Upcoming and Planned ASQ Montreal Section 0401 Events
Please note that these events, while planned for, remain subject to change until formally announced in our Newsletter.
To register, please contact our event coordinator Dr. David Tozer at event@asqmontreal.qc.ca.

Wednesday 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

Innovating IoT with Design Thinking
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.
Walter Knitl, BASc
Principal at Praxiem
Co-Founder and CBDO at IoT613
Walter 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 IoT613 Conference.
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.
Nilufer Erdebil, B.Eng., MBA, PMP
CEO, Spring2Innovation
Award 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 businesses.
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.

October 2018 (date and time TBD)
PACCAR Plant Tour Part 2

Wednesday 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
9) Recognitions
10) Adjournment
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

Deborah Esplin
Deborah Esplin, B.A., M.Sc., ASQ CQA, CHA
Food Safety/Quality 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.

Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM
A Look at Self-Regulated Professions from the Viewpoint of Quality Practitioners
Another ASQ Professional 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!

Gabriel Ahmarani
Gabriel Ahmarani, Ch.Adm, CMC, ASQ Senior Member, CQE, CQA, CSSGB, and CMQ/OE
Ahmarani Management Advisory Services
Gabriel 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.