Manufacturing AUTOMATION

PTDA to host its 2023 Canadian conference in June

April 12, 2023
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) will host the PTDA 2023 Canadian Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada from June 6 to 8.

Delegates in the power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) industry, representing PTDA distributor and manufacturer companies, will be in attendance to broaden cross-channel networks, expand connections and deepen business relationships.

“We’re proud of the relationships our U.S. and Canadian channel partners have built,” says PTDA president Mike McLain, Allied Bearing and Supply. “The Canadian Conference creates additional pathways for company and industry growth and profitability. There is a great opportunity for attendees to network, hear about important market trend updates and learn how best to support their workforce.”

The association explains in a press statement that both manufacturer and distributor executives appreciate the conference’s Distributor-Manufacturer Idea Exchange (DM-IDEX) as an excellent face-to-face cross-channel business program with a measurable ROI.


For the first time, the DM-IDEX will take place over two days and include both short- and long-form meetings. The latter will allow time for a deeper discussion of business ventures, market strategies and issues.

Industry thought leaders and speakers expected to participate in the event include the following.

  • Jeremy Bess, Economist, ITR Economics will present the opening keynote “Gauging the risks going forward into 2023−2024.” ITR Economics presents annually at the PTDA Industry Summit and publishes the PTDA Market Forecast Report. In his presentation, Bess will provide a data-driven analysis of Canada’s economic trends, glimpsing what to expect for PT/MC-relevant industries.
  • The PT WORK Force initiative of the PTDA Foundation will host attorney and motivational speaker Lesra Martin. In his session, “The global power of one: Empowering change, strength in diversity through adversity,” Martin will address how most people struggle with change, particularly when it comes to unknown and unfamiliar terrain, such as creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment.
  • Lee-Anne McAlear, Fortune 500 Innovation Specialist, will present the leadership enhancement workshop, “Leading in the ‘now’ and getting ready for the ‘next’!” McAlear will explore best change practices and “next” changes practices, offering participants ways to support and stimulate employees’ creative behaviours and innovative outputs.
  • The Canadian Conference will close with keynote speaker Amie Archibald-Varley, Registered Nurse and director of Multimedia at CanadiEM, and co-host of the “Gritty Nurse Podcast” presenting. During her presentation, “Transforming your teams with compassion & empathy,” Archibald-Varley will address how to lead with compassion and empathy, offering employers useful approaches to transforming and restoring employees’ mental health, satisfaction and productivity.

The association has also set aside time for receptions, group meals and golf to ensure that attendees have ample opportunities for informal networking throughout the conference.

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