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SMRP Ontario Chapter holds AGM at Bentley Systems in Burlington

The Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) Ontario Chapter held its annual general meeting at Bentley Systems Office in Burlington on October 7.



The SMRP is a non-profit professional society that provides education and career development services for mid-career professionals and fosters professional growth. Carlo Odoardi, Ontario Chair, noted that SMRP provides ANSI-accredited certification programs.

Odoardi said that the SMRP has chapters in the United States and one in Canada, and that awareness and interest in the mandate was increasing in Ontario. The Ontario chapter has grown to 101 members in 2014. 

The meeting included a special presentation by Richard (Doc) Palmer, author of Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Handbook, (McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 2012), who spoke about the “Value and Leverage of Maintenance Planning.” Palmer reinforced his message that “the purpose of planning and scheduling ought to be about getting more work done” by offering real-world examples, fielding quesitons about his experience and suggesting best practices.

A roundtable discussion focusing on one of the SMRP’s Five Pillars of Knowledge, namely, Work Management, was led by special guests Richard (Doc) Palmer of Richard Palmer & Associates, Jim Reyes-Picknell of Conscious Asset, and Randy Grant of Cameco Corporation.

The SMRP promotes best practices by adhering to the following Five Pillars of Knowledge:
Pillar 1: Business and Management
Pillar 2: Manufacturing Process Reliability
Pillar 3: Equipment Reliability
Pillar 4: Organization & Leadership
Pillar 5: Work Management

For more information on becoming a member of the Ontario Chapter of SMRP, visit www.smrp.org.