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.
8:00am. On-site Registration Opens / Continental Breakfast
9:15am. Welcome - Bill Esler, Vance Communications Canada / Woodworking Network
9:30am Surviving & Thriving Through Continuous Innovation
- Judson Beaumont, Owner/Designer, Straight Line Designs, Vancouver, BC
Judson Beaumont, iconic furniture designer, manufacturer and owner of Straight Line Designs, will discuss how he has combined technology with his hand skills and trial-and-error methods to create high-margin, one-of-a-kind and limited-run furnishings and millwork that are in demand throughout North America.
Judson Beaumont's Biography
Judson Beaumont completed his college education at the Emily Carr Institute of Art, graduating from its 3-D department in 1985. He founded Straight Line Designs Inc.that same year, creating one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and commissions.
"My rule is, if you can draw and design it, you can build it. I love it when someone tells me that, 'You cannot build that' or "No one would want that.' These words only encourage me more."
His passion to pursue "something different" finds Beaumont constantly challenging himself to find new ways to make people question the objects around them whether its making "pet trailers," pine beetle cabinets made from woods salvaged from pine-beetle ravaged trees, Rocket Ship children's desk or whimsical furniture that "melts."
10:15am Gaining a Competitive Advantage Through Hiring & Training Best Practices
- Richard Lipman, President, Wood Manufacturing Council, Ottawa, ON
It's no secret that one of the biggest challenges facing wood products companies of all sizes is finding job candidates with the skills and mindset to make significant contributions to their shop floors.
Richard Lipman will leverage his nearly 13 years of experience as the head of Canada's human resources sector council for the secondary wood products industry to highlight the opportunities and threats that manufacturers face in today's competitive landscape. He will describe low-cost tools and strategies available to manufacturers to hire, train and retain a motivated, effective workforce through a series of successful case studies from across Canada.
Richard Lipman's Biography
Richard Lipman's career in the wood industry spans 30 years, including serving serving as president of the Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC) since 2002. The WMC''s mandate is to plan, develop and implement human resources strategies that support the long-term growth and competitiveness of Canada's advanced wood products manufacturing industry and meet the developmental needs of its workforce. The WMC identifies and examines the necessary skills and knowledge required to respond to changing industry needs. The Council also develops an overall strategic plan to address key issues such as the shortage of skilled workers and the need for national standards for worker competencies.
11:00am Refreshment Break & Table Top Exhibits Open
11:15am On-Shore vs. Off-Shore Manufacturing
- Pierre "Pete" Fournier, President, Triangle Kitchen Ltd., Dieppe, NB
In addition to its manufacturing plant in New Brunswick, Triangle Kitchen operates a production facility in China. Pierre "Pete" Fournier will talk about some of the keys to his company's success, including:
- 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 Budge
ts - Jim Lawrence, President, Avondale Kitchens & Baths, Jacksonville, NB
- Sift through lots of low-cost/no-cost marketing ideas, many of which may be unfamiliar to you;
- Increase your sales with the same amount of employee time; and
- Get more business from your own backyard.
Jim Lawrence's Biography
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.
Lawrence attended the previous two Wood Tech Summit conferences held 2012 in Vancouver and 2013 in Toronto. He is currently serving as president of the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association (CKCA).
2:00pm Case Study: Developing Export Markets – The Dubai Project, Mike Baker, Manager, Bluewater Wood Alliance, Hanover, ON
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 activities to Dubai, UAE. Baker will discuss how the BWA cluster works and highlight the Dubai export project.
Mike Baker's Biography
Mike Baker is the Manager of the Bluewater Wood Alliance (BWA). His role involves bringing diverse wood sector companies together for collaboration on projects, facilitating value-added networking events, and developing and executing the business plan. This includes growing the Alliance with new member development and retention through member driven programming. Recently, Mike led the BWA on an export development exercise to Dubai, UAE, and also continues to liaise and work with government and industry partners to support the ongoing development of the BWA and its activities.
3:00pm Refreshment Break & Table Top Exhibits Open
3:15pm New Technologies & Trends That Have, Will or Might Transform Your Woodworking Business -
Sepp Gmeiner, Partner, Lignum Consulting, Toronto, ON
3D printing, laser and hot air edgebanding and manufacturing 4.0 are just a few of the new buzzwords in the wood products industry. Combined with ongoing trends like lean manufacturing, re-shoring and mass-customization, woodworking companies today are postitioned to take advantage of opportunities that can shape their success for years to come.
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.
Sepp is well versed 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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4:15pm Conference Wrap Up - Iain Macdonald, Managing Director, Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
4:45pm-7:00pm Networking Reception with Table Top Displays
See displays by leading industry suppliers and network with presenters and fellow attendees.
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.
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