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Join senior management teams from fluid power companies across the country at the 2024 CFPA AGM, taking place in Blue Mountain from June 5-8. We will be staying at the Westin Resort, where the slopes meet Georgian Bay. Nestled amid an idyllic landscape just two hours northwest of Toronto, The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain, is a haven of wellness and comfort in a lively pedestrians-only village.

Working on the success of last year’s AGM, we have some new suggestions we will be implementing this year. You will note a different schedule of 3 half-day meetings mixed with more networking opportunities. A full day of keynotes can be difficult to absorb, and we hope this new approach will ensure more engagement from delegates.

This year we will have 2 AI keynotes. One will focus on adapting AI in your business and that of your customers, and will examine issues including predictive diagnostics, engineering applications and cost savings from increased productivity. The second will provide a more high-level look at AI and examine the many benefits of AI in all aspects of life while exploring potential pitfalls.

As usual, we will also feature economic insights and legislative and updates to ensure you have the necessary tools to take back to your companies.

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.  Those who enjoyed the walkability of the Whistler Village will not be disappointed with Blue Mountain. With the right mix of business topics and networking you will leave the AGM better informed, connected, and engaged.

When booking, don't forget to select your social activities, which will appear after the sponsorship opportunties!


Start: June 5, 2024
End: June 7, 2024

The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain, Gord Canning Drive, The Blue Mountains, ON, Canada

Gord Canning Drive 220
L9Y 0V9 Blue Mountains ON


Wednesday June 5
Thursday June 6
Friday June 7

10:00am - Board of Directors Meeting (Private Meeting)

12:00pm - Group Lunch, spouses invited

**Optional Spousal Activity - Waterfalls & Wine Tour**

1:00pm - Members: Welcome & Introductions

1:15pm - Speaker 1: Stuart Ducoffe, "Recruitment - The Continuing Evolution"

2:30pm - Break

2:45pm - Speaker 2: Oxford Economics, "Economic and Industry Update"

5:00pm - Opening Reception, Minute to Win It, Oliver & Bonacini

7:15pm - Group Dinner: Oliver & Bonacini



8:00am - Breakfast for delegates

9:00am - President's Update

9:15am Committee Updates

10:15am - Break

10:30am - Workshops 

11:30am - Review Workshop Results 

12:00pm Group Lunch, spouses invited

1:30pm - Amazing Race

5:30pm - Reception/Awards Ceremony

6:30pm - Group Dinner, Tholos Restaurant (Village)

8:00am - Breakfast for delegates

9:00am - Speaker 4: Prof. John S. Zelek, University of Waterloo


Speaker 5: Stan Kleinikkink, Director, New Innovations & Technology, ATS Automation

10:00am - Break

10:15am -  AI Panel

11:00am - Speaker 6: Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, "Manufacturing Canada’s Future – Policy and Economic Outlook"

12:00pm Group Lunch, spouses invited

1:30pm Social Activities: Monterra Golf 

Alternate Activities: Mountain Top Segway or Scandinave Spa 

6:15pm Closing Reception, Rusty’s BBQ Restaurant

7:00pm Closing Dinner, Rusty’s BBQ with live entertainment


Stuart Ducoffe (B.C.L., LL.B., CHRL)

  • Stuart Ducoffe (B.C.L., LL.B., CHRL)

    Stuart Ducoffe (B.C.L., LL.B., CHRL) is a seasoned employment and labour lawyer. Stuart is the founder of e2r™ and Partner and co-founder of Woolgar VanWiechen Cosgriffe Ducoffe LLP, where he leads the employment and labour law group of the firm.

    “Recruitment – The Continuing Evolution”

    This presentation will address certain key facets of recruitment and will showcase how to foster a dynamic and thriving workforce.  We’ll begin with exploring re-skilling initiatives which will provide attendees with insights into roadmaps for employee upskilling such as structured learning paths and individual growth opportunities.

    The presentation will further explore the utilization of innovative employee experience platforms and discuss how technological advancements and social media can enhance the recruitment process, employee engagement, communication and establish a sense of connection and community. 

    We will then consider the advantages of adopting collaborative hiring practices involving cross-functional teams and how this protocol can strengthen the recruitment process. Finally we’ll provide an overview of pay transparency legislation in Ontario, BC, Nova Scotia and PEI.

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Stan Kleinikkink

Director, New Innovations & Technology
ATS Automation
  • Stan Kleinikkink

    Stan Kleinikkink has been designing and deploying automation control and data solutions in transportation and Life Science industries throughout the world. Within the ATS Corporation Innovation Center, Stan has been transforming data collection and reporting solutions into Machine Learning driven insights. Stan has been focused on the practical deployment of Machine Learning algorithms in production environments.

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John Zelek, PEng

Associate Professor and co-director of the VIP (Vision Image Processing) Lab
University of Waterloo
John Zelek, PEng
  • John Zelek, PEng

    Prof. John S. Zelek is a leading expert in computer vision and robotics.  In particular, his current research interests in the field of AI include 3D computer vision, structure from motion, SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), automated manufacturing, infrastructure monitoring, deep learning, anomaly detection, human pose tracking and detection as well as sports analytics from video.  His research has led to the spinoff of 3 startup companies, 2 patents, four best paper awards at international conferences as well as a distinction award from the Canadian Computer and Robotic vision society.  

    He has authored and co-authored more than 250 journal and conference publications and has been on numerous conference organization committees in addition to chairing 2 Canadian Computer and Robotic vision conferences.  Prof. Zelek's students, including undergraduate and graduate students have successfully transferred technology developed as part of graduate work and design projects under Zelek's supervision and made them the catalyst for new startup companies.

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Vincent Caron

Director, Policy & Ontario Government Relations
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
  • Vincent Caron

    As Director, Policy & Ontario Government Relations, Vincent works with member companies and the Ontario government to promote policies that lower costs and increase investment for manufacturers. Prior to joining CME, Vincent worked in the governments of Ontario and Canada for 15 years, with a primary focus on economic policy. He advised six federal ministers in various departments, including Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Public Safety Canada. Originally from Quebec City, Vincent has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Bristol in England.

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Tony Stillo

Director of Canada Economics
Oxford Economics
Tony Stillo
  • Tony Stillo

    “Economic and Industry Update”

    Tony Stillo is the Director of Canada Economics at Oxford Economics. He leads the team responsible for preparing the macroeconomic forecast for Canada using Oxford Economics' Global Economic Model, reporting on key data releases, as well as producing and presenting research on key issues affecting the Canadian economy. Prior to joining Oxford Economics in 2018, Tony spent much of his career at the Ontario Ministry of Finance where he most recently led a team responsible for economic modelling, forecasting and impact analysis.

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