Category Archives: Sidney Breakfast Club

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

 

SBC Meeting – Thursday, September 8th, 7am – Ken Lewis, CEO Seastar Chemicals

Hi Everyone. Well we’ve had a fantastic summer haven’t we? We are planning to start our Sidney Breakfast Club Fall session next week, so dust off the old business attire and come join us for a great meeting with Ken Lewis, CEO of Seastar Chemicals.

Seastar Chemicals Inc., is a member of the AXYS Group of high technology companies. The company is a manufacturer of high purity reagents used in the global research and laboratory markets.

As a long-time member of the Peninsula manufacturing community, Seastar has undergone steady, progressive growth and recently built a brand new warehouse in the Sidney Industrial Park. Listen to Ken talk about this world class manufacturing company, his experiences along the way and what the future holds for Seastar.

This is a “can’t miss” SBC presentation!

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda Sept8th2016

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, September 8th at 7am and, please RSVP (john@harbourdigitalmedia.com) only if you plan on attending.

Bill is on holiday during this meeting and will be back in the saddle come October.

John Juricic – Partner / Harbour Digital Media

Email: john@harbourdigitalmedia.com

C: 250.812.8827

SBC Meeting – Thursday June 9th – Mark Goddard, Senior Supplier Quality Engineer, Schneider Electric

Hi Everyone.  Summer is well upon us (early and dry!) and this month’s meeting, as in previous years, will be the last till September.

This month, we are continuing to feature another of our local companies, Schneider Electric, Victoria.  Schneider as many of you may know purchased Power Measurement some years ago, one of our early pioneering start-up companies.  Schneider Electric employs over 160,000 people worldwide, founded in 1836 with headquarters in Grenoble France.  It is the global specialist in energy management and automation.

We are pleased to have Mark Goddard, Senior Supplier Quality Engineer, Schneider Electric, Keating Cross Road as our guest speaker this month.  Mark, with a background in Electronics, Automotive, Aerospace and Medical Devices industries both in the UK and Canada will be talking about *Schneider Supplier Quality Management (SSQM): Overview of process to approve suppliers”. 

This should be a great topic both for our local manufacturing sector as well as for those of us who are interested in finding out more about the variety, size and scope of our technology/manufacturing industrial sector.

I look forward to seeing you at our meeting and trust everyone has a great summer!

Note: For details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 9 Jun 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 9th June, 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

 

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SBC meeting 12 May – Warren Strome, CEO & Founder – Revolution 3D Printers

Hi Everyone.  We are well into spring (come summer)!

This month, we are continuing to feature another of our local manufacturing companies, Revolution 3D Printers.  Many of you have likely seen or heard about this very interesting technology that is rapidly growing from a bit of a curiosity to a very valuable industrial tool.  However, did you know we have our very own local company producing and distributing these 3D desktop printers?  Warren Strome, CEO and Founder of the company will be our speaker for this month and will give you an opportunity to see and hear about what a 3D printer is and how it can be used as an extremely valuable tool in a wide range of industrial manufacturing operations.  The topic of the talk is “3D Printing by Fused Deposition Manufacture: Features and Benefits”

Warren will be addressing how 3D printers work, benefits re prototyping and design of new products, cost benefits for additive manufacturing as well as how this fits with the local aircraft industry of the Pacific Northwest region.  Please join us to find out more.

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

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SBC – Thursday, Apr. 14th – James Bowden, Nicholson Capital Value Stream Manager – Nicholson Manufacturing Ltd.

Hi all.  Welcome to spring (I hope).

We had a great change of pace topic last month as requested which generated a full house turnout.  Thanks for the topic suggestion.  This month, we will be continuing to feature another of our local manufacturing companies, Nicholson Manufacturing Ltd.  The company operates in the forestry sector as a Ring Debarker Specialist and its been that way for over 60 years.  For those of you, including me, who want to find out what that is, join us to hear from our speaker James Bowden, Nicholson Capital Value Stream Manager.  James brings 15 years of Engineering background, mostly in manufacturing for the forest industry and will be describing: “A Changing world of manufacturing and the Timber Industry as a whole”. 

James will be discussing the changes that Nicholson has gone through in the 68 years of manufacturing Timber related equipment including an acquisition of Madill and the lean journey of Nicholson in regards to Value Streams with a view to the future of the company and its people.

This should be an interesting and informing discussion.

Note: For more details, a printable meeting notice can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Agenda 14 Apr 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 14th April, 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 / cell +1 (250) 881-4590