Upcoming PTDA Canadian Conference's Innovative New Program

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), North America’s leading trade association for the PT/MC industry, is meeting that need with an innovative new program for the 2012 Canadian Conference.

PTDA Canadian Conference Delivers Hard-Hitting Business Information to Power Transmission/Motion Control Industry Participants

Chicago, Ill. — With the economic picture improving, however slowly, power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry professionals are hungry for information on how to make the most of the recovery in the shortest amount of time possible. The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), North America’s leading trade association for the PT/MC industry, is meeting that need with an innovative new program for the 2012 Canadian Conference.

Scheduled for June 7 - 9, 2012, at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia, the PTDA Canadian Conference has become an industry mainstay for participants to make more connections, work together more efficiently to serve end-users and adapt to the changing marketplace. PTDA is a member-driven organization led by volunteers who work with their peers in the industry to develop relevant and timely content and programming. Using the expertise of several of the industry’s top executives, the programming for the Canadian Conference is specifically designed for those who sell and manufacture PT/MC products in Canada. With new sessions each year, the conference promises to be informative, relevant and timely.

Industry Showcase Continues to Grow and Help Channel Partners Connect

The Industry Showcase, scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., provides an additional opportunity for channel partners – both new and established – to meet in an informal format. The Industry Showcase features table-top exhibits of new products from PTDA’s manufacturer members.

Speakers to Address Issues Currently Affecting the Distribution Channel:

Michael Campbell on the Canadian Economy

Michael Campbell, British Columbia’s most respected business analyst and author, is host of Canada’s top-rated business show “Money Talks,” commentator for “BCTV News on Global” and frequent contributor to the national “Canada Tonight” broadcast. He will provide Canadian 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,” heard regularly by more than 500,000 people, Bob McDonald has been communicating about science internationally for more than 30 years. He will entertain and enlighten Canadian Conference 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 are a favorite feature of the Canadian Conference and 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

PTDA members consistently report that membership in the Association gives them an opportunity for business networking they otherwise would not enjoy. To this end, the Canadian Conference features plenty of time 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.

For more information on the PTDA Canadian Conference, visit www.ptda.org/CanadianConference.

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