MRO Magazine

Topics announced for STLE meetings in Toronto and Hamilton


January 6, 2015
By Bill Roebuck
Bill Roebuck

Toronto – The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Toronto Section will host a seminar on Open Gear Lubricants in Surface Mining on Jan. 13, 2015, presented by Martin Keenan, product specialist, grease, Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc.

Keenan says these lubricants are employed in surface/open pit mining, rather than underground mining. The presentation will describe what open gear lubricants are, where they are used and how they are applied. It will also touch on the design considerations for applications and industry specifications. These open gear lubricants must be high-performance products to work under high loads and in challenging conditions.

Keenan obtained his BSc. from the University of Guelph in 1989. After working in the industrial water treatment and motion picture film processing industries, he joined Petro-Canada Lubricants R&D in 1996. He has worked in various positions within Petro-Canada, including with Fuels R&D, as a laboratory chemist at the Oakville refinery, and in base oils R&D. Since 2000, he has been a Product specialist in the Specialty Fluids R&D group, dealing with the development of aluminum complex and food-grade greases. He is a member of the NLGI and the STLE.

The STLE Toronto Section meetings take place at the Old Mill Toronto, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, ON M8X 1G5.


The cost for the event is $45 for STLE Members, $55 for non-members, $20 for students and $25 for retirees and members in transition between jobs (the fee includes the meal, refreshments and the talk). Add $5.00 if you do not pre-register. STLE members and guests are asked to register with Ed Milanczak at

Other upcoming STLE Toronto Section events include STLE president Dr. Maureen Hunter of King Industries speaking on corrosion inhibition, plus an update on the status of the STLE, taking place February 10, 2015. The speaker for the March 10 meeting is yet to be announced. Then on April 14, it’s Past Chair Night, with George Staniewski of Ontario Power Generation speaking on lubrication challenges at CANDU nuclear power Stations.

In addition, STLE’s Hamilton Section will feature Bert Nyenhuis of the SKF Lubrication Business Unit talking about Circulating Oil Systems on January 20, 2015, at the The Scottish Rite, 4 Queen Street South, Hamilton, ON L8P 3R3. To register for this event, contact Lynn Billings at