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Past Episodes – Available on demand


Episode 1: Driving Sustainability at the Source in Metals, Mining and Minerals

Date: October 14, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM EST
Moderator: David Willick, Vice President, MMM Sales, Schneider Electric
Speaker: Paramita Das, GM Marketing & Development, Rio Tinto
Francesco Memoli, Executive Vice President, Tenova Inc.
John Hoekstra, Vice President, Sustainability & Cleantech, Schneider Electric
Jonathan Moser, Head of Environment and Public Affairs Canada, Lafarge Holcim

Switching to 100% renewable energy is not enough, we need to ensure that everything we utilize is sustainably sourced right back to the minerals. Join our experts to discover the increasing importance of sustainably sourced materials throughout your entire supply chain. Learn how your manufacturing and consumption patterns must evolve across industry sectors to become more sustainable.

Episode 2: The Importance of Industrial Cybersecurity for Water & Wastewater Works & Networks

Date: October 22, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM EST
Moderator: Keren Verch, National Sales Account Executive, Water Utility Segment, Schneider Electric
Martin Caspar, Director Technical Services, Veolia Water Technologies Canada
Sean R. Bouchard, Principal, ICI Electrical Engineering Ltd.
Andrew Nix, Cybersecurity Business Development Manager, Schneider Electric
Laurence C. Stan, Senior Electrical Engineer, AECOM
Michael Mulligan, Automation and Control Systems Engineer, City of Winnipeg

Water security is a major issue that needs to be addressed on a priority basis. This panel discussion will delve into the importance of water utilities adopting a comprehensive security program and steps you should take to protect your Water & Wastewater network.

Episode 3: How Automation is Changing Consumer Packaged Goods Industry

Date: October 27, 2020 
Time: 11:00 AM EST 
Moderator: Shitiz Agarwal, VP, National Sales Canada, Schneider Electric 
Alexandre Leclerc, Cofounder & CEO, Poka Inc. 
Martin Lutz, CEO, ProLeiT Corp. 
Mathieu Parenteau, Director Robotic Solutions, PCI Automation 
Sanjith Singh, Vice-President, Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric 
Yves Michaud, President, Pike Automation 

The only way to keep up with the transformation in Food & beverage industry is to embrace the automation capabilities that are powering the change. Industry players that want to remain relevant will need to adapt to this ever-changing environment. Automation can support companies on this journey and enable the organization as well as its employees to embrace digitalization.

Upcoming Episodes


Episode 4: How Smart Manufacturing is Influencing the Future of Packaging

Date: February, 2021   

Forward thinking companies are now paying closer attention to how their packaging systems can get those neat new packages into the market faster and do it more cost effectively.  

Whether we are talking about augmented reality, QR codes or RFID tech, it all relates to the idea of smart packaging. As our technological innovations continue to evolve, the need and requirement for machines enabled with intelligent packing, IoT technology, and smart sensors is increasing. IoT enabled packaging automation machines enable remote monitoring, evaluation, and control of processes and functions, that can be operated using smartphones, personal computers, and laptops.  

Smart packaging will trend in 2020’s, with augmented reality (AR), cloud labelling, anti-counterfeiting packs and track-and-trace tech set to grow.

Episode 5: Water & Wastewater

Details to follow soon

Episode 6: Metals, Mining & Minerals

Details to follow soon

Featured Speakers


    Mathieu Parenteau, Eng., Csp

    Director Robotic Solutions & Business Development, Pci Automation
    Member Of L’ordre Des Ingénieurs Du Québec
    Member Of Canadian Professional Sales Association

    Mathieu has over 20 years of experience in the field of automation and robotic solutions. During the early years of his career, he focused exclusively on engineering and commissioning, various automated solutions for multiple industries, around the globe.

    Sanjith Singh

    Vice-President, Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric Canada

    Sanjith has spent over 19 years in Energy and Automation Solutions industry. He has vast experience in designing electrical control systems and automated solutions, as well as hands on experience in programing PLC’s, VFD’s, SCADA systems and more.

    Yves Michaud

    President, Pike Automation

    Yves has been in the automation industry for 35 years with brands such as Rotalec Automation & Manufacturing, Walsh Automation and Pike Automation. Yves started his career at Pike in 2003 before taking it over as the President in 2010. Over the last 5 years, Yves has extensively focussed on tripod robotics in packaging and manufacturing.
  • John Hoekstra

    John Hoekstra

    John Hoekstra - Vice President, Sustainability & Cleantech, Schneider Electric.

    John Hoekstra leads the company's sustainability advisory and clean energy technology services for clients. His team is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing energy and sustainability programs with global clients.

    In recent years, John has led clients through on-site and off-site power purchase agreement (PPA) opportunities around the world and connected to economic and environmental objectives.

    Jonathan Moser

    Jonathan Moser, Head of Environment and Public Affairs Canada, Lafarge Holcim

    Jonathan Moser provides executive leadership and counsel to a diversity of clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He brings extensive experience in communications, external relations, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

    He currently serves as Head, Environment and Public Affairs, for Lafarge Canada Inc., a member of LafargeHolcim, the world’s largest building materials company. Prior to joining LafargeHolcim, Jonathan was the Manager of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Dow Chemical Canada ULC.
  • Lutz Martin

    Yves Michaud

    Martin Lutz, CEO, ProLeiT

    Martin Lutz is CEO of the U.S. operations of ProLeiT in their Chicago office. He has a professional dedication to the automation industry in food processing for more than 20 years. Following an apprenticeship as a brewer and maltster, he studied as a brewing engineer at Weihenstephan University, in Munich, Germany. His subsequent Ph.D. work was in the field of soft-processing of biomedia.
  • Martin Caspar

    Martin Caspar

    Martin Caspar, Director Technical Services, Veolia WATER TECHNOLOGIES

    With over 15 years of experience in water treatment in Canada, including 12 at Veolia Water Technologies, the world leader in environmental services, Martin Caspar currently leads the Technical Services department at VWTC since 2017. Prior to this, Martin successfully managed sales & tender departments, as well as project execution and design engineering teams.

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