The Hamilton Section of the American Society for Quality



October 2008

Editor -
Adam Kossowski


Tour of Hamilton Waterworks

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 - 7:00 PM

Park in front of the Environmental Laboratory at 700 Woodward Avenue,
located at the corner of Brampton and Woodward.
 (See map below)

The evening will start with a presentation by Shane McCauley, Superintendent of Service Coordination for the Water & Wastewater Division of Public Works. Shane is on the lead implementation team for the Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS), and will give an overview of the system.

Having an effective Drinking Water Quality Management System ensures that the City of Hamilton can operate its own water systems and the drinking water quality is not just maintained but continually improved. The DWQMS is also a driver of the larger, BCOS (Beyond Compliance Operating System) which takes in our wastewater systems and provides due diligence for environmental management of all Water and Wastewater Divisional activities, as well as Health and Safety.

Strong adherence to regulatory deadlines is a requirement and compliance is one way of measuring success. The determination of success of the implementation of the DWQMS will be conducted via audits by third-party auditors appointed by the Ministry of the Environment. Once approved, the City will receive a license to manage its own facilities

We will be looking at how Hamilton is approaching this new system,
as well as some of the challenges encountered in the process.

This 20-minute presentation will be followed by
a tour of Hamilton’s water treatment facilities at 700 Woodward Avenue.

Hard hats will be provided.
Sensible shoes are required - no open toed shoes or high heels.

The Section will be charging $20 per person for this tour.
Fees will be collected on the day of the tour, prior to the 7:00 pm presentation.
Please arrive a few minutes before 7:00 pm.

If you did not register already, please contact Judi Mansfield-Jones at 
to register for this tour

Join us on October 21 to learn more about Hamilton's
Drinking Water Quality Management System,
and enjoy an evening networking with your quality colleagues.



Location of 700 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton


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:


Other Upcoming Events






Quality & Continuous Improvement
Mark Chambers, Dyadem International

ASQ Toronto


Oct 8, 2008

Corrective Action - Larry Coudenys,
Coudenys Management Systems
ASQ Toronto Nov 12, 2008
CSA Initiatives - Richard Boyles
ASQ Hamilton Nov 19, 2008 See November Newsletter

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 Webmaster 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 on the following link:

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.


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


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 also be sent electronically only to those members who have agreed
to receive Section information by e-mail. The newsletter will no longer be distributed by regular mail.

IMPORTANT: To ensure that you receive your copy, as well as special announcements of ASQ events in between issues, check your ASQ profile at www.asq.orgLog in and type the word profile in the search box. Then select My Account: Update Your My ASQ Profile, and verify that your correct e-mail address is included in your profile.