Designing Productivity 2017 

Friday, June 2nd, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
McInnes Room, Student Union Building
6136 University Avenue, Halifax NS

Confirmed speakers:

Success Favours the Bold

Pat Ryan, P.Eng.
Founder & President, Neocon International

Keynote Speaker Address

Neocon International is proof positive that you can create a thriving enterprise that reaches the global marketplace from Nova Scotia. This Halifax based company founded in 1993 , today boldly designs and manufacturers a multitude of unique products destined for the complex global automotive market.  Homegrown designs go hand-in-hand with marketing bravado to create exponential results while all the while taking on the toughest of competitors. Strategic customers are “Grade A” including notables such as Toyota Motor Sales,  Nissan, General Motors, Subaru and others. Neocon employs over 300 team members including many creative engineers and manufacturing technicians, amasses multi-millions in revenues and exports over 98% of its’ products outside of Canada to international markets.

The Founder, Pat Ryan, a Dalhousie engineering graduate, will share Neocon’s journey with struggles and lessons from the early days of establishing purpose and creating a winning culture.  Pat will recount how Neocon’s success began by first becoming a great strategist and then developed daily discipline while pursuing their big idea .  Appreciate how you may clearly establish your “slight edge” with innovation, continuous improvement and measured output , daily.  Know the competitive field precisely by being brutally honest , build best-in-class  customer relationships and always look for market disruption. Straight shooting, Pat will share Neocon’s inspiration, economic drivers, and bold market battles, all with Nova Scotia as the center-piece.

Organized Chaos: A Process Focused Journey to Startup Success

Pattie Reynolds, P.Eng.
VP Operations, Skinfix

Modified Design Build Projects at CFB Halifax

Zita Dove, P.Eng., PMP, and Dean MacMullin, CET, Defence Construction Canada

Operation Improvement Through Partnership with Academics in the Industry

Chantal Davie, Lean Coach, VON Halifax and Martell Williams, Regional Manager for Workforce Management, VON Halifax

Innovation:  The Future of Nova Scotia’s Economy Depends on It

Jean-Paul Deveau (JP), President, Acadian Seaplants Limited

New this year:  Attendees are invited to bring their supervisors for free to the morning sessions (excludes lunch).  

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