these include ISO 9001, ISO 14001 OHSAS 18001 to name a few.

He is also responsible for the development of products to support the new Emergency Management and Business Continuity Program Standard (Z1600).  Richard’s background with Management Systems lends itself well to the development of programs to support Z1600 which follows a Management Systems approach to the program.

If attending the dinner, please e-mail Jeff Race at  
by noon on Friday,
November 14, 2008 and provide your name and phone number.

Other Upcoming Events





Corrective Action - Larry Coudenys,
Coudenys Management Systems

ASQ Toronto

Nov 12, 2008

Document Control - Ralph Robinson, STC Associate Fellow & Canadian Head of Delegation, ISO/IEC JTC1

ASQ Toronto


Jan 14, 2009

Effective Table and Graph Design
-Tim Dietrich, ArcelorMittal

ASQ Hamilton

Jan 27, 2009

January Newsletter

Call for Members to Volunteer for Sub-Committees

Your ASQ Hamilton executive is working on strategies to ensure that your section continually improves the value offered to its membership. Currently, we have identified a need for two sub-committees:

1.      Website/Internet Sub-Committee
2.      Awareness/Recruitment Sub-Committee

As with all tasks, a team effort can bring forth unimagined success and innovation. We encourage you, our valued members, to consider participating in one or both of these two ASQ Hamilton sub-committees. To paraphrase Roberto M. Saco, ASQ President: We all need to get involved in as many “Really Big Q” conversations as possible. This is your opportunity to do just that.


Each sub-committee will be required to first develop a project charter with a scope and responsibilities for the project. Every attempt will be made to meet through email communications and may require one meeting in person. Time requirements for this phase are estimated at a few hours per month spread out over several months.

The next phase would be to complete the project. Depending on the sub-committee, a few members will be asked to market and/or conduct presentations. For your efforts, each sub-committee member will receive 1.5 RU points per year. 


For more information, please contact the section Chair Jeff Race:


Call for Nominations

The Division Affairs Council is soliciting nominations from divisions for a nominee for the position of ASQ board of directors division representative. There are three positions to be filled.
Qualifications Candidates for National Director representing divisions must meet the following requirements:

  • Shall be a member of an ASQ division
  • Shall be a Senior (or higher) grade member in good standing of the Society
  • Shall have previously held a leadership position within a division or interest group
  • Agree to comply with the roles and responsibilities defined for National Directors representing divisions in Position Guide PG-11.
The candidate may NOT serve in another elected position in the Society during the term of office as National Director. Division officers are considered Society-elected positions. If interested please contact Stan Sobota


Congratulations to ASQ Certification Achiever

Hamilton Section member Tibor Muszik was successful in the exam
for ASQ Certified Quality Auditor held in June 2008.

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.

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 :


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 Jane Devries 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 Jane.

The ASQ Hamilton Section Newsletter is posted online about six times per year
to announce upcoming section meetings, plant tours and other events of interest to members.

The newsletter will be sent electronically only to those members who have agreed
to receive Section information by e-mail. Except for the September issue, the newsletter is no longer sent out by regular mail.

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