September 2016 (Volume 66 - Issue 7)
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Optimization of Snow Removal at the City of Montreal
Simon Cloutier, MBA
Organizational Performance Department
Yvan Lévesque, P. Eng., M. Sc.
Organizational Performance Department
join us on September 28th, 2016 to hear our guest
speakers present the
of Snow Removal at the City of Montreal.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Snow removal is a very important activity for the citizens of Montréal. The city spends nearly $150 M each winter to ensure smooth urban traffic flow and emergency services. A performance improvement program was launched in Winter 2015-16 to improve the schedule, cost and quality performance of this service. This presentation will cover the methodological framework used, the performance measures developed and carried out, and the results obtained.
Mr. Simon Cloutier has a solid 15 years of experience in organizational performance and finance, acquired notably with a large consulting firm and as a manager with the city of Montréal. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Economic Sciences in 2000, and his MBA with specialization in enterprise management from Laval University in 2015.
As Director of Montréal's Organizational Performance Department for over two years, Mr. Cloutier manages a team of twenty managers and professionals who lead corporate benchmarking projects, and assist administrative departments with ways and means optimization through various performance improvement programs. His expertise in Lean Management, Six Sigma, financial and value analysis, project and change management and team leadership, combined with his determination and his pragmatic focus on solutions, actions and results, are put to good use for the continuous improvement of his team and the quality of services they deliver.
He joined the city of Montréal in 2010 as Chief of the Administrative and Technical Services division of Space for Life (operating the Montréal Botanical Gardens, the Biodome, the Insectarium and the Planetarium), where he led a team of 70 people and managed a budget of more than $13 M.
Previously, Mr. Cloutier worked for over six years with Raymond, Chabot, Grant, Thornton, first as a consultant in infrastructure financing projects in the United Kingdom, where he developed financial simulation models and sensitivity analyses to facilitate strategic decision making by business consortia. Later, as a consultant in operational and organizational performance improvement, he completed about 30 performance improvement projects for large organizations such as Hydro Québec, Cirque du Soleil, Rio Tinto, Revenue Quebec, Infrastructures Québec, the CHUM (Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal) and many municipalities.
Mr. Yvan Lévesque holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Graduate Diploma of Specialized Studies in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering. A change agent specialist in Lean and Six Sigma, he has over twenty years of experience in continuous improvement of business and operational processes in a variety of industries.
Mr. Lévesque has worked on a variety of cost reduction, continuous improvement and supply chain optimization projects for national and international clients in various business sectors.
He has also supported and advised Black Belt and Green Belt teams in continuous business process improvement projects across a diverse functional groups (call centres, compensation, document management, actuarial science, technology and new product development).
Mr. Lévesque also teaches courses in Lean Operations and Performance Management and Evaluation of Health and Social Services at McGill University, and Introduction to Six Sigma at the graduate level at Concordia University.
He has worked in continuous performance improvement for almost two years as a Senior Optimization Advisor with the Organizational Performance Department.
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By Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, CSSGB
Hello, and here’s hoping you all had a good summer.
A funny thing happened to me this summer . . . I was very busy at work.
Like some companies do during the hot months of the year, my company has a shutdown period. In our case, it is for 3 weeks. Production operations close up for this period and most employees are on vacation. However, office staff can ask to work during this shutdown period and then take the vacation time at other times in the year.
I started with my company in November 2014, so this was the second summer shutdown I experienced with them. And as I did last year, I decided to work for 2 of the 3 shutdown weeks and take only 1 week of vacation during this time. My logic for doing this is twofold:
1) I prefer splitting up my vacation time over the year, instead of using it all in one shot.
2) I could work in relative peace and quiet, not be caught up in too much e-mail traffic, and be able to catch up on work/projects that needed to get done/started.
The results of item (2) can be summed up as follows:
Shutdown 2015: Succeeded with flying colors.
Shutdown 2016: Failed . . . with colors crashing hard into terra firma.
In a nutshell, what made this summer more hectic were customers and certification bodies wanting to visit, primarily to conduct audits and/or program reviews. Last year’s shutdown was devoid this, thus my ability to accomplish the things I wanted to was unhindered. This year’s shutdown period, and the weeks that followed into August and early September, found a steady stream of customers and certification bodies coming and going.
The plus side of course here is that my company has many customers to rely on for work, as well as numerous quality and regulatory approvals which show that we are professional, organized and ready for business.
The trade-off comes with the fact there is always somebody “visiting” us somewhere. We currently have 9 sites in North America, with more coming on board in the future. So it is not farfetched to say that during any given week, at least 1 of these 9 sites is being visited by somebody who is either paying us to do business, or approving us to be able to do business.
Am I complaining? No. I prefer this scenario than the opposite . . . without being so overloaded that you cannot actually complete anything, of course.
Was last year’s summer lull an anomaly? We’ll see, not enough data compiled yet :-)
Any feedback? Click on the link in the bottom right corner of this section and let me know. Thanks.
Those of us who have spent the summer around Montreal have enjoyed exceptionally warm and sunny days. The perfect conditions for outdoor activities, barbecues, or dining out on restaurant terraces. I am not much of a TV addict anyway. Despite the gorgeous summer weather however, I made an exception for a few events of the Olympic Games and made sure that I got home on time to watch those performances in real time. I am referring mostly to track and field, especially the 100 m, 200 m, 4x100 m relay, and also gymnastics and diving. Beside the very few displays of poor sportsmanship, the Rio games were certainly a success in terms of quality of athletic performance.
I would bet that the vast majority of the athletes never had any formal training in quality concepts and tools or continuous improvement methods. Yet, the execution of their technique encompasses everything that quality is about. Listening to various coaches involved with the Canadian Olympic Team, it is clear to me that they have a well-articulated strategy (a vision, mission, game plan, and so forth) and many of the steps that must take place to prepare an athlete for the Games are found in Six Sigma DMAIC. All the efforts, sacrifices, and resilience leading to the spectacle on our TV screen deserve our admiration.
The athlete is not a preacher or a teacher. He or she is a doer and a pretty good one. Quality happens while doing. Even if the end result can be disappointing at times, most athletes express great satisfaction in their Olympic experience. As a modest consumer of Olympic Games on TV, I can say that I was in awe of what I watched. Can you imagine if all the work that occurs in our organizations were of Olympic quality level? How about the stakeholder’s satisfaction?
Let us be inspired by the Olympic spirit as a model for the pursuit of excellence so that it reflects on our work and our personal endeavors.
By Chantale Simard, MBA, ASQ CMQ/OE
Had you come . . . Golf Tournament
The Quality Golf Tournament was a beautiful event again this year, well appreciated by all participants. It is always a great opportunity to build strong and sustaining relationships with other quality professionals. If building your network while enjoying a good time is important for you, don’t miss our yearly golf tournament.
Thanks to Marie-Ange Alcaidinho, ASQ Montreal Francophone Section 404 Program Chair for organizing this event with me.
Thanks to all our sponsors:
Senior Fellow of Quality at PWC, BApSc in Mech Eng, MBA, CQE, CSSBB and
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By Raymond E. Dyer, ASQ Senior Member, CMQ/OE, & CQA, Nominating Committee Chair
In accordance with Sections 5.4 and 6.1 of the Section Operating Agreement, the Montreal Section 401 Nominating Committee comprising of I. Alli, N. Dickinson, D. Tozer, and R.E. Dyer (Nominating Committee Chair), proposes the following Slate of Officers for January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017:
Chair: Robert Demers
Vice- Chair: François Pageau
Secretary: David Tozer
Treasurer: Chantale Simard
To nominate a different slate of officers or obtain further information, please contact Raymond E. Dyer at firstname.lastname@example.org; alternate nominations for Section officer positions can be made by petition of at least 10 members of the Section. Please note that to hold a Section Officer position; one must be a Full, Senior, or Fellow ASQ member in good standing affiliated with the section.
Craig E. De Boos
Dalton J. Myatt
Maria Jurema Azuelo
Navneet Kaur Bajwa
Abderrahmane El Idrissi
Alberto L. Policarpio
ASQ Montreal Section thanks our Organization Members:
ASQ Montreal Francophone Section 404 (Thursday, September 15, 2016)The next event for the ASQ Montreal Francophone section will be a webinar conducted by Martin Carignan, Statistician, M. Sc., MBA. For more information, click HERE.
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.
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Questions? In house courses, etc.: Dr. David Tozer: (514) 694-2830,
Section Executive Committee (Leadership Team) Meetings are held at different locations, starting at 6 PM. The next regular meeting is tentatively scheduled for:
October 5, 2016
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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?
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