MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -  Included in this year's Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo conference programming will be a full day devoted to small and large shop best practices. The best practices track will be part of the expanded conference program at the International Centre, Nov. 2-4 in Mississauga, Ontario.  
 
Harry Urban, WMS manager, said past attendee surveys reveal the need for more advice for running a shop, large or small.  "Our sessions devoted to best practices will cover everything from basic 'what not to do' advice to lean principles and Industry 4.0," he said.
Sylvain Garneau, CEO, Groupe Lacasse, Montreal.
This year's November 2 conference luncheon speaker is Sylvain Garneau, CEO of Groupe Lacasse, one of Canada's largest commercial furniture manufacturers. Garneau is also the first Canadian to chair the Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, North America association
 
Additional presenters include:
  • Will Sampson, editor of FDMC Magazine
  • Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning
  • Mike Baker, Bluewater Wood Alliance
  • Sepp Gmeiner, Lignum Consulting
As in past years, WMS has worked with Canadian woodworking industry leaders to develop its curriculum. "We are proud to be partnering with some of the most important associations and institutions in Canada in the development of our agenda," said Urban.  Included in the programming for WMS 2017 are sessions the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers of Canada, the Bluewater Wood Alliance, the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing and Conestoga College.
 
Attendees of  WMS 2017 will also have the opportunity to participate in a tour of  ProPly Custom Plywood Inc. in nearby Brampton, Ontario. The tour is slated for the afternoon of November 2.

WMS 2017 Conference Tracks

  • Finishing Materials and Techniques
  • Cabinet Manufacturing, Design & Marketing
  • Trends in Panel and Hardware
  • Small & Large Shop Best Practices
About WMS 2017
The Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference and Expo –– the largest event for the secondary wood manufacturing market in Canada –– will take place November 2-4, 2017 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. WMS is owned by CCI Canada, which also owns the print, digital, web products and other related events of FDMC and Closets & Home Organization magazines and WoodworkingNetwork.com. For more information visit www.wmscanada.ca