CFPA AGM, June 8-10, Westin Resort, Whistler, BC

The CFPA AGM revolves around the exceptional collection of keynotes from leaders in the fluid power and economic industries. Each Pillar of the Canadian Fluid Power Association is represented by an industry professional with insightful words on leadership, economics, industrial regulations, marketing and education, to name a few.

This year we will be joining forces with the Canadian Process Control Association, which will result in more networking opportunities and even better keynotes. As usual, we will feature content on the economy, end users and leadership.



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David Allison: The Science of Influence: Breakthrough Data to Motivate Equipment Buyers

What can behavioral science teach us about equipment buyers? David Allison is a best-selling author, international speaker and global expert on human behavior. He’s just completed a transformational study on equipment buyers in the Food and Beverage Industry, specifically for the 2022 Annual General Meeting. His company has built the first global record of how humans make decisions, and he uses data from 750,000 surveys to help companies like PayPal, The United Nations Foundation and Lululemon understand how to motivate the people they want to reach.  He will be sharing the game-changing insights with us for the very first time.  

You will learn:

  • why demographic ideas about your customers are misleading you
  • how core human values are a far more powerful way to understand people
  • exactly what will motivate your customers, and how to use the research findings to influence more people more often
James Donaldson, CEO, BC Food and Beverage: “Canada’s Supply Chain & Labour Challenges – Implications and Solutions”

James will discuss the impact of supply chain issues on the food industry. He will speak federally but will spend some time discussing the unique challenges of the BC Flood crisis on this province.

What to do about labour?

  • Current programs to address and their shortcomings
  • Automation is a key long-term solution
    • Investment in advanced manufacturing & automation especially needed for food

Industry Trends – where is the industry headed?

Dale Wheeldon, President and CEO: British Columbia Economic Development Association, “Building and Protecting BC’s Economy”

BC’s economic situation has changed significantly over the years with the impacts of Natural Disasters, downturns in the Forest Industry and more.  What has been happening in BC, what are we focusing on, and how are communities (local, regional and Indigenous), Economic Developers, and others playing a major role in driving towards a strong economic future for all? Are we prepared?-Not Likely. 

The BCEDA is the leading professional association of economic development practitioners in the Province of BC. BCEDA currently has over 420 members and provides services that help member communities grow and expand new and existing businesses, attract new business investments, and work towards strategic infrastructure investment, land use planning, and community enhancement.

Andrew Wynn-Williams, Divisional Vice-President, CME, “Trade & Investment in the Manufacturing Sector”

What does the CME expect to see as a result of the new North American Trade agreement and the easing of trade tensions between the US and China and why lack of investment in technology remains our biggest concern for the future of the manufacturing industry.

Andrew is responsible for CME BC’s strategic vision, managing relations with members and advocating on behalf of their interests. He is also responsible for liaison with government and other stakeholders such as the coalition of industry groups and other economic developers. In addition, he will lead teams to create new CME programs to bring additional value to members through advocacy, training and business development.

Stuart Ducoffe (B.C.L., LL.B., CHRL) founder of e2r™ “The New World of Remote Work”

The new world of remote work appears to be a workplace development that will be with us for many years to come. As with any new change certain unanticipated challenges become apparent and require consideration.

In the case of remote work two material considerations are: (i) the importance of establishing remote work policies and/or individualized agreements; and (ii) occupational health and safety and workers compensation implications.

With respect to (i), employers should be setting out the relevant terms applicable to the organization’s remote work protocol including the employer’s ability to make changes as well as reserving the discretion to discontinue the policy.

With respect to (ii), employers need to recognize that an employee’s remote work environment likely constitutes the “workplace” triggering a host of employer obligations including the obligation to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect the health and safety of workers which typically includes the requirement to conduct hazard assessments. Should injuries occur in the remote workplace, the organization may face claims for workers compensation and potentially even prosecution by the applicable provincial Ministries of Labour.

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