Ottawa Valley Section for the ASQ

Developing careers in Quality. Lean and Six Sigma since 1988.

Welcome to ASQ Ottawa

250 Active Members and 137 Active Certifications in the Ottawa Valley Section

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A look Inside our chapter: 

Our Annual Business Planning Event.

About Our Section

Developing local talent and careers in a safe and supportive environment.

Our section is run by volunteers from the quality and Lean profession. We organize monthly professional development events, arrange plant tours and provide training for certification in the methods and principles of Quality. We also help our local members stay connected by preparing a weekly newsletter and hosting networking events. We also arrange monthly professional development events where we encourage local professionals to share their stories and invite experts in the field to speak. Visit for more information or join us at our next event! 

ASQ and the Quality Profession

The ASQ is a Global Organization dedicated to improving productivity and quality in organizations throughout the world. The field of Quality includes a large body of knowledge and includes ISO Standards, Lean and Six Sigma, Organizational Excellence Models, The Toyota Production System, Client-focused Design, and many other systems that support business. Collectively these methods and tools improve productivity and quality in organizations.   


A look Inside our chapter: 

A team-based problem solving event to reboot our marketing and outreach programs.

ASQ Certification Training

Training Courses Offered by ASQ Ottawa

Our local chapter provides training for certification exams offered by the ASQ, the worlds most recognized Quality Certification Body. We currently have 137 active certified members in our community. Click below to see the courses offered. 

Why prepare with ASQ Ottawa?

(1) Courses are created by professional developers. (2) Subject matter experts review each course. (3) Instructors have an average of 25 years of professional and teaching experience. (4) Variety of training formats to meet your learning style. 


Certification and Recertification

Answer to your Common Questions

To maintain certification from ASQ, you must accrue re-certification units throughout the years you are certified. 18 units are required to recertify. Click below for more information from the ASQ Recertification Journal Application.


Professional Development Workshop:

Problem Solving with Toyota’s A3 Method Attendance from Top Biomedical and Aerospace Companies

Professional Development Events

No membership required

Our chapter organizes monthly Professional Development Events for quality Professionals and the community. No membership is required and all events are Open to the Public. You can obtain re-certification credits at our events to maintain your certification.


ASQ Ottawa Valley Newsletter

Weekly newsletter for quality professionals

ASQ Ottawa publishes a weekly newsletter with articles, news and resources for quality professionals to stay sharp on relevant quality topics and be informed on local events. Our newsletter also includes updates from the Global ASQ organization affecting your quality certification and re-certification.




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Professional Development Events 

No Membership required. 

Open to all public.

January 15, 2019 – Design Thinking for Social Innovation and Shared Value

This session covers the concepts and benefits of three emerging practices: social innovation, shared value, and design thinking. By using design thinking techniques to generate and derive solutions for social innovation and shared value, attendees will learn this capability and apply it toward the creation and evolution of their social responsibility (SR) management system. This will also ensure that organizations serve their stakeholders effectively. Social innovation shows the extension of SR from being discretionary overhead activities to being core strategic competitive advantages. Shared value recalibrates the weightings associated with waste, cost, profitability, and circular economic benefits. To realize the potential of these emerging practices, design thinking, can be employed. Design thinking techniques can be used to generate creative and applicable ideas and approaches that reflect valid needs and preferences of stakeholders, resulting in relevant and applicable solutions.Learning Objectives:Understand how social innovation and shared value represent innovations in social responsibility and management operations systems.Gain knowledge of design thinking techniques through practical application as a way to realize social innovation and shared value solutions.Design and deploy emerging practices as a way to fulfill innovation.Adopt social innovation and shared value solutions as a way to reduce and remove waste and enhance value.

About the speaker

Mike Daniel Zrymiak is from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, and has more than 25 years of professional experience in quality management. He has worked in Hong Kong, Germany, and Canada, with specific experience in business services, manufacturing, medical software, and web commerce solutions. Zrymiak was also a part-time faculty member at the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University teaching software quality assurance, software testing, statistics, and configuration management.

Zrymiak has attained distinctions as a quality professional, including designation as an ASQ Fellow and receipt of ASQ’s Crosby and Feigenbaum Medals and Testimonial Award. He is an ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Software Quality Engineer (CSQE), Quality Engineer (CQE), and has multiple lead auditor credentials. He has been a conference speaker at multiple international quality conferences. Zrymiak is an ASQ Quality Press author and reviewer, and served on several ASQ divisions and Technical Communities in multiple voluntary member-leader roles and committees. 

February 19, 2019 – Do Good to Lead Well

The Six Pillars of Positive Leadership. Dr. Craig Dowden, the author of Civility Matters, will share insights from his newest book. ASQ Ottawa Valley and the Canadian Public Sector Excellence Network are partnering on this breakfast PD event at the National Arts Centre, Copies of Craig’s book will be available for purchase. Join us online or in person from 8:00 to 11:00 AM EST.

March 12 – Merging Indigenous with Non-Indigenous Values for Authentic Continuous Improvement

Dr. Linda Manning, intercultural economist, and Dwight Powless, a 

Mohawk from the Six Nations community, present an Indigenous model that can inform continuous improvement. Join us online or in person for this evening networking and PD event from 6:30 to 9:00 PM EST.

April 9, 2019 – Stress Reduction: Take One FMEA and Call me in the morning

Jim Moran, SimplifyISO, will provide a mini workshop on failure mode effects analysis. Join us at this lunch-time Webinar  from 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST.

May 8, 2019 – ASQ Ottawa Valley Celebrates 30 Years!

We are partnering with the Canadian Public Sector Excellence Network to mark this special occasion. Join us for dinner at the National Arts Centre, and a Panel Discussion, The Human Side of Quality and Continuous Improvement: Additional Tools for the Quality Toolbox. Jacob Stella, author of the Lean CEO,

will be speaking about the importance of Storytelling in Lean 

initiatives.  Nathalie Laurin, from  Moving the Human Spirit, will talk about how coaching can build the confidence necessary to  use quality tools or achieve continuous improvement. Michael Hart, founder of HUMAN, will tell a story of how the merging of Appreciative Inquiry and Business Process Reengineering created a transformational human experience in a Trinidad and Tobago government ministry. See you from 6:00 to 9:00 pm  EST.

June 11, 2019 – Embedded Sustainability

Is It the New Quality? Sustainability is a complete strategic approach to business that needs embedding in every process to reap its huge benefits Federico Fioretti, Co-Founder of the Sustainability Index proposes a way to achieve this objective. Join us for this lunch-time webinar from 12:00 to 1:30PM EST. 

September 10, 2019 – Spatial Data, What and How

Making data spatial and visualizing it. Joe Filipo has been using 

geographic information systems to inform decision making for 35 years. This evening PD event and workshop will explore methods for data visualization.  Join us online or in person from 6:30 to 9:00 PM EST.

October 8, 2019 – Big Data and Six Sigma: Challenges and Opportunities

The true potential of performance improvement initiatives such as Six Sigma depends upon the quality of Data available.Rajesh Tyegi,  

Cofounder of A1 Data and University Lecturer will discuss the link 

between data strategy, big data and Six Sigma applications. Join us for this evening PD event and workshop online or in person from 6:30 to 9:00 PM EST.

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