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Major maintenance conference set for November in Toronto

Toronto, ON -- IMEC 2005 -- the first annual International Maintenance Excellence Conference taking place Nov. 2-4,...

Toronto, ON — IMEC 2005 — the first annual International Maintenance Excellence Conference taking place Nov. 2-4, 2005 in Toronto, is co-organized by the Condition-Based Maintenance Laboratory (CBM Lab) and the Professional Development Centre, both of the University of Toronto.

Industry and academic speakers will present each conference theme from two perspectives — professional maintenance practice and maintenance science research. IMEC has been designed to encourage dialogue between these two communities, enhancing the performance of both.

The two-day conference will be followed by one day of optional post-conference workshops. All conference delegates will receive a complimentary copy of Maintenance Excellence: Optimizing Equipment Life Cycle Decisions (US $99.75 value).

The conference will be held at 89 Chestnut St., a University of Toronto facility, located in the heart of downtown Toronto.


Confirmed keynote speakers include:

– John Caron, vice-president, service, automation technologies division – ABB
– Larry Cote, chairman of the U.S. based Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP)
– Dr. Richard Dwight, of Australia, who is president of the International Foundation for Research in Maintenance (IFRM)
– Dr. Jay Lee, director, NSF Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) Center at the University of Cincinnati, U.S.
– Dr. Andrew Jardine, principle investigator at the Condition Based Maintenance Laboratory at the University of Toronto
– Brian Maguire, vice-president, Ivara Inc.

Speakers from industry, and their topics, include:

– Doug Stretton, global maintenance leader, Barrick Gold, Canada, “Extending component lives through CBM: A comparison with supplier’s recommendation”
– Tim Jefferis , principle reliability engineer, Ministry of Defence, U.K., “Managing change in maintenance organizations”
– Tom Callaghan, superintendent, central maintenance, INCO, Sudbury, Ont., “Lean applications in a repair facility”
– Tim Leung, Senior reliability engineer, Cathay Pacific Airways, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong, “The Carroll-hung method for component reliability mapping in aircraft maintenance”
– Gino Palarchio, director – technology, Dofasco Tubular Division, Hamilton, Ont., “Change Management”
– Don Barry, leader of IBM Canada’s Supply Chain Operations and Enterprise Asset Management Practice, Toronto, Ont., “Lessons learned from the implementation of asset management improvement programs” jointly with Normand Champigny, leader of IBM’s Enterprise Asset Management Practice
– Adrian Carmona, reliability engineer, Pan American Energy, Argentina
– Gary D.Westerdale, principal advisor, Rio Tinto Technology Group, USA, “Developing Corporate Level Strategies to Build a Competitive Advantage”
– Norman Hann, performance analysis department, Hydro One, “New Process for Reliability Performance Analysis of Distribution Circuits”
– Murray Wiseman, Optimal Maintenance Decisions Inc. (OMDEC), “Information Procedures for Optimized CBM Policies”
– James V Reyes-Picknell, Conscious Management, “Employee motivation and current trends in organizational design”
– Leonard G. Middleton, Asset Management Solutions, “Maintenance in Support of Organizational Strategy and Business Objectives”

Speakers from academia and their topics include:

– Dr. Uday Kumar, professor and head, division of operation and maintenance engineering, Lule University of Technology, Sweden, “Maintenance performance measurement”
– Dr. Rommert Dekker, professor in operations research, quantitative logistics and IT, Faculty of Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Netherlands, “Spare parts control — European case studies”
– Dr. Jasper Coetzee, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, “Maintenance Strategic Management — a prerequisite for business survival”
– Dr. Gerry Knapp, Department of industrial engineering, Louisiana State University, U.S., “Applying SQC & DOE to Maintenance Operations – Methods & Case Study”
– Dr. Ming Zuo, department of mechanical engineering, University of Alberta, “Signal processing techniques for detection of early faults in running equipment”
– Dr. Albert H C Tsang, department of industrial and systems engineering, Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
– Dr. A H. Christer, professor, Centre for Operations Research and Statistics, University of Salford, England
– Dr. Ben Blanchard, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, “Life-Cycle Costing: A Technique for Improved Resource Management”
– Dr. Melinda Hodkiewicz, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Western Australia, “Education in Asset Management”
– Xiaoyue Jiang, Dept. of Construction Management & Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University, “A Maintenance Contract Model with Random Repair Cost”
– Saleh O. Duffuaa, department of systems engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, “Measuring and Improving Maintenance Performance”
– Jaime Collantes Bohrquez, maintenance management, Pontificia Univerciada Catlica del Per, “How is the Pontificia Univerciada Catlica del Per working with Reruvian Industries to Achieve Maintenance Excellence.”

The Title Sponsor of the event is ABB, and of Executive Sponsors include Ivara and IBM.

For complete details and registration information, visit or call 416-978-3481, toll free 1-888-233-8638, or email