In addition to discussing association business
issues at EATS meetings, it was decided
that EATS would organize a major dinner
meeting each year in the fall. A high-profile
speaker(s) would be featured to draw technical
society members together.
The first dinner meeting in November 1998
drew over 200 guests and featured Sam Spanglet,
General Manager - Manufacturing, Western
Canada of Shell Canada, speak on 'Shell's
Future in the Athabasca Oil Sands.'
In 1999 EATS hosted its second dinner meeting.
Booths from the various technical societies
were on display throughout the evening.
The speaker was Mitch Bouchard, an e-business
solution specialist with IBM Canada. He
discussed advancements in Information Technology
and how they are changing the way we work.
The conference was a complete success with
many groups convening their November meetings
at this event.
For 2000, the topic for the EATS Annual
Meeting was: 'Development of the Hydrogen
Fuel Cell' with a presentation from Peter
Gibb, Director of Product Development, Ballard
Power Systems. This event was sold out!
2001 saw approximately 135 people turn out
to hear Adrian Abramovici, Director of Product
Assurance with MD Robotics speak on 'The
Mobile Servicing System: Canada's Space
Robotics contribution to the International
Space Station'. MD Robotics is the world's
leading space robotics company and is the
maker of the Canadarm.
2002 was a huge success with approximately
450 people attending to hear a panel of
experts speak on 'Energy Resources Development
in Alberta' which included panelists: Neil
Camarta, Senior Vice-President Oil Sands,
Shell Canada Ltd., Kevin Nabholz, Senior
Vice-President Major Projects, Suncor Energy
and Joseph Doucet, Ph.D., School of Business,
University of Alberta.