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Meat of maintenance to be revealed at November conference in Toronto

Toronto, ON -- The second annual Creating a 21st Century Maintenance Organization conference has been scheduled for...

Toronto, ON — The second annual Creating a 21st Century Maintenance Organization conference has been scheduled for Nov, 24-26, 2003 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto. The event is organized by Federated Press of Montreal and endorsed by the Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC).

“Maintenance has a far greater impact on corporate profitability than senior management is often willing to consider, much less admit,” says Lise Ponton, conference director. “Indeed, maintenance managers can control up to 40 per cent of a company’s costs and often have a direct effect on production output.

“Today, maintenance must add value to the business in terms of quality, capacity and availability, thereby leveraging the company in the marketplace. To play this role, the maintenance manager must develop best practices and achieve higher OEE, improved reliability and increased throughput — and they must do it with significantly less manpower,” notes Ponton.

Federated Press’ Nobember conference will present practical, hands-on information on best practices in the following areas:


– Leveraging RCM for maximum payback
– Implementing total productive maintenance
– Reliability testing and predictive technologies
– Latest lean maintenance strategies
– Best practices in predictive maintenance
– Benchmarking asset management
– Maximizing the effectiveness of CMMS systems
– And many others

Participants will be able to benefit from the experience of maintenance experts from companies such as: Hydro-Qubec, Siemens Westinghouse Inc., Molson Canada, Goodrich Corporation, Atomic Energy Canada, HJ Heinz/Omstead Foods Ltd., Aventis Pasteur Limited, Ontario Power Generation, IOGEN and others.

The conference fee is $1,695 plus GST, workshops are $495. A Proceedings CD-ROM, which includes a full video of the conference as well as the papers and overhead slides presented, will be available for $160.50 for conference participants, or $499 for the non-participants.

Registration details can be obtained by calling 416-665-6868 or 1-800-363-0722, or by e-mail at, or by visiting

Conference highlights

– Learn how Purolator benchmarks performance for plant equipment
– Discover how Patheon maximizes the effectiveness of its CMMS system
– Discover optimal use of reliability testing and predictive technologies from Molson Canada
– Learn how Hydro Quebec demonstrated the ROI and sold maintenance initiatives to senior management
– Realize productivity gains and bottom-line savings
– Learn how Ontario Power Generation benchmarked its maintenance program
– Hear how Goodrich identified value-added maintenance tasks and improved the economic life of its assets
– Learn from Iogen how to overcome resistance to change and integrate maintenance and operations.


Two optional workshops also are available: 1. Keys to the successful implementation of reliability-centred maintenance (RCM II), presented by Normand Champigny, Asset Management Practice, IBM Business Consulting Services; and 2. Developing meaningful performance indicators — determining and prioritizing what to measure, presented by Leonard G. Middleton, Asset Management Solutions.