Conference 2014 (25th Ann)

Avcorp Industries Inc. wins the 1st Annual ASQ Vancouver Quality and Business Excellence Award

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Accepting Award: Vitorio Stana, Senior Technical Fellow – Quality Systems and Processes and Steven  Archer,  Director, Business Development

Vancouver, May 29th, 2014 – Avcorp Industries Inc., a leading provider to the aerospace industries has won the 1st Annual ASQ Vancouver Quality and Business Excellence Award. The company was presented the award at ASQ Vancouver’s 25th Anniversary Celebration held in Burnaby on May 29th.

The award was developed by the Section Leadership Team of ASQ Vancouver in 2014 to highlight companies operating within British Columbia that advance the ideal of Quality being the differentiator in good business practices. The award is based on four key areas: Quality Focus, Customer Focus, Education Focus and overall Business Excellence. Companies in BC were encouraged to submit an application outlining how their company excels in these areas. The submissions were then judged by a panel consisting of business leaders and quality management professionals.

“We are very excited to announce Avcorp as the winner,” said David Muncaster, Chair of ASQ Vancouver. “We had a number of remarkable companies submit from all over the province from such diverse industries as Health Care, technology and manufacturing. With this many outstanding contenders it certainly created an intriguing challenge for our panel of judges to work through the submissions and pick an overall winner!”

It is companies such as Avcorp Industries Inc. that continue to show leadership by supporting Quality Management as a prime factor for advancing individual and organizational excellence within British Columbia.

About Avcorp Industries Inc.: With over 50 years of experience and 300,000 square feet of facilities, Avcorp offers integrated composite and metallic aircraft structures to aircraft manufacturers, a distinct advantage in the pursuit of contracts for new aircraft designs, which require lower-cost, light-weight, strong, reliable structures. Avcorp is a Canadian public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX.AVP). For more information, visit:

About ASQ and ASQ Vancouver: Make Good Great® with ASQ Vancouver Membership! ASQ is the world’s leading membership organization devoted to quality. The ASQ Vancouver section is guided by their vision “To become Vancouver’s leader in developing and supporting Quality, Risk and Sustainability Management Professionals.” This is done by driving value to their 400 members across BC through certification, training, networking and community involvement. For more information, visit:

Source: ASQ Vancouver

25 Years Celebration Sponsors

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ASQ Vancouver gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organizations that have helped make this year’s Celebration possible!

Gold sponsors:

Weber         SAIGlobal

Silver Sponsors:

Levelton   Avcorp_large

Bronze Sponsors:


Alpha Technologies Ltd


Gala dinner key note speaker

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Don’t miss our Key Note speaker at the celebration dinner!



We are lucky to have John Kalbfleisch, COO of Alpha Technologies as our keynote speaker during the dinner portion of our celebration.

Be sure to attend as he will outline “How building a Continuous Improvement culture at Alpha Technologies has helped building strong quality systems and quality awareness”.

We thank John for taking the time out of his busy schedule to be a part of our 25th Anniversary event!

Hope to see you all there.

Improving Professional Practice Quality Management

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Learn about an innovative approach to improve quality in engineering and geoscience developed by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC). The APEGBC Organizational Quality Management (OQM) Program is unique in Canada. It engages organizations in the improvement of professional practice quality without APEGBC having legislative authority to compel them to do. It is a voluntary certification that since its inception in late 2012 has attracted well over 200 private and public organizations, in various sectors, ranging in size from sole-proprietors to multi-national companies. OQM addresses a dilemma faced by many professional regulatory bodies not just those that regulate engineering and geoscience professionals. Our presentation is a case study of how this program evolved into a successful quality management program and an effective regulatory tool for APEGBC.

Apply Quality Tools to Support Successful Innovation

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Innovation is frequently cited as a vital tool for industries to create new value and increase sales. Despite increased interest and expenditure, many innovative products or services fail to generate positive returns. By examining the ‘failure modes’ of innovation, risk factors can be allocated to five categories: Technology, Product, Market, Manufacturing and Procurement. Not only is success in each category vital for successful innovation, but these categories are interdependent, such that risk in one category can intensify risks in others. Fortunately, quality tools exist that can be used to address risks associated with each category, and manage risks associated with the development of innovative products or service. This presentation will help innovation leaders assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in each category, and describe how quality tools can be applied in order to reduce risks and maximize the probability that an innovative product or service will be successful.