Michael Bournazian

ASQ Montreal Section – Education Program 2024

Dr David TozerBy Dr. David Tozer, Ph.D., ASQ CQE and SSBB, Education & Audit Chair.

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.

Having ASQ certification gives you an edge in the market and can significantly increase your income.
Courses are now available online as well | Courses now available online

    • Certified Quality Engineer : 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: 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: 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: 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: quality concepts, team formation and group dynamics, management responsibility, audit objectives, audit preparation, audit conduct, audit reporting, sampling, and basic statistics.
    • Certified Quality Inspector: quality concepts, team formation and group dynamics, geometry, metrology, reading drawings, mechanical processes, statistical process control, inspection, and sampling.

    Calendar and Registration Online Form
    Questions? Cours en site/In house courses, etc. Contact: Dr. David Tozer (514) 694-2830

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Unemployed Members – Dues

Any individual Full or Senior, or a Fellow member may participate in ASQ’s unemployment dues relief program if they want to continue maintaining their ASQ membership. For more information:

  • Log-in to your ASQ account, go to the My Account page, select Unemployed Members on the left panel. The Unemployed Member Dues page appears.
  • Download the ASQ Unemployment Program Application, complete and submit to ASQ-HQ.
  • Don’t forget to Log-out.

Tout membre individuel Titulaire, Senior ou Fellow peut participer au programme d’allègement des cotisations de chômage de l’ASQ s’il souhaite continuer à maintenir son adhésion à l’ASQ. Pour plus d’informations:

  • Connectez-vous à votre compte ASQ, allez sur la page Mon compte (My Account), sélectionnez Membres chômeurs (Unemployed Members) sur le panneau de gauche. La page Cotisations des membres chômeurs (Unemployed Member Dues) s’affiche.
  • Téléchargez la Demande d’adhésion au programme de chômage de l’ASQ (ASQ Unemployment Program Application), remplissez et envoyez à ASQ-HQ.
  • N’oubliez pas de vous déconnecter.

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Changes to Recertification Process

Dr David TozerBy Dr. David Tozer, Ph.D., ASQ CQE and SSBB, Education & Audit Chair.

By the end of this year, ASQ will change the rules for collecting Recertification Units for certification maintenance.

The main changes affecting certification are:

 

  • Section events will count for 0.1 Recertification Units per hour of the event; currently, they count for 0.5 RUs per event.
  • Whole day events will count for 1.0 Recertification Unit.
  • There is a reclassification of some of the categories to different sections of categories.
  • Obsolete categories are deleted (proctoring & multimedia).
  • The Professional Development section (events, courses, training, education . . . ) has no upper limit on the number of Recertification Units that can be claimed.
  • A Giving back Section is added for volunteering and mentoring.


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The Editor’s Corner | Mot de l’éditeur

Michael Bournazian

By Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, Quality Management Professional, CSSGB with Rolls-Royce

If you are reading this, then the solar eclipse of April 8, 2024 is now in the history books. If you took the opportunity to witness it live, good for you. And even if you did not, given social media, there are a million and three options to witness it after the fact.

One thing I actually learned because of the solar eclipse is that . . . low and behold, there’s a ISO standard for that!

The ISO 12312-2:2015 standard, entitled “Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and related eyewear – Part 2: Filters for direct observation of the Sun“, is the standard to which protective eyewear must be certified to in order to properly and safely view the sun.

According to the Solar Eclipse Across America website: “ISO 12312-2 sets requirements on the following properties of a safe solar viewer:

  • Transmittance (the ratio of transmitted light to incident light) at the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared wavelengths that reach our retinas;
  • Uniformity of transmittance;
  • Material and surface quality;
  • Mounting;
  • Labeling.”

Often in our Quality lives, we work with “common” ISO standards like ISO 9001, AS9100, ISO45001, etc. However, the International Organization of Standardization has published (as of January 2024) over 25,000 international standards covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing.

And in case you were wondering, there are 2 other ISO 12312 standards:

  • ISO 12312-1: 2022 > Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and related eyewear – Part 1: Sunglasses for general use; and
  • ISO 12312-3:2022 > Eye and face protection – Sunglasses and related eyewear – Part 3: Sunglasses for running, cycling and similar active lifestyles.

A solar eclipse . . . not just something to SAFELY look at.

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ALSO . . .  Please contact me or any one else on the Leadership team if you would like to:
1) Write and submit an article to be published in the Newsletter.
2) Write a review of one of the upcoming monthly webinars for the “Had You Been There” section.

Thank you, all the best and none of the worst.


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ASQ World Conference on Quality & Improvement

Michael BournazianBy Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, Quality Management Professional, CSSGB with Rolls-Royce

The 2024 ASQ World Conference on Quality & improvement is already scheduled for May 12-15, 2024, taking place in San Diego, California.

To learn more about it and other events and conferences planned by ASQ, go to the EVENTS page.

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ASQ Certification Study Group

Dr David TozerBy Dr. David Tozer, Ph.D., ASQ CQE and SSBB, Education & Audit Chair.

Would you like to work with others to prepare for ASQ examinations? We have a Teams based section study group that is open every Tuesday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Join the team and get to help each other. Contact the host Dr. David Tozer, Montreal Section Education Chair, to obtain a link.


Aimeriez-vous travailler avec d’autres personnes pour préparer les examens de l’ASQ ? Nous avons un groupe d’étude Teams ouvert tous les mardis soirs de 19 h à 20 h 30.

Rejoignez l’équipe et aidez-vous mutuellement. Contactez l’hôte, Dr. David Tozer, président de l’éducation de la section de Montréal, pour obtenir un lien.

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ASQ Certification Study Group

Dr David TozerBy Dr. David Tozer, Ph.D., ASQ CQE and SSBB, Education & Audit Chair.

Would you like to work with others to prepare for ASQ examinations? We have a Teams based section study group that is open every Tuesday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Join the team and get to help each other. Contact the host Dr. David Tozer, Montreal Section Education Chair, to obtain a link.


Aimeriez-vous travailler avec d’autres personnes pour préparer les examens de l’ASQ ? Nous avons un groupe d’étude Teams ouvert tous les mardis soirs de 19 h à 20 h 30.

Rejoignez l’équipe et aidez-vous mutuellement. Contactez l’hôte, Dr. David Tozer, président de l’éducation de la section de Montréal, pour obtenir un lien.

ASQ Certification Study Group Read More »

ASQ Montreal Section – Education Program 2024

Dr David TozerBy Dr. David Tozer, Ph.D., ASQ CQE and SSBB, Education & Audit Chair.

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.

Having ASQ certification gives you an edge in the market and can significantly increase your income.
Courses are now available online as well | Courses now available online

    • Certified Quality Engineer : 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: 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: 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: 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: quality concepts, team formation and group dynamics, management responsibility, audit objectives, audit preparation, audit conduct, audit reporting, sampling, and basic statistics.
    • Certified Quality Inspector: quality concepts, team formation and group dynamics, geometry, metrology, reading drawings, mechanical processes, statistical process control, inspection, and sampling.

    Calendar and Registration Online Form
    Questions? Cours en site/In house courses, etc. Contact: Dr. David Tozer (514) 694-2830

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The Editor’s Corner | Mot de l’éditeur

Michael Bournazian

By Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, Quality Management Professional, CSSGB with Rolls-Royce

Customers. Clients. Entities that give you money to provide them with goods and/or services, often to drawing and/or specification requirements. Where would we be without them?

I know where I WILL be once I am without them . . . retired and hopefully on a beach. But until then, I (and most of you too) go to work everyday and do our Quality best to deliver to our paycheck providers the best we can. But as the image meme below correctly states, who/how your customer is (both external and internal ones) can result in your work being exciting and rewarding, or demanding and frustrating.

Having worked in customer facing roles in various companies during my career, I have seen the difference first-hand between customers who make your work smooth and those who make your work rough. It can be quite eye opening at times, considering that all these companies work essentially to the same standards (ISO9001, AS9100, TS16949, etc.), and yet never have I experienced any sort of macroscopic “uniformity” from one to the other, with regards to how they deal with suppliers, how they conduct their audits, how they deal with escapes, etc.

And perhaps that makes sense, since no two humans are alike, and since all these companies are made up of tens, hundreds, thousands of humans, how can there be any uniformity? And yet, in our daily Quality work, what are we very often striving to achieve? Yup, uniformity: from consistently conforming parts to high value customer service to gage repeatability and reproducibility, and on and on.

So ultimately, just do your best to make sure the customer is satisfied . . . even if they are a headcase.

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Any feedback? Click on the link and let me know.

ALSO . . .  Please contact me or any one else on the Leadership team if you would like to:
1) Write and submit an article to be published in the Newsletter.
2) Write a review of one of the upcoming monthly webinars for the “Had You Been There” section.

Thank you, all the best and none of the worst.


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Unemployed Members – Dues

Any individual Full or Senior, or a Fellow member may participate in ASQ’s unemployment dues relief program if they want to continue maintaining their ASQ membership. For more information:

  • Log-in to your ASQ account, go to the My Account page, select Unemployed Members on the left panel. The Unemployed Member Dues page appears.
  • Download the ASQ Unemployment Program Application, complete and submit to ASQ-HQ.
  • Don’t forget to Log-out.

Tout membre individuel Titulaire, Senior ou Fellow peut participer au programme d’allègement des cotisations de chômage de l’ASQ s’il souhaite continuer à maintenir son adhésion à l’ASQ. Pour plus d’informations:

  • Connectez-vous à votre compte ASQ, allez sur la page Mon compte (My Account), sélectionnez Membres chômeurs (Unemployed Members) sur le panneau de gauche. La page Cotisations des membres chômeurs (Unemployed Member Dues) s’affiche.
  • Téléchargez la Demande d’adhésion au programme de chômage de l’ASQ (ASQ Unemployment Program Application), remplissez et envoyez à ASQ-HQ.
  • N’oubliez pas de vous déconnecter.

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ASQ World Conference on Quality & Improvement

Michael BournazianBy Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, Quality Management Professional, CSSGB with Rolls-Royce

The 2024 ASQ World Conference on Quality & improvement is already scheduled for May 12-15, 2024, taking place in San Diego, California.

To learn more about it and other events and conferences planned by ASQ, go to the EVENTS page.

ASQ World Conference on Quality & Improvement Read More »

Unemployed Members – Dues

Any individual Full or Senior, or a Fellow member may participate in ASQ’s unemployment dues relief program if they want to continue maintaining their ASQ membership. For more information:

  • Log-in to your ASQ account, go to the My Account page, select Unemployed Members on the left panel. The Unemployed Member Dues page appears.
  • Download the ASQ Unemployment Program Application, complete and submit to ASQ-HQ.
  • Don’t forget to Log-out.

Tout membre individuel Titulaire, Senior ou Fellow peut participer au programme d’allègement des cotisations de chômage de l’ASQ s’il souhaite continuer à maintenir son adhésion à l’ASQ. Pour plus d’informations:

  • Connectez-vous à votre compte ASQ, allez sur la page Mon compte (My Account), sélectionnez Membres chômeurs (Unemployed Members) sur le panneau de gauche. La page Cotisations des membres chômeurs (Unemployed Member Dues) s’affiche.
  • Téléchargez la Demande d’adhésion au programme de chômage de l’ASQ (ASQ Unemployment Program Application), remplissez et envoyez à ASQ-HQ.
  • N’oubliez pas de vous déconnecter.

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Student Outreach | Sensibilisation étudiante

Our Student Outreach Committee will be back in March 2024. Stay tuned.

Notre comité de sensibilisation des étudiants sera de retour en mars 2024. Restez à l’écoute.


If you are part of an educational institution and would like to have more visibility on quality-related topics, please contact us. We have a network of potential speakers that may be of interest to you. Contact Raymond Dyer on LinkedIn.

Si vous faites partie d’un établissement d’enseignement et que vous souhaitez avoir plus de visibilité sur les sujets liés à la qualité, veuillez nous contacter. Nous disposons d’un réseau de conférenciers potentiels qui pourraient vous intéresser. Contactez Raymond Dyer sur LinkedIn.

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ASQ Certification Study Group

Dr David TozerBy Dr. David Tozer, Ph.D., ASQ CQE and SSBB, Education & Audit Chair.

Would you like to work with others to prepare for ASQ examinations? We have a Teams based section study group that is open every Tuesday evening from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, starting January 17, 2023.

Join the team and get to help each other. Contact the host Dr. David Tozer, Montreal Section Education Chair, to obtain a link.


Aimeriez-vous travailler avec d’autres personnes pour préparer les examens de l’ASQ ? Nous avons un groupe d’étude Teams ouvert tous les mardis soirs de 19 h à 20 h 30, à partir du 17 janvier 2023.

Rejoignez l’équipe et aidez-vous mutuellement. Contactez l’hôte, Dr. David Tozer, président de l’éducation de la section de Montréal, pour obtenir un lien.

ASQ Certification Study Group Read More »

ASQ World Conference on Quality & Improvement

Michael BournazianBy Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, Quality Management Professional, CSSGB with Rolls-Royce

The 2024 ASQ World Conference on Quality & improvement is already scheduled for May 12-15, 2024, taking place in San Diego, California.

To learn more about it and other events and conferences planned by ASQ, go to the EVENTS page.

ASQ World Conference on Quality & Improvement Read More »

The Editor’s Corner | Mot de l’éditeur

Michael Bournazian

By Michael Bournazian, Eng., Newsletter Editor, ASQ Senior Member, Quality Management Professional, CSSGB with Rolls-Royce

As Quality professionals, as in everyday life, we sometimes find ourselves in situations where taking a shortcut feels like a good option, as opposed to the longer and perhaps more correct option.

I cannot know the number of certificates of conformity I have signed in my career to date, there have been too many. But I always did my best to assure that the work that went into manufacturing the product was done correctly before putting my signature to paper.

I can clearly remember a heated exchange I had with a contract administrator who wanted to ship his parts ASAP, and who was getting terse with me because I was doing my regular due diligence (aka taking longer than he would have liked). In the end I told him that he could sign the CofC himself, as well as deal with any issues that come up after. The most immediate issue would have been that at the time, I was the only person authorized by that particular customer to give the final sign off on their products in our company, so another person’s signature on the CofC would have raised immediate red flags. Long story short, he suddenly became very willing to give me another precious 5 minutes to review all the job records properly before giving the final sign off.

Shortcuts: not always the best choice.

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Any feedback? Click on the link and let me know.

ALSO . . .  Please contact me or any one else on the Leadership team if you would like to:
1) Write and submit an article to be published in the Newsletter.
2) Write a review of one of the upcoming monthly webinars for the “Had You Been There” section.

Thank you, all the best and none of the worst.


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