2018 ISA at Montreal Symposium, Montreal, Quebec, CA

Training: 15 October 2018 Conference: 16-17 October 2018 The Hyatt Regency Montreal Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

ISA@Montreal 2018, a new multi-dimensional automation track experience!

Sponsored jointly by the ISA Food and Pharmaceuticals, Automatic Controls and Robotics, Construction and Design, and Process Measurement and Control Divisions

The Symposium will bring together an array of automation industry professionals from various disciplines to present on best practices, emerging technologies, developments, and applications. Don't miss your opportunity to share new and innovative ideas for the future of automation. 

See past event photos here.

Who Should Attend?

All process, discrete manufacturing and/or utility-related automation professionals, including plant managers, controls engineers, technicians, engineering consultants, project managers, and end users.

Other past participants include: Integrators/Re-Sellers | Engineering Consultants | Project Managers | Marketing/Sales | Automation Engineers | Engineering Managers | Corporate Managers | Instrument Engineers | Control Systems Engineers | System Integrators | Educators | Research and Development | Technical and Engineering Support | Safety Systems Engineers | Systems Design Engineers

Top Reasons to Attend:

1. Discover how to apply digitization, artificial intelligence, and connected devices to improve plant productivity and operational excellence.

2. Learn how to protect critical plant operations through safety and cybersecurity best practices as IT/OT convergence accelerates.

3. Explore how to reduce downtime and improve reliability through modernization of plant operations using robotics, intelligent systems, modern controls, and advanced sensing.


Need help in justifying your attendance at this relevant, one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity?  

Get the justification you need for 2018 budget approval with our Conference Attendance Toolkit (aka Convince Your Boss), which provides all the right information and tools you need to prove ROI through your attendance to enhance your skills/expertise, make valuable contacts and bring back value to your organization following the event.  

Attendees Will Be Able To: 

  • Network with industry-leading experts. 
  • Take advantage of valuable education/training and networking opportunities with a wide array of subject matter experts and fellow end-users in the automation industry.  
  • Participate in objective discussions and case studies of real-world scenarios relating to technology implementation. 
  • Share lessons learned to assist in planning for and implementing successful automation projects with guaranteed ROI. 
  • Learn about the latest advancements and applications surrounding digital transformation of instrumentation. 
  • Gain a valuable understanding of the importance of managing safe and secure systems and processes, resulting in improved production, efficiency, and continuous improvement (CI) in facility operations.  
  • Keep pace with current strategic technology trends and their effect on operations in the ever- changing industrial environment.  

Interested in presenting? Share your expertise at the 2018 event. Download the Call for Papers here. Abstracts due date has been extended.

Program Outline and Objectives:

  • Protect critical industrial operations through cybersecurity and safety: Industrial Cybersecurity, Process Safety/SIL/Risk Analysis, Sustainable Processing, Alarm Management, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Usage of Cloud for Automation, Process Measurement, Control, Optimization, Environmental Practices  
  • Applying modern control techniques to reduce threats and risk in automation operations through: Process Modeling, Artificial Neural Networks, Multivariable Statistical Control, Predictive modeling, Adaptive and Fuzzy Logic Control, Computer and Machine Vision Technology for Factory Automation—Supervisory and Intelligent Control, Computer Implementation of Control Systems, Intelligent Systems and Control, Modern Heuristics, and Data Mining in Automation and Industrial Applications, Hardware Optimization Based on Computational Intelligence Techniques  
  • Best practices in construction and design for modernizing facilities, including: Implementing ISA and other related Industry Standards, Design Optimization and Constructability, Replacement of Legacy Systems, Pre-Commissioning/Commissioning, Project Management and the Economics of Projects  
  • Manufacturing systems automation: Intelligent Control —Formal Modeling and Analysis—Discrete and Continuous Industrial Automation Systems—Manufacturing Execution Systems and Enterprise Integration—Standardization Best Practices and Recent Developments  
  • Discover how to improve your operations through robotics and intelligent systems applications: Navigation, Control and Manipulation for Intelligent Robots and Systems—Cognitive, Cooperative and Collaborative Robotics—Perception, Environment Description and Map Building—Human-Robot Interaction in Industry—Intelligent Embedded Systems—Multi-Agent Systems and Distributed Robotics Architectures—Sustainable Robotics and Applications—Robot Learning, Programming and Manipulation Techniques—Network/Industrial Robotics—Best Practices —Advanced Sensors and Vision Systems—Advanced Applications of Autonomous Robots
  • Latest instrumentation, communications, and test measurement applications and technologies to improve operational reliability and quality: Sensors, Transducers, Wireless, Electromagnetic, RFID, Remote Sensing, Environmental Monitoring, Laser and Electro-Optics, Control Systems Maintenance, Metrology, Telemetry, DSC, SCADA Systems, Platform Testing, Test Facilities  
  • Industry-specific applications for food and pharmaceutical processing, including: Data Integrity, Serialization/Track and Trace (OEE, PAT, GAMP), Paperless Automation, Continuous Manufacturing, Manufacturing Regulations, Single-Use/Plug and Play, Validation of Automation Systems in Pharmaceutical Industries  

Whether it be a keynote speaker, session, track or technical training, ISA offers attendees exposure to the importance of cybersecurity in the process automation landscape through its Division Symposia activities. Check out the conference program on the web to see cybersecurity sessions at this year's event.


Tuesday, 16 October

8:00AM - 8:45AM: Registration

8:45AM - 9:00AM: Welcome/Overview of the Day

9:00AM - 10:30AM: Session One

10:30AM - 10:50AM: Networking Break and Exhibits 

10:50AM - 12:30PM: Session Two

12:30PM - 1:30PM: Lunch, Networking, and Exhibits

1:30PM - 1:45PM: Official Address

1:45PM - 2:30PM: Keynote Presentation

2:30PM - 3:30PM: Session Three

3:30PM - 3:45PM: Networking Break and Exhibits

3:45PM - 5:30PM: Session Four

5:30PM: Reception, Networking, and Exhibits

Wednesday, 17 October

8:00AM - 8:45AM: Registration

8:45AM - 9:00AM: Day Two Welcome

9:00AM - 10:30AM: Session One

10:30AM - 10:50AM: Networking Break and Exhibits 

10:50AM - 12:30PM: Session Two

12:30PM - 1:30PM: Lunch, Networking, and Exhibits

1:30PM - 1:45PM: Official Address

1:45PM - 2:30PM: Keynote Presentation

2:30PM - 3:30PM: Session Three

3:30PM - 3:45PM: Networking Break and Exhibits

3:45PM - 5:30PM: Session Four

**Subject to change.


Cutting-edge technical training for the automation professional

To complement the content you gain through your attendance, ISA-sponsored, technical training courses will be offered before the event. 

An Introduction to Safety Instrumented Systems (EC50C) Date: Monday, 15 October 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CEUs/PDHs: .7  

Member: $650.00 USD Community Member/List: $815.00 USD  

There are many ways of designing a safety instumented system (SIS). Questions like these are being asked by users and egineering firms alike: 

  • Which technology should be used (electric, electronic, programmable)? 
  • What level of redundancy is appropriate (single, dual, or triple)? 
  • How often should systems be tested (monthly, quarterly, yearly, or once per shutdown)? 
  • What about field devices (technology, level of redundancy and test intervals)? 

Debate continues at to how one even makes these choices (past experience, qualitative judgement, quantitative analysis, etc.) This seminar will cover the basics of what needs to be done in the design and selection of safety systems. 

Introduction to Industrial Automation Security and the ISA/IEC 82443 Standards (IC32C) Date: Monday, 15 October 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CEUs/PDHs: .7  

Member: $650.00 Community Member/List: $815.00  

This seminar teaches you the basics of the ISA/IEC 62443 standards and how these can be applied in the typical factory plant. In this seminar, you will be introduced to the terminology, concepts, and models, as well as the element of creating a cybersecurity management system will be explained along with how these should be applied to industrial automation and control systems.

Note: Training courses require a separate registration and fee. Combination discounts are available.

Click on each one to register and to gain more course information. You can also register by contacting ISA Customer Service at +1 919-549-8411 or info@isa.org.  


The Hyatt Regency Montreal 1255 Jeanne-Mance Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H5B 1ES  

Phone: +1 514-982-1234 

ISA Discounted Rate: $255 CAD Reservation Deadline: 24 September 2018 

Book your hotel reservation here!

Hyatt Regency Montreal is centrally located in downtown Montreal, in the heart of the vibrant entertainment district. Our Montreal hotel is conveniently connected to Complexe Desjardins featuring over 100 boutiques and restaurants linking us directly to Palais des Congres, just a 5-minute walk away. One of the most appreciated locations providing easy access by foot to the best Montreal has to offer: culinary destinations, entertainment including prestigious Place des Arts across the street, shopping on Sainte-Catherine street, unique local shops, museums, Old Montreal, Chinatown and easy access to two Montreal subway lines and famous underground city.

More about the venue

Attending October Leaders Meeting? Extend your stay to include this new, multi-dimensional automation track experience! October Leaders Meeting attendees will receive special registration discount. See registration section below for details.


Full Conference:

ISA/ISPE Member: $395.00 FLM Attendee: $295.00 ISA Affiliate Member: $445.00 NonMember/List: $495.00 

One-Day Rates:

ISA/ISPE Member: $220.00 FLM Attendee: $150.00 ISA Affiliate Member: $250.00 NonMember/List: $275.00 

Special Rates:

Student: $75.00 Retiree: $175.00 Speaker (One-Day): $100.00 Speaker (Two-Day): $200.00

Event Refund-Cancellation Policy While we hope your plans do not change, we understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise. If you cancel at least two weeks before the start date of the event, you can receive a full refund. If you cancel less than two weeks before the event start date, you can utilize your credit to transfer to a future technical event offering in the remaining year, or use for the purchase of other ISA products/services of comparable value, but there will be no refunds. In the unlikely occurrence of an event cancellation and circumstances beyond our control, ISA will also attempt to notify all registrants no later than ten days prior to the scheduled event date. ISA is not responsible for any travel or related scheduling expenses incurred prior to a cancellation decision. Please note that all outstanding registration fees are also due prior to your event attendance. 

Exhibit/Sponsorship Opportunities! 

ISA@Montreal 2018 will give you the opportunity to meet face to face with a variety of industry decision makers searching for solutions, products, services, and partners they can trust to make their jobs easier.  

Guarantee your access to this prime audience of prospects, customers, buyers, and influential leaders in the automation industries by booking your booth today! Contact one of our Account Managers below for more information!  

Laura Martinez +1 919-314-6708 lmartinez@isa.org  

Chris Nelson +1 919-990-9265 cnelson@isa.org  

Richard Simpson +1 919-414-7395 rsimpson@isa.org

Thank you to our current 2018 champions and exhibitors! 

Exclusive Diamond Champion

Gold Champions

Exhibitor Showcase Participants

Siemens | Westech Industrial Ltd. | LAPORTE EXPERTS CONSEILS