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What to expect at PTDA Canadian Conference 2012


February 14, 2012
By Alyssa Dalton

February 14, 2012 – The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), a North American trade association for the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry, hopes its upcoming Canadian conference will inform attendees on how to make the most of the recovery in the shortest amount of time possible.

Scheduled for June 7-9, 2012, at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, B.C., the PTDA Canadian Conference strives to be an industry mainstay for participants to make more connections, work together more efficiently to serve end-users and adapt to the changing marketplace. The event also features  an industry showcase, scheduled for June 7, where channel partners – both new and established – will have another opportunity to meet and share ideas.  

Speakers to address issues currently affecting the distribution channel:
• Michael Campbell on the Canadian economy
Michael Campbell, from British Columbia, is host of Canadian business show “Money Talks”, commentator for “BCTV News on Global”, and frequent contributor to the national “Canada Tonight” broadcast. He will provide conference participants with an understanding of the Canadian economy to help PTDA members better plan for the future of their businesses.

• Bob McDonald on clean energy
Host of CBC Radio’s award-winning show “Quirks and Quarks,” Bob McDonald has been communicating about science internationally for more than 30 years. He will entertain and enlighten participants about energy usage in Canada and the state of the country’s natural resources vis-à-vis supply and demand. He’ll also explore how a clean-energy future is good for business.

• Ryan Berlin on changing demographics
The future of the PT/MC industry means replacing an aging workforce and replenishing the brain drain when those retirees leave. Ryan Berlin, a lead researcher and economic analyst at Urban Futures, will discuss the impact of an aging population on business and how the demographic shift will shape Canada’s future for decades to come.

Market brief presentations
Specific market brief sessions deliver tailored market presentations direct from the end-user perspective. This year, participants will hear from the Canadian aboriginal community and from Canada’s mining industry to learn more about emerging opportunities. Speakers will give an overview of their industries to help the PT/MC industry better address their needs. Participants can expect to learn about trends affecting these end-user segments, their supplier expectations, vendor selection procedures and evaluation processes, as well as threats and opportunities the PT/MC supplier industry should be aware of.

Opportunities for networking and socializing
The Canadian Conference features different occasions for participants to network and socialize with one another, including a golf outing at Victoria’s Bear Mountain Resort featuring contests, prizes and sponsorship exposure for supporting manufacturers.