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Vancouver proves ideal for networking at PTDA Canadian Conference


June 19, 2015
By Bill Roebuck
NHL All-Star Ryan Walter's Stanley Cup Championsnhip ring was passed around to PTDA delegates as he spoke at their conference in Vancouver.

NHL All-Star Ryan Walter’s Stanley Cup Championship ring was passed around to PTDA delegates as he spoke at the conference in Vancouver.

Vancouver, BC – Canadian power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distributors and manufacturers gathered June 3-5, 2015, at the Four Seasons Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, for PTDA’s 14th Canadian Conference. Networking and face-to-face meetings between channel partners and peers proved to be the primary focus for participants, along with gathering educational and other industry-specific information to put to use right away upon returning home to conduct business. About 180 delegates attended.

To facilitate networking opportunities, the Canadian Conference included an Industry Showcase and Welcome Reception with tabletop displays by dozens of PTDA manufacturer members, informal networking, a golf outing and a schedule that included frequent meals and breaks for members to interact with one another. Also, a sunset harbour cruise afforded another chance for members to reconnect and enjoy the scenery in a casual and fun setting. A new feature this year allowed manufacturers to conduct business during a scheduled meetings time.

Canadian Conference co-chairs Tom Dielschneider of Motion Industries Inc. and David Heal of NSK Canada Inc. alternated as the conference emcees with updates from PTDA president Ajay Bajaj of Rotator Products Ltd. and PTDA Foundation president Barbara Ross of Garlock Sealing Technologies.

Dielschneider and Heal led an industry committee of volunteers including Louis Cormier, Timken Canada; Terry Edgar, Can-Ross Environmental Services Ltd.; Don Latham, Belterra Corp.; Craig Pirie, Daemar Inc.; Gerry Prezeau, Rotator Products Ltd.; and Phil Schmidts, NTN Bearing Corp. of Canada Ltd.


Together, they developed a program of educational sessions including:

– Canada’s Economic Climate with Jock Finlayson, EVP and chief policy chair, British Council of British Columbia

– Energy Market Update with Ron Monk, MEng, PEng, district energy system practice leader of hydro-consultancy Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL)

– Your Sales Advantage: The Inner Game is Everything with NHL All-Star and Stanley Cup winner Ryan Walter

– Manufacturing Market Update with Ian T. Howcroft, vice-president, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

– Selling the Total Cost of Ownership and Avoiding the Race to the Bottom with Todd Snelgrove of SKF

“Fantastic. Best I’ve ever seen. This is exactly the kind of information we need to run our business smarter and better,” said John Plut, territory manager, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies.

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) is a global association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel. Headquartered in Chicago, it represents power transmission/motion control distribution firms that generate more than $16 billion in sales and span over 3,400 locations. PTDA members also include manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry. For more information, visit

Look for more details and more photos in the September 2015 issue of Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine.