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Canadian Summit Features HLS, K-Bro and Topper Tours

Posted May 3, 2019 at 11:57 am



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Leaders in the linen, uniform and facility services industry should set their sights on Toronto this August for TRSA’s Third Annual Canadian Production Summit & Plant Tours, scheduled for Aug. 27-29 at the Hilton Toronto. Highlights of the summit include tours of three local plants, in addition to general-session presentations on productivity, management, regulations, environment and safety. Enhanced networking opportunities are peppered throughout the event, including evening receptions on Aug. 27-28.

The event opens with a networking reception on Aug. 27. The first agenda item on Aug. 28 is a keynote presentation with Kristen Cumming, titled Bridging the Gap: The Intergenerational Workplace. Cumming will focus on the exploration of technological, economic and social trends that impact our daily lives, at work and at home. A career development, human resources, productivity and leadership leader, Cumming develops strategies that improve the connection between people and their work. Those attending will gain a better understanding of how to effectively manage a multigenerational workforce and gain practical solutions to communication challenges faced by today’s leaders and teams that will increase collaboration, communication and performance between generations at work. Cumming holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s of management education degree in workplace and adult learning. She is an instructor at the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus and a sought-after consultant, speaker and trainer on demography, recruitment, engagement and leadership.

General sessions allow for each participant to access all summit content. Topics include:

  • Sustainability: Best-Management Practices (BMPs) and Clean Green Certification
  • Making the Case for Lean Management to Optimize Processes and Drive Value
  • Innovative Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Employees
  • Regulatory and Legislative Update

Aug. 28 will close with an interactive operator panel discussing market opportunities and challenges. Panelists include Randy Bartsch, CEO, Ecotex Healthcare Linen Service Corp. and Tim Topornicki, president and CEO of Topper Linen and Uniform.

The event endcap features tours of three high-efficiency TRSA-member laundries on Aug. 29: HLS Healthcare Linen Systems (healthcare); K-Bro Linen Systems Inc. (healthcare and hospitality); and Topper Linen and Uniform Rental Services (F&B and industrial). Tour attendees benefit by comparing processes, management techniques and tactics against their own operational approaches and return home with additional ideas from conversations with colleagues and plant managers at the tour debriefing sessions.

In addition to early registration and group registration discounts, TRSA offers special Alliance Partner pricing for launderers that are members of affiliated organizations to enable them to attend events and programs that have overarching benefit to the linen, uniform and facility services industry. Registration, brochure and a complete agenda is available online. Visit www.trsa.org/canadiantour for details.