Seven of the best and brightest minds of the Canadian woodworking industry will share some of their strategies for success at the Wood Tech Summit Leadership Conference, Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Mississauga, ON.
The full-day program, taking place the day before the opening of the 2013 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo, will feature discussions on green finishing, RFID inventory systems, robotic work cells, setting up a factory in China, participating in a wood cluster and more. In addition to the educational sessions, the event features a Networking Reception with table top exhibits.
The program is organized by Woodworking Network and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia. Northern Apex, a leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID), is a sponsor of Wood Tech Summit.
The Wood Tech Summit lineup includes:
Achieving Operational Excellence: Sepp Gmeiner, partner of Lignum Consulting, will discuss some of the many ways wood products companies have to differentiate themselves from their competition.
Reaping the Benefits of a Wood Manufacturing Cluster: Adam Hofmann, president of Bogdon and Gross Furniture, will discuss his company’s involvement with the Bluewater Wood Alliance formed in southwestern Ontario in 2011.
How Much Did that Job Really Cost?: Luke Elias, president of Muskoka Cabinet Company, will explain how his mid-size cabinet manufacturing firm has seized on a number of technologies including a durable water-based finish line, RFID technology and ERP tools to help manage quality and costs.
On-Shore Vs. Off-Shore Manufacturing: Pierre Fournier is in a unique position to address this topic as his company Triangle Kitchen operates manufacturing plants in Dieppe, NB, and in China.
When Opportunity Knocks — Rebuilding a Wood Products Company: After a Devastating Fire: Denis Staples, president of Deslaurier Cabinets, will discuss how he and his partner Jim Deslaurier seized the opportunity to build a leaner and greener manufacturing operation following a destructive New Year’s fire.
Achieving Award-Winning Design: Ann-Marie Snook, vice president of operations for Nienkämper, will address what her company has done to be named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed firms for four years running.