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Barrie, Collingwood, Midland, Owen Sound

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What to do if.... Risk Management and Risk Based Thinking

By Stephanie Yakimishyn

The Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium's Senior Managers SIG and Quality & Production/CI SIG this month had the same topic - Risk Management and Risk Based Thinking.


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Barrie/Midland & Area September 2017 SIGs

By Stephanie Yakimishyn

It seems as though September is the start of a new year, not January, at least as far as back to school and back to Strategic Interest Group sessions go.

The Barrie/Midland and Area Consortium SIGs were, as always, interesting and informative.


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Summer in the Life of an EMC Field Service Advisor

By Stephanie Yakimishyn

The summer hiatus is upon us. One would think, with SIG activity slowing down, we
Field Service Advisors (FSA’s) would be able to sit back and put our feet up and relax
after all the SIG sessions, member visits and other travel to events hosted by EMC during
the rest of the year (there’s a lot of them!)... However, that is not the case!


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On June 8th, the Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium members gathered for our annual Labour Law Update.

Many thanks go to Ivy Eriksen and the folks at Canplas for, once again, hosting the session in their wonderful large training room. There were 31 of us at the session and the size of room allowed optimum comfort for the attendees.

Doug MacLeod and Nicole Simes from the MacLeod Law Firm were our presenters and, as in previous years, they did an excellent job in catching us up on changes and proposed changes.


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Why are our Strategic Interest Groups successful?

EMC's more successful SIG events have a high level of commitment to attending and participating… from Senior Management through to the various key managers, supervisors, lead hands, and shop floor workers who are involved in the decision making process.


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Finding & Keeping Employees

By Stephanie Yakimishyn

Hiring and retaining employees was the focus of the Barrie/Midland and Area Consortium Strategic Interest Group sessions for both the Quality & Production group and the Human Resources group.
The challenges of finding skilled labour were discussed and this continues to be an ongoing issue.


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Lively discussion happens when you combine the Barrie/Midland Environmental, Health & Safety Strategic Interest Group with the Barrie EMC/WSIB Safety Group sessions!


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The Purpose, Role, and Value of a Quality Department

By Stephanie Yakimishyn

This topic was the source of a great deal of discussion at the Barrie/Midland and Area Quality & Production Strategic Interest Group session on February 10th.


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It has been a while since I wrote about the very dynamic, intelligent, masters of change of whom the Barrie/Midland IT Strategic Interest Group is composed.

If you have contemplated buying a new electronic device (for work or for your home), you have, probably, gone through the decision exercise of “do I buy it now or do I wait a couple of months until the latest version of the operating system, phone gadgets, curved screen, flexible screen, etc. comes out?”


Companies are dealing with change at a more and more rapid pace – just Google Change Management and you will see many articles, papers, vendors, etc. all devoted to dealing with and managing change.


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Business Strategies for 2015

By Stephanie Yakimishyn

This month, the Senior Managers in the Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium got together to compare notes regarding Business Strategies for 2015.

The discussion included processes for objective setting and what areas are looked at to do this.



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