Upcoming CPCA Events


Date: October 30, 2019

Where:  McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Time: 10:00 – 3:00

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


• Capstone Project / Workshop: “Partner with Local Colleges for Member Projects”
• Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice-President, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) “The Economics of Automation in Changing Times”
• Networking Lunch and Concurrent Alumni Keynote / Job Fair
• CPCA Business Meeting with Process Market Update
• Technology Based Keynote, Details TBA

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

The Economics of Automation in Changing Times”, Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice-President, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)

Mathew 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

Member 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!

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.

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