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Astronaut Chris Hadfield to speak at MainTrain conference

Calgary, AB - The MainTrain maintenance conference, organized by the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC), will take place at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Calgary, Nov. 18-21, 2013.


Calgary, AB – The MainTrain maintenance conference, organized by the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC), will take place at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel Calgary, Nov. 18-21, 2013.

“This year’s theme is Implementing Change in the field of maintenance, reliability and asset management,” noted Cindy Snedden, PEMAC executive director. “Both PEMAC members and guests are invited to attend the event, which is the tenth annual MainTrain.”

PEMAC’s annual general meeting takes place on the evening of Nov. 18. As well as various conferece sessions, PEMAC’s Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) Module 1 course will be presented.

The spectrum of asset intensive industries represented includes Canadian and global oil and gas, mining, electrical utilities, water treatment, chemical, and pulp and paper.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is the keynote speaker for the event’s gala dinner on Nov. 19. As well, there will be daily keynote addresses from international speakers, including:

–         Larry Cote, Canadian Institute for Non Destructive Evaluation, who will speak about ‘Change Agents: Past, Present and Future’;

–         – John Hardwick, Networks NSW (the Australian Electrical Utility), who will discuss ‘The Journey from Maintenance to Asset Management’;

–         – Nezar Shammasi, Saudi Aramco, on the topic of ‘Maintenance, A Pillar for Operational Excellence’;

–         – Joaoa Lafraia, Petrobras, who will look at ‘The Critical Nature of Leadership and Culture’; and

–         – Rob Lash of Toronto Water, the current PEMAC president.

Among the various conference sessions, Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine contributing editor Tex Leugner will present a session on Nov. 19 on ‘Effective Data Collection for Thorough Failure Analysis’; while columnist Cliff Williams of ERCO Worldwide will hold a session called ‘Canada’s Got Talent’ on Nov. 20. As well, former contributor Leonard Middleton of Asset Management Solutions is a co-presenter of PEMAC’s MMP Module 1 course.

In addition to the sessions, PEMAC will also be holding half-hour speed networking sessions each day to help delegates connect with industry peers, discover new business opportunities and expand their professional networks.

A conference rate for the Sheraton Cavalier hotel is $159 per night plus taxes and is available three days before and after the event. Air Canada is offering a 10%-15% discount to delegates travelling to the conference that is valid from Nov. 11-28. To book, visit http://www.aircanada.com/en/ and use promo code MVTPPDE1. As well, WestJet is offering a 10% discount on flights for delegates over the same period. To book call 1-888-493-7853 and use the promo code CC8031.

View the complete schedule at http://www.maintrain.ca/schedule.html. Register online or contact Julie West, PEMAC’s event planner, at events@pemac.org, or call toll free 1-877-523-7255.