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. 

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Symposium Committee Members

"As Smart Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) is taking over our industrial world, automation is at the heart of this transformation, automation engineers need to evolve into a new kind of engineer that understand and master the convergence of the IT and OT world. ISA@Montreal will provide you the required information and allow you to meet the people that are leading this effort locally and internationally."

Andre Michel Symposium Chair amichel300@gmail.com 

Bill Dugary FPID Director dugaryw@ace-net.com

Kash Kbehdinan IIS Lead - PMCD Director kbehdinan@pointfar.com

Sandeep Vysyaraju IIS Symposium Representative vysyaraj@svminerals.com

Naidu Singampalli CONDES Program Chair naidu.Singampalli@technipfmc.com

Maxym Lachance President Montreal Section maxym.lachance@tetratech.com Trung Nguyen District 13 Representative Past Montreal Section President trung2704@gmail.com Yogesh Y Balajee ACARD Director ybalajee@puratos.com Antonio Alves ISA Executive Board antalves2000@gmail.com

J Parsons CONDES Director j.parsons@jacobs.com  

Pamela Docherty Paper Review Chair pamela.docherty@siemens.com  

Kim Belinsky ISA Staff kbelinsky@isa.org 

Click here to download a full committee summary.

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.  

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.


Authors and presenters, we welcome your participation in the upcoming ISA@Montreal Symposium! 

In accordance with the Call For Papers, below you will find the remaining deadlines as it relates to the submission of your presentation materials. 

Important Deadlines 

• Abstract Submissions—1 June • Draft Papers/Presentations—1 August • Reviewers' Comments to Authors—1 September • Author Rights and Responsibilities Form—15 September • Final Electronic Presentation Materials—15 September 

If you have any questions, please contact your Session Developer or one of the Program Chairs. Thank you once again for providing your valuable content as a part of this technical conference experience. 

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

PRE-EVENT HAPPY HOUR RECEPTION: Connected People—Skills and Safety Sponsored by: Honeywell 

Date: Monday, 15 October 2018 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Location: Salon Opera Cost: Complimentary, drinks and light refreshments 

Join us as a precursor to our ISA@Montreal Event during exhibitor move in to network in a casual environment and visit with Honeywell representatives who will be featuring their cybersecurity virtual reality platform. 

Honeywell Connected Plant's Skills and Safety Immersive Competency empowers field workers to improve plant performance. Providing practical, hands-on and relevant guidance that prepare industrial personnel for a variety of situations, it enables workers to perform field activities faster and with reduced risk, and changes the way workers learn and practice tasks on demand. 

Be sure to visit Honeywell at Booth 21 in the exhibit hall.


Tuesday, 16 October 1:30 p.m. 

Industry 4.0/IIOT: Accelerating IT-OT Convergence Within the Automation Engineering Consultants 

It is no secret; we are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution. Named the “Industry 4.0”, this revolution implies fundamental changes on how the industry reaches its results. Some people will say Industry 4.0 is no revolution: they will argue that industries are veering towards paperless since many years, that alarm management is an old subject, that ERP integration being achieved in the MES implementation for years now, etc. The truth is, technology now allows for all such “advanced” features to be achieved simultaneously as a global solution, optimizing data analysis and delivery to the right people at the right time. With the increased accessibility to new technologies such as data analytics, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, we can conclude that the technology is there and available.

Are industry leaders ready to embrace this change? Proof of concepts have become success stories, ROI of Industry 4.0 implementations have been confirmed, nowadays investors evaluate industrial installations on their Industry 4.0 maturity before investing, and public subsidies are available to ensure small manufacturing enterprises continue to innovate and keep up with this technological revolution. And yes, industry leaders are there.

From a human capital standpoint, the comparison between the skillset of the traditional automation engineers and the competencies of the Industry 4.0 engineers are eloquent: the skill gap is becoming more and more significant as we immerse ourselves into this industrial revolution. The question is: are automation engineering firms ready to be challenged by 4.0 era? The industry 3.0 engineers traditionally established system requirements based on desired performance of the system, budget, technology, etc. They designed control system by performing tasks such as instrumentation selection, control panel design, PLC and HMI programming, testing and commissioning activities. Nowadays, amongst considerations of the Industry 4.0, we find requirements for cybersecurity, asset management, systems’ integration, data analytics, industrial IT infrastructure, industrial networks, etc. We are no longer considering simple productivity requirements, but rather factors effecting the organization at large: business requirements. Does this sound like IT language? Would IT experts be in a better position to succeed in achieving Industry 4.0? Traditionally, IT people have less experience with real-time process or equipment control, industrial communication protocols, OEE, data exchanges, time related critical data. Industry 4.0 requires a combination of competences from both traditional automation engineers and IT specialists.

With the Industry 4.0, the initial gap between IT and OT leads to what is called IT-OT convergence. This convergence is not only observed in the industry, but also across engineering firms which must now adapt to the new requirements and implications of the Industry 4.0. This presentation is about how our engineering activities have evolved overtime and how they will continuously change in order to meet the challenges brought by this industrial revolution in terms of project management, skills, competencies, and tools. 

Damian Smektala Lead Automation Engineer, SNC Lavalin

Damian Smektala is the IIoT SME for SNC-Lavalin’s Industrial division and currently heads the automation and digital manufacturing practice in Toronto. He has 13 years of experience in the automation space across a range of industries. He has designed plant wide process control strategies, OT infrastructure, and SCADA systems in the biopharmaceutical sector. 

Christoper Cave VP, IT Digital, Analytics and Artiicial Intelligence, SNC Lavalin

Mr. Cave leads a global technology delivery team that enables SNC-Lavalin’s Business Sectors to transform what and how they deliver to clients. Since joining SNC-Lavalin in 2017, Mr. Cave has been involved in defining a corporate-wide Digital Transformation Program, establishing SNCL-Lavalin’s IT Digital Factory and delivering big data and advanced analytics capabilities to enable data-driven insights.

Prior to joining SNC-Lavalin, Mr. Cave spent 16 years in the wireless communications industry where he led R&D groups in the design and development of advanced technologies, such as 3G, 4G and 5G mobile communications systems and the Internet of Things (IoT). Mr. Cave holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and is inventor of more than 225 granted US patents related to the fields of wireless communications and IoT.  

Wednesday, 17 October 1:30 p.m. 

The True Value of Digitalization for Industry Dr. Peter Martin Senior VP, Schneider Electric

Dr. Martin has over 37 years in industrial control and automation. He has authored numerous articles, technical papers, and books. He holds multiple patents. Fortune named Dr. Martin a Hero of U.S. Manufacturing. He was also named as one of the 50 Most Influential Innovators of All Time by InTech and received the Life Achievement Award by the International Society of Automation (ISA). In 2013 Dr. Martin was elected to the Process Automation Hall of Fame and was selected as a Fellow of the International Society of Automation. In 2017 he was named as one of the 30 Internet of Things Executives Whose Names You Should Know by CRN. In 2018 he was named to the Measurement, Control and Automation Hall of Fame. He holds BA and MS degrees in Mathematics and an MA degree in Administration and Management, a Master of Biblical Studies degree, a PhD in Industrial Engineering, and a PhD in Biblical Studies.


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 Affiliate Member: $730.00 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 USD Affiliate Member: $730.00 USD Community Member/List: $815.00 USD 

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. 

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 1E5  

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

While you are with us, take time to Visit Montreal!

Attending October Leaders Meeting? If you are an ISA leader, and already going to be in Montreal, 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.

!!! INTERNATIONAL VISITORS !!! Need an invitation letter to assist with your travel visa? Contact ISA Customer Service at +1 919.549.8411 or info@isa.org. You will need to supply your address, passport number, and date of birth, in order for ISA to prepare your invitation letter.


Special ISA@ Montreal Local Industry Group Pricing NOW AVAILABLE!  

Send your employees, colleagues or clients/customers. Purchase three full conference passes (including Tuesday evening reception) or 10 one-day passes for $1,000.00. Spread the word about this unique automation professional development conference experience!

Contact ISA Customer Service at +1 919-549-8411 to register and take advantage of discount pricing.

Full Conference:

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

One-Day Rates:

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

Special Rates:

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

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

Platinum Champion

Reception & Welcome Sponsor

Gold Champions

Silver Sponsor

Affiliate Sponsor

Gold Program Sponsor

Exhibitor Showcase Participants

AVEVA | Siemens | Westech Industrial Ltd. | Laporte Experts Conseils | Wajax | R. Stahl Inc. | SNC Lavalin | Laurentide Controls | Schneider Electric | VSI Controls | Skillpad Canada Inc. | Wonderlogix | Honeywell | PCI Industrial Automation | Everest Automation Inc. | Groupe Swagelok Quebec | Owl Cyber Defense | Efficient Plant | Applied Control Engineering | ISPE