ISA Hamilton Section
September 2011 -  Welcome to the 2011/2012 Season

September Has ArrivedIn This Issue:

1 - Message from our Past President
2 - Incoming President's Message
3 - ABB Canada Regional Users' Event 2011
4 - Our September Membership Meeting
5 - 2011/2012 Season - Executive Board
6 - Privacy Policy

This issue of the ISA Hamilton Section e-News is sponsored by ABB.   Our sincerest thanks for ABB's support to our section.  

ABB Canada


Message from our Past President

To all our Members & Supporters,

Another ISA Hamilton season has drawn to a close.  Once again we accomplished the goals that we set for ourselves early in the year and expect to do the same in 2012. We had a good series of dinner meetings which included a tour of a water plant (tours are always a hit!), and a number of enjoyable technical and enlightening talks.  They ranged on everything from energy management to the Modernization of a Municipal Waterworks with SCADA Standardization. Our 2011 EXPO in March was another big success. Keep an eye out for our flyer for EXPO 2012 booked for Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Our tenth annual Golf Tournament went off like clockwork, despite the threat of rain and sub 15 degree temperatures (remember May???). It’s difficult to believe that only a couple of months ago we were looking to warm up “after” a game of golf!   

Our first membership/dinner meeting is slated for Tuesday, September 27 and will be held at the ABB offices in Burlington.  Watch for details on our web site and in our newsletters.  Our Membership certainly appreciates the sponsors and vendors that present and help us with these meetings.  Should you have any thoughts or ideas for a meeting, or have an emerging technology that you feel would interest our membership, please let any of our executive know.  We would welcome any new suggestions. 

Of course, none of this would be possible without the dedication and hard work of our terrific group of executives that continue to make things happen.  The Section and its activities would not thrive as it does without the enthusiasm of this great medley of individuals.  My hat goes off to each and every one of you – I feel honoured to have been able to serve as President this past year especially with such a great supporting team to carry me along.

I would like to re-introduce you to Kenneth Hamilton who has taken over the reins as Section President as of July 1.  Many of you know Kenneth from his past endeavours including Hamilton Section President and his term as District 13 Vice President.   Kenneth has always stayed closely involved with the Hamilton Section and the Society, even during his 2 year stint in China a few years back.  Kenneth’s knowledge both of our industry and within the Society is a benefit to all.    

Please enjoy the rest of the summer with your families and colleagues; we look forward to seeing everyone again this September.

  Jerry Gelata
  Past President
  ISA Hamilton Section


President's Message

Dear Members, Colleagues & Friends,

Being a long time member of ISA and in particular ISA Hamilton Section, including involvement on the Executive Boards both at a local and Society level, I am aware of many of the challenges in staying current in the automation industry, and the benefits of ISA membership. I believe our diverse membership and the contributions arising from that diversity is one of the principle resources available through ISA participation. Long time ISA members are cognizant of membership benefits, encompassing networking opportunities at local, national and international levels, informative and timely awareness on new industry directions, and thoughtful substantive standards and practices designed to align and interface the many disciplines involved in the automation profession. Newer members often avail themselves of these resources as they endeavour to build their careers and enhance their professional standing in the automation instrumentation community.

As ISA Hamilton Section begins this new season, I am pleased to be able to work with an excellent new Executive Board blending a track record of reliable past performance with new additions and new ideas, as shown on our updated Executive Board listing on the web site.  In addition to planning our membership meetings and the major events as we have done in the past, I am looking forward to exploring some new avenues for connecting and staying in touch with our membership, many of whom have embraced the Social Media tools available through the internet as a means of creating and continuing dialogue of ideas new and old and disseminating information. Several of these proven tools are recognized as a valuable means in keeping up to date with new developments, and facilitating changes in direction and services beneficial to the membership at large, enhancing the membership experience for all.

As part of our summer planning meetings our new ISA Hamilton Section Executive Board has discussed how we may utilize Social Media to best interact with our members. I encourage you all to contribute your ideas, preferences, or concerns regarding the use of this media to the Executive Board using the contact information on the Executive Board listing on our web site.

Please join me in thanking our outgoing Executive Board for their time, effort, and willing participation in providing a very successful past season for our ISA Section.

Best regards,
  Kenneth Hamilton
    President 2010-2012
    ISA Hamilton Section Inc.,


ABB Canada Regional Users' Event 2011

ABB Canada Regional Users' Event 2011

Connect. Learn. Succeed. 
ABB - ACRUE 2011That's the theme for this year's ABB Canada Regional Users' Event (ACRUE) which will take place at the Waterfront Hotel in Burlington on September 13-14-15, 2011.
This annual event has proven to be an excellent venue for users of ABB's products/solutions to meet, network and to exchange their thoughts, needs and successes with other customers and ABB experts.
ACRUE 2011 will feature a variety of customer case studies and workshops covering the following subjects:
  -  Integrating Diverse Process Automation Technologies using System 800xA
  -  Process Automation Evolution for Improved Sustainability, Reliability and Performance
  -  Connect, Integrate, Optimize and Save
(Old & New Technologies for Instrumentation & Process Automation)
  -  Smart Grid in Ontario
(Energy Management)
  -  Service and Support Solutions
  -  Improving Operator Effectiveness
  -  Symphony Plus Update
  -  Device Management
(Intelligent instrumentation, fieldbus, wireless, etc..)
  -  System 800xA Update
  -  Motors & Drives - Improving Efficiency and Reducing Costs
  -  The Value of Collaborative Partnerships and Solid Business Relationships
  -  Ask The Experts - Panel Discussion
  -  Preview of ABB Automation & Power World 2012

For more information on ACRUE 2011 please download the Agenda (PDF file) and/or contact Sharon Arnott via e-mail at

Space is very limited. To apply for this event, please go to and provide the requested information on or before September 8th.


Our Upcoming Membership Meeting

Date: Tuesday - September 27th, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM  -  Networking and Dinner
6:30 PM  -  Membership Meeting & Presentation
RSVP: ISA Hamilton Section cordially invites you to participate in a unique opportunity to network with Industry Experts and your Automation Peers. In addition to an interesting and informative presentation, a complementary luncheon/meal will be provided. (Don't forget to advise us of any dietary restrictions you might have) 
Please RSVP by Friday morning - September 23rd (or sooner) to allow us sufficient time to organize the meal and any dietary restrictions.
To confirm your attendance,  choose one of the following....
(1) Send an e-mail message to our Program Chairman (Jerry Gelata) at
(2) Send a telefax with your confirmation to (905) 332-4127
(2) Submit the Meeting Attendance Confirmation form which you access by clicking on this link: 
++ RSVP by Friday - September 23rd or sooner ++
Venue: ABB Canada (Burlington)
3450 Harvester Road, Burlington, Ontario
Google Maps >>  Map/Directions to ABB

Stress Management - At Work & At Home


Over the past several decades we've certainly become a much faster paced society where (constant) change is almost always the norm. Increasing demands & pressures in the workplace coupled with requirements in our personal lives have increased stress levels to alarming levels. This presentation will cover the following key areas:
- Fundamentals of Stress
- Responses to Stress
- Occupational Stress
- Stress Reduction Techniques

Speaker: Roland Gelhard - Health & Safety Advisor, Eastern Region - ABB Inc.

ABB CanadaRoland graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 (Bachelor of Science - Molecular Biology). After completing his co-op and apprenticeship at Paperboard Industries (Toronto) he joined ABB (AccuRay/Combustion Engineering) in 1988. During his career at ABB, Roland has worked with Quality Control Systems (QCS), gauging technologies, customer support, field service supervisor and in health and safety. Roland's current responsibilities include planning and scheduling of field service resources for Ontario and H&S advisor for the eastern region.
Roland has been married for 21 years and loves spending quality time with his wife and two teenage boys.


Our Executive Board for the 2011/2012 Season

Based on the nominations received to date,  we are pleased to confirm the
President Kenneth Hamilton  

Executive Board

Vice-President Graham Nasby  
Treasurer Alice Kelly  
Secretary Bob Popek  
Past-President Jerry Gelata  

Please checkout our web site and visit the Executive Board web page for the complete listing of the Executive Board members and the committee team for the 2011/2012 season..


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