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.



Pharmaceutical data integrity and
computer systems validation
(Intégrité des données pharmaceutiques et
validation des systèmes informatiques)

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

September 28th, 2022 | 28 septembre 19:00

Opportunité de réseautage | Networking Opportunity 18:30

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Kia Kahhali In this topic our speaker deep dives into numerous European and US regulations and guidance documents taking you on a journey to mine the true definition of Data in the GxP concept and revealing the real scope of data integrity in the pharmaceutical process. Participants will be first introduced to the principals of Data Integrity ALCOA + and their roots in different regulatory and Pharma industry guidance documents. They will then be introduced to a bottom-up data integrity model to overcome the visualization and communication challenges of such a complex subject in the most efficient way through their organizations. About the speaker: Kia Kahhali, B. eng. has over 25 years of experience, in equipment and system validation with proven records in the pharmaceutical industries, Kia is a reliable expert and an insightful leader in his domain. He has built a unique profile by tying his engineering and software development background to GMP Computer System Validation and Analytical Instrument Qualification and Management. Kia has a proven record of conception and realization of AIQ life cycle processes as well as Data governance programs, plus assessment and remediation of the Data integrity gaps and CSV. He founded APS Compliance Consultants Inc in 2018 which has since been highly solicited by North American pharmaceutical industries as a reliable consulting firm. APS Compliance Consultants Inc (also known as Access Pharma Solutions) is a private firm of experts assisting the Pharmaceutical and Food industries. Kia believes in giving back to the community and shares his experience with the industry on different occasions and has been a featured speaker and a panellist in the Annual GMP Update held by International Pharmaceutical Academy in 2020 and 2021.

Your participation will be worth 0.5 ASQ RU (Recertification Units).

2022 Upcoming Canada & Greenland Region Webinars

DateDescriptionASQ SectionLocal TimeReservations
2022-10-04Applying Six Sigma in a coffee shop with Thomas Nagel in GermanyMontreal12:00 pm, ETReservations
2022-10-05Global Trends in Circular Economy pertaining to waste management​ with Chaitanya BaligaToronto12:00 pm, CTInformation
2022-10-12Learn Quality 4.0, Part 5Saskatchewan12:00 pm, SaskatchewanInformation
2022-11-16Learn Quality 4.0, Part 6Saskatchewan12:00 pm, SaskatchewanInformation
2022-12-07System thinking approach in  quality management systems with Chaitanya BaligaToronto12:00 pm, CTInformation
Rev. 2022-09-15
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. 2022-05-31

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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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Quality 4.0: An Evolving Approach to Quality

October 12 – 14, 2022 | San Antonio, TX

The Quality 4.0 Summit returns in 2022 as a live, in person event! Join us in picturesque San Antonio, Texas for 2 days of vibrant education, access to the quality industry thought leaders and meaningful engagement with peers in the quality community. A robust conference agenda, dedicated networking and interaction with leading solution providers will equip attendees with the latest (and essential) insights into digital transformation’s trends, technologies, and applications.

The Quality 4.0 Summit brings together professionals from engineering, manufacturing, medical and government communities looking to define the role quality plays in the transformation of their organizations, teams and careers.

The value proposition that accompanies Quality 4.0 is clear: Organizations that embrace it can experience gains in innovation, creativity, data insights and stakeholder satisfaction. But this change goes beyond adopting new technologies; it leads to a mindset shift in how an organization leverages its people, processes, and technologies to improve quality. Opportunities for quality improvement can be realized by organizations of all sizes and operating budgets.  

At this year’s summit, we’ll examine keys to adopting Quality 4.0 to infuse an enterprise with scalability, sustainability, and adaptability. Discover how emerging technologies enable organizations to develop more effective, efficient, and evolved quality processes which lead to higher levels of quality. Explore how best to integrate and optimize data; decode the acronyms of intelligent Quality 4.0 tools and technologies; and learn to leverage the right people and processes to ensure a synergistic approach to adopting a Quality 4.0 mindset.  

Bring an open mind to the 2022 Summit and leave with a Quality 4.0 mindset geared toward optimizing quality in your team, organization, and career.

Information: Here!

ASQ Fellow Membership

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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.

ASQ ConnEx


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. 2022-09-15

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Quality 4.0 Summit

(Sommet Qualité 4.0)

⋄ 12 to 14 October, 2022: Information/Inscription

Join us in San Antonio, TX or virtually. Discover how emerging technologies enable lasting change. Explore the relationship between artificial and human intelligence–and how to balance the two. Study the evergreen need for quality data. And delve into the human touch essential to link technology to quality.

Women in Quality Symposium

(Symposium sur les femmes en qualité)

⋄ 7 December 2022: Information/Registration to follow

Join us virtually.

Rev. 2022-05-25