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Par Chantale Simard, MBA, Gestionnaire de projet – XRM Vision, ASQ CMQOE et CSSGB

Les certifications de l’ASQ

Plusieurs de nos membres ont une ou plusieurs certifications ASQ. Ont-elles de la valeur pour vous, vos clients ou votre employeur? Nous connaissons tous les avantages que peut fournir une certification au niveau des perspectives d’évolution de carrière, de démontrer nos connaissances, nos compétences, notre désir d’apprendre et de nous améliorer, etc. Personnellement, je pense qu’une certification a beaucoup de valeur, surtout lorsqu’on applique les connaissances du “Body of Knowledge” pour aider la société et son organisation et qu’on ne fait pas la certification seulement pour le titre et oublier presque tout après l’examen.

Les certifications de l’ASQ qui ont une date d’échéance, sont intéressantes à cet effet, puisqu’elles font justement en sorte de démontrer que les certifiés mettent effectivement en pratique les compétences acquises.

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Chantale Simard

Par Chantale Simard, MBA, Gestionnaire de projet – XRM Vision, ASQ CMQOE et CSSGB

Résultats du sondage sur nos plateformes de communication

J’ai reçu 16 réponses à mon petit sondage du mois dernier, merci beaucoup! 11 personnes sont des membres de l’ASQ dont une qui n’est pas membre de notre section.

Comme l’infolettre est envoyée uniquement aux membres de la section, ça me fait plaisir de voir que sur les 10 membres de la section Montréal qui ont répondu, 9 utilisent l’infolettre pour avoir des nouvelles de la section.  Comme j’ai également publié mon article avec le lien vers le sondage sur notre site LinkedIn Réseau Qualité ASQ Montréal, je m’attendais à ce que ce soit la réponse la plus populaire puisque nous y avons plus de 1000 membres. Effectivement, 75% des répondants l’utilisent. L’autre Groupe LinkedIn est celui que nous avons créé pour communiquer spécifiquement avec les étudiants.

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Chantale Simard

By Chantale Simard, MBA, Quality Assurance Analyst, Bombardier Aviation, ASQ CMQOE and CSSGB

Mini-survey and VOC Chair announcement

I am announcing a change in the ASQ Montreal Section Leadership Team. I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, Amine Djeffal who has been our VOC (Voice of the Customer) Chair over the past year. He gives way to Mauricio Figueroa, who will officially become our new VOC Chair in a few weeks. Mauricio has been attending our meetings and has been helping us out for several months. He is also a member of the committee that is organizing the ASQ Canada Conference to be held on October 4 and 5. We will miss Amine, at the same time, I am sure that he will remain a very involved member in the activities of the section.

This month, I propose that you complete a mini survey. We use multiple platforms to reach Section members and friends, and I’d like to know which ones you’re using. Here is the link to the survey (you can choose to see it in English or French): Short Survey

Thank you very much for you help, I will give you the results next month!

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Chantale Simard

By Chantale Simard, MBA, Quality Assurance Analyst, Bombardier Aviation, ASQ CMQOE and CSSGB

This month, I would like to share with you a summary of our Business Plan for 2021. First, all objectives of Geographic Community (GC) level entities such as the Montreal Section and the Canada and Greenland Region must be aligned with the ASQ Strategic objectives. Those are:

  • Improve the individual member experience
  • Institute best practices in governance, operations, and risk management
  • Drive thought leadership in excellence through quality
  • Deliver new, tailored solutions to organizational members and customers.

Your section business plan includes metrics and targets. Here is a list of our main targets for this year:

  • Support the Canada Conference 2021 in October: This one just changed to Hosting the Canada Conference 2021. You may remember my February article where I told you about our main objectives for this big event!
  • Host one of the 9 Regional Webinars
  • Host 8 Montreal events and 2 Student events
  • Publish 8 newsletters per year
  • Increase in myASQ activity over 2020 with a focus on new joins and downloads.
  • Minimum 3 French-language events in the Montreal area and minimum one of the events of the Student Outreach committee in French.
  • Find new ways for promotion of ASQ certifications and make investments

If you want to volunteer on the Section Leadership Team (SLT), we always need extra help. You need to be a “Full”, “Senior” or “Fellow” member to join. We hold a meeting at the beginning of every month (except during the summer). Our meetings are all virtual for the moment. But, even when we were holding face to face meetings, we started using technology to accommodate SLT members to join electronically. This makes it easier for members outside the Montreal area or people with different or busy schedules to get involve. Some of us are giving a lot of time to the Section and others have less time to invest and it is really good; all help is welcome.

All volunteers are adding value to Section members and help attain our mission: To promote and enhance the quality profession by providing support to our Section membership, offering information, educational programs and events, and promoting the awareness and value of  quality in the community.

Contact me if you would like to help the Montreal Section by taking up a role on the SLT.

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Chantale Simard

By Chantale Simard, MBA, Quality Assurance Analyst, Bombardier Aviation, ASQ CMQOE and CSSGB

I am honored to announce that the Montreal Section will host the 2021 ASQ Canadian Conference, which will take place virtually later this year. We have already identified 3 objectives that are close to our hearts: An interactive experience, activities categorized by level of knowledge of the subject and a bilingual conference.

We will provide you with options for workshops and activities that will promote exchange and discussion and allow participants to learn through small group workshops, software or simulation available online during the activity.

We will offer learning opportunities according to the required level of knowledge of the topics covered (beginner, intermediate and advanced). We hope this will help you choose the activities and conferences that will meet your expectations.

Finally, we intend to take advantage of the fact that we are a bilingual section to ensure that this conference will offer activities in both official languages, as well as simultaneous translations.

We are interested in your comments and suggestions. We will be launching an online survey in connection with this conference shortly. I will tell you about it and will give the link in the next edition of the newsletter. In the meantime, feel free to write to me or start a discussion on our LinkedIn group or on our French or English MyASQ sites.

Thanks to the members of the ASQ Canada region for your trust and support!

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Chantale Simard

By Chantale Simard, MBA, Quality Assurance Analyst, Bombardier Aviation, ASQ CMQOE and CSSGB

Do you hold one or more ASQ certifications? Do you have the impression that our certifications are not recognized enough in Quebec and that employers do not differentiate from other certifications that are much easier to obtain? If this appeals to you, we need your help.

In fact, our section has given itself the mandate to promote ASQ certifications to employers and quality professionals in Quebec. I present to you, below, some avenues that we will explore this year.

First, we’ll maximize the use of our LinkedIn group with discussions on the value of certifications. We will also focus on mutual assistance between members in preparing for exams. Here is the link for our LinkedIn group.

Second, we will continue to represent ASQ at major events and we would like to be present at more of them. Are you aware of an event of interest? Let us know! You are interested in representing the section, let us know as well. Yes, it is possible to do so, even at virtual events!

Third, participate and invite your colleagues to our events, which will of course be virtual at the start of the year. To increase the visibility of our events, we’ll be using Eventbrite. The more known ASQ is, the better our certifications will be!

Fourth, as you probably already know, the Montreal section has been the only section in Quebec for a year now. We are in the process of modifying all of our platforms to make everything as bilingual as possible. Please visit our modernized website.

Finally, we are open to all other ideas. Contact me let me know about yours and thank you in advance for your help!

Happy healthy new year 2021!

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By Eric Hosking, Senior Consultant to Shainin, ASQ CQE, CSSBB and CQA

Unfortunately, the very encouraging Covid trend we saw through the summer has reversed sharply and we are faced with tightening restrictions on our personal and professional activities. Fortunately new restrictions have not impacted the Section any more than was the case in the summer. We are still in virtual mode. So is ASQ HQ. This comes with pros and cons. The biggest con is that lack of personal networking that we could facilitate with our monthly events. The big pro is the convenience of virtual events and that more members are taking advantage of them. Our most recent event, “Managing Rrisk with ISO31000” with Jim Moran, was a case in point with over 30 attendees, well above our norm for live events. I leave it to others to talk about this well received event below.

I encourage you to attend our upcoming event “Coaching Lean Six Sigma Teams” with Diego Lythgoe. Details for registration are on our website and our MyASQ sites.

Another event that you should make a point of attending is the ASQ Canadian National Conference being hosted by Toronto this month on the 18th through the 21st. I talked about it at length in the last newsletter. All the details are now available through the Montreal section MyASQ sites. This virtual format conference is spread over four days with 7 live sessions and 8 on demand presentations. The first three days will have a keynote speaker and all four days will have an interactive and lively ‘Kitchen Party in the evening”. To date more than 150 attendees have registered. There is still time to register and you can choose how much or little you participate in. I think you will be well served to make a point of joining us.

I did want to shout out to Ray, Chantale and J.P. who have agreed to host the Francophone kitchen party. Thanks for the help folks.

After six months or so of waiting, we now officially have all the members of 404 included in our Section following the dissolution of that section in February. This will make our lives easier as we can now use a consolidated mailing list for our communications. To the former members of 404 . . . je vous souhaite la bienvenue and welcome aboard!

We have submitted our budget and plan for next year. Chantale put this together and she has provided for a significant investment in member events next year, assuming relaxation of the Covid restrictions.

If you wish to hear about the details, plan to attend the Annual General Assembly, which will be held on October 28th, 2020, just ahead of our regular speaker event.

In closing, I made an appeal last month to members to come forward and join the Leadership team. The 2021 slate is now fixed, and we have some new faces so we will be introducing the new team at the GA. Thanks to Sam, our Nominations Chair, for stick handling that effort.

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