Upcoming CPCA Events
CPCA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Date: May 23 – 26, 2019
Where: Eastern Townships, Quebec
This year’s AGM gave members the unique opportunity to visit the Eastern Townships in Quebec, a truly picturesque part of the world south of Montreal. From our annual golf tournament and cycling in the mountains, it was a chance to get to know one of Canada’s hidden gems.
After having the opportunity to get to know one another at our President’s Reception and dinner, our meeting started with a motivational talk from Gary Gzik, an association favourite speaker. Gary has joined us a number of times and always manages to strike the right note between encouraging us to be our best and challenging us to move out of our comfort zone to exceed our perceived limits. This year’s focus was going beyond building mere resilient cultures to ones that inspire and energize employees.
Next up was Jay Myers who gave us the inside story on how to take advantage of the government’s billion-dollar Supercluster Initiative. Jay’s focus is advanced manufacturing: new technologies and platforms are rewiring the way we make things, inspiring better products and new industries.
Our third speaker was Chris Kincaid, Strategic Account Manager: CSA Group, who joined us all the way from southern California. Chris reviewed the ways of incorporating product safety certification and compliance within your digital transformation strategy. Building a framework for digital transformation, with a focus on safety, ensures that your organization remains at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution.
After a night at a truly incredible restaurant in town (situated in an old converted home) we kicked off the next morning with a fantastic breakfast and, as per our custom, invited the spouses to join in for the meal and the keynote. This keynote is always focussed on general interest and has featured guests with a unique story, having accomplished things from climbing Mount Everest to crossing the Sahara.
Our final speaker was Diane Allan, President of Measurement Canada, educating us on the certification process. Our new Industrial Relations Committee will be working much more collaboratively with groups including Measurement Canada in order to simplify certification aspects for our members and ultimately make them much more globally competitive.
This session tied in nicely with our business meeting which focussed on increased collaboration with trade associations, regulatory bodies and academia. We will soon be offering members the opportunity to work with students on capstone projects. This will not only allow members to get projects done that would otherwise be low priority but will also provide a chance to get to know the best and the brightest of our nation’s students.
The AGM always mixes in lots of networking opportunities with process leaders. Whether you prefer attending private dinners in breathtaking locations, heading out to challenging courses in our annual golf tournament sponsored by IPPT / Process West or cycling through the mountains, there are countless ways to expand your business relationships in unparallel ways!
CPCA thanks its sponsors:
IPP&T / Process West
Evans Consoles / Integrated Business Solutions