Canweld conferance

CanWeld Conferance 2015

I have had the privilege of attending the CanWeld Conference for the past three years and am booked to go again this year. You may be asking “What the heck is CanWeld? Can I weld, Can you weld?” CanWeld is an annual conference that is put on by the Canadian Welding Association & CWB Foundation to highlight the welding industry.

This year is a little bit different, and I am excited that some changes have been made to make this event a bit more practical and applicable to the average welding industry participant.

The conference has always been, and will continue to be a forum for researchers to present welding related topics and research. The very cool thing about this is that the Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining at the University of Alberta has taken a practical, hands-on approach to work with industry in the research that is being produced. Many of the topics that are introduced are being used in the real world and have applications that are helping industry improve their welding processes and make Canadian Business a world leader.

This year the conference planners have extended that invitations to presentations of a less technical nature and more practical hands on information.

One of the presentations will be by our own, Dan Shewfelt – Operations Manager and Level 3 Welding Supervisor, along with International Welding Specialist and a host of other credentials.

Dan will be presenting on Common vs. Technical Language. This presentation will start out giving examples of how different words mean the same thing and how understanding this can not only relieve some frustration but also save a company a significant amount of money.

The purpose of this presentation is to gain an understanding of common/slang welding terms and translate technical welding language so that working on a project together will become less about miscommunication and more about working together. Then we will move on into the importance of training the welding department about quality control and design requirements. Having the welding department gain an appreciation of the requirements of quality control will help save expensive rework, delays and frustrations. Empowering welders by training them in welding symbols, processes and quality control instead of placing blame, increases overall efficiencies

I hope to see you in St. John’s! For more information check out this link.  Stay tuned for our blog on things to do while in St. John’s!

Until next week,


Bonnie Pankratz