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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.



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Amélioration continue : quoi de neuf
sous le soleil?

Une soirée, deux intervenants, deux langues.

Continuous improvement: What’s new
under the sun?

One evening, two speakers, two languages.

2024.02.28 | 19:00
18:30 Réseautage informel | Informal networking

Samuel Bassetto, Professeur agréé, École Polytechnique de Montréal &
Jean-François Michaud, MBA, Ing., lecturer at École Polytechnique and John Abbott College.

First — 19:10 – 20:00: Jean-François Michaud, MBA, Ing., retired from IBM, lecturer at École Polytechnique and John Abbott College will introduce ″A career in the “modern times” of quality ″. He will take us through the 80’s: The empire strikes back; the 90’s: The perfect storm and propose – What is next?

Jean-Francois Michaud 2024About our speaker: Jean-François Michaud is an executive leader with over forty years of expertise in business management within a wide range of subjects in the services and manufacturing industries, including continuous improvement, CRM, finance, accounting, operations, and sales management. Personally passionate about developing high-performing result-generating teams, he successfully lead strategic Client accounts with revenue of over 100 millions a year. After retiring from IBM, he undertook a second career by sharing his experience with students at the John Abbott College and École Polytechnique de Montréal. He is an industrial engineer who obtained a commercial law diploma from University of Montréal and an MBA from Northeastern University, Boston.


Ceci sera suivi — 20:00 – 20:55 : d’une présentation sur ″Les neurosciences de l’amélioration continue ″ avec Samuel Bassetto, Professeur agréé, École Polytechnique de Montréal. Une présentation sur le système sensorimoteur des organisations, l’impact de nos langues maternelles et apprises dans les organisations et offre ses perspectives du futur.

Samuel Basseto 2024Notre conférencier : Professeur Samuel Bassetto intervient dans le champ du génie et des mathématiques. Fondateur du laboratoire LABAC, à Polytechnique il travaille à développer des outils qui mettent l’humain au coeur de la technologie afin qu’elle lui serve sans qu’il en devienne l’esclave. Par une approche pluridisciplinaire : Ingénierie, Intelligence artificielle, Sciences Cognitives, Psychologie, Sociologie, Design avec son équipe, il aide les organisations à être plus performantes et plus respectueuses des rythmes humains. Il met l’accent sur l’exploration, l’apprentissage et la transmission de cette quête de connaissances et d’alignement intérieur.

Il a obtenu son bacc en ingénierie mécanique de ParisTech Arts et Métiers en 2001, sa maîtrise en informatique-intelligence artificielle de l’Université de Lorraine également en 2001 et sa thèse en ingénierie industrielle en 2005 de ParisTech. Professeur Bassetto est récipiandaire du prix Synergie CRSNG, titulaire de plusieurs fonds de recherches octroyés par les institutions CRSNG, FRQ et MITACS en collaboration avec plus d’une dizaine d’institutions. Professeur Bassetto a encadré plus de 150 Personnels Hautement Qualifiés, et publié plus d’une 60aine d’articles et conférences scientifiques de premier plan.

Votre participation vaut 0.5 ASQ RU (2 heures).
Your participation will be worth 0.5 ASQ RU (2 hours).

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ASQ Canada And Greenland Region — Deputy regional directors

At her last regional meeting on May 23rd, Natella Isazada announced a shuffling of Deputy Regional Directors (DRD) :

Chaitanya Baliga : Ottawa Valley and Maritimes Sam Weissfelner : Montréal
Michael Mladjenovic : London and Hamilton Desmond Mahadeo : Windsor
Sandra Amador : Vancouver and Kitchener Gary Gehring : Manitoba and Saskatchewan
Stephen Hall : Calgary and Edmonton Michel Guenette : Toronto and DRD support

ASQ Canada And Greenland Region — Volunteer Recognition

💥 Nous vous invitons à visiter et suivre la NOUVELLE page LinkedIn de l’ASQ Canada et Groenland.

ASQ Canada and Greenland Region Page 

Natella Isazada RD 2023Natella Isazada, Regional Director of ASQ Canada and Greenland Region initiated the page and started a series of portraits of the various Member Leader volunteers. The objective is to introduce and show an appreciation for the efforts that they make on a regular basis.

Rev. 2024-01-11

ASQ News

Quality Progress January 2024

That’s All Folks!

ASQ – QP comic strip mainstay Mr. Pareto Head hangs up his hat

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In ASQ’s January issue of Quality Progress (QP), Mike Crossen, the comic’s creator, announced the final Mr. Pareto Head comic to appear in QP along with his cast of co-workers: Sigma Freud, Randy M. Sample, Norma Distribution, Charlie Chance and Mr. Bottomline. Crossen, said he knew that eventually the strip would come to an end and found himself thinking about the strip more recently. After nearly 24 years, “it just seemed that heading into this new year was a good time to let it go and focus on my other interests.

Mr. Pareto Head debuted in March 2000 and in introducing the cartoon, Miles Maguire, then editor of QP, explained that the strip was “in response to a letter to the editor decrying the lack of humour in our pages.”

Pareto Head Retires 20240101

Mike Crossen is lean enterprise manager at Rockwell Automation in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics technology from Cleveland State University and is a senior member of ASQ and an ASQ-certified manager of quality-organizational excellence, quality auditor and quality engineer.

ASQ members and QP readers will still be able to access an archive of Mr. Pareto Head comic strips dating back to 2000 and QP will also be running Mr. Pareto Head classics in the coming months. You can read more about the evolution of Mr. Pareto Head in Mike Crossen’s My Quality Story column Sketchy Situation of March 2021 (member access required).

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Quality Progress 2024-01 CoverElevate Your Audits

Upgrade your conventional audit program with a risk-based approach

This article is presented by Lance B. Coleman Sr., director of quality for IDEX Health and Science LLC in Oak Harbor, WA. He earned an associate degree in electrical engineering technology from Southern Polytechnical University in Marietta, GA. A fellow of ASQ, Coleman holds the following ASQ certifications: quality auditor, biomedical auditor, quality engineer and Six Sigma Green Belt, along with the Exemplar Global quality management systems lead auditor certification.

Here are the facts:

  • This article demonstrates auditing’s role in risk management. When applying a risk-based approach, you must look at risk when structuring the audit program, as well as consider risk when planning, executing, reporting and closing individual audits.
  • Applying a risk-based approach to auditing also enhances the audit program’s performance and contributions. The tools decision tree, 2 x 2 risk matrix, Pareto diagram and risk rating demonstrate how risk and audits intersect.
  • An example of conventional vs. risk-based auditing shows how risk-based auditing can provide greater value to the organization.

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Quality Progress October 2023

Quality Progress 2023-10 CoverThe Essential 8

Learn these approaches to spark creativity and drive innovative thinking

This article is presented by John R. Dew who teaches in the doctoral program in global leadership at Troy University in Alabama. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dew is an ASQ fellow, International Academy for Quality (IAG) member, past chair of ASQ’s Energy & Environmental Division, past chair of ASQ’s Education Division and a member of the IAQ Planet Earth Think Tank.

Here are the facts:

  • For quality professionals, there’s sometimes a need for a specific approach to innovative thinking.
  • The author outlines four well-defined approaches to stimulating spontaneous, unplanned innovation and creative thinking in situations that quality professionals can use.
  • He also outlines four methods for purposefully seeking new and creative ideas that will redefine what the world knows about specific topics.
  • As these approaches often bring change to an organization, quality professionals must develop plans to weaken the resisting forces and strengthen the supporting forces.

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Why is it important for YOU to become and continue as an ASQ member?

ASQ Open Access

Meet Govind Ramu, P. Eng. and ASQ member of 25 years.
He is a Quality Management Professional, ASQ Fellow, Stanford LEAD Distinguished Scholar, Professional Engineer (Ontario) and ASQ Crosby Medal Recipient.
He shares his two minutes sales pitch on LinkedIn HERE.


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Gathered from around the globe, ASQ content is peer-reviewed by subject matter experts and published in a variety of formats, all accessible on ASQ’s website.

Ways to find content

  • Search Quality Content — Search more than 30,000 journal articles, case studies, books, standards, courses, webcasts, and presentations. The collection is indexed to be searchable by topic, keyword, industry, date, and more.
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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.

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.

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ASQ Fellow

ASQ Logo 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

Rev. 2023-11-02

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

Lean and Six Sigma Conference
(Conférence Lean et Six Sigma)
February 18 – 21, 2024, Phoenix, AZ – In Person

Collaboration on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries Forum
(Forum sur la collaboration en matière de qualité dans les industries de l’espace et de la défense )
March 12 – 13, 2024, Cape Canaveral, FL – In Person

World Conference on Quality & Improvement
(Conférence mondiale sur la qualité et l’amélioration)
May 12 – 15, 2024, San Diego, CA – In Person

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Rev. 2024-01-08

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