June 2016 (Volume 66 - Issue 6)
Our objective: To increase awareness, interest, and involvement in Section activities and quality-related subjects. Visit our web site at http://www.asqmontreal.qc.ca/
|9 - Organization Members||15 - Unemployed Member Dues|
|16 - Feedback/Advertising Rates|
1. Next Event
Date: Friday, July 8, 2016
Time: Day and Evening
Place: Base de Roc
2870, Base de Roc
The ASQ Quebec sections, Montreal 401 and Montréal francophone 404, invite you to its yearly golf tournament on Friday, July 8, 2016.
Do not wait: register yourself alone or with one or two colleagues/friends, and be paired up with other quality professionals or create your own foursome.
To register please use the "Golf Registration Form".
Please join us for our annual Golf Tournament. It is a great opportunity for networking. It does not matter if you already play golf or not, since it is a Vegas formula! You can also rent golf equipment directly at the Club.
After a great afternoon playing golf, you will be glad to relax on the terrace and enjoy a nice supper in the golf club restaurant. Participation prizes will be drawn during the evening.
Hope to see you and talk with you on July 8th!
Chantale Simard, MBA, ASQ CMQ/OE
Co-responsible for the ASQ Sections 401 and 404 2016 Golf Tournament
3. Eric Stern's Corner
By Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, CSSGB
At the end of 2015, our Publicity co-chair and long standing leadership team member of the ASQ Montreal Section 401, Mr. Eric Stern, decided to retire from his ASQ duties.
Given Eric's immeasurable contributions to our section over many years, we decided that it would be fitting to pay tribute to him with his own "corner" in this month's Newsletter.
I don't remember the exact year, but long before I started participating in ASQ activity, I met Eric at a Montreal-area anodizing and paint facility. We were both doing source inspection for our respective clients, and we bonded over the fact that this supplier needed to "get their act together".
Years later, when I took on the role of Newsletter Editor, it put me on the Section's leadership team. As such, I got to know Eric better. When he spoke, I listened. His manner of delivering his arguments/messages were done in such a way that even if I did not agree with him, I still respected his opinion.
His "Had You Come to the Last Event" newsletter contributions were always delivered ahead of my (sometimes) stringent deadlines. As I would read them (and edit minimally ;-)), I always enjoyed feeling like I was inside Eric's brain for a short while.
Godspeed Sir. I will miss you, and always respect you.
By Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, CSSGB
*************************************Over the past several years, many have influenced the development of our ASQ Quality community in Montreal. One of these players has been Eric Stern who has constantly thrown out ideas a little ahead of their time but with vision and persistence. Using an Internet group for networking and interaction (Yahoo group before LinkedIn), issuing an electronic newsletter instead of paper, coaching non-members and students to participate and join our ASQ section's activities, constantly coming up with ideas to publicize our events (he started the "Had You Come to the Last Event" articles), filming presentations, etc., were all ideas he had that initially met with various forms of resistance but eventually made their way through, even if it was to be picked up by another ASQ colleague.
Eric has been a good friend and always generous with advice. He developed an expertise in behavioural analysis and coaching skills these last years and tried very hard to apply the concepts within our Quality community. One does not always listen to advice (human nature I guess) but I've always appreciated Eric's ideas and desire to innovate and improve. It's with active participants and change agents like Eric that a society like ours can progress, and he's very much encouraged myself and others to equally participate.
Eric is no longer an active member of our ASQ Montreal Section Leadership team. However, his name and the memory of his actions remain a meaningful part of our section's progress and history.
By Raymond E. Dyer, ASQ Senior Member, CMQ/OE, CQA
What comes to my mind when I think of Eric Stern is a time, a few years ago, when we were visiting a Door & Window manufacturer in Laval, with our sister Section 0404. We were in the lobby, waiting together for the visit to begin and I was networking with a newcomer to ASQ, a gentlemen newly arrived in Canada from South America. I remember well at the time because I was practicing Spanish with an audio guide, everywhere I went, so the basic sentences I knew well.
So there I was, discussing with this new member and Eric comes along to join the conversation. When he got to know that my discussion partner was from Mexico, Eric asked “De dónde eres?”. I was stunned! The only few Spanish words I could put together came out of his mouth; and this fellow member answering back where he was from. I remember saying to myself, how many languages does this guy know?
For the years to come, at section leadership meetings, when I sat at round tables with Eric, I was exposed to many of his other knowledges. Glad I could exchange with him personally, for those few times we sat next to each other.
Every time I could see in your approaches how passionate you are when you speak about what you believe in, and also when you speak of quality. I already miss your participation. I wish you well.
By Robert Demers, B. Sc., ASQ CQA, CSSGB
I have known Eric for about 20 years and I feel really privileged by it. During my first ASQ experiences, Eric already had a lot of influence on me. He made me realize what my priorities in life were just by asking me a few questions. I am glad I had the chance to have him around in all those leadership team meetings and ASQ events. I have always been impressed by his knowledge and ideas. Thank you Eric for your presence and sharing.
By Chantale Simard, MBA, ASQ CMQ/OE
Any feedback? Click on the link in the bottom right corner of this section and let me know. Thanks.
4. A Word from your Section Chair
The summer is now at our door, and Montreal is becoming a festival city for the next few months.
If you have a chance to participate in our golf tournament, a joint event with our sister ASQ section 0404, it’s a great way to kick-off the season.
Have a great summer everyone.
5. Had You Come to the Last Event
By Eric Hosking, Senior Fellow of Quality at PWC, BApSc in Mech Eng, MBA, CQE, CSSBB
Had you come . . . Quality Management Process Measures
Had you come to the last event, you would have been entertained by a very hands-on demonstration of the QMS in operation at GGI. This presentation was given by their Director of Quality, Continuous Improvement and Environment, Pierre Marquis, starting with an explanation of the company's history and product lines.
GGI has over seventy years of corporate history and now is a designer and manufacturer of high end touch sensitive circuits as might be found in television remote controls and the complete controllers themselves. Noteworthy is that they are competitive enough to be selling some lines into Chinese markets. Their product volume ranges up to 80,000 units per year depending on the model.
Pierre demonstrated the foundations of the GGI QMS and talked about the four ISO standards that GGI is certified to; AS9100C, ISO13485, ISO14001, and ISO9001 Since his talk was two fold Quality Management Process Measure and Workforce Mobilization he lead the audience through how both were realized at GGI. In addition he showed some very impressive CPK's and FPY's on products that GGI makes.
Reaction from the audience places this presentation amongst the best received conferences that ASQ Section 401 has hosted in quite some time.
6. Voice Of The Customer
Senior Fellow of Quality at PWC, BApSc in Mech Eng, MBA, CQE, CSSBB and
that our conference of Wednesday May 25 was a hit with the audience.
Our speaker,Pierre Marquis, talked about the Quality Management Process
& Workforce Mobilization at his employer GGI. Feedback was very
favourable with an over 93% very high and over 98% high or very high
score on the feedback collected at the event against our standard ten
feedback questions covering everything from event timing, to the
accommodation, the organization and the subjects. The event was very
Give me your feedback by e-mail
7. Job Opportunities Page Update
We are all aware that job opportunities are getting scarce. Our listings on your Section website page are down to a trickle.
However one job search engine has asked to be added: no guarantees, but it is another place to look.
If you are looking or just plain curious please go to our website, then click on
8. Welcome to our New Members
Fatemeh Hosseini Monjezi
Sergio Ortiz Moscovich
9. Organziation Members
ASQ Montreal Section thanks our Organization Members:
11. ASQ News
Member Gift: ISO 9001:2015 Transition Bundle
12. ASQ Montreal Section Education Program 2016
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.: Dr. David Tozer: (514) 694-2830, firstname.lastname@example.org
13. Executive Committee Meetings & Officers
Section Executive Committee (Leadership Team) Meetings are held at different locations, starting at 6 PM. The next regular meeting is tentatively scheduled for:
September 7, 2016
Consult the List of Your Executive
Is Your Recertification Due?
Look at your wallet card to see when your present certification is due to expire. If it says December 31, 2015 you should contact ASQ by phone at 1-800-248-1946 and explain your situation to them because your certification has lapsed and you are no longer certified.
If your wallet card states June 2016 you have until December 31, 2016 to get your journal to me. Why so long? Because you have an expiration date of June 20, 2016 plus or minus six months. To assist you with documenting your Recertification Units (RU) please use the Electronic Recertification Journal, or a paper equivalent, to document your claims. Please also complete the "Documentation Required" log for each section of point that you are claiming and attach all of the relevant evidence thereto. Journals with just the "ASQ Recertification Journal Application" page completed and nothing else will not be accepted.
Maybe you’ve decided not to recertify because (a) you are unemployed, (b) no longer in the quality field or perhaps, (c ) your employer no longer will pay for it? Think about this, your certification belongs to you and no one else. Your name is on it and no one else’s. It is portable and you can bring the recognition to your next company. Remember how hard you had to study for it? If you let it lapse you must rewrite the exam. Do you know where you will be employed in a year or so? Well congratulations if you do because most of us don’t and it could come in handy then, it sure won’t hinder you to retain it. The cost at $69 USD to renew one certification is much less than it would be to rewrite. If you are unemployed then contact ASQ directly at 1-800-248-1946. Ask for “Recertification” then explain your unemployment situation to them. You may be able to have your due date extended. But at $69.00 that is not really that much if it will help land your next job?
If you are a member of Section 0401, Montreal then contact me (Norman) at email@example.com to find out where to send your journal. If you are NOT a member of section 401 then contact ASQ directly at 1-800-248-1946.
Please DO NOT EMAIL your journal to me. Use Canada Post or equivalent.
15. Unemployed Member Dues
Unemployed ASQ members receive a discount on their membership dues based on consecutive years of membership.
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