November 26-28, 2007 • Toronto, Canada • Toronto Congress Centre

Full Conference Agenda

November 26, 2007

8:00 am

CompTIA RFID+ Training & Certification
This fast-track CompTIA RFID+ certification preparation course provides one day of intensive instructor-led training using state-of -the-art RFID equipment, and includes the RFID+ Certification Exam. Attendees receive a CD-ROM with RFID+ practice tests. Those unable to take the exam during the conference and exhibition get a voucher allowing them to take the exam at a later date.

12:00 pm

Preconference Seminars Open/Working Lunch
General Session: RFID Basics

1:00 pm

Preconference Seminars Continue
RFID Journal University
RFID's Role in Improving Hospital Operations
RFID For Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

5:00 pm

Preconferences Conclude



5:15 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Speakers:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Art Smith, President & CEO, EPCglobal Canada

5:30 pm

Address from Ontario Ministry of Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Speaker:
Harinder Takhar, Minister, Ontario Ministry of Small Business & Entrepreneurship

5:45 pm

Opening Keynote:
RFID and the Canadian Retail Experience
Wal-Mart Canada is using RFID to reduce retail shelf out-of-stocks and improve inventory profitability. This is the largest pilot and deployment of the technology in Canada's Retailing sector. Hear about some of the lessons they have learned during the deployment and the insights Wal-Mart and their vendors are getting from the data.

Speaker:
Nicole O'Connor, Director, ISD, Wal-Mart Stores
Takeaways:
. Insights into how Wal-Mart is utilizing the technology and some of the lessons they have learned in rolling out in Canada
. Hear how some of the early Canadian adopters are taking advantage of the technology

6:30 pm

Opening Reception Begins

8:00 pm

Reception Ends

November 27, 2007

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:15 am

Welcome and Introduction

Speakers:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Art Smith, President & CEO, EPCglobal Canada

8:30 am

Address from Industry Canada

Speaker:
Richard Simpson, Director, General/Electronic Commerce Branch, Industry Canada

8:45 am

Opening Keynote:
The Benefits Early Adopters Are Achieving
Kimberly Clark has been one of the most innovative companies in exploring the potential benefits of RFID in the supply chain. How is the company is working with its retail partners to reduce out-of-stocks and improve promotions tracking? What business processes did it change? What software is it using to analyze RFID data? How did overcome tagging issues? What challenges did it encounter and how did it overcome them? Find out all the answers in this thought-provoking session.

Moderator:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Speaker:
Mike O'Shea, Director, Auto-ID Sensing Technology, Kimberly-Clark
Takeaways:
. Where, how and when RFID can be leveraged in the retail/CPG supply chain
. An understanding of how companies use EPC data to achieve supply chain benefits

9:30 am

Sponsored Sessions:
RFID-Enabling Your Existing Enterprise Application - Learn how to Leverage the Investment in Your Current IT Tool Set
Through an understanding of real world case studies, explore how others have delivered the benefits by RFID- enabling existing Enterprise applications such as ERPs and Asset Management. Learn how to leverage the benefits of RFID technology to create a more responsive end to end supply chain and how closed-loop RFID solutions can ready your Enterprise for supply chain optimization. Hear how passive and active RFID combined with real-time location systems (RTLS) can be introduced without disruption to your existing business processes.

Speaker:
Andrew Mitchell, Director, Wireless Solutions, Bell Canada

11:00 am

General Session:
Privacy, Security, Anticounterfitting and RFID
Canada has some large issues that RFID could help address. There is the issue of making sure terrorists and weapons of mass destruction can't be smuggled into the United States through Canada. Canadians also want to ensure drugs sold into the United States are not counterfeit. At the same time, Canadian companies have to adhere to Canada's privacy laws. Our panel will address how and where to use RFID to solve these problems, while protecting the consumer's right to privacy.

Speakers:
Ron Bone, Senior VP, Distribution Support, McKesson
Patrick Javick, Manager, Industry Development, EPCglobal North America
Takeaways:
. An understanding of how RFID can be used to improve border security and reduce counterfeiting
. Insights into how to improve tag security and ensure the privacy of your customers and their data

11:45 am—Breakout Session

Manufacturing/Operations:
RFID-based Work-in-Process Visibility for Lean Manufacturers
Endwave Defense Systems, an aerospace and defense manufacturer, has deployed an RFID-based infrastructure to provide realtime visibility on work orders, people, parts and assets internally, as well as externally to customers and suppliers.This session explains why the company deployed the system, the technology it chose and the benefits the systems is delivering today.

Speaker:
Naren Idnani, Director, Manufacturing, Endwave Corporation Defense and Securities Division
Takeaways:
. How to reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction with RFID closed-loop applications
. How to deploy RFID without complex middleware and back-end integration

Retail:
Wegmans Advances RFID/EPC in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Wegmans created an RFID solution for tagging doses of prescription drugs as they are dispensed in its retail pharmacies and for monitoring them until they are picked up by the customer. Learn how RFID delivered labor efficiencies, provided visibility into the location of drugs, improved consumer safety and enhanced customer service.

Speakers:
Mike Merulla, Application Development Manager - Pharmacy Systems, Wegmans Food Markets
Debbie Parker, Director of Pharmacy Business Solutions, Wegmans Food Markets
Takeaways:
. Understanding the benefits of RFID in the retail pharmacy
. How to create track-and-trace capabilities to ensure customer safety

Supply Chain/Inventory Management:
GM/Suzuki Factory Accelerates Vehicle Production Via Active RFID
CAMI Automotive, a joint venture between Suzuki Motor Corp. and General Motors of Canada, is using an RFID real-time locating system to optimize operations at a plant that produces 250,000 vehicles per year.The system accelerates the processing of receiving parts deliveries and ensures that the right parts are brought to the right assembly line work station just in time.

Speaker:
Michael Denomme, Chief Technologist, Cami Automotive
Takeaways:
. Best practices for using real-time locating systems to increase production and reduce inventory
. The ROI of RFID in a logistics environment

12:25 pm

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1:55 pm

Sponsored Breakout Sessions

Sponsored Sessions:
The Four Pillars of Value Creation in Deploying RFID
HP Canada continues its leadership in assisting clients in the selection and deployment of RFID technologies. Actual case studies will be presented from Canadian client deployments in oil and gas, aerospace manufacturing and retail distribution. In this knowledge-sharing session, HP will focus on the four pillars of value creation when considering a deployment of RFID technologies. Hear valuable insights, proven deployment strategies, results and lessons learned.

Speaker:
John Keogh, Director, RFID & Supply Chain Solutions, Hewlett-Packard Company
Takeaways:
. Lessons learned from various Canadian Deployments

2:35 pm

Movement from Room to Room

2:40 pm—Breakout Session

Manufacturing/Operations:
Case Study: The Benefits of Tracking Assets with RFID in the Mining Industry
CVRD Inco, a Canadian mining and metals company is rolling out a Wi-Fi-based RFID asset-tracking solution as part of a wider initiative to equip underground mines with high technology applications that will enable the company to track the location of assets in real time such as underground vehicles and produce production reports simultaneously. Learn how the company has improved asset utilization and cut the amount of time it spends looking for important equipment and which opportunities they are looking to expand into in the near future.

Speaker:
Derek Buchanan, Senior Maintenance Manager of Communication and Automation, CVRD Inco
Takeaways:
. How to improve asset utilization with an RFID tracking system
. The benefits of an active RFID system utilizing an existing Wi-Fi infrastructure

Retail:
The Benefits of RFID in a Franchise Corporate Model
Dollar Chest, a growing chain of dollar stores, is using RFID to streamline product visibility. It's leveraging RFID to automatically record the movement of products both at third-party warehouses and at franchised stores, allowing Dollar Chest to operate more efficiently. Hear why the franchise decided to use RFID and how it implemented the technology throughout its stores.

Speaker:
Alex Labarces, VP and Chief Information Officer, Dollar Chest
Takeaways:
. An understanding of how to implement RFID at the franchise level
. How to integrate RFID within retail floor and warehouse operations

Supply Chain/Inventory Management:
The Role of RFID Technology at Canadian Linen and Uniform Service
Canadian Linen and Uniform Service supplies uniform programs to more than 80,000 customers, accounting for more than 400,000 circulating garments at the Toronto Central facility alone. Canadian Linen uses RFID technology to monitor the life cycle and history of each garment, including when - and to whom - it was assigned, how often it's been washed or mended, and its location at any point during servicing. Learn how RFID helps to virtually eliminates errors and shortages and in turn helps Canadian Linen to provide optimal customer service and employee appearance.

Speaker:
Dave Sweeney, Operations Manager, Canadian Linen and Uniform Service
Takeaways:
. How RFID benefits customers, monitors internal processes and improves speed, accuracy, and efficiency.
. How to use RFID to connect to billing cycles, inventory control, customized reports and secure information sharing

3:20 pm

Movement from Room to Room

3:25 pm—Breakout Session

Manufacturing/Operations:
Streamlining Production Process for Oil-Pipe Manufacturer
Tejas Tubular Products, a provider of drill pipes and other products to the oil industry, makes products certified by the American Petroleum Institute, which requires that the history of each part be documented, so it can be traced back to a specific batch of steel. Hear how Tejas uses RFID to track production, validate quality and boost efficiencies in its manufacturing operations.

Speaker:
Maximo Tejeda, Founder & President, Tejas Tubular Products
Takeaways:
. Understanding the benefits of using RFID with steel production
. Best practices for achieving high read rates within the validation process

Supply Chain/Inventory Management:
Finding Benefits in Meeting Customer RFID Mandates
Nav-Aids, a Montreal-based company that manufactures aircraft testing equipment and accessory kits, realized the importance of implementing RFID in its supply chain in order to maintain its relationship with the U.S.Department of Defense. In this session, hear how the company went through the implementation process and found business benefits in meeting the RFID tagging requirements.

Speaker:
Robert Marshall, Quality Program Manager, Nav-Aids Ltd.
Takeaways:
. Best practices for meeting RFID tagging mandates
. How to use RFID tags required by customers to improve internal inventory management

Retail:
Key Applications for Using RFID Data Across the Value Chain
RFID is cutting a broad path across multiple segments of the retail supply chain from manufacturing to the retail shelf. But what are the specific applications that are being deployed today that is leveraging valuable RFID data to create business benefits? In this session, you'll learn about electronic proof of delivery, automated shipping, out-of-stock reduction, inventory replenishment and management and other applications that can benefit your business today.

Speakers:
Mark Giroux, Advanced Technologies Specialist, Motorola
Denis Wills, Enterprise Mobility Channel Director, Canada, Motorola
Takeaways:
. An understanding of the various applications on the market that can leverage RFID data
.Ways to use RFID data to create business benefits today

4:10 pm

Day 1 Program Concludes

November 28, 2007

7:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Welcome Back Remarks

8:45 am

Opening Keynote:
Leveraging EPC in the Entertainment/Media Supply Chain
Handleman Company serves mass retailers by supplying music CDs, music DVDs, video games and more. With $1.3 billion in annual revenue, Handleman is one of the largest distributors of entertainment and media discs in the world. Handleman has overcome the challenge of item level tagging and integrated EPC tagging on its production lines. Handleman is looking to work with suppliers of leading retailers to add value to the supply chain and take cost out of operations. In this session, Handleman's CIO and Senior Vice President will discuss in depth how this can be achieved.

Speaker:
Khaled Haram, Senior VP, CIO, Handleman Company

9:30 am

Sponsored Sessions:
RFID's Past, Present & Future
Hewlett-Packard Brazil won RFID Journal's 2007 award for the best RFID implementation. By tagging individual printers, HP has not only gained visibility into its supply chain but also is addressing inefficiencies in its manufacturing and distribution processes. HP's use of RFID illustrates how an enlightened, methodical and sophisticated approach toward the utilization of automatic data capture systems can lead to beneficial business process changes.

Speaker:
Victor Garcia, CTO, Canada, Hewlett-Packard Company

11:30 am

Sponsored Breakout Sessions

The Benefits of RFID throughout Montreal's Transit System
The Metropolitan Transit Agency (AMT) is using RFID to track its bus fleet and help increase the use of its transit system. Motorola RFID, together with authorized reseller Eminencia and Solotech International, a multimedia design and integration company, created a unique solution of RFID, WLAN and digital display screens to seamlessly deliver AMT's bus riders with real-time arrival and departure information to reduce passenger confusion and make travel more convenient. Hear why AMT decided to use RFID, how it implemented the technology and the unique challenges it faced when working in a cold climate.

Speakers:
Claude Carette, Vice President, Metropolitan Operation AMT
Pierre Malboeuf, President, Eminencia, Logistic Consulting and Technologies
Denis Wills, Enterprise Mobility Channel Director, Canada, Motorola
Takeaways:
. Gain an understanding of how to determine the appropriate technologies needed to withstand controllable and non-controllable customer environments including inclement weather.
. How to integrate multiple technologies including RFID, WLAN and multimedia, into one integrated solution.
. How to prove ROI for an emerging tracking market.

12:10 pm

Movement from Room to Room

12:15 pm—Breakout Session

Manufacturing/Operations:
EPC in the Consumer Electronics Sector
EPCglobal standards enable accurate, immediate and cost-effective visibility throughout the lifecycle of consumer electronics products.This is crucial in an industry in which product lifecycles are short and demand can quickly spike. Learn how EPCglobal's Consumer Electronics Industry Action Group is working to address adoption issues specific to the electronics industry.

Speaker:
Ian Robertson, Director, Global Industry Development, EPCglobal Inc
Takeaways:
. Insight into the progress made toward addressing adoption issues in the electronics industry
. Understanding the benefits of using RFID/EPC technology in the consumer electronics sector

Retail:
Reduce Stocks and Improve In-Store Promotions with RFID
A pilot led by Loblaw Companies and suppliers such as Maple Leaf Foods, General Mills Canada, Kruger Products (formerly Scott Paper) and Unilever Canada revealed significant benefits. Hear the key learnings and how they can help companies as they prepare their short- and long-term supply chain strategies.

Speakers:
Andrew Cree, Senior Manager of Supply Chain & Transportation Sytems, Loblaw Companies Ltd.
David Wilkes, Senior VP, Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors
Takeaways:
. Insight into the latest findings on the benefits of RFID in the retail/CPG sector
. Understanding how new business processes driven by RFID can deliver big benefits

Supply Chain/Inventory Management:
Hospital Asset-Tracking Leads to Operational Efficiencies
Hamilton Health Sciences, a family of hospitals serving more than 2.2 million Ontario residents, began a pilot last year to track IV pumps and other high-value mobile devices throughout its acute care center. Learn the results of this pilot and where the hospital sees the best use of RFID in its operations, and how RFID can be combined with other technologies to deliver big benefits.

Speaker:
Mark Farrow, CIO & AVP, Information & Communications Technologies, Hamilton Health Sciences
Takeaways:
. Insights into what applications of RFID deliver the most value in a hospital
. How RFID matches up against other possible technological solutions for tracking medical assets

1:00 pm

Lunch in Exhibit Hall

2:30 pm—Breakout Session

Manufacturing/Operations:
BP Tracks Equipment for Safety, Efficiency at Storage Plant
BP has deployed an RFID system to track cranes and forklifts and ensure employee safety at its seven-acre storage facility in Louisiana.The active RFID system warns personnel of potential dangers from moving equipment and safeguards drivers and visitors. BP also achieves benefits from leveraging this location capability to manage offshore oil field spare parts for the Gulf of Mexico.

Speakers:
Jason Freebern, Project Manager, BP
Curt Smith, Director of Applications, Chief Technology Office, BP
Takeaways:
. How to use active RFID to manage the location of equipment and people
. How to use the location capability of an active RFID infrastructure to manage spare parts

Retail:
Staples Uses Active RFID for In-Store Tracking and Security
Staples Business Depot, the 270-store supplier of office products, recently tested RFID for tracking shrinkage and high value products inside a large Montreal retail store. This follows extensive testing of passive tags for supply chain tracking. Hear where the company found the most potential for each type of RFID tag and where Staples is planning to deploy each.

Speaker:
Joe Soares, Director, Retail Processes, Staples Business Depot
Takeaways:
. Insights into the benefits of using active RFID for product visibility on the retail floor
. Understanding the benefits of using both active and passive tags in retail operations

3:10 pm

Movement from Room to Room

3:15 pm—Breakout Session

Retail:
GS1 Gateway: Linking RFID, Bar Codes, Data Sync and E-Commerce
Since 2005, GS1 has been working on linking its four branded standards - GS1 BarCodes, GS1 eCom, GS1 GDSN and GS1 EPCglobal - into an interoperable architecture. The goal is to support the future supply chain of companies, while protecting their legacy investment in identification and e-commerce transaction solutions. During the session, GS1 Canada and epcSolutions will conduct the first demonstration of the fully integrated GS1-In-A-Box, a software covering end-to-end supply chain and assetmanagement applications that utilize registered GS1standards.

Speakers:
Kevin Kail, CEO, epcSolutions, Inc.
Neil McPhedran, Special Projects Consultant, EPCglobal Canada
Takeaways:
. Insight into the latest developments of GS1-In-A-Box
. How combining GS1s four branded standards can benefit your business

Manufacturing/Operations:
Boeing Deploys RFID for Network-Enabled Manufacturing
Boeing Phantom Works, the airplane maker's advanced research and development group, is responsible for designing the RFID infrastructure Boeing will use for network-enabled manufacturing. Learn why BPW adopted a real-time integration platform to bring the work-floor RFID data to manufacturing back-end applications without the cost and complexity of middleware-based deployments.

Speaker:
Bryan Dods, Senior Manager of Aerostructures Manufacturing, Phantom Works, Boeing
Takeaways:
. How to accelerate the integration of manufacturing RFID systems and back-end applications
. How the right RFID infrastructure can incorporate data from other sensory systems

Supply Chain/Inventory Management:
Case Study: The Impact of RFID on SAQ Processes
The SAQ, Quebec's government-owned liquor board, has studied the impact of RFID on its operational processes. In this session, hear what SAQ has learned from a multi-year study, the early results it found and its plans for integrating the technology in its processes.

Speaker:
Jean-François Thériault, Directeur principal, Logistique et Transports, Société des alcools du Québec
Takeaways:
. How to use applications to turn RFID data into actionable information
. The benefits of sharing RFID data with supply chain partners to improve operational efficiencies

3:55 pm

Conference Concludes


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