ASQ EDMONTON QUALITY CONFERENCE - 2017

Quality in Canada - 150 Years

October 13, 2017

ISO Panel

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Nathan Knysh

I took Mechanical Engineering Technology at NAIT and graduated in 1997. From there my first job was working in a gauge room performing measurements, gauge calibrations, and measurement training for Grant Prideco in Edmonton who manufactured Drill Stem and tubing for the oil and gas industry.

Two years later I took a job at a south side machine shop where I became the QA/QC Manager over the course of 5 years and was in charge of gauge calibrations, product measurement, NDT, liaison for quality related issues for customers and QMS maintenance. It was here that I got immersed in a more quality assurance role and my first ISO audit did not go well. From that moment it was recommended by the ISO auditor at the time, George Dickie that I take an internal auditor training course and quality wise life changed. It became clear what ISO was requiring and what I needed to do to help my company not only become ISO compliant but become more quality-minded. This was a great learning experience for me and has transcended into everything I have done quality wise since.

Performing at a high level in the most efficient way possible is the way I like to work and having the right reasons to do things well has made all the difference in every task set before me. But the most important characteristics I not only hold dear but also promote are those of a great attitude and integrity. It is these two items that I believe are transforming elements for a company not only trying to maintain a QMS that works but one that is growing.  The people you work with need to know that you stand upon these principles because you model and encourage them and you want the people you work with to do the same. Once this type of attitude is created a team/family mentality is founded where we all want the same thing, a very happy customer because we provided a great quality product within the time specified. This only happens when we all have each other’s back and all feel responsible for own jobs and the jobs of the family we work with.

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Blair Nelsen - Nelsen Technologies Inc.

Blair Nelsen (P.Eng.) is the founder of Nelsen Technologies Incorporated (NTI). He has more than 14 years of experience in the industry. Mr. Nelsen has international experience having provided both professional services and equipment to the energy industry world wide.  NTI underwent the implementation and registration of an ISO QMS initially in 2016. In 2017, NTI became an ISO 9001: 2015 registered engineering firm and fabrication shop in Sherwood Park, Alberta. The company specializes in oil field equipment specifically related to land based drilling rigs. NTI’s business model is based on vertical integration providing a range of services. These include: design, drafting, engineering, fabrication, installation, maintenance, inspection and project management.  NTI has developed four products that are patent pending. In early 2018, NTI will expand into a 12,000 square foot fabrication facility located in Leduc, Alberta.

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Darryl Logan - PowerComm Technical Ltd. 

API (American Petroleum Institute) Q1

Darryl Logan is a Certified Engineering Technologist and holds an IRCA designation as both a Lead and Principal Auditor for Quality Management Systems.  Mr. Logan has over two decades of ISO 9001 and API Q1 standards/policy consulting experience, in which he has conducted more than 1500 ISO Audits and 300 API Audits.  This expertise, as well as his ability to assist clients obtain their objectives and potential QMS needs, has positioned Mr. Logan to add significant value to many organizations.  He has advised and been a facilitator for many companies navigating through the implementation of a quality management system and continuous improvement.  Mr. Logan’s comprehensive experience has allowed many people to gain valuable knowledge into the extensive policies, procedures and requirements of both the American Petroleum Institute and ISO 9001.

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Gaby Sonego - Quality Express

 Mr. Sonego, M.Sc., P.Eng. is an active QMS Lead Auditor for an international registrar as well as a Professional Engineer. He is the principal of Quality Express, a quality management and engineering consultancy. Mr. Sonego has over 25 years of Quality System Management, Consulting & Auditing experience in a vast array of industries.  Mr. Sonego, M.Sc., P.Eng. is an active QMS Lead Auditor for an international registrar as well as a Professional Engineer. He is the principal of Quality Express, a quality management and engineering consultancy. Mr. Sonego has over 25 years of Quality System Management, Consulting & Auditing experience in a vast array of industries.   Mr. Sonego has successfully assisted companies in becoming ISO registered, helping them grow their companies globally.