Finishing Materials and Techniques - Thursday, Nov 2 

Developments in water-based and polyurethane finishing
Darren Christiansen
8:20 am– 9:00 am $60
Darren Christiansen, the resident expert at ICA, talks about trending chemistries.
Prof. Phil Evans, University of British Columbia
9:00 am - 9:50 am $60
Ongoing research into what happens during sanding and surface prep will be revealed.
Rob Penfold, Katilac Coatings
10:00 am - 10:50 am $60
 Examing trending Italian polyester finishes and a look at formaldehyde-free coating systems. The session will include a case study of a finishing operation.
Automation in Finishing Equipment
Andrew Scott
11:00 am – 11:50 am $60
Venjakob’s Andrew Scott takes a wide-ranging look at how far finishing automation has come.
Nov 2 Luncheon Address by Sylvain Garneau, Groupe Lacasse
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm $45.00 (Free with All-day Conference Pass)
CEO of one of Canada’s largest furniture manufactures talks about investment, productivity, and his role as first Canadian to chair the Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association. Luncheon is sponsored by ACIMALL, the Italian machinery manufacturers association
Troubleshooting Finishing Problems
Moderated by Jason Chiu
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm $60
This final conference session of the track brings together presenters to answer your questions.
Attendees from both tracks then depart for the Pro-Ply Plant Tour

Cabinet Production & Design - Thursday, Nov 2

Sandra Wood, Executive Director, CKCA and Sepp Gmeiner, Lignum Consulting
8:20 am - 9:00 am $60.00
CKCA re-launched its certification program in June 2017, setting an industry benchmark. Learn what is involved in certifying your products and how this valuable marketing tool can strengthen sales of Canadian-built kitchen cabinets.
10 big productivity ideas for small budgets
Jim Lawrence, Avondale Cabinets
9:00 am - 9:50 am $60.00
Voluble and insightful, popular presenter Lawrence walks you through practical advice that can make any show more productive.
Marriage of Design & Automation – Software Today
Moderated by Harry Urban
10:00 am - 10:50 am $60.00
A look at the state of cabinet design software with examples drawn from the show floor.
Your face, my face, snap face -The World of Social Media
Denis Staples, Deslaurier Custom Cabinets
11:00 am - 11:50 am $60.00
Deslaurier Cabinets president and author Denis Staples gets on choosing the right platforms, retaining followers and keeping them engaged, and using analytics to your advantage.
Keys to Advanced Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
Luke Elias, President, Muskoka Cabinet Co.
1:20 pm – 2:15 pm $60.00
Automated Part Processing, sorting and tracking using Robotics, AGV’s, RFID and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems.
Attendees from both tracks then depart for the Pro-Ply Plant Tour
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm $60.00 (Free with All-day Conference Pass
Visit the robotic operations of one of North America’s most automated plants in nearby Brampton, Ontario.

 Trends in Panel & Hardware - Friday, Nov 3

Understanding the new NAAWS Manual
Nick Anastas, AWMACS
9:00 am - 9:50 am $60.00
Learn what’s in the new architectural millwork standards, and why AWMACS felt new standards needed to be developed.
Mike Rolston, Uniboard Canada
10:00 am - 10:50 am $60.00
Fundamentals on classic panels covers performance capability
Machining Materials – Moderated by Will Sampson
11:00 am - 11:55 am $60.00
We’ll look at new demands on machining workpieces to meet requirements of trends like zero joint edgebanding, plus the new generations of smart and silent tooling. 
Jason Varelli, Biesse Canada 
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm $45.00 (Free with All-day Conference Pass)
Superior Cabinets, an Overnight Success the Making Decades in the Making - a story about Superior's turnaround, with lots of good lessons for success from Scott Hodson’s playbook.
Panel Color & Surface Trends
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm $60.00
Drawing on designers from the International Centre showrooms, we’ll look at trending colors and finishes in panel from suppliers at WMS.
Fastening Systems Innovations: Hardware Trends Roundup.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm $60.00
Next generation fasteners, new cabinetry storage solutions, and functional hardware developments at WMS

Woodshop Best Practices - Friday, Nov 3

Will Sampson, FDMC Magazine
9:00 am - 9:50 am $60.00
The latest data that continues to show wide variances in what cabinetmakers charge for identical projects.
Kick Ass Lean 
Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning
10:00 am - 10:50 am $60.00
Lean fanatic Brad Cairns, who also owns Signature Wood Systems, brings his infectious energy to this session that underscores the value of lean management.
Lean Principles in Action: Panel Discussion
Mike Baker, Blue Water Wood Alliance
11:00 am - 11:55 am $60.00
The Bluewater Wood Alliance and its members are working hard to promote adopt Lean Principles in their organizations. Come to hear real-life case studies from the manufacturers themselves, and also commentary from the experts.  Also come with your questions for these companies as they will share their journey: the good, the bad, and the challenges!  Panel members:
  • Mike Vokes, Vokes Furniture
  • Mike Clare, Diamond CNC
  • Chris Martin, Horizon Coatings
  • Sepp Gmeiner, Lignum Consulting
  • Brad Cairns, Centre for Lean Learning


Sepp Gmeiner, Lignum Consulting
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm $60.00
Called the Next Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 links workers, customers, sales, and manufacturing in a seamless and productive network.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm $60.00
Bill Esler surveys the show floor for WMS exhibitors to present winning products awarded in 2016 and 2017.