ASQ Montreal Section

Created August 12, 1950 - On line since 1999

Welcome to the ASQ Montreal Section website. Our section was created in 1950 and we are proud to be the bilingual voice of Montreal and its region. We invite you to roam through our pages and read the news, comments, event and historical information. We also invite you to visit our myASQ site.



Radical Transformation with Kaikaku
(Transformer une entreprise par le Kaikaku)

English Webinar | Webinaire en anglais
(Bilingual Q&A Bilingue)

November 30th 2022 | 30 novembre 2022 19:00

Opportunité de réseautage | Networking Opportunity 18:30

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Albanesa YmayaIn this conference, our speaker will share a deep understanding of two LEAN approaches to support business transformation — Kaikaku and Kaizen Events. She will review general definitions around these terms and will explain the goal of each approach, the commonalities, the differences, and the benefits.

At the end of the conference, you will understand why “Kaikaku First and Kaizen Event Later” is a useful approach. Finally, she will share her formula to achieve a real Lean transformation in any business positively impacting Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and People.

Our speaker: Albanesa Ymaya is from the Dominican Republic and is founder and CEO of Ymaya Lean Academy and FYLA (Ymaya Lean Academy Foundation). Albanesa has more than 19 years as an Industrial Engineer working with Lean Transformations in the Manufacturing sector, such as medical Devices and electronics. She holds a post-degree in Quality and Productivity Management and specializations in Project Management and Logistics Management, is a Certified as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt; Six Sigma Green Belt; Six Sigma Yellow Belt; ISO and TL 9000 Auditor; Kepner Tregoe Practical Problem Solving; and Maynard Operation Sequence Technique (MOST).

She is also trained in the Shingo Model and TPS. In her 19 years as a professor at different Institutes and Universities, Albanesa trained more than 6,000 people from different countries (Latin America, Caribbean, United State and Europe) and has been in Lean Manufacturing environments since she started her career as an industrial engineer. She lead different Lean transformations in different countries and managed project portfolios of more than $10 million and has been recognized for her work with different International Awards, such as “Lean Coach of the Year”; “Planet Lean of the Year”; and “Operations Excellence Award”.

Lastly, she supports the Global Love and Kindness Project Foundation, founded by Karyn Ross, with the role of Caribbean Regional Director.

Your participation is worth 0.5 ASQ RU (Recertification Units).

2022 Upcoming Canada & Greenland Region Webinars

DateDescriptionASQ SectionLocal TimeReservations
2022-11-16Learn Quality 4.0, Part 6Saskatchewan12:00 pm, SaskatchewanInformation
2022-11-192022 ASQ Canada National Conference (Hybrid Conference) VancouverAll day- VancouverInformation
2022-12-07System thinking approach in  quality management systems with Chaitanya BaligaToronto12:00 pm, CTInformation
Rev. 2022-10-30

Canada and Greenland Region: 2023 Director named

Vancouver Section’s Natella Isazada, MPA, ASQ CMQ-OE, TEDx speaker and author will be the new Regional Director. She is a Vancouver-based Personal and Organizational Excellence expert, international speaker and author who promotes and empowers organizational excellence through personal growth and development.

Natella Isazada RD 2023Originally from Azerbaijan, Natella experienced life in a few diverse places before finding her home in Beautiful BC in 2007. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in International Journalism, a Degree in Law from Russian State Social University and acquired a Master’s of Public Administration from University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA. She also has over 15 years of progressive work experience in the fields of Quality, OHS and Risk Management in Manufacturing and Service industries in the US and Canada.

Natella is an active member of the American Society for Quality, and present chair of the leadership team of the ASQ Vancouver Section. She holds several industry certifications including Certified Manager of Quality/ Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), and ISO 9000 Lead Auditor (IRCA). She is an Advanced Communicator designated by Toastmasters International as well as a speaker at TEDx Chilliwack, BC, Canada. Visit her website at

Puneet Manchanda MBA PMPPuneet Manchanda, the Regional Director (RD) welcomes the following Deputy Regional Directors (DRD) for 2022. They have been nominated and will collaborate with the various Sections and their leaders to accomplish the Geographic Council (GCC) objectives:
Chaitanya Baliga: Ottawa Valley and Toronto Sam Weissfelner: Montreal
Michael Mladjenovic: Toronto, London and Hamilton Desmond Mahadeo: Kitchener
Lonita Judge: Windsor, Vancouver and the Maritimes Gary Gehring: Manitoba andSaskatchewan
Stephen Hall: Calgary and Edmonton Michel Guenette, Support DRD
Akhilesh Manchanda, Support DRD

Rev. 2022-11-05

ASQ News

2022 World Quality Month

World Quality Month 2022


Geek out on quality with the Planner Scanner Challenge! All through November ASQ will post clues and games on social media aimed at allowing you to flex your quality muscles. Every Friday find a free downloadable to help you celebrate..

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Calling All NextGens!

myASQ NextGen

Join the myASQ NextGen online community!

Are you a young professional in the quality field? Are you new to the world of quality or in a new job/role? Join the myASQ NextGen online community to share resources, ask questions, and make connections that will help you navigate the early years in your quality career. Click here to join and begin experiencing this exciting new community.

For more information on this ASQ program, visit ASQ NextGen.

Five ASQ Certifications Earn International ISO/IEC 17024 Accreditation!

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April 14, 2022: ASQ announced that five of ASQ’s certification programs achieved ISO 17024 Personnel Certification Documentation Consultancy accreditation through the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB). ANAB is the largest multi-disciplinary accreditation body in the western hemisphere, with more than 2,500 organizations accredited in approximately 80 countries. Federal, state, and local authorities rely on ANAB accreditation to demonstrate value and assure competency for important public priorities.

By earning ISO 17024 accreditation for Personnel Certification, ASQ demonstrates to the Quality profession it represents and the general public it serves, that its credentialing programs have been reviewed by a panel of impartial experts who have determined that our CQA, CQE, CSSBB, CMQ/OE and CRE programs have met the stringent standards set by the credentialing community.

ISO 17024 accreditation adds additional credibility and value to your ASQ Certification, and furthers our mission of offering the highest standard of professional certification to support you in your career growth.Accreditation is not just an award – it’s critical to ensuring that there is an effective quality management system that affords greater process control, reduces risk, and ultimately results in increased customer satisfaction and sustainability of our products and services..” said ASQE CEO, Jim Templin. ASQExcellence (ASQE) was founded in January 2020 as a trade association whose mission is to set the standard for quality-driven offerings and insights worldwide, inspiring the organizations it serves to achieve excellence.

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ASQ Fellow Membership

It is an honour bestowed by other ASQ members. A Fellow represents the upper echelon of the quality profession and serves as the backbone of the Society. It is an advanced, individual member grade obtained through peer endorsement and Society recognition.
Some of the benefits to becoming a Fellow include peer recognition of individual accomplishments in the quality field, networking opportunities, new levels of ASQ involvement and additional member benefits.
All ASQ Fellows, worldwide, are members of the ASQ Fellows Focus Group, a global geographic community affiliated with ASQ’s Geographic Communities Council (GCC). Also, a choice of one of the extra benefit options is included with membership dues of $169 US per year: one journal of your choice or one additional section of your choice.

For more information, visit myASQ Montreal or

myASQ NextGen ASQ Mentor Program Whether you’re new to quality or a young quality professional, ASQ’s NextGen community is for you! ASQ is here to help support new to quality and young professionals as you transition through your new and developing career paths. For NextGen by NextGen: We’ve got eyes on everything ASQ offers and are ensuring we have a voice and representation in it all. From communications to content to volunteer leadership, it is our goal that the voice of the next generation always has a seat at the table, so we can make sure all ASQ members get what they need when they need it. ASQ’s Mentoring Program is designed for aspiring quality professionals (Mentees) to further their careers by developing leadership skills and competencies with the guidance and counsel of an experienced member (Mentor). Mentees have at least a basic awareness of themselves and their strengths and weaknesses.The program pairs individuals with learners. Visit : ASQ NextGen for more information.


Quality Education, Excellent Outcomes

ASQConnEx is the new ASQ education delivery system and network that vets, designates, and connects quality subject matter experts with organizations to advance their excellence journey.

  • Organizations can build competencies needed to achieve strategic objectives by engaging a vast network of ASQ-authorized subject matter experts in the field of quality.
  • Experts gain a professional advantage by aligning with the world’s leading quality association and gaining access to ASQ-licensed education and certification preparation content.
  • The end result? Empowering individuals, organizations, and communities to achieve excellence through quality.

Go here for more information: ASQConnEx FAQ.

Rev. 2022-11-01

Visit the ASQ sites to find out if these events are webinars or on-site.

Women in Quality Symposium

(Symposium sur les femmes en qualité)

⋄ 7 December 2022: Information & Registration

Join us virtually.

Lean and Six Sigma Conference

(Conférence sur le Lean et Six Sigma)
⋄ February 26 – 28, 2023 | Phoenix, AZ | In Person
Information & Registration

World Conference on Quality and Improvement

(Conférence mondiale sur la qualité et l’amélioration)
⋄ May 7 – May 10, 2023 | Philadelphia, PA | In Person

Rev. 2022-11-02