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September 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Innovating Internet of
Things with Design Thinking
An ASQ Professional
Development Talk and Workshop on IoT and Design Thinking
Presenters: Walter Knitl
and Nilufer Erdebil
The Internet of Things (IoT) is here. Whether applied to industrial
automation, wearables, connected transportation, drones or smart
cities, it’s poised to deliver great benefits along with new
challenges. Benefits including improved revenue, costs, quality of life
and convenience are often confounded by challenges such as privacy,
security, social disruption and new demands on quality.
To fully deliver on the benefits and tackle the challenges, Design
Thinking is critical for creating and de-risking innovative solutions.
This seminar presents what you need to know about Internet of Things
and shows you how to apply Design Thinking to innovate IoT solutions.
It will cover IoT architecture, application verticals, benefits,
challenges, and quality imperatives, and the Design Thinking rationale
and methodology through guided interactive participation.
Principal at Praxiem
Co-Founder and CBDO at
is the founder and principal at Praxiem, helping clients discover and
deliver their technology innovations through market research, product
management and business development. He is a proponent of the Internet
of Things as a lever for economic growth and social good, realized
through his role as Co-Founder and CBDO of IoT613, and curator of the
Walter has a record of successful ICT product
introductions at Ottawa technology companies including Ericsson,
Nortel, Mitel, Ontario Centre for Microelectronics and Bell-Northern
Research. His extensive experience consists of business roles including
Product Management, Account Management and Commercial Management, as
well as technical roles in hardware and software R&D and
telecommunication standards development.
Walter holds a BASc degree in Electrical Engineering.
Follow on Twitter @praxiem and @iot613.
Erdebil, B.Eng., MBA, PMP
winning, Spring2Innovation founder, Nilufer Erdebil is a leading
innovation and design thinking consultant with a range of experience in
telecommunications, application development, project management
information technology management. Her firm focuses on strategy and
vision development, design thinking, innovation programs, and building
innovation capabilities in organizations.
She has been using
design thinking methodologies since 2003 in both the private and public
sector. Most recently, she has used design thinking techniques and
tools for clients at Innovation Science and Economic Development
(ISED), Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), along with the
Community of Federal Regulators (CFR) in the redesign of its web
interface providing regulatory guidance to Canadians and Canadian
Nilufer holds a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering and an
MBA from Queen’s University. In 2016, she received the Canadian Women
in Communications and Technology Leadership Award and in 2014, she was
awarded the Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award.
Follow on Twitter @spring2inno and @digitalnil.
2018 (date and time TBD)
PACCAR Plant Tour Part 2
October 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM
General Assembly (GA) and
then "HACCP: Past, present and future"
Presenters: ASQ Leadership
Team representatives then Deborah Esplin
Part 1: General Annual
Assembly Agenda Items:
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
Part 1: Presentation:
HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) is a preventive,
risk-based methodology for developing, implementing and maintaining a
food safety plan. From it’s beginnings in the 1950s in the USA to
world-wide acceptance of this methodology, which is now the core of
food safety plans around the world, HACCP is an interesting approach to
managing and controlling risks. A methodology that is applicable not
only to food but other processes and other risks.
The presentation will look at:
- How HACCP began
- How it evolved and become the core methodology of all food-plants
around the world
- Examples of HACCP plans: seeing the methodology in action
- Where may it go
B.A., M.Sc., ASQ CQA, CHA
Consultant & Auditor
Deborah Esplin is a Certified HACCP Auditor with fourteen years
experience in food production. For thirteen years she worked in nut and
granola processing, snack and trail mixes, dry ingredients, wheat-based
and gluten-free bakery products, packing of drink mix, natural products
and pharmaceutical powders and pills, having developed or managed eight
HACCP plans and reviewed many supplier plans. For the last year and a
half, she moved to self employment. As a consultant and auditor, she
has improved or reviewed about fifty HACCP plans across many processes
including meat, dairy, egg, fish, sauces & condiments, grain
products, vegetables, prepared meals, food packaging material storage
and distribution, tanker washing, bakery products, ingredient
manufacturing and juices.
During her time in quality assurance, she worked on equipment
validations, developing and food safety and quality programs, training
employees and achieving certification for organic products, HACCP, Good
Manufacturing Practices, BRC (British Retail Consortium Food Safety
Standard), and some private standards. As an auditor and consultant,
she has also been involved in audits for SQF (Safe Quality Food Safety
Code) Good Distribution Practices and a number of private standards.
Deborah has a B.A. (McGill) and M.Sc. (Université de Montréal) and is
in the final stages of a Food Science Certificate with the University
of Guelph having already completed several courses in chemistry,
microbiology and food processing. Presently she is a contract GFSI
auditor with SAI Global carrying out SQF and many other 1st and 2nd
party audits, and self-employed consultant.
November 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM
A Look at Self-Regulated
Professions from the Viewpoint of Quality Practitioners
Development Talk and Workshop combination
Presenter: Gabriel Ahmarani
PART I (presentation): In view of the intangible nature of professional
services, what challenges does this work pose to the quality
practitioner? What is the extent of professional work in society? What
are the main dangers to consumers and to society? How do we define and
circumscribe these services? Who monitors these professions and how?
What quality precepts are used to monitor these services, by whom, and
are they sufficient? What’s the historical context, evolution, and
future trends for such professional services? What new challenges will
such developments bring to the quality field?
PART II: (Discussion workshop - optional): Are we ready with the right
quality tools? Quality practitioners, your expertise will be solicited.
Be ready to contribute!
Ahmarani, Ch.Adm, CMC, ASQ Senior Member, CQE, CQA, CSSGB, and CMQ/OE
has navigated through four decades of senior professional roles as
certified management consultant, plant manager, project manager, and
quality engineer, in Canada and the USA. He is a senior ASQ member and
holder of the CQE, CQA, CSSGB, and CMQ/OE ASQ certifications
(emeritus). He is also a longtime member of the Ordre des
administrateurs agréés du Québec (OAAQ), and the Canadian Association
of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada), where he holds certifications
as Chartered Administrator (Ch.Adm.) and Certified Management
Consultant (CMC). He currently sits on the professional inspection
committee of the OAAQ, a committee tasked by law to inspect
professional conformance of its members.