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.

8:00am. Onsite Registration Opens / Continental Breakfast

9:15am. Welcome - Rich Christianson, Vance Communications Canada / Woodworking Network
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9:30am Achieving Operational Excellence - Sepp Gmeiner, Partner, Lignum Consulting
Sepp Gmeiner Lignum Consulting Companies have many ways to differentiate themselves from their competition. This presentation will highlight the key facets where companies need to build competences to be successful. Gmeiner's presentation will include:

  - 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.
Sepp is highly familiar with European wood and panel processing technologies, including finishing systems. He also possesses detailed and practical knowledge of the North American manufacturing environment and business approach. Over his career he has developed an expertise in lean manufacturing and company turn-arounds.

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

Adam+Hoffman+Bogdon+%26+Gross+FurnitureIn 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..
BG is a member of Bluewater Wood Alliance Inc., a cluster of wood products manufacturing companies that was formed in southwestern Ontario in March 2011, The alliance is made up of nearly 20 wood product manufacturing companies and more than a dozen key stakeholders to the industry. The members of the “cluster” organization are collaborating to increase their competitiveness.

 - Learn why Bogdon and Gross helped found the cluster
 - Learn how Bogdon and Gross has benefitted from its participation.

 - 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.
In 1990 Adam and his wife moved to Winnipeg, MB, where he filled a number of senior management roles at Palliser Furniture. He moved to Ontario in 2002 to take the helm of Bogdon and Gross Furniture.
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11:00am Break

Luke Elias President Muskoka Cabinets11:15am
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.
Luke will discuss some of the many ways his company stays ahead of the technology curve, including its use of:

 - ERP software tools;

 - Quality control system;
 - RFID to track parts and inventory; and

 - Web-based application technologies.  
Luke Elias' Biography
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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Noon: Lunch

1:00pm Lights Out Woodworking at Ro-Bois-Tic - Bastien Larouche, Owner, Ro-Bois-Tic
Bastien+Larouche%2C+Ro-Bois-TicRo-Bois-Tic, a one-man, one-robotic panel processing line based in St-Apollinaire, QC, was featured on the February 2013 cover story of Wood Products. At the heart of the plant, an industrial robot mans a nesting cell that includes a CNC router, edgebander and drilling and dowel insertion machine. The 24/7 line was designed to produce 1,200 ready-to-assemble cabinets per week.
Ro-Bois-Tic is the brainchild of Bastien Larouche, who has a diverse manufacturing background including stints at Kraft Foods, metal furniture maker Amisco and Teknion, a manufacturer of wood office furniture.
Larouche will delve into the Ro-Bois-Tic concept, including:
 - The trigger behind the business plan;

 - Partnership: The most critical key of success;

 - Moving forward and making it happen; and
 - Delighting customers.
Bastien Larouche's Biography
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
Pierre+FourinerFor over 25 years, Triangle Kitchen Ltd has built its reputation as a leader in manufacturing and wholesale distribution of quality cabinetry products & accessories. Located in Dieppe, NB, Triangle sells its products through distributors, home centres and kitchen and bath dealierships in the Atlantic provinces, northeast U.S., Bermuda and France.
In addition to its manufacturing plant in New Brunswick, Triangle operates a production facility in China. Peirre will talk about some of the keys to his company's success, inicluding:.

 - 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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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.
Denis joined Deslaurier Custom Cabinets in 2011 as marketing manager and became part owner and president in 2005, working alongside company founder Jim Deslaurier.
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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.
Nienkämper's 120,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art plant in Toronto produces classic and contemporary furniture designs for shipment around the world.
Earlier this year, Nienkämper was named one of Canada's Best 50 Managed Companies - the fourth straight year the furniture maker earned that honor.
The company's "mission is to honor our commitments to our customers, promote the use of responsible materials, recognize constantly the importance of innovation and provide an environment where people can use their skills in an atmosphere of mutual respect."

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4:30pm Conference Wrap Up - Iain Macdonald, Managing Director, Centre for Advanced Wood Processinig at the University of British Columbia
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5:00pm-7:00pm Networking Reception with Table Top Displays



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