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SBC January 12th – David Fissel, Board Chair and Jan Buermans, Product Division Manager, of ASL Environmental Sciences Inc.

Happy New Year Everyone.  Welcome to 2017!  After several weeks of over-eating & drinking, I am ready to get back at it…I think…LOL. I will be hosting our first meeting of 2017 while Bill is out of town.

Our speaker for the Thursday / January 12th / 7am meeting will be David Fissel, Board Chair and Jan Buermans, Product Division Manager,  of ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. 

Starting 40 years ago, David was a founding principal in ASL and for much of this time, he was the President & CEO. Jan Buermans has been with ASL since 2001 in product sales positions and recently he took on full responsibility of the Product Division. Our topic on January 12th will be “ASL: Adapting and Thriving under Changing Markets”.

ASL provides Oceanographic Consulting Services and Products to global markets. ASL provides Scientific Consulting Services in oceanography and sea ice, remote sensing, and custom engineering of ocean instruments. Its Product Division, started in 1996, offers three lines of highly advanced and specialized aquatic acoustic instruments. ASL also operates the largest commercial ocean equipment lease pool in Canada.  ASL is employee owned and has over forty highly qualified personnel.

In this talk, David and Jan will present lessons learned over the past forty years, in dealing with changing markets. ASL has developed products and services for several market sectors with a global reach. As a multi-market niche-based company, understanding emerging market needs along with the R&D required to provide the competitive product/service mix, is critically important.  ASL addresses these business challenges through a strategic market-driven approach to business planning along with recruiting and retaining employees who are up to this challenge.”

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 12 Jan. 2017

As always, the meeting is held at 7am on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Victoria Flying Club Dakota Café.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 12th Jan., 2017 at 7am and please RSVP (john@harbourdigitalmedia.com) only if you plan on attending.

SBC meeting 8 Dec 2016 – Sven Tjelta, owner of S.O. Tjelta & Associates

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our final meeting of 2016! It will be Santa Claus time before we know it.

Our speaker this month will be talking about manufacturing start-ups. Sven Tjelta has been a business consultant through S.O. Tjelta & Associates for over 50 years, with offices in Langley BC, Seattle WA, Atlanta GA, and in Norway. His consulting practice included many start-up businesses for clients and many of his own, the most recent being Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc. right here in Sidney, BC. He has helped raise seed capital for many of his clients as well as his own companies. Sven will talk about some client’s start-ups and of course, Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc.

Sven’s speaking topic will be “The Trials & Tribulations of Manufacturing Start-ups”.

As an entrepreneur Mr. Tjelta has owned and successfully operated businesses in the following sectors: auto collision repair, real estate, construction, health care facility, industrial electronics services, mortgage business, bio-medical technology, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (IPOS), private placements, medical care clinics, debt counseling, marriage counseling. Three of Mr. Tjelta’s most successful start-ups were “hi-tech” electronics manufacturing, marine telecommunications and an electronic research laboratory.

In his four decades of professional management consulting, Mr. Tjelta has personally advised and consulted to all primary industries: construction, retail, agriculture (including horticulture), service, government, transportation, manufacturing and resource (forestry, mining, aquaculture).

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: SBC Agenda – Dec 8th

As always, the meeting is held at 7am on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Victoria Flying Club Dakota Café.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 8th December., 2016 at 7am and, as before, please RSVP (cooke@ieee.org) only if you plan on attending.

Cheers,

Bill Cooke, P.Eng
Chairperson, Sidney Breakfast Club

e-mail: cooke@ieee.org
cell +1 (250) 881-4590

Aviation Program for High Schools

One of the key recommendations arising from the Vancouver Island Manufacturing Labour Market Project (http://harbourdigitalmedia.com/vimab/) was to enhance “support & promotion of regional manufacturers”. A number of possible ways to attract potential employees to the sector (and thereby address current and anticipated skill shortages) were put forward. One of these included “Providing more opportunities for secondary students to participate in pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship training related to jobs in the sector”.

An excellent example of this industry / secondary school collaboration is already in place with the district wide “Aviation Program for High Schools”  based at Mt. Doug High School. The program is co-sponsored by Pacific Sky, Viking Air, Victoria Flying School & VI Helicopter’s Group. Curriculum includes courses in Aviation Design, Manufacturing, Systems and Pilot Training.

Enclosed is an audio link (https://youtu.be/R8nRRitJ_zc) with a student & instructor being interviewed about the program by the CBC. The future of industry & secondary school collaboration is alive & well on Lower Vancouver Island! 🙂

 

 

SBC meeting 10 Nov. 2016 – Terry Tarle, CEO – AXYS Technologies Inc.

Happy fall everyone although I don’t remember this much rain in October.  But, on a positive note, the November SBC meeting is just around the corner and we have the opportunity to hear again from another one of our local companies that last presented to our group in 2011.

The meeting this month will feature a talk given by Terry Tarle, CEO of AXYS Technologies Inc.  For those of you that have been in the area for some time, you will be well aware of the AXYS group of companies operating in our local community for the past 40 years.  It has always been interesting to me hearing from companies and people (with some history and experience) about how they are remaining successful by changing with the times.  This talk should provide another unique perspective on success.

Terry joined AXYS as President and CEO in Feb. 2014 from his post at Aeroinfo Systems (a Boeing company) in Richmond where he was Chief Operating Officer He was also the national director of Telus Geometrics and a senior vice president with Sierra Systems.  Most importantly to our community, he had previously founded a Victoria based high tech company which he led for 14 years. Terry, over the past 2 years is leading AXYS Technologies forward and will be talking to us today about “AXYS-APS -> Outside-In Product Development”. 

Terry will describe the transformation of AXYS from an engineering-centric focus to a market-led, sales driven company that creates products that customers love.  He will use the company’s latest product, AXYS Analytics Portal Services (AXYS-APS), as a real world case study on how this new approach led to innovation and a significant market pull for this new product.

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:Agenda-8-Dec2016As always, the meeting is held at 7am on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Victoria Flying Club Dakota Café.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 10th Nov., 2016 at 7am and, as before, please RSVP (cooke @ieee.org) only if you plan on attending. 

Bill Cooke, P.Eng / Chairperson, Sidney Breakfast Club /

SBC meeting 13 Oct 2016 – David Reid, CEO – FTS (Forest Technology Systems)

Hi Everyone.  Welcome to fall (colours, rain and sun) and soon Thanksgiving!  I’m back from my travels and want to thank John Juricic for ably (terrific, entertaining, enigmatic…) organizing and hosting the SBC meeting last month.

In today’s world, it is almost impossible to not be aware of the significant changes incurring in our environment.  We have, in our own back yard, another of our manufacturing companies whose mission is “to make our customers successful in their efforts to monitor, record, and analyze changes in the natural environment”.  Our meeting this month will feature  FTS (Forest Technology Systems) with a talk given by David Reid, CEO.  David, who has been at the helm of FTS since January 2015 is leading this 35+ year local manufacturing company into the future will be talking about FTS’s PDLC process (Product development lifecycle process) that has been implemented over the last year.

There has been a lot of effort in all areas of the FTS organization and there has been a significant change in how products are developed.  David will talk about this change in the context of the organization and the cultural shift that is taking place.  Please join us to hear more about this company and the new products that are being developed in response to our changing environment.

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: agenda-13-oct-2016

As always, the meeting is held at 7am on the 2nd Thursday of every month at the Victoria Flying Club Dakota Café. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday 13th Oct., 2016 at 7am and, as before, please RSVP (cooke @ieee.org) only if you plan on attending. 

Bill Cooke, P.Eng

Chairperson, Sidney Breakfast Club

e-mail: cooke@ieee.org