Word from the Chair – Mot du président

Eric Hosking

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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