´╗┐The 2018 AGM was hosted at the Sherwood Inn, in Muskoka, ON, right on Lake Joseph. We all had lake front rooms and the views were second to none.

Friday evening featured a bonfire with live entertainment following a dinner on their lovely terrace. This was also the setting for a workshop discussing ways in which to get a better and more productive relationship with colleges offereing instrumentation courses.
There were more speakers than ever at this event, but an AGM encompasses so much more than just speakers:

We had a workshop on the CRN harmonization process. CPCA has joined a coalition to work toward national harmonization. In groups we summarized the findings of the white paper to facilitate communications and enable us to take the key messages to the process community and government bodies.

Not only was there an overview of the recently published market reports and forecasts but there was an opportunity for members to provide guidance on new ways to analyze data to better track industry trends.

Following a keynote outlining the ways generation Z differs from millenials and highlighting the best ways for member companies to attract this new demographic, we came up with a strategy to better work with colleges to help CPCA members attract the best and brightest.

Everyone's favourite keynote, Gary Gzik, was back with ways to "hack" our business culture and got everyone thinking about his key message, you don't have to be 100% better at 1 thing but 1% better at 100 things. The CPCA Executive has plans to implement this strategy to make your membership more valuable.

Social highlights were many with the lovely Muskoka setting and included lake front dining/receptions, a bog to bottle tour of Johnson's cranberry bog, a cocktails and canvas painting session, bonfire and annual golf tournament. Congratulations to Peter Dello for winning this year's golf tournament sponsored by IPPT/Process West.

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