AMFI’s Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Workshop - InnoTech Alberta

March 11-12, 2020

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The digitalization of manufacturing is changing how products are designed, fabricated, operated and serviced.  Whether this industrial transformation is called “Industry 4.0”, “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)” or “smart manufacturing”, these new technologies enable the generation and flow of information to improve product design, production efficiency and equipment servicing. 

This workshop aims to raise the awareness of these technologies with Albertan manufacturing companies.  The two-day event will encompass a series of presentations and equipment demonstrations that will show how digital manufacturing technologies can save time and reduce costs while enhancing product and service quality.

An agenda will be added in the coming weeks. See below for a sneak peek at our lineup of presenters!

Jayson Myers – NGen

Jayson Myers

Jayson is an award-winning business economist specializing in industrial and technological change and is widely recognized as an influential policy advocate in Canada. He is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders and has counselled Canadian prime ministers and premiers as well as senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world.

Jayson has more than 25 years’ experience building alliances among businesses and academic institutions, as well as community, labour, and advocacy organizations. Between 2007 and 2016, he served as President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. He was also the founding Chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, Vice Chair of Canada’s National Roundtable on Skills, and Vice Chair of the Ontario and Great Lakes Manufacturing Councils. Jayson studied at Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia in Canada, as well as at the London School of Economics and Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He has held appointments as a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and as a lecturer in politics, economics, and international studies at both Oxford and the University of Warwick.

Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster is led by Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), an industry-focused, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to positioning Canada as a world leader in advanced manufacturing capabilities.

The Supercluster will connect manufacturers and technology companies to accelerate the development, adoption, and scale-up of transformative capabilities in Canadian manufacturing. The Supercluster aims to strengthen the competitiveness of Canada’s manufacturing sector, drive more innovation and investment in advanced manufacturing technologies in Canada, generate new commercial opportunities for Canadian companies in global markets, grow more large-scale world-leading Canadian enterprises, and develop a modern and inclusive workforce with the skills to excel in advanced manufacturing.

Paul Hogendoorn – FreePoint Technologies

An incurable entrepreneur, Paul has co-founded or helped to launch numerous ventures over his 30+ year career, including most-recently FreePoint Technologies, an award-winning provider of software for the IIoT to manufacturers worldwide. Paul is a keynote speaker and published writer for multiple magazines and newspapers where he shares his passions: to encourage the next generation workforce to pursue a career in manufacturing and to support manufacturers in North America to remain competitive through the adoption of new IIoT technologies.

FreePoint Technologies is an Internet of Things (IoT) and Software as a Service (SaaS) company and is a leader in the collection, monitoring, and visualization of data for manufacturers, putting vital analytics in the hands of management and plant floor workers.

FreePoint was established on the simple notion that every process, in every factory, can and should be monitored and measured. We work with all levels of manufacturing to create smart connections that facilitate detailed data collection and analysis, ensuring that your operational decisions are based on up-to-date and relevant metrics.

We strive to help connect you to your machines and with your people.

Value proposition:

  • Captures and delivers real-time productivity and machine information, connecting plant floor manufacturing processes directly to managers and operators in innovative, practical, and cost-effective ways.
  • Allows monitoring of starting times, stop times, downtimes, parts per second, and more.
  • Recouping an average of 6 minutes per machine, per hour, averaging a six-figure savings per year.
  • Affordable enough to monitor the entire plant floor.
  • Non-invasively connects to any machine on the plant floor, regardless of age.

Greg Hastings – ProSolve

Greg Hastings

Greg is a proactive professional with extensive quality assurance, continuous improvement, operations and process management experience. With 30 years of leadership and manufacturing experience, Greg is a skilled problem solver, communicator, and organizer with a commitment to customer satisfaction.

As a lean practitioner, Greg has held operations and quality assurance positions in the semiconductor, factory automation, transportation, and most recently aerospace industries. With a focus on research and change management through his master’s degree, Greg has been trained in Lean Manufacturing by the Delphi Institute in Detroit, MI. He has over 60 kaizen events under his belt, ranging from floor layout to tool room cost reduction, to office waste elimination. Greg is a proven leader in quality assurance, implementing and maintaining ISO 9001 and AS 9100 quality systems in six different organizations.

As a leader and participant of a lean enterprise consortium, Greg has been exposed to many different industries, solving problems and reducing waste in those industries. He established visual production planning tools, visual controls, and Kanban systems in order to manage operations on the production floor. As a project manager, Greg has managed technical issues, schedules, and customer expectations for projects with companies such as Intel, IBM, KLA-Tencor, Bell Helicopter, SpaceX, and Boeing.

Greg embraces metric-driven management and has a proven track record of leading change to improve cost, quality, and delivery metrics to best-in-class levels.

ProSolve Consulting Ltd. serves its clients with expertise and experience in the areas of operations management, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. We optimize business systems and processes and provide guidance to achieve operational excellence. This is accomplished through standardization, waste reduction and employee empowerment regardless of your organization’s industry or size. With over 100 years of combined experience, ProSolve helps companies prioritize their needs, identify opportunities for improvement, and establish an action plan to achieve positive and cost-effective results. We work with companies and provide tools to establish strategic and realistic goals, lean manufacturing tools, and training to ensure success.

ProSolve is a leader in digital transformation as it relates to manufacturing. We provide resources and guidance toward cyber-based manufacturing, automation integration, and live monitoring of production through digital tools.

Mark Kirby – Renishaw

Mark Kirby

Originally a rocket scientist from MIT, Mark Kirby worked on airbreathing rocket engines at Rolls Royce in UK before falling in love with manufacturing at his dad’s “mom and pop” machine shop, making parts for RR aero engines and Formula 1 teams. He moved to Canada and has headed up Renishaw’s additive manufacturing business there since 2013. He is based out of Renishaw’s well-equipped Solutions Centre, where he and his colleagues put all of the technology (hardware and software) to work most days of the week.

Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare.

John Rattray – Memex

John Rattray

John Rattray is the Sales Director at MEMEX Inc. With over 40 years of experience in the manufacturing, software and automation industry, and twelve years at MEMEX, John is one of the pioneers who led the data-driven manufacturing revolution. He has helped shape the MERLIN smart manufacturing packaged tool-kit to its current status as a globally recognized, award-winning IIoT communications platform. John has also been intimately involved in championing the MTConnect machine connectivity standard now used by MEMEX to ensure that every machine, old or new, can take advantage of innovations in connectivity, efficiency and profitability.

Established in 1992, Memex grew to be an industry leader in Industry Internet of Things (IIoT) through the development of MERLIN Tempus, an award-winning platform that delivers real-time, tangible increases in manufacturing productivity. Memex is on the leading edge of industry trends in computing power, machine connectivity, industry standards, advanced software technology, and manufacturing domain expertise.

Our persistent pursuit of innovative IIoT solutions led to a comprehensive understanding of the challenges manufacturers face. We made it our mission to successfully transform factories of today into factories of the future. As the global leader in Machine to Machine (M2M) connectivity solutions, our hardware and software products create unparalleled visibility at all levels, from Shop-Floor-to-Top-Floor.

The MERLIN Tempus Suite provides effective quantification and management of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by revealing hidden capacity using real-time objective data. Further, it offers sustainable benefits that enable world-class OEE such as reducing costs, incorporating strategies for continuous LEAN improvement, and boosting bottom-line financial performance.

Christine Burow – KSB

Christine is responsible for the Canadian activities of KSB’s new additive manufacturing consulting business. She has been involved in additive manufacturing with KSB since 2013. Her expertise is industrial marketing for value-added products and services. She has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, strategy and business development in a broad range of industries, including mining, innovative technologies, and industrial equipment. Christine worked in various marketing roles for VALE’s specialty nickel business and had roles in R&D and marketing at Resolute Forest Products, Trojan Technologies and Rayonier. Christine holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University.

KSB has been developing expertise in metal additive manufacturing (AM) over the past 10 years, investing in equipment and processes to implement AM into pump and valve manufacturing. KSB takes a materials engineering approach to AM, understanding how AM compares to casting and forging and allowing it to implement AM for serial product production. In 2018, after receiving many requests for support from other manufacturers, KSB set up an AM consulting and testing service. KSB is offering all its expertise in AM, from business case development, design for additive, alloy development, production, quality control, and testing. KSB has been contracted by equipment manufacturers, equipment end users, AM machine vendors and metal powder vendors in Europe and Canada. KSB believes that by supporting the manufacturing industry to adopt AM successfully, this technology will mature more quickly, benefiting everyone.

Dave Shook – ShookIOT

Dave Shook

Dave is the former CTO of Matrikon and has 29 years’ industrial experience in automation and deriving value from analysis of operational data. He has designed asset performance monitoring software installed at hundreds of sites and is a recipient of the DG Fisher Award for Process Systems Engineering.

Dave was instrumental in the development of Matrikon’s products and solutions, especially those involving complex data analysis and the integration of data from multiple sources permitting centralized monitoring and management of distributed fleets of assets and large groups of operators. He also defined and managed the company’s R&D and knowledge management programs.

Dave has worked in several industries over his career, including upstream oil production, gas transmission, refining, petrochemicals, plastics, forest products, mineral processing and wastewater treatment.

ShookIOT enables, simplifies and accelerates intelligence and insight of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to maximize profit for their clients. Their innovative IIoT leadership and technology bridges the gap between operational technology and information technology to elevate operational performance. ShookIOT has been creating digital technology solutions for over 20 years and brings over 100 years of experience in advanced analytics and data science. They enable faster, better decision making to accelerate return on investment. 

ShookIOT offers several products and services including data science and consulting, ShookIOT Essentials and ShookIOT Fusion. ShookIOT Essentials provides the critical operational data layer for industrial operational cloud solutions by resolving our customer’s data collection, organization and management challenges by creating open, flexible, agile operational models that are easy to use and share. This vital operational foundation layer is required to accelerate success with advanced data science and analytics.  

ShookIOT Fusion is an open, agile, cloud native, massively scalable, Industrial Cloud Historian built upon Microsoft Azure providing the fusion of operational data and business data to maximize effectiveness of operations. Collect, preprocess, store, organize and present operating data for advanced analytics and data science as a central repository of operational meta data and asset static data.

Rick Kaun – Verve Industrial

Rick Kaun

Rick Kaun has nearly 20 years of experience in IT and security. He has provided varying levels of consulting projects to a wide range of clients in multiple industries including oil and gas, refining, mining, power, pulp, and paper as well as a handful of discrete manufacturing industries. As the former chair for the NPRA cybersecurity committee, or as a contributing member to the Control System Security Working Group, Rick always approaches engagements with an eye towards building a scalable, cost-effective and manageable solutions. Because security is a program that requires constant attention, collaboration, and innovation, Rick strongly believes in the need for cooperation, creative thinking, and a consistent focus in order to drive results.

With over 25 years of OT expertise, Verve Industrial is an industrial control systems cyber security company. Verve partners with clients to bridge IT OT security challenges in industrial environments. The Verve Security Center provides robust asset inventory, vulnerability assessment, threat detection and the ability to safely remediate risks in a unified software-based platform. Having grown their customer base 5x from 2018 to 2019, Verve Industrial serves industries across utilities (such as power, oil & gas, water), manufacturing, healthcare, and building controls. 

Chris Penniston – LJ Welding Automation

Chris Penniston

With expertise in welding engineering in a broad range of industries, Chris works with LJ’s customers to define best-fit welding process options and equipment layouts, features options, and recommends best-in-class components.  Chris works closely with LJ’s multidisciplinary technical teams to ensure equipment is fit-for-purpose and user-focused with intuitive and ergonomic controls, using a high degree of integration so that actions are coordinated and sequenced for ease-of-use.   

LJ Welding Automation designs and manufactures sturdy purpose-built mechanized and automated welding equipment in Alberta for a variety of applications worldwide. One of LJ’s newer technological offerings is adaptive welding.  LJ’s adaptive welding technology is made up of welding and motion system(s), along with sensors and controls programming so that the user can define rules the system will use to automatically compensate welding, positioning, motion and other critical variables based on joint geometry variation and other critical sensor or system feedback.  This technology is particularly advantageous for large runs of repetitive parts (diameter, WT, joint design, etc.), allowing for the use of an iterative approach to refining optimized welding rules, based on comparing QC data, be it VT, UT, RT, etc. to welding parameter and sensor data that is collected and traceable to locations in each individual weld.        

Norman Briggs – Canadian Laser Marking Solutions

Canadian Laser Marking Solutions (CLMS) has partnered with several foreign manufacturers to make high-quality, leading-edge laser technologies more accessible to Albertans. These technologies include laser marking, cleaning, cutting and welding. CLMS will demo their laser cleaning machine and their 3D Dynamic Focus laser marking machine on day 2 of the workshop.

Fischer Technology

Measurement and analysis instruments from Fischer are used around the world in diverse sectors. Fischer offers solutions for coating thickness measurement, material testing, material analysis, surface inspection, nanoindentation and mechanical properties, conductivity, ferrite content, and more, wherever precision, reliability and easy operation are required. Fischer finds out how to provide customers with the best quality possible through competent and expert consultation, starting with the very first contact and continuing through to the creation of individual service concepts. Fischer: Measuring Made Easy.

Haley Thomson & Maria Cho – EOS Cafe Block

EOS Cafe Block is a leading block producer on the EOS blockchain focused on creating value through innovation, technology, and education. Our team is maximizing adoption of the world’s fastest blockchain by adding tangible value to the EOS ecosystem.  We create tools that enable the general public to interact with the EOS blockchain in the simplest and easiest way possible. With each of our apps, our focus from start to finish is on usability and user experience.  We provide consistent educational content and guides to help new and existing members of the EOS community.  We educate and consult enterprise clients on solving real-world problems using the EOS blockchain. We also work with exchanges to support EOS initiatives and provide technical advisory for new and exciting decentralized applications on EOS.

Steph Sharp – 3DQue

Steph Sharp

Steph Sharp is CEO of 3DQue Systems. A former investment banker, CFO and lifelong serial entrepreneur, she started her first business at 18 and has over 30 years of experience in negotiations and extensive experience working in manufacturing and technology companies. A recipient of several business awards for excellence, Steph is best known for her ability to streamline businesses and help business owners create sustainable business models and finance growth. In 2018, she co-founded 3DQue Systems to develop technology that would reduce lead time, inventory and environmental impact of plastic parts, jigs, fixtures, and finished goods.

3DQue Systems Inc. is a technology company based in Vancouver, Canada, that delivers digital warehousing and on-demand mass production systems for plastic parts, jigs, and fixtures. Using 3DQue technology customers realize 10X faster time-to-market gains, increase agility by producing in-house, and reduce inventory by 90%.

Using a fully automated network of advanced 3D printers, 3DQue technology delivers parts 24/7 without the need for an operator to remove parts or reset the printer – no tapes, glues, removable print beds, or robotics. The on-demand production unit (QPoD) has a small footprint (12sqft) and is a clean technology, allowing it to be installed in any facility. Designed to be environmentally friendly, it plugs directly into a regular wall socket drawing less power than a microwave. Using engineering grade materials, QPoD produces 100,000 small parts per year at costs that rival mid-volume injection molding.

Xact Metal

Xact Metal takes the essential specs for metal powder-bed fusion (commonly known as Selective Laser Melting or Direct Metal Laser Sintering) and combines them with breakthrough technology to establish a new level of price and performance for additive manufacturing. They are dedicated to supporting the next generation of innovative manufacturing solutions powered by metal 3D printing.  With a desire to enable manufacturers to experience the benefits of high-quality 3D metal printing at the best price possible, Xact Metal will change the perception that additive manufacturing is only for capital-rich companies.

Javelin Technologies

Javelin can improve the 3D skills of your people, equip your business with the latest 3D technology, help you to define and implement the required process, and introduce you to new innovative techniques for manufacture. Discover the solutions available from Javelin. 


As a leading global technology solutions provider, Avnet has always adapted to changing markets and needs. But with the recent acquisitions of Premier Farnell and, they are bridging the worlds of makers and manufacturers like never before.  Today, they can design, make, supply and deliver for customers of every size in every corner of the world – whether your product is still a notion on a napkin, in mass production or at any point in between. Avnet combines the agility needed to get to market first with nearly a century of close-knit relationships with technology’s most trusted global companies.  Avnet provides solutions in Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Components & Devices, Hardware & Software and Integration.

Universal Robot

Universal Robot is a developer of safe, flexible, and easy-to-use 6 axis industrial collaborative robots that automate and streamline repetitive industrial processes. These robots enable manufacturers to solve labour shortages, increase productivity, and improve product quality. Universal Robot’s patented technology allows operators with no programming experience to quickly set up and operate their cobots.