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Montreal Section 0401

September 2009, Volume 59, Issue 6

Our objective: To increase awareness, interest, and involvement in Section activities and
quality-related subjects.

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This season's planned events

ASQ News

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Welcome to our new members

Section Education Program 2008-2009

The Editor's Corner

Sustaining Members

Executive Committee Meetings & Officers 

A Word from your Section Chair

Other ASQ event

ASQ Certification & Recertification

Had you come

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Using financial tools to improve quality

Date:     Wednesday, September 16, 2009    

Time:     6:00 PM

Place:     Wyndham Montreal Aeroport 


L. Di Francesco

Livio Di Francesco, 

Finance Director, Valeant Canada 

Cost:   ASQ Members $40

Non-members $50

People working in the quality field often have to convince management to make changes to the system.  A good way to convince management for the need for change is with financial data.

Attendees will learn about the basic financial reporting system used by most organizations and go through an example of how to present opportunities for improvement using financial tools. 

Includes supper and Parking!

Bring your business cards and be ready to network!

For registration or information please contact:
Mitchell Daudier at (450) 463-0990 or e-mail at 

Livio Di Francesco, Finance Director, Valeant Canada

Livio Di Francesco has worked in Finance and Accounting for over 22 years and has extensive experience in large scale manufacturing ERP/MRP systems, Costing, Budgeting and Management Reporting.

He has held various management and senior management positions with Burroughs Wellcome, De Havilland Aeronautical, Tyco Fire and Suppression Systems, Siemens and for the past 6 years with Valeant Canada Pharmaceuticals Inc. Livio holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University, and is a member of the Ordre of Certified Management Accountants of Quebec.

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The Editor's Corner

photo Chantale SimardBy Chantale Simard, ASQ Senior Member, CMQ/OE, Newsletter Editor and Vice-Chair

Welcome back
Once again, we have a strong and dynamic leadership team this year. There are fourteen men and women giving time for our section so we can meet, network, learn and celebrate.  And we will have a very good reason to celebrate, because in 2010 our Montreal Section 0401 will be 60 years old!  Don’t miss our special activity in January to start this anniversary year on a high note. In the mean time, we have a lot of good events planed, beginning by the one next week about financial tools.  Check our planed event calendar below.

I would like to use this first Newsletter of the year to present the leadership team to you. They are:

Gordon Ayotte, Section Chair, SMP

Chantale Simard, Vice-Chair and Newsletter editor

Steven P. Jones , Secretary

Bill Wilson, Treasurer

Mitchell Daudier, Programs and arrangements
Jean-Pierre Amiel, Historian

Hong Ping (Holly) Zhao, Membership

Norman Dickinson, Certification, Recertification, Internet Liaison & Section Examining

Inteaz Alli, Nominating Committee

Peter Amsden and Eric Stern, Publicity

David Tozer, Education & Audit

Sam Weissfelner and  Ray Dyer, Directors

Richard On, Program Committee


If you want to join the leadership team, don’t hesitate. Contact Gordon Ayotte (514-683-2200 Ext 300) or anyone on the team.  If you simply want to assist at our executive meetings, you are welcome to do so.  They are open to everyone.


We hope that you will enjoy your experience in 2009-2010 and will be a regular attendee at our Section events. Do you want to contribute to the Newsletter?  Send me your article in French or in English.


Thanks to our Newsletter sponsors. Welcome to all who would like to advertise.

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A Word from your Section Chair

Photo Gordon AyotteBy Gordon Ayotte, ASQ CQE, Section Chair

I would like to welcome our loyal members, new members and their guests to another promising season of networking and learning through our monthly events.

We had a great season last year and the section 401 is aiming for the same this year.

Based on your valuable inputs shared with the 401 by participating in our Customer Survey our Program Chair has put an exiting and interesting series of events for this season.

For guests that are thinking of coming to most events I encourage you to join ASQ now and take advantage of the benefits that come from being a member from the beginning of this season.

In addition to the great networking opportunities with industry professionals you will get a chance to discuss amongst many other Quality topics as well as emerging trends in the industries

For those considering a career as a Quality Professional not only I encourage you to join as a member but you should also consider taking courses and/or obtaining certification from ASQ in order to get recognition for your expertise and qualifications.

We are always interested in your comments and feedback how your ASQ section can serve you better so please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Had You Come to the Last Event

By Chantale Simard, ASQ Senior Member, CMQ/OE, Newsletter Editor and Vice-Chair

ASQ Sections 404 and 401 Golf Tournament - Tournoi de Golf des sections 404 et 401 de l'ASQ

Quelle belle journée nous avons eu pour le tournoi de golf du 10 juillet 2009 ! L’ambiance était festive et après le golf, les discussions et échanges allaient bon train. 

Merci à tous les participants, aux bénévoles Denise Côté et Ovide Côté et à la direction de la section Montréal Francophone 404, spécialement à George-Étienne Groulx, pour avoir pris le leadership de l’organisation cette année. Ce fut un réel succès. Merci aussi aux nombreux commanditaires qui ont permit d’agrémenter la journée par des petits extras et des prix de présences forts appréciés :
DESSAU-SOPRIN, Club de golf Base de Roc, QMI-SAI Global, DIAGEO, NQA et SGS.


This season’s planned events

By Mitchell Daudier, Program ChairM. Daudier

Date, time, and location will be confirmed as we progress into the year.  Most events are planned for Wednesday evenings and are held at the Wyndham Montréal Aéroport Hotel.  (This used to be the Dorval Airport Hilton.) Watch the Newsletter and our web site for further details




October 21, 2009

New ISO 21500 for managers

To be determined

November 18th, 2009

PFMEA / Risk Management / Business continuity


January 27th, 2010

Networking - ASQ 60th Anniversary

To be determined

February 17th, 2010

Pharmaceutical GXP

To be determined

March 17th, 2010


To be determined

April 21, 2010

Change management

To be determined

May 19th, 2010

Supply Chain Management

To be determined

July 2010

2010 Sections 404 and 401 Golf Tournament 

Our backup subjects are: Healthcare system, New technologies in Quality, Motivation and Other aspects of Cost of quality.

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Welcome to our new members

Paul Brisson, Marc-Olivier Duchesne, Gary N. Gehring, Khaled Ghoneim, Sergio Andres Gomez Gaona,  Nisreen Hamdi, David C. Lafontaine, Serge Lamarre, Nadine Mukri, Gilles Normandeau, Uzoezi Okoroze, Claudia Parent Tremblay, Roger Pelletier, Michel C. Rioux, Mauricio Rodriguez and Dominique Saumur

Sustaining Members

ASQ Montreal Section thanks our
Sustaining Members:

Bombardier Aerospace


S. C. Johnson A Family Company

Other ASQ event / autre événement de l'ASQ

La section Montréal Francophone 404 présente la Clinique qualité sur les statistiques - cas pratiques 24 septembre à 17h30 - repas à18h15 Restaurant St-Hubert BBQ, 10520 Lajeunesse, Montréal.  Pour plus d'information visitez le  www.asq0404.org/activites/calendrier.jsp.

ASQ News

ASQ Learning Institute™ — Anywhere, Everywhere. It's All About You.
Visit the ASQ Learning Institute™ and set up your profile now! 

Go Back to the Quality Basics and Earn Double the ASQ Bucks!
September means back to school, and for ASQ members, it's time to go back to the quality basics. To help spread the message that quality is everyone's job, for every member you recruit in September through the Each One Reach One (EORO) recruitment program, you'll earn double the ASQ Bucks. In addition, new members you recruit will receive our new Building From the Basics Quality Pocket of Knowledge (QPoK), a comprehensive resource explaining basic quality tools that fits in your back pocket. Visit www.asq.org/eoro-september for details.

ASQ Montreal Section Education Program 2009-2010

By David Tozer, Ph.D., ASQ CQE and SSBB, Education & Audit Chair

Having ASQ certification gives you an edge in the market and can significantly increase your income.

ASQ Certification often leads to higher paying employment. The money invested in education and certification increases chances of finding employment quickly in the down sizing environment we live in. People who take the section sponsored refresher courses, and spend at least twice as much time as spent in the classroom on self study, have an 80%, or better, chance of passing the examination on the first attempt.

Certified Quality Engineer Topics include: quality concepts, cost of quality, human resources, team formation and group dynamics, inspection, metrology, sampling, reliability, quality standards, quality audit, statistics, design of experiments, process improvement, liability, and modern management methods for improving quality.

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Topics include: quality concepts, cost of quality, enterprise wide deployment, business process management, project management, team formation and group dynamics, define, measure, analyze, improve, control, lean enterprise, statistics, design of experiments, and design for six sigma.

Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Topics include: quality concepts, cost of quality, enterprise wide deployment, business process management, project management, team formation and group dynamics, define, measure, analyze, improve, control, and statistics.

Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Topics include: quality concepts, quality planning, customer focus, quality standards, project management, cost of quality, team formation and group dynamics, human resources and improvement.

Certified Quality Auditor
Topics include: quality concepts, team formation and group dynamics, management responsibility, audit objectives, audit preparation, audit conduct, audit reporting, sampling, and basic statistics.

Certified Quality Inspector Topics include: quality concepts, team formation and group dynamics, geometry, metrology, reading drawings, mechanical processes, statistical process control, inspection, and sampling.

Calendar and Registration Form

Questions? In house courses, etc.: David Tozer:  (514) 694-2830,
Email davidtozer@qualitiqua.com

Executive Committee Meetings

Section Executive Committee (Leadership Team) Meetings are held at different locations, starting at 6 PM. The meetings are tentatively scheduled for :

2009-10-07, 2009-11-04,  2010-01-06,  2010-02-03, 2010-03-03,  2010-04-07, 2010-05-05 and 2010-06-02

Consult the List of Your Executive for 2009-2010 here

Note that all dates are subject to last minute changes. If you would like to attend a meeting please call the Section Chair or the Section Secretary.

Note: Available on request for section members only are minutes of section executive meetings (contact the Secretary) and section operating budget information (contact the Treasurer).

ASQ Certification & Recertification

Please visit www.asqmontreal.qc.ca/Certification/Exmdates.html for exam dates.

For members interested in preparing their journals for recertification, please contact Norman Dickinson, Recertification Chair, at telephone: (514) 334-6102 or e-mail: n.dickinson@alumni.concordia.ca .


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