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Norm Poynter – NLAS Possibilities (Canada) and Asset Management Advocates (USA)

Connect: LinkedIn Twitter: @normpoynter  Email: norm@normpoynter.com

Norm Poynter is a globally sought-after keynote speaker and the founder of NLAS Possibilities and co-founder of Asset Management Advocates.  Norm has been in management consulting with a specialization in SAP plant maintenance, master data standards & management, and integration for the past nineteen years. He has been involved in a variety of projects including system and continuous improvement implementations, best practices, plant turnarounds, re-engineering, process improvements, and process safety development and implementation.

Norm has held management, technical, and functional roles with companies including Agrium, NOVA Chemicals, DuPont, Canexus, Nexen Inc., Marathon Oil, and Suncor. Today, Norm focuses on the integration of systems across landscapes to form knowledge execution management systems, asset information management systems, and sustainable groups of core corporate competencies and subject matter (communities of practice). This approach is used to enable standardization, consistency, and productivity through better use of grassroots technologies like SAP.

Don Barry – Asset Acumen 

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Donald Barry is now President and Principal Consultant at Asset Acumen Consulting, and still teaches at the University of Toronto and takes on Asset Management strategy projects. He is experienced in helping clients with Predictive Asset Analytics, supporting Asset Management strategy, Reliability, Maximo, and APM solutions. He previously acted as the Global Center of Competency (CoC) Lead / Advisor Predictive Asset Analytics for IBM’s Global Asset Management Practice.




Lindsay Ziegler – Andrew James Advisory Group

Connect: LinkedIn Email: lindsay.z@andrewjamesadvisory.com

Lindsay Ziegler is an expert in cross-functional business process analysis and improvement.  She has a keen focus on eliminating organizational silos to improve results.  She designs, plans, and manages business and financial systems across project life cycles. Her experience is both national and international.

Lindsay is a professional trainer in technical, software, and management.  She is ISO 55000 certified as well as a certified Model-Netics instructor.  She has a BS from Purdue University in Computer Science and an MBA from Duke University.



Ted Lister - finalTed Lister – STONAVIGATOR

Connect: LinkedIn Twitter: @STONavigator Email: ejlister@stonavigator.ca

Ted Lister began his career in electrical design before trading electrons and protons for ones and zeros. It was 1992; Ted was red-lining drawings—after commissioning a billion-dollar gas plant—using red-colored pencils on A1 paper. It wasn’t long before he discovered the value of computer programs to accomplish this task. He was hooked.

As the years followed, Ted pursued a career in large-scale, complex industry projects, which required large amounts of data to plan, schedule, and execute. As he worked with engineering firms to develop software solutions, he realized the process methodology—similar to that of hydrocarbon processes—was plagued with leaks (a.k.a. spreadsheets). To make matters worse, users were often not trained in data integrity, resulting in ones and zeros leaking from the data pipeline (a.k.a. business process methodology).

Do not miss the opportunity to learn from an experienced physical asset management guru and entertaining speaker.


Ken Latino – Prelical Solutions, Inc

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Ken Latino had extensive Maintenance and Reliability experience in both continuous process and batch manufacturing plants. His work has helped large asset intensive companies to increase production rates and reduce maintenance costs while improving safety and environmental performance. He has an extensive background in Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Reliability Improvement work processes, Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and a host of other areas of Asset Performance Management (APM).

Ken also has a strong background in the use of SAP PM/GE Digital (Meridium) APM and has developed enterprise-level work processes and tools to improve asset performance. These tools and work processes include tank integrity management, motor management, RCA, paper machine roll management and history, maintenance budget forecasting and analysis and many others.

Ken is the Co-Author of Root Cause Analysis: Improving Performance for Bottom Line Results (5th Ed., June 2019, c. 331 pp., ISBN: 13:978-1-138-33245-4, Taylor & Francis)

 Bob Latino – Prelical Solutions, Inc.

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Robert J. (Bob) Latino is a Principal with Prelical Solutions, LLC (www.prelical.com). Bob is a former owner and CEO of Reliability Center, Inc. (RCI). This was the Latino family business which was founded in 1972 by Charles J. Latino.

Bob has facilitated RCA analyses with his clientele worldwide for over 38 years. He has taught over 10,000 students in 30+ countries the PROACT® RCA Methodology and associated software solutions. He is the author or co-author of ten (10) books related to RCA, Reliability, FMEA, and/or Human Error Reduction. Bob is an internationally recognized author, trainer, software developer, lecturer, and practitioner of best practices in the field of Reliability Engineering with a specialty in all aspects of a holistic Root Cause Analysis (RCA) system.

Bob currently serves on the Board of Directors for CHOL (Community of Human and Organizational Learning – https://www.cholearning.org/). He also has a book series entitled, ‘Reliability, Maintenance, and Safety Engineering: A Practical View of Getting Work Done Effectively’ for CRC Press/Taylor & Francis (www.taylorandfrancis.com).


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Dharmen Dhaliah – Town of Halton Hills, ON, & HPAM Solutions

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Dharmen Dhaliah is a visionary and inspirational leader with a career-long record in strategic asset management, maintenance & reliability engineering, and project management. He is a bilingual professional with a proven talent for aligning business strategy and objectives with over 28 years of public and private sector experience in leading the development and implementation of organization-wide asset management strategies. Dharmen currently works as a Senior Manager in Climate Change and Asset Management and is a member of the board of Asset Management Ontario (AMONTario). He is a seasoned part-time instructor, workshop facilitator, and sought-after speaker on organization-wide asset management and ISO 55000. Dharmen is the published author of two books, “Physical Asset Management: An Organizational Challenge”, and “Organization-Wide Physical Asset Management – A Systems Approach”. He is also the creator of the “Holistic Physical Asset Management Board Game” to help organizations implement asset management organization-wide. www.hpamsolutions.com


Michael Salvato, Mott MacDonald

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Michael A. Salvato is the Vice President of Advisory Services at Mott MacDonald, a global engineering, management, and development consultancy.  Mr. Salvato has pioneered the application of digital technologies to asset management, urban infrastructure, and smart cities and is a recognized thought leader in the fields of Urban Systems and Informatics.  As a strategic partner, Mr. Salvato works with infrastructure owners and operators to advance business initiatives that unlock asset value, efficiencies, and sustainability required to meet the rising expectations of customers, government, industry, and society.

Mr. Salvato retired in 2018 as the Director and Program Executive for Enterprise Information and Asset Management from the NY State Metropolitan Transportation Authority where he led a transformational program affecting $1 trillion in public infrastructure to improve the safety, reliability, lifecycle costs, and resiliency of the New York transportation system.  He served as the founding Chair and Country Vice President of the Institute of Asset Management in the United States and was a member of the US delegation that produced the ISO 55000 standard for asset management.

Kari Myers, CALTECH

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Kari Myers began her Asset Management journey in October 2015 as Caltech’s first-ever “Asset Czar”. An operations veteran from the standards-driven electronics design and manufacturing industry, she was drawn to the mission of creating a data-driven asset management culture in the Facilities department at Caltech. Kari holds a BA in Information Studies from Florida State University and specializes in business intelligence, information management and systems implementation. A Florida native, Kari spends her free time exploring her new home state of California, studies French, and shares her love of tech by teaching students in STEM and GATE educational programs at Caltech and area schools.



John Woodhouse - finalJohn Woodhouse – TWPL

Connect: LinkedIn Email: john.woodhouse@twpl.com

John is CEO of the consulting and training organization, TWPL. With a personal senior management background in the oil industry (esp. Shell O&G and refining) and major engineering (Kvaerner), he launched TWPL in 1995 as a consortium of former senior industrial managers to provide pragmatic advice, training, and support in physical asset-dependent organizations. John is also the Founder, Fellow, and Chair of the Panel of Experts for the Institute of Asset Management. He chaired the BSI/IAM development of the PAS 55 standard for optimal management of physical assets and was a UK Expert Representative in the development of the first International Standard for Asset Management (ISO55000). He has also led the development of the first published Asset Management Competences Framework (IAM 2006), and the International MACRO & SALVO collaboration programs in cost/risk optimization of asset management decisions and life cycle management. John is also the author of the book ‘Managing Industrial Risk’, Publ. Chapman & Hall, 1993 and ‘Asset Management Decisions: the SALVO Process’, Publ. TWPL 2014, and lecturers widely around the world at conferences, and through university and in-house management training programs.


Tom McDermott – TWPL

Connect: LinkedIn Email: tom.mcdermott@twpl.com

As the director of asset management at the New York State Power Authority (the largest state-owned utility in the US operating 17 large hydro and fossil generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of extra high voltage transmission lines), framed the development of their asset management principles on PAS 55, later ISO 55000 The organization is responsible for 25% of the electric energy consumption in New York State.

During Tom’s 35 year career at the New York Power Authority, he spent the first 20 years in the engineering group specializing in high voltage engineering, transmission line design, and power plant modifications. The last 15 years were focused on building a performance engineering and asset management group, re-shaping the organization around the principles of asset management.


Kal Jassal – TWPL

Connect: LinkedIn Email: kal.jassal@twpl.com

Kal is a principal consultant at TWPL.  He is a respected leader with more than 25 years’ industry experience and proven success in supervising teams completing complex integrity projects within budget/time constraints and in compliance with regulatory requirements. Talent for developing innovative strategies to meet financial goals while maintaining project integrity. Developed, enhance, and implemented a number of integrity management programs for major oil clients.




Marius Basson – Aladon

Connect: LinkedIn Email: marius@aladon.com

Mr. Basson is an experienced engineering professional with more than 20 years of experience in leading and implementing business improvement and reliability programs. He specialized in the application of Reliability-centered Maintenance (RCM2) for many years and adopted a methodical way of thinking. He has a strong track record of successful engagements with asset-intensive industries including manufacturing, chemical, oil and gas, mining, electric utilities, water and wastewater utilities, chemical, nuclear waste processing, and other process industries. He has extensive experience as a dynamic manager with a proven track record in large capital project management.




Praveen Kale – Unvired

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Praveen Kale is Vice President of Products at Unvired where he is responsible for Product Management and Customer Success. He is one of the leading experts in Asset Management across both functional and technical domains. He has deployed digital solutions for Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for customers in the US, Canada, and other regions of the world.  Praveen understands the business processes in the area of Asset Management and focuses on optimizing them for Operational Excellence.  He excels in automating asset management processes leveraging the latest technologies including IoT, Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence.

Prior to joining Unvired, he was developing products at SAP. Praveen is a frequent speaker at Asset Management events and has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.



Dr. Ali Zuashkiani – PAMCo and University of Toronto

Dr. Ali Zuashkiani, Ph.D., is CEO of PAMCo, a Canadian consulting company with projects across the globe. A graduate from Harvard Kennedy School of Policy, Said Business School of Oxford, Wits Business School in South Africa, and INCAE business school in Costa Rica, and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, Ali has been the Director of Educational Programs at C-MORE at the University of Toronto for 13 years.

Dr. Zuashkiani has more than 20 years of practical experience combined with scientific rigor in optimizing asset management decisions in more than 200 plants in +30 countries.

Dr. Zuashkiani areas of expertise include maintenance performance management, life-cycle costing, use of tacit knowledge in asset management, optimization of maintenance tactics, reliability-centred maintenance, root cause analysis, Reliability-Centred Design (RCD), planning and scheduling, spare part management, asset management strategy development, implementation of CMMS software packages, and managing change in organizations. He is the author of “Expert Knowledge-Based Reliability Models” and a frequent global speaker on a range of pertinent subjects in asset management. He has been Chair of the International Physical Asset Management Conference for the last 14 years. Dr. Zuashkiani was named by the Asia Society as one of the world’s most dynamic young leaders in 2008. He was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader of 2013.


Chris Postill, Co-Founder, Director – Progressive Plan Chris Postill, Progressive Plan

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Chris is a master planner and scheduler, a go-to proactive problem solver, and a dynamic communicator. Prior to co-founding Progressive Plan Inc, Chris started his path as a Steamfitter over 15 years ago and has a broad knowledge of turnarounds, projects, and maintenance activities/ processes through various roles including foreman, supervisor, coordinator, planner, scheduler, and project manager.   He has worked throughout various industries including but not limited to, oil and gas (upstream, downstream, and midstream), chemicals, fertilizer, and uranium mining. Witnessing the many inefficiencies, cost overruns on the business side, and lack of empathy towards the human side, Chris was motivated for change and co-founded Progressive Plan Inc.



Curtis Hermans, Co-Founder, Director – Progressive Plan Curtis Hermans, Progressive Plan

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Over the last 23 years, prior to co-founding Progressive Plan, in the capacity of Welder, Boilermaker, and Steamfitter Curtis Hermans has worked his way up through various job functions and managerial positions including foreman, planner, scheduler, mechanical/construction coordinator, superintendent, shutdown/turnaround planner/coordinator and project manager.  Curtis takes a methodical, philosophical approach to challenges and is not afraid to leverage knowledge from hobbies and prior experience to achieve a successful outcome.  Realizing the many opportunities available for improvement regarding reducing costs and empowering people in his industry, Curtis co-founded Progressive Plan Inc.