By Jean-Pierre Amiel, ASQ Senior, CQA ret., Secretary, Web committee Chair and Audit Chair.
This October 26th, 2022 was a special two part event.
Part 1 — General Assembly: The Montreal Section Chair, Raymond E. Dyer (Ray), ASQ Senior Member, CMQ/OE, & CQA, welcomed everyone, confirmed there was quorum and opened the General Assembly. He stated that although it was no longer a requirement from ASQ, this has been an on-going tradition for over 72 years. This year, even more it gave the Section Leadership Team (SLT) an opportunity to renew in-person contacts since March 2020 and exchange with our membership. Each SLT Chair presented a short report of their activities. Then, he proceeded to give a series of Recognition Awards, some overdue since 2020 as the physical awards were not available:
- Denis Pronovost Award: Raymond Dyer reminded the assembly that a student bursary award had been created by Marcel Charbonneau with the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in memory of Denis Pronovost, a friend and well appreciated guest of both the Montreal and Québecoise sections. It was handed out to Patrick Barnes, a student at the Quality Certificate of the ÉTS at the section’s June 15, 2022 Workshop event. Patrick presented his team project which fit right in with the workshop’s theme (More details here).
- Recognition Award for ASQ Canada Conference Committee: Chantale Simard was presented the award last year for her work and that of the team composed of Veronica Marquez, Mauricio Figueroa, David Tozer, Ruth Stanley, Jean-Pierre Amiel, Michel Guenette, Eric Hosking. The award was only received physically this year so a group picture was finally done with the award (More details here).
- Recognition Award to Veronica Marquez: This award was presented to Veronica last year by Chantale but was only received physically this year so a picture was finally done with the award (More details here).
- Recognition Awards 2022: Finally, Ray pulled out two more awards to thank two long-standing members of the SLT " In recognition of your commitment and outstanding contributions to the ASQ Montreal Section and your community ".
Raymond presented this recognition to Eric for his many activities in the section and especially his leadership and skill in adapting to and adopting new technologies to support section activities such as Billhighway, ASQ’s new accounting system.
Raymond presented this award to Sam for the tireless background work he has been doing not only in promoting ASQ, recruiting members and leadership team members, developing the Certified Software Quality Engineer body of knowledge and certification, but now as Deputy Regional director as JP Amiel proudly oversaw this moment.
Part 2 — Workshop on Multiple Management Systems: For the second part of the evening, Ray did a short presentation on the challenges and the opportunities that come with having to deal with the myriad of standards and norms required to run a business. Typically, many standards may deal with quality, safety, environment, business continuity, social responsibility and others. These standards may be of international scope, state, provincial and even municipal: How can companies manage more than one management system?
He then invited the 20 attendees to regroup into three teams with the mission to seek and share their experiences with and what they may have done, or think should be done, regarding the management of multiple Management Systems and their certifications. He proposed that each team choose a moderator and a note taker, raise and discuss ways to improve the integration of various management systems and then select the top three that would be shared with the other participants. What a special evening.
Gift of Hardcover Notebooks from BSI Canada: Participants were offered the opportunity to have a hardcover, spiral notebook provided by our long-time sponsor BSI Canada, and arranged by Michael Bournazian (Newsletter Editor).
Donation of Quality-related Books: Participants were offered the opportunity to take quality-related books that Roger Pelletier (past chair of ASQ Section Québécoise) had donated from his private collection.
Thank you all for participating!