Upcoming CPCA Events


CPCA Committee Updates

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

This year’s FGM was hosted at McMaster University giving members the opportunity to network with future process professionals while participating in our business meeting.


9:45: Doors open, Welcome and Introductions
10:00: Capstone Project / Workshop: “Partner with Local Colleges for Your Projects”
11:00: Ty Shattuck, CEO McMaster Innovation Park: “Transform Ideas from Vision to Commercial Reality”
11:30: Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice-President, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME): “The Economics of Automation in Changing Times”
12:30: Networking Lunch and Concurrent Alumni Keynote / Career Fair
1:30: CPCA Business Meeting
2:00: Jesse Sahota, McMaster University: “Employment Strategies: Hiring Future Leaders, Several Years in Advance”
2:30: Lab Tour

Capstone Initiative

A capstone project takes place in the final year in a college program and is a course where students apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their previous courses through a project. A capstone project usually includes designing and building a small prototype, system or unit. It is called a capstone because it represents a crowning achievement as a capstone does in architecture. Due to significant emphasis on applied training by the government, all colleges are looking at adding capstone course to their programs.

In order to provide real-life experiences for students colleges are looking to partner with CPCA members who have projects within their organizations that can be used for capstones. These projects should be simple, provide low risk for the company and can be complete out over a semester. A few examples: • Demo units for exhibitions • Test platforms for evaluating new instrumentation and control devices • A small control system unit for a bigger project.

Our workshop will provide tangible ideas on how your company can benefit.

The benefits of participating in capstone projects for industry include:

1. Access to personnel to carry out projects they are not able to dedicate resources towards to complete
2. Work with students one on one providing an opportunity to vet potential hires
3. Try new ideas and concepts in a low risk environment
4. An opportunity to choose a scholarship recipient based on project results

“Transform Ideas from Vision to Commercial Reality”

Ty Shattuck, CEO of McMaster Innovation Park, has spent his career at the intersection of technology and business design. He has years of senior leadership experience, focused primarily on technology commercialization and investment within the aerospace & defense industry, and other high-tech sectors. This experience has given him a deep understanding of starting, managing, financing, and growing companies within emerging markets. Learn how others have worked with Innovation Park to transform their ideas into success stories.

The Economics of Automation in Changing Times

Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice-President, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), will discuss the current state of manufacturing, the impact of ongoing international and political events on domestic industry, and outline CMEs strategy for industrial growth in Canada along with the Associations efforts around skills shortages and reducing the cost of doing business.

Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice President, Policy & Government Relations at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is an experienced association executive who has developed and coordinated Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) government relations activities since 2011. Over this time, the association has become known as the most influential business association in Canada, meeting with more senior officials than any other association and securing significant support for the sector based on the needs of its members.

CPCA Job Fair

Companies are invited to register for a table to promote their company to McMaster Students. All companies have been having trouble attracting and retaining the talent required to meet the challenges in today’s highly automated world. This is your chance to meet with tomorrow’s leaders in a one on one environment!

McMaster expects over 200 students in the Bachelor of Technology, Mechatronics and Masters’ Program. Don’t miss out on the next generation of process leaders!

Alumni Keynote: Adam Dello, Technical Sales

Adam is a recent McMaster graduate and will talk to students about expectations for current students post-graduation. He has had experience with various member companies and will promote process careers to Bachelor of Tech.

“Employment Strategies: Hiring Future Leaders, Several Years in Advance”

• Benefits of hiring from McMaster
• Steps to hire
• Recruitment Cycle
• Campus recruitment opportunities
• Student employer expectations
• Funding opportunities

Jesse Sahota, Career Development Relationship Manager at McMaster, is a seasoned career specialist with 15 years of experience, 10 of those being with Engineering Co-op & Career Services at McMaster University. The students Jesse has mentored have gone on pursue careers across the world (including cutting-edge companies such as Tesla and Facebook), start their own companies, and become future alumni leaders.

McMaster Technology Lab Tour

It has been years since members last toured the Bachelor of Technology labs. Learn what future graduates are learning and how the labs have evolved to meet the changing technological needs of students and companies alike.

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