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PEMAC Hosts MainTrain Conference in Ottawa

October 22, 2018 | By Mario Cywinski

Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) recently held its MainTrain conference at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario. The theme for 2018 was Connect, Learn, Contribute. The event hosted nearly 200 attendees with 37 total presentations, 33 exhibitors (including sponsors), and an awards gala.


Part of the conference was an exhibitor showcase, which featured a wide variety of sponsors and exhibitors that are of importance to the industry. It was opened with a networking reception that allowed delegates to interact with exhibitors, sponsors, and other delegates. Vender bingo gave each delegate a bingo card to have each exhibitor sign and have a chance to win a prize. Finally, the Author’s Corner allowed delegates to speak one on one with select authors. They included: James R. Picknell with Jesus Sifonte, Suzane Greeman, and Susan Lubell.



Each day of MainTrain featured a welcome from a sponsor as well as a morning keynote. Keynote speakers were: Susan Lubell, National President, PEMAC (presented the opening keynote); Michael Rosenberg, President, WPV Corp (presented on Redefining Maintenance – A Flexible Thinkers Approach); Marc Rene de Cotret, Director of Service Transformation, City of Ottawa (presented on The Role of Digital in an Innovative City); and Mike Crowell, Director of Maintenance Pulp and Paper Division, Irving Pulp and Paper Limited (presented on Accelerating Management Talent in Partnership with PEMAC).

Sessions and workshop were the bulk of MainTrain; it allowed attendees to gain knowledge on a variety of topics that were offered, and were lead by Industry experts.


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