NIA Industrial Members Only Breakfast

Jan 23, 2020 07:30AM - Jan 23, 2020 10:30AM
St. Catharines, Niagara





NIA Industrialist Breakfast

Thursday, January 23, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Club Roma, Anziani Room

Sponsored by:


The NIA Board of Directors formally invites you to our upcoming Industrialist Breakfast.

This session will give an opportunity for manufacturers/industrial companies to network directly with one another without the presence of service members.

An important part of the session will be a keynote address from our Chair Aaron Tisdelle who will provide an update on the Association.

There will be an open forum discussion with companies in attendance to gain feedback on what things you’d like to see in future from the board and ways that we can work on maximizing your value from membership. The discussion will be the opportunity to bring forward challenges and successes you have had over the past year and moving forward.


We are pleased to have Dan Millar from Benefit Partners along with Judy Plotkin from People Corp.  attending to speak on Mental Health in the workplace.

Mental illness costs Canadian employers approximately $20 billion annually. Judy Plotkin from People Corporation will be presenting up to date statistics and research into the impact of mental illness in Canadian organizations.  Judy will review common misconceptions and the impact of stigma on our employees. Finally, Judy will present a unique solution to mitigate the impact of mental illness on organizational functioning. This solutions is proprietary and  available to all NIA members through Benefit Partners.  Valued NIA   clients of Benefits Partners Inc. will receive a special offer.


 We are pleased to have Dave Peters, Absolute Change Management as our second speaker.

Most employers today face a unique challenge in the business world today. On the sales side they have significant growth opportunities, on the operations side they have a severe shortage of skilled labour availability and capacity to deliver. Dave and Barb Peters will be speaking and facilitating exercises on:  

Organizational Capacity – How can we accomplish more with the resources we have?

Subtopics include:

  • How well do your people know what they are doing? Do the documented procedures match daily actions?
  • Are your people lined up in the right direction? Have you given all the tools they need for success?
  • Do they have clear line of sight on how they contribute to Organizational goals?
  • How critical is communication?
  • Knowledge Management (KM) – what is it and why does it matter?
    • Communication / SOP Exercise 1
    • Introduction to KM techniques
    • Communication Exercise 2
  • Techniques for stepping back and looking objectively at your organization

We look forward to seeing you there. Please note that breakfast for NIA manufacturing/industrial members is at no charge.

Non- NIA Companies will be required to pay $15.00 per person.

You are welcome to register a guest for this event for the $15 charge in hopes that they will become a member and they must be in the manufacturing/industrial sector.


If you have already registered, we look forward to seeing you.



About the Organizer

NIA Business Development Committee