November 2019 (Volume 69 - Issue 9)
Our objective: To increase awareness, interest, and involvement in
activities and quality-related subjects.
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1. Next Event
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Blue Haven Shopping Village
3693 Boul. St. Jean
Securing Your Data: Should You Be Concerned?
Senior Advisor, Managed Services and Security
join us on November 27th, 2019 to watch
our guest speaker deliver the
topic of Securing Your Data.
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.
$40 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 RUs.
your business cards and be ready to
your business cards and be ready to
3. Upcoming ASQ Section 401 Events
Here is a tentative list of events we are planning for the first half of 2020:
January 21, 2020: Student Outreach - Panel Event at ETS (see Section 9 below).
January 29, 2020: Risk in GxP Industries.
February 26, 2020: Lean Start-up of a Center for Pediatric Emergencies.
March 25, 2020: Women in Quality.
April 29, 2020: Counterfeiting in the Food Industry.
May 27, 2020: Pecha Kucha Night.
Hope to see you all at these events in 2020!!
4. The Editor's Corner
By Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, CSSGB
As this is the final Newsletter of the 2019, I want to take up this space by saying THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to read them this year. After all these years, I still enjoy what I do for the ASQ, which includes putting together these online newsletters 9 times a year.
As well, a Happy Holidays to all of you, and a prosperous and high quality 2020 :-)
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 just held our annual General Assembly in October, and we have announced our slate of officers. The four incumbents, Ray, Chantale and Robert as well as myself will retain their roles as described in the Nominations section below. I want to thank my colleagues for the excellent work they have done in the year gone by, and for their commitment to continued support of the section in the year to come.
It was announced at the GA that Section 404, who we have collaborated with extensively in the past, has decided not to continue to operate. This will be formalized we believe in February 2020 when the ASQ Board sits and formally dissolves the section. Members of that section will be given a choice of what section they will want to associate with. We expect the majority of the members will attach to our section.
In anticipation we have committed, in our yearly business plan, to holding some of our events in French next year. The first of these will be in January 2020 through our Student Outreach Program. You can read about it below.
The GA was coupled to our usual monthly speaker event. Marie-Eve Carrier spoke on Quality Assurance in the Cannabis Industry. My eyes were opened to the incredible complexity of the supply chain and of the attendant regulations governing the cannabis business. You can read more feedback from the event below.
For those with certifications, the coupling of the two events allowed us to accord double the number of Recertification Units. In this case 1.0 RU instead of the usual 0.5 RU. We occasionally find opportunities to do this and encourage you to take advantage of them when they arise.
Our next event, on the 27th, is for everyone: Cyber security. I would hope to see every ASQ member who is a client of Desjardins, a user of Facebook, has data in the i-Cloud, etc. at the event.
In closing I would like to acknowledge two of our Leadership Team who have taken mandates this year and who have let us know that they will be pursuing other interests in the new year. Nicoleta Roman our Program and Arrangements Chair picked from where I left off at the end of 2018 and has overseen a series of very well attended and very well received speaker events in 2019. Pierre-Luc Avoine our Voice of the Customer Chair has stayed on top of the feedback from events and provided the analysis we use to set our direction on future events. I would like to thank both for their time, their energy and their innovations. Very much appreciated!
6. Had You Come to the Last Event
By Amine Djeffal, CQA, RAC, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Professional
Had you come . . . Quality Assurance in the Cannabis Industry
This year, the presentation following the ASQ annual General Assembly was given by Marie-Eve Carrier. Marie-Eve was involved in the early development of the cannabis industry in Canada back in 2014. She became recognized by Health Canada as QA person in 2017. She is currently working as Director of Quality and Regulatory Consulting at PipeDreemz Inc. She is also a teacher at Gerald-Godin College and a member of the C-45 Quality Association, serving as a national private-sector advocate for quality in the Canadian cannabis sector.
During the presentation a brief history of cannabis regulation was given. We learnt that cannabis was removed from US pharmacopoiae in 1942. Noteworthy, Canada was the first country of the G7 to legalize cannabis. The regulatory landscape was rapidly evolving from the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations (MMAR) in 2001 to the promulgation of The Cannabis Act and Regulations in 2018. Not only products (seeds, plants, fresh and dried cannabis, oil …) are now authorized for sale via specific licenses in Canada, but the Regulations have been amended in 2019 to add other derived products such as concentrated extracts, edibles and topicals.
License requirements were thoroughly discussed during the presentation. There are conditions to be fulfilled by license holders like a Quality Assurance System along with SOPs, Good Production Practices (GPP), hygiene, and compliance reports. The cannabis industry shares some similarities with the pharmaceuticals/biotech industry like record keeping, sanitation, IQ/OQ/PQ, adverse events reporting, CAPA, batch files and, last but not least, risk assessment and management.
There were many questions from the attendees pertaining to the role of the Responsible Person. This person doesn’t report to a Quality Director: he/she is the key person to interact with Health Canada’s inspectors. It is also mandatory to have a Quality Assurance Person (QAP) on site to ensure compliance to regulations. This person needs to have the skills, the knowledge and experience to work in such an environment. However, the QAP role is still not understood. This role shouldn’t be limited to paperwork.
Marie-Eve stressed that expertises are needed in this ever-evolving field. Cannabis regulations are hard to follow and interpret even by Health Canada. One of the challenges is how to use Quality and compliance tools to navigate this industry. The search of standardization is another issue that the industry is facing.
The presentation was very interesting with a lot of interaction from the attendees. Marie-Eve was challenged by questions coming from people currently working in the cannabis industry, as well as in the pharmaceuticals industry and from other different backgrounds. Discussions extended well after the presentation was over.
I really appreciated the whole evening. It was worth the attendance.
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. ASQ Montreal Section Officers for 2020
By Rajesh Kumar Tyagi, ASQ Fellow, Nominating Chair
The General Assembly was held, as planned, on October 30, 2018. During this meeting, we confirmed our ASQ Montreal Section Officers for 2020 as:
Chair: Eric Glenn Hosking
Vice-Chair: Chantale Simard
Secretary: Raymond E. Dyer
This new team continues to reflect the best of your section membership leadership. 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 ever interested in participating on the ASQ Montreal Section Leadership Team, or have any questions on the roles themselves, please contact your Section Chair at email@example.com or the Nominating Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Student Outreach Committee
By Veronica Marquez, M.Sc., CSSBB, ASQ Senior Member, Student Outreach Committee Chair
you believe it’s already November? The trees have almost lost
all their leaves, Halloween is finished, and the Holidays are upon
us… We may be counting the days to Christmas or vacation,
but that doesn’t mean that we have finished our work.
plus de détail: VMarquez@sections.asq.org
10. Welcome to our New Members
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:
December 4, 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.
NOTE: The following links require that you be logged into your account before you try to activate them.
Download the ASQ Unemployment Program
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