Wood Tech Summit Schedule
2013 Wood Tech Summit Leadership Conference Schedule
Location: Four Points By Sheraton,
6257 Airport Road, Mississauga
NOTE: The following schedule of presentations is subject to change without notice.
9:15am. Welcome - Rich Christianson, Vance Communications Canada / Woodworking Network
9:30am Achieving Operational Excellence - Sepp Gmeiner, Partner, Lignum Consulting
- A specific deep-dive in the operational issues of a corporation.
- How aligning the efforts and improvements in material flow improvements, layout, machines and tooling, software, organization and skills development will lead to operations excellence.
- An introduction to the tools and methodologies to improve business operations.
Sepp Gmeiner's Biography
Joseph (Sepp) Gmeiner is partner of Lignum Consulting, an international firm serving the wood products industry. 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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10:15am Reaping the Benefits of Participating in a Wood Manufacturing Cluster - Adam Hofmann, Bogdon and Gross Furniture
In 1927, Peter Bogdon and Karl Gross began a tradition of quality and craftsmanship that is still evident today. Eighty-six years later, BG Furniture continues to take pride in handcrafting heirloom quality solid hardwood furniture. Now, under the leadership of owner Adam Hofmann and Dirk Nielsen, the company upholds its commitment to maintain environmentally sustainable practices and to ensure the sole use of 100% North American hardwoods..
- Learn why Bogdon and Gross helped found the cluster
- Learn about the future vision for the cluster.
Adam Hofmann's Biography
Adam Hofmann was born in Toronto but lived in Quebec up to 1990. He grew up with a love of wood and furniture and decided at the tender age of 12 that he wanted to own a furniture manufacturing company. To this end, he attended the Kirby Studio, a prviate furniture design studio, and then became a part owner of a custom furniture company, Delray Design Corporation in Montreal for seven years.
11:15am How Much Did That Job Really Cost? - Luke Elias, President, Muskoka Cabinet Company
Muskoka Cabinet Company of Ottawa, ON, is a mid-sized manufacturer that is forever commited to maintaining a modern plant. Muskoka Cabinet was the first in Canada to install a finishing line that uses water-based finishes that are more durable than traditional methods. This led to the introduction of its "Breathe Easy Line of Cabinetry" in 2006.
- ERP software tools;
- Quality control system;
- Web-based application technologies.
Luke Elias from Ottawa, ON, had led a few small businesses before founding Muskoka Cabinet Company 24 years ago. Aways exploring the leading edge of avialable technology, Luke approaches his cabinet business from the standpoint of having a lean and efficient manufacturing facility first, cabinet making second. Today Muskoka Cabinet competes successfully in most markets because of its efficient use of facility and labour. While working toward this goal, Luke developped and co-founded an ERP software system specifically designed for wood product manufacturers.
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1:00pm Lights Out Woodworking at Ro-Bois-Tic - Bastien Larouche, Owner, Ro-Bois-Tic
- Partnership: The most critical key of success;
- Moving forward and making it happen; and
- Delighting customers.
Bastien Larouche is a visionary, bllingual high-end manager with solid entreprenurial skills and expertise in the manufacturing sector. Immediatley fefore founding Ro-Bois-Tic in 2012, he worked as a turn-around specialist for a large Canadian kitchen cabinet company. Prior to that he was plant manager of Teknion's Roy & Breton wood office furniture plant in St.-Vallier, QC.
Bastien also served as director of manufacturing for Amisco, a metal furniture maker, and served various manufacturing roles with Kraft Foods. He holds an MBA in Business Administration.
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1:45pm On-Shore Vs. Off-Shore Manufacturing - Pierre Fournier, Triangle Kitchens
- The importance of having a flexible work force;
- Hiring the right people for the right job; and
- Triangle's experience setting up a factory in China.
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3:00pm When Opportunity Knocks: Rebuilding a Wood Products Company After a Devastating Fire - Denis Staples, Deslaurier Cabinets
Deslaurier Cabinetsof Renfrew, ON, was practically wiped out by a 2009 New Year's fire that claimed its plant, machinery and inventory. The story of the company's rise from the ashes is chronicled in the best-selling book: "That'll Never Work: Business Lessons from Successful Canadian Entrepreneurs "
Deslaurier designs, manufactures, installs and service custom kitchen cabinets and millwork. The company's state-of-the-art production facility uses Lean Manufacturing principles and green finishing systems.
Denis Denis, president of Deslaurier Cabinets, will share his company's harrowing tale and lessons learned, including:
- The importance of differentiating your product / service in a competitive market.
- Working with your suppliers to become more competitive.
- Becoming lean and green.
- Recognizing and seizing opportunity when it knocks.
Denis Staple's Biography
Denis Staples obtained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 1993 and graduated from Queen's University in Kingston with an Executive MBA in 1999. His first professional experience was working for his father Ross Staples at Madawaska Hardwood Flooring as director of human resources.
3:45pm Achieving Award-Winning Design - Ann Marie Snook, Vice President of Operations, Nienkämper
Nienkämper began importing, and later manufacturing under license, classic European-designed furniture in the 1960s and 1970s. As its international profile grew, Nienkämper added American and Canadian designers to the lineup. Today the company is recognized for producing some of the best corporate and residential furniture on the market.
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4:30pm Conference Wrap Up - Iain Macdonald, Managing Director, Centre for Advanced Wood Processinig at the University of British Columbia