October 2019 (Volume 69 - Issue 8)
Our objective: To increase awareness, interest, and involvement in
activities and quality-related subjects.
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1. Next Event
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel
555 McMillan Avenue
ASQ Montreal Section 401 General Assembly
(18h30 to 19h00)
1) Call to Order
2) Adoption of Agenda
3) Adoption of Previous Minutes
4) Section Chair Report
5) Section Treasurer's Report
6) Program Chair Report
7) Membership Chair Report
8) Election of Officers
The General Assembly will be followed by this month's presentation:
Cannabis Quality Assurance: at the Crossroads of Plant, Pharmaceutical and Food Sciences
Director Quality and Regulatory Consulting with PipeDreemz Inc.
Cannabis Pharmaceuticals EU-GMP
Teacher at College Gerald-Godin in Montreal
join us on October 30th, 2019 to watch our guest speaker deliver the
topic of the Cannabis
After working in basic research, Marie-Eve Carrier was involved in the early development of a cannabis company from 2014 while working in clinical research CROs present in the greater Montreal area. She became a Health Canada recognized QA Person in September 2017, and the company she contributed to was awarded a production licence on December 2017. In August 2018, she joined the company PipeDreemz Inc. as Director of Quality and Regulatory Consulting. PipeDreemz Inc. holds the greatest number of completed applications that have been accepted by Health Canada. The company activities span from facility design, QA management system preparation, construction coaching, regulatory and company start-up support.
Marie-Eve’s presence into the cannabis field comes from her long-time passion for gardening merged with her scientific and professional knowledge. She was trained on cannabis production by cannabis production specialists. She holds a B.Sc. in Microbiology and an M. Sc. in Cell Biology. She is a member of the C-45 Quality Association, serving as a national private-sector advocate for quality in the Canadian Cannabis sector. Marie-Eve is also involved in cannabis training development in Quebec in collaboration with Gerald-Godin College in Montreal.
$40 (includes meal and parking) for all particpants.
Free for ASQ members attending their first event.
Dinner will be served at 6:00pm.
Arrive early for the food and to network with fellow Quality professionals.
Attendees to this event will will recieve 0.5 (GA) + 0.5 (Presentation) RUs.
NOTE: For ASQ student members wanting to get to the Sheraton Hotel, you can easily take the STM Express City Bus 747 which will drop you off at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport. After which, you may take the Sheraton's free shuttle to get to the hotel. After the meeting, an ASQ member will often be available to drop off a student at a nearby bus or metro station.
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3. Upcoming ASQ Section 401 Events
November 27, 2019: "Securing your Data: Should you be concerned?"
Senior Advisor, Managed Services and Security
ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
What are the security measures at your workplace? Are there any? Do you think your employer is keeping your personal information safe? What do you think of the Desjardins and Capital One breaches?
These are among the topics to be covered by this presentation, along with discussion about concerns and hopefully, some tips to reduce security anxiety!
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Although he is a business administration graduate, Marco Estrela has found his true passion in information security, an industry in which he has been working since 2009. Marco is in a unique position to listen to clients' security needs and proposes proven measures to mitigate risks and enhance their overall security posture.
Over the years, Marco has developed a speciality is social engineering. He regularly conducts physical intrusion tests, and he holds the title of "Vishing Champion" of the 2017 Edition of Hackfest, a hacking competition held yearly in Quebec City.
REGISTER EARLY FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS!!
SPACE WILL BE LIMITED!!
4. The Editor's Corner
By Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, CSSGB
If I am home on a weekday evening between 7-7:30pm, chances are more than likely I will be watching Jeopardy!
The long running TV quiz show has been a favourite of mine for, well, decades honestly. I have even tried out to be a contestant on the show on numerous occasions, but to no avail. That said, I will not stop trying.
At the start of each show, the three contestants are introduced with the announcer stating their occupation, where they are from, and finally, their name.
How pleased I was when earlier this month, one of the contestants was introduced as a Quality Assurance Analyst!! "Oh my, she's one of me!" I thought. I realized that I was as excited as I was because, quite frankly, I could not remember a previous occasion when I had seen a contestant on the show with an occupation in the Quality field. I obviously rooted for her to win, but unfortunately she ended up finishing in third place. Even so, you walk away with $1000 and bragging rights to having earned your way onto the show.
And then, the following night, as if to prove to me that lightning can strike the same place twice, one of the two new contestants on the show happened to be a Quality Engineer!! "Holy #$%&, I can't believe it!" Sure enough, two nights in a row with somebody representing the Quality profession. And sure enough as well, a second night in a row of that person finishing in third place.
Who knows when I will see the next Quality professional grace the stage of Jeopardy! But for those two days in early October, it was nice to see our profession getting represented on a show that, above all others currently on TV (in my opinion), requires you to have a wide-ranging knowledge of pretty much any subject matter you can think of.
As I finish writing this, it is 6:45pm on Wednesday, October 9th. You know where I will be in 15 minutes . . . waiting for lightning to strike.
Any feedback? Click on the link in the bottom right corner of this section and let me know. Thanks.
5. A Word from your Section Chair
By Eric Hosking, Senior Consultant to Shainin, CQE, CSSBB and CQA
We had two events in the month of September: one as part of our Student Outreach program, and the other as part of our normal speaker event series. Both as it worked out featured Veronica Marquez. In the first, she and Farnoosh Naderkhani, our resident Concordia Professor, gathered over 100 students in a conference room at Concordia for a panel event, The Future Talent of Quality, followed by mentoring provided by no less than six industry experts. At the official closing, the room was still very much alive with students pumping the experts for information. Kudos to the team. Ray Dyer and Chantale Simard from our leadership team also provided mentoring and guidance to the students. Thanks goes out to them as well. A week later Veronica was our featured speaker talking on The State of Organization Excellence Across the World. I leave it to others to describe the event below. I just want to thank Veronica again, as much of the preparation work was done over what is normally our summer break.
At the Regional level, the 14 sections in Canada are an ASQ region, the focus is on taxes as I have said in the past. A team has been constituted to try and educate the section members about how to operate in a world were the sections are not considered "not for profit". This implies collecting and remitting sales taxes to governments. As I said last month, we are exploring how to avoid the inconvenience of adding taxes to event fees. Our recent event at Concordia was structured to be after the dinner: it allowed us to offer the event for free. We may defer to this format more often in the future.
October is the month of the General Assembly. With the transformation of ASQ HQ, the requirement to hold a GA as a mandatory event has been removed. This is in the context of a defining/redefining of how sections form and operate that is currently underway. We have chosen to hold the GA and, as in the past, we will have a speaker event after the GA. We will review the year gone by and we will introduce the slate of officers for the year to come. I encourage you to come to this event: it is the one time we get to talk about us.
Finally, our October speaker, Marie-Eve Carrier, will be addressing the very timely subject of Cannabis Quality Assurance, If the GA is not enough to entice you, this has to be. And remember, if you stay for both, you get 1.0 RU, 0.5 for the two different events.
6. Had You Come to the Last Event
By Raymond E. Dyer, ASQ Senior Member, CMQ/OE, CQA, Historian, Internet Liaison
and Section Secretary
Had you come . . . State of Organizational Excellence
Very interesting event indeed. Veronica Marquez discussed the results of a 2017/2018 study led by Mrs. Dawn Ringrose on the current state of Organizational Excellence around the world. Lots of people and organizations were involved. The model used for the study was based on several well-known business excellence models from around the world (e.g. Canada, US, Europe, Australia).
What was as interesting as the data that Veronica shared was the way she did so, i.e. very interactively. First she asked us how we defined Organizational Excellence. Well right there the interactions started and attendees suggested their definitions. Veronica then shared Dawn Ringrose's definition for this study which was "Organizational excellence refers to the use of best management practices common to high performing organizations that, when successfully implemented, contribute to a culture committed to excellence and sustainable results across a balanced system of measurement." In doing so, she showed us how what many of us had said fit in this definition.
After sharing with us the framework used, the rating scale, the automated assessment tool used, and some data details, Veronica captured our interest by presenting Canadian results compared to the rest of the world. While one could argue the statistical significance of it all, the proportion of Canadian respondents was high enough (174 out of 791) to lend credibility to the comparisons.
Where the world scored really low, and even more so Canada, were in the principles of "Data based decision making" and "Prevention based process management". Another interesting observation shared was that "Principles" rated significantly higher than "Management Areas". Then she sliced and diced the data by role, type, size, industry sector, region, etc. Well that got even more interaction amongst the attendees going and speculation as to what might be causing such results. Veronica kept an excellent balance between progressing the presentation and letting attendees participate with opinions and comments, sometimes to each other!
But the presentation didn't limit itself to sharing with us how well or poorly the world and Canada were doing in Organizational Excellence and speculating as to why. The next topic raised was "So, what now?". This is where things got even more interesting. Veronica shared slides on the strengths and opportunities raised by the study, and what we could do to improve on this. Before providing us some paths to follow, she again asked for feedback, just to see how many we could raise. For example, for the "Data based decision making" opportunity, she indicated that this principle was directly related to 58 best management practices and actually showed 8 of them as boxes around the principle in the middle circle. The boxes were green if considered well done, yellow if improvement would be required, and red if poorly done. She then circulated a "Relationships between Principles and Key Management Areas" so we could see how these two were linked. Very interesting information and guidance.
Veronica delivered on what she said she would. We did learn about the different principles and the management areas that are key to creating a culture of excellence and did engage in conversation to stimulate Organizational Excellence amongst ourselves. The challenge is now to do so in our companies and keep learning more on this field of interest. Thank-you Veronica, for an enjoyably interactive presentation. I really appreciated the format. Well done!
7. Voice Of The Customer
Avoine, Eng., ASQ Senior Member, CSSGB, VoC Chair
event held at Concordia
Give me your feedback by e-mail
8. Repeat Call for Officer Nominations and Proposed Slate of Officers (January - December 2020)
By Rajesh Kumar Tyagi, ASQ Fellow, Nominating Chair
In accordance with Sections 4.5 and 4.6 of the Section Maintenance Policy and Procedure S 02.00, the ASQ Montreal Section Nominating Committee comprising of J.P. Amiel, Sam Weissfelner and Rajesh Tyagi (Nominating Committee Chair), proposes the following Slate of Officers for January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020:
Chair: Eric Glenn Hosking
Vice-Chair: Chantale Simard
Secretary: Raymond E. Dyer
Alternate nominations for Section officer positions can be made by petition of at least 10 members of the Section (see ASQ Montreal Section nomination petition form). 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.
The proposed slate of officers will be repeated in the October newsletter and the General Assembly will be held on October 30, 2019.
For a listing of current ASQ Montreal Section 0401 positions, see http://asqmontreal.qc.ca/executive/contacts.html. For more information on the ASQ position themselves, see http://asq.org/member-leader-community/positions/index.html.
If you are interested in participating on the upcoming Section Leadership Team or have any questions on the roles themselves, please contact Section Chair Eric Hosking at email@example.com or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and welcome back from summer vacations!
9. Student Outreach Committee
By Veronica Marquez, M.Sc., CSSBB, ASQ Senior Member, Student Outreach Committee Chair
September 18th, we held a panel and networking event at Concordia
University to discuss “THE FUTURE TALENT OF
QUALITY”. More than 120 students participated, asked
questions and networked with the professionals present and they clearly
showed their interest in quality professions.
quality professionals, we have often promoted the idea of continuous
improvement in our organisations: now, we need to apply that concept to
ourselves and become “continuous learners”.
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10. Welcome to our New Members
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11. Organization Members
ASQ Montreal Section thanks our Organization Members:
13. ASQ News
14. ASQ Montreal Section Education Program 2020
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, email@example.com
15. 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:
November 6, 2019
Consult the List of Your Executive
16. Unemployed Members Dues
Unemployed ASQ members receive a discount on their membership dues based on consecutive years of membership.
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Download the ASQ Unemployment Program
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