A record number of delegates spent a very busy three days in one of Canada’s hidden gems, St Andrews by the Sea, NB. Despite the forecast, mother nature co-operated once again and we were able to experience the absolute beauty of this location. Social activities included our opening ocean front reception, Minute to Win It, the Amazing Race, whale watching, a lobster lunch and golf. Click here for pictures from the event.
 
This year we decided to try something new and introduced committee workshops and round tables to the mix. This allowed members the opportunity to provide their input into the future programs, events and overall goals of the association. All the committees will be meeting over the summer to start prioritizing and actioning some of the fantastic suggestions that came out of these sessions.
 
There was also discussion on possible rebranding of the CFPA, however, the general consensus was in fact to “double down” on our hydraulics roots. To that end we need to do a better job of marketing ourselves, communicating the benefits of being part of the CFPA, and being inclusive of complimentary and adjacent technologies. Hydraulics: “it’s everywhere”, or “we touch everything” were some of the suggestions. The feedback was strong and appreciated and will help us chart our direction forward.
 
Our keynote speakers were truly outstanding. The majority of presentations will shortly be available on the members’ section of the website.
  • Opening Keynote: Gary Gzik, “The Playful Culture”
  • Ron Marcolin: “Economic and Geo-Political Update”
  • Andy Hayward, “New Brunswick’s Journey with Advance Small Modular Reactors”
  • James Donaldson: CEO at BC Food & Beverage
  • Lisa Cheney: “Stress Management / Work Life Balance”
  • Stuart Ducoffe “The 5 W’s: Work, Wellness, WFH & Work Week”                   
First time delegate testimonial:

“The AGM was well-planned and packed with useful information. I was impressed by the range of professionals who attended, which made networking really valuable.

The event’s highlights for me were the networking opportunities and the insights I gained about our industry. The social activities and workshops were great for team building and making connections. The keynote speakers were engaging and spoke about topics that matter to us in the industry.

Attending the AGM has helped me grow professionally, thanks to the insights I gained and the people I met. I’d definitely recommend the AGM to others in our industry because of the valuable connections and insights it offers.

Looking forward to the next one.

Cody Perkins
Service Shop Branch Manager , Motion 

OPENING KEYNOTE
The
Playful
Culture
How Fun at Work Leads to Innovation and Progress

June 7-10, 2023:
Algonquin Resort
St. Andrews by the Sea, NB

Annual General Meeting

A record number of delegates spent a very busy three days in one of Canada's hidden gems, St Andrews by the Sea, NB. Despite the forecast, mother nature co-operated once again and we were able to experience the absolute beauty of this location. Social activities included our opening ocean front reception, Minute to Win It, the Amazing Race, whale watching, a lobster lunch and golf. Click here for pictures from the event.
 
This year we decided to try something new and introduced committee workshops and round tables to the mix. This allowed members the opportunity to provide their input into the future programs, events and overall goals of the association. All the committees will be meeting over the summer to start prioritizing and actioning some of the fantastic suggestions that came out of these sessions.
 
There was also discussion on possible rebranding of the CFPA, however, the general consensus was in fact to “double down” on our hydraulics roots. To that end we need to do a better job of marketing ourselves, communicating the benefits of being part of the CFPA, and being inclusive of complimentary and adjacent technologies. Hydraulics: “it’s everywhere”, or “we touch everything” were some of the suggestions. The feedback was strong and appreciated and will help us chart our direction forward.
 
Our keynote speakers were truly outstanding. The majority of presentations will shortly be available on the members' section of the website.
  • Opening Keynote: Gary Gzik, "The Playful Culture"
  • Ron Marcolin: “Economic and Geo-Political Update”
  • Andy Hayward, "New Brunswick's Journey with Advance Small Modular Reactors"
  • James Donaldson: CEO at BC Food & Beverage
  • Lisa Cheney: “Stress Management / Work Life Balance”
  • Stuart Ducoffe “The 5 W’s: Work, Wellness, WFH & Work Week”                   
 
CFPA wants to ensure our events continue to get better and better, and for that we need your input. If you participated and haven't yet provided your thoughts, please do so here.

This keynote will teach how to harness the benefits of play to create innovative, collaborative and productive environments. Death by meetings, the daily grind, hump day, TGIF. All of these, and many other phrases, speak to our enthusiasm drought at work. When was the last time you had strong feelings of excitement and enjoyment about a goal, task, or project at work? Is it something you get every day? Ivern Ball said, “Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.” A person who is enthusiastic about a project is committed, loyal and eager to see it succeed. Research shows that enthusiastic employees are more productive, and their companies have higher revenues. Without enthusiasm, even a project flush with knowledge, skills and resources can be an uphill battle. And enthusiasm is self-rewarding. Not only does a project benefit from an enthusiastic person, but that person, in turn is energized by the project. Injecting enthusiasm into our work isn’t just good for people, it’s good for business. The long haul of the pandemic has left many people longing for more enthusiasm in their days, yet unsure of how to find it. Enter play.

Market Insights

A hot topic at the AGM, and as a leader in your industry, you want to know about microeconomic trends that affect your fluid power industry, as well as the macroeconomic conditions affecting Canada, North America and the rest of the world. We will have more than one keynote speaker addressing market insight relevant to our specific industry and beyond.

Industry Trends

We plan to update trends in green energy, natural gas and nuclear power. These will be critically important in the coming years, and we need to understand the role of fluid power in Canada’s goal to build a world where the environment and the economy go hand in hand.

Networking

Networking is a key benefit of association membership, and this is the perfect opportunity to form new relationships with senior leaders in the fluid power industry. Not only will we have fantastic ocean-side receptions and dinners, but we have brought back “Minute to Win It.” We will be introducing the CFPA Amazing Race and welcoming some of Yuk Yuks' best comedians to keep you entertained! With the right mix of business topics and networking, you will leave the AGM better informed, connected, and engaged in a host of new ideas.