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PTDA plans second Canadian conference

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON -- Dec. 17, 2002 -- The Power Transmission Distributors Association's (PTDA) has planned a...


December 17, 2002
By MRO Magazine


Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON — Dec. 17, 2002 — The Power Transmission Distributors Association’s (PTDA) has planned a second conference that will focus solely on issues that face its Canadian members.

The Chicago-based PTDA’s annual Canadian Conference will be held on May 22-24, 2003, at the White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. “The main objective of this event will be to provide a forum to explore how Canadian-based distribution can differentiate itself,” says PTDA executive vice-president Mary Sue Lyon.

“It’s important for specific concerns of the Canadian PT/MC businesses to be addressed,” says Don Latham, vice-president of Canadian Bearings Ltd. of Mississauga, Ont., and first vice president of the PTDA board of directors. “This event provides an opportunity to network efficiently and devise solutions to our common problems. We need a smaller group setting in order to obtain Canadian end-user input for our members.”

As the premier networking and educational event for the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry in Canada, the PTDA 2003 Canadian Conference offers an opportunity for Canadian PT/MC executives to explore nationally-focused industry issues and trends. This year’s theme, “Canada Eh!” focuses on completely Canadian-centric programming.


Some of the highlights from this year’s conference include:

– A keynote presentation by Dr. Peter Andersen of Andersen Economic Research Ltd.
– A panel of key end-user industry executives
– Member panel session
– Roundtable breakfast session
– Formal and informal networking with key decision-makers in the Canadian PT/MC market
– Optional social events, a golf outing and tours for companions.

Founded in 1960, PTDA is an US-based trade association representing almost 230 power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distributor firms with almost 3,000 locations throughout North America and 16 other countries, as well as over 190 manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry. PTDA is a member-driven organization dedicated to advancing distribution and strengthening members to be successful, profitable and competitive in a changing market environment.

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