2014 Wood Tech Summit Schedule
2014 Wood Tech Summit Leadership Conference Schedule
Thursday, October 9
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
NOTE: The following schedule of presentations is subject to change without notice.
9:15am. Welcome - Rich Christianson, Vance Communications Canada / Woodworking Network
9:30am Surviving & Thriving Through Continuous Innovation - Judson Beaumont, Owner/Designer, Straight Line Designs, Vancouver, BC
- The importance of having a flexible work force;
- Hiring the right people for the right job; and
- Triangle's experience of setting up a factory in China.
Pierre Fournier's Biography
Pierre "Pete" Fournier is president of Triangle Kitchen, a company that has built a 30-year reputation as a leader in manufacturing and wholesale distribution of quality cabinetry products and accessories. Triangle sells its products through distributors, home centres and kitchen and bath deaierships in the Atlantic provinces, northeast U.S., Bermuda and France.
In 2008, Triangle Kitchen received the Equity Award from the Wood Manufacturing Council for treating all employees fairly by being the most equal opportunity employer possible including providing equal pay and opportunity for all employees whether they work in the front office or on the shop floor.
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Noon - Peer2Peer Lunch & Table Top Exhibits Open
1:15pm Big Marketing Ideas for Small Marketing Budgets - Jim Lawrence, President, Avondale Kitchens & Baths, Jacksonville, NB
Jim Lawrence is owner of Avondale Kitchens & Baths, a custom manufacturer that has made major investments in woodworking machinery and finishing technology to gain a competive edge. Avondale operates a showroom along with its factory. Services run the gamut from design through installation. In addition to kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, the company's product line includes countertops, home offices, libraries and entertainment centers.
As manager of the Bluewater Wood Alliance, Mike Baker addresses the day-to-day and long-range activities of this unique cluster that includes dozens of wood products companies and industry suppliers. Among the BWA’s projects is participating in export i to Dubai, UAE. Baker will discuss how the BWA cluster works and highlight the Dubai export project.
Sepp Gmeiner's Biography
Joseph (Sepp) Gmeiner is partner of Lignum Consulting, an international firm serving the wood products industry with offices in Toronto, Charlotte, NC, Germany and Brazil. Sepp has more than three decades of experience in the woodworking industry having received his degree in Engineering in Advanced Wood Processing from Germany's prestigious Rosenheim University and worked nine years at Reff / Knoll Group.
He authors the bimonthly Operations Excellence column in Woodworking and has been a frequent presenter, including past Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo Conferences.
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4:15pm Conference Wrap Up - Iain Macdonald, Managing Director, Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Friday, October 10
George Guenzler & Sons Inc., Kitchener, ON
George Guenzler & Sons Inc. has been providing premier quality turned and shaped wood components to the woodworking Industry for more than 100 years. Its customers include many of the leading and largest wood product manufacturers in North America, including producers of residential, contract, institutional and healthcare furnishings; kitchen cabinets, millwork and stairbuilders.
In recent years, Guenzler has made major investments in CNC machniery, which combined with its focus on lean manufacturing, enables it to produce small quantity orders with shorter lead times at reduced costs to its customers.
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Woodworking Centre of Ontario, Kitchener, ON
The 50,000-square-foot Woodworking Centre of Ontario on the Conestoga College campus facilitates excellence in secondary wood processing education and training, The Woodworking Centre has earned a rank in the top four in the world as a training institution.
Students are exposed to both custom and production training as well as the latest in CNC and computerized drafting technology. Hundreds of students have graduated in the prorgram's r Technician, Technology and Cabinetmaker Apprenticeship programs since the Centre opened in 1988.More about Woodworking Centre of Ontario