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Business Briefs News and views about companies, people, product lines and more. • Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) announced that Stephanie Yakimishyn is transitioning from Field Service Advisor to the Member Needs Help Program. Yakimishyn has contributed significantly to shaping the role of a successful FSA, holding the role for nearly 20 years. Ross Cooper has been named to the role Field Service Advisor for Barrie, Midland, and Collingwood. Cooper has been a long-standing Senior Advisor, Value Added Programs, which he will continue with, in addition to his new role. Also, EMC announced that Leah Nacua will be taking over as Field Service Advisor for GTA consortiums. She has over 18 years of experience in the manufacturing sector, spanning a wide breadth of industries including automotive, telecommunications, solar, medical devices, plastics, and food packaging. She has worked in a variety of areas such as engineering, quality, and continuous improvement. Nacua is a long-time EMC supporter and has broad knowledge of manufacturing and EMC. In the coming months, Nacua will be in touch with members and community partners to ensure continuous support to all consortium regions in the GTA.
• Sheridan College’s Continuing and Professional Studies division announced a partnership with power transmission representatives to offer a 16-week Industrial Distribution Program (IDP) focused on the distribution of bearings, power transmission products, and other industrial parts. The program comprises eight weeks in class, followed
by an eight-week paid work placement. “Sheridan has long recognized its role in preparing graduates who can meet the emerging needs of industry. We’re committed to engage with employers and our communities to strengthen learning-integrated work, and co-create new approaches for hands-on learning and continual development,” said Hazel McCallion, Chancellor of Sheridan College. “The Industrial Distribution Program is a perfect example of this commitment in action. It also exemplifies the agility and capacity of our Continuing and Professional Studies team to work effectively with industry partners to meet their reskilling, upskilling, and employment pipeline needs.” The Sheridan IDP will be sponsored by an industry sector educational partnership, including NTN Bearing Corporation of Canada, Tsubaki of Canada Ltd., Continental, Regal Beloit Corporation, and BDI Canada Inc. Instructors from each organization will present workshops as part of the IDP curriculum. Courses will focus on the key functional disciplines relevant to distribution, giving students the opportunity to link classroom instruction with handson training in a company within the industrial machinery segment. Course workshops will feature distribution management, territory sales, marketing, negotiation skills, inventory management, sales management, human resources, leadership, and information technologies. Upon completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to apply for eight-week paid work placements with manufacturers and industrial parts distributors of bearings and mechanical power transmission products. The program will be delivered at Sheridan's Davis Campus in Brampton, Ont., starting on Jan. 6, 2020. • WAGO Marketing Communications department names Barry Nelson as Public Relations Co-ordinator, overseeing publicity, editorial content, social media, and
other written material. “The one thing that drew me to WAGO was the team atmosphere and camaraderie among the employees,” Nelson said. “I am excited for this wonderful opportunity to work for an innovative and growing company like WAGO.” Nelson has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He has an extensive background in media, including news anchoring and sports play-by-play on WTMJ and ESPN radio in Milwaukee. Also at WAGO, Drew Amos has been named Regional Sales Manager for Southern California. He has been an inside sales rep for Moxa Americas, and a territory manager for Ecolab. Most recently, he was regional sales manager at Moxa. “I’m excited to hear the voice of the customer and understanding the different challenges that they may face,” said Amos. “I take a ton of pride in my work and interest in the people I work with. I hope to bring my team-oriented competitive attitude to the company.” He is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. • Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. has appointed Mike Belenkie as President and John Quaife as Vice-President, Finance. Belenkie joined Advantage in 2018, and is currently COO (a role he will continue in). He has over 20 years of industry experience, holds a bachelor in mechanical engineering and is a registered professional engineer with APEGA. His experience includes technical and high-level business positions. Quaife has been at Advantage since 2008 and has held roles of increasing responsibility and scope, most recently as director of finance. Quaife is a CPA with over 20 years of industry experience, holds a B.Comm. degree and has extensive experience in finance, accounting, and corporate taxation. • The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) announced the launch of its Outsourcing Portal, available to CTMA members. The portal allows members to advertise their capabilities and fulfill their outsourcing needs. Offering search features, members can search by company name, capabilities, and keyword. Creating a post is based on a company’s needs, which they can customize to how involved with the out-