Please call the hotel directly and make your room reservations early. Reservations number is 1-866-568-0046, and say you are with OFA.
The following are the room rates:
Standard - $139.95;
King Deluxe - $154.95;
Two Double Beds - $159.95;
King Executive - $174.95.
Those staying over for the Symposium on Sunday should book for Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday nights.
(Subject to change; additional details about presentations, speaker bios and photos coming soon.)
7:30 a.m. -- Breakfast (sponsored by Sparkle Solutions)
8:30 a.m. -- President’s Report including presentation of year end statement
9:00 a.m. – Jon Meijer of DLI
9:45 a.m. – Mike Adams, TSSA
10:30 a.m. – Coffee Break (sponsored by GreenEarth Cleaning Canada)
10:50 a.m. – Richard Fitzpatrick, Kreussler, "K4"
11:20 a.m. – Trevor Holmes, Seitz, Intense solvent
11:50 a.m. – Tim Maxwell & Robert Kuenzlen of GreenEarth Cleaning Systems, GreenEarth solvent
12:10 p.m. -- Lunch (sponsored by Clark McDaniel, Fabricare Cleaning Centers)
Luncheon soft drinks (sponsored by Miguel Galan-Davis of Landrapp Limited)
1:10 p.m. -- Greg Reinhardt, Streets/Adco/Puritan/Laidlaw, "KTex Class 111A Solvent"
1:40 p.m. – Sherry K Emmrich, Technical Services Mgr. Chlorinated Organics & Chlor Alkaline Division, Olin Chlorinated Solvent
2:10 p.m. – Dino Kantzavelos on Wetcleaning
2:40 p.m. -- Coffee break (sponsored by GreenEarth Cleaning Canada)
3:00 p.m. – Mary Ellen Perkin, Environment Canada -- Tetrachloroethylene (PERC) use in dry cleaning and reporting requirements/regulations.
3:30 p.m. – Jacquelyn Stevens (Willms & Shier)
4:00 p.m. – Karen Maxwell – Customer Service
5:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks – President
6:00 p.m. – Cocktails (co-sponsored by Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers and Harco)
7:00 p.m. -- Dinner (Wine sponsored by Dalex Canada Inc.)
Speakers' Gifts -- Sponsored by Sparkle Solutions
Meijer is the Director of Membership for the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute in Laurel, Maryland. After starting with DLI (formally IFI) in 1982, Meijer has gone on to become a popular industry speaker and has written numerous articles and bulletins for DLI’s Fabricare magazine. In 1994, he won a national award from the America Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in the “Best Overall Federal Regulatory Program” category for his work with Environment-Canada. Jon Meijer continues to represent the industry all over the United States and Canada, working with government agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada.
Meijer has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland University College and is an active member of ASAE and the Cleaning Laundry Association Executives.
Mike Adams, TSSA’s Statutory Director for both the Boiler and Pressure Vessels and Operating Engineers Safety Programs, (BPV/OE), has been appointed TSSA’s OE Chief Officer.
Mike has been with TSSA as Statutory Director for over four years and brings with him a wealth of OE experience, starting with 20 years in the Canadian Navy as a marine engineer.He earned his marine engineering Certificate of Competency (equivalent to First Class OE) in the early eighties and served on several steam destroyers (First Class Power Plants) as well as fulfilled the responsibilities of Chief Examiner Marine Engineering at the Naval Officer Training Centre. He finally made it ashore in 1992 where he managed the Navy’s research and development program for fuel cell power systems.
In the mid-nineties, he took off the uniform and began an eclectic career as a project manager, then program manager, with Science Applications International Corporation (an engineering services company). Subsequent roles included that of Program Director at a Kingston fuel cell research and Development Company as well as Ontario Power Generation before Mike joined TSSA in 2011.
Mike's credentials include a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Electrical Engineering (with two patents just for the fun of it). He is a registered P.Eng in Ontario and a certified Project Management Professional. Mike also holds a boiler inspector commission and is the Chief Inspector representing Ontario at National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors.He is also a member of ASME, IPE, PEO, PMI and NB.
Richard is the Vice President of Kreussler, Inc., the daughter company of Kreussler GmbH, and oversees their operations in the Americas. Kreussler is the leading manufacturer of detergents and ancillary agents used in dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and laundry segments. Credited with inventing production-based wet cleaing in 1991 with the advent of the Lanadol range, earning Kreussler the State of Hessen Award of Innovation along with multiple patents. In 2010, Kreussler once again revolutionized the textile care industry with the introduction of SYSTEM K4, the first alternative solvent with the cleaning performance of Perc, but without risks to the environment or human health. Richard has over 28 years experience in the industry and has been with Kreussler since 2001.
With over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the textile care industry, Trevor has a unique perspective of the many facets of the industry. He is a frequent contributor to trade publications, industry association meetings and training programs.
A Past-President of CLATA (Canadian Cleaners and Launderers Allied Trades Association) Trevor has been actively involved in the promotion and management of Canadian andiInternational industry trade shows. His international experience includes several years of hands-on operational and business management in Canada, USA and Europe.
Never under-estimating the value of real hands-on practical experience, he takes great pride in ensuring that his audiences come away from his presentations with a more grounded understanding of all the subjects discussed.
Tim Maxwell is a second-generation dry cleaner. His introduction to dry cleaning came through his family’s ownership of Suedemaster Leather Cleaners in Toronto, Canada, which services the specialty cleaning needs of approximately 1,200 retail drycleaners in the province of Ontario and Upstate New York. The Suedemaster plant has utilized a wide variety of solvents including, Stoddard, 111 trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, DF-2000, GreenEarth’s patented silicone fluid, and water. Tim served as president of Suedemaster from 1989 through 2000.
Tim has been actively involved within the Canadian dry cleaning community and was recognized as a Stakeholder Representative by Environment Canada in their Strategic Options Process for the Reduction of Perchloroethylene in the dry cleaning Sector. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Fabricare Association. Tim’s involvement with Sid Tuchman’s Prestige Management Group was instrumental in cementing relationships with a number of progressive US operators since the 1990’s.
Tim has been with GreenEarth Cleaning for over 10 years, starting as a field representative for Canada and the Midwestern U.S. He was later promoted to Vice President of Operations, and assumed his current position, as President, in 2003.
Tim has a degree in Economics from the University of Windsor. He and his wife, Karen currently reside in Overland Park, Kansas with their two children, Kelsey and Kolin. Tim is active in the local community on a number of fronts, including his role as the Treasurer of the Kansas City Stars Hockey Association.
Greg Reinhardt is the Director of Technical Services and Education for R.R. Street & Co. Inc. In that capacity, Greg manages Street’s extensive resource of technical knowledge which has been acquired through nearly 150 years of service to the fabricare industry. Greg helps to ensure fabricare professionals can receive the proper answers to challenges being experienced in drycleaning, wetcleaning and laundry processes. He also provides educational training to Street-Adco Sales Representatives, distributors and industry associations.
With over 35 years of experience, Greg has gained significant expertise working with numerous drycleaning solvents and offers a wealth of knowledge regarding the differences in their characteristics and results. He was introduced to the fabricare Industry by his father-in-law who always worked in the drycleaning industry. Greg’s career path has included sales and technical services for multiple manufacturers serving the fabricare industry. Greg now lives in Rowlett, Texas with his wife of 40 years.
Sherry Emmrich is the Global Chlorinated Organics (GCO) Technical Service Manager for Olin Corporation in Midland, MI. She has 28 years of experience providing product technical support to enable customer success.
Sherry began her career at The Dow Chemical Company, managing the Analytical Customer Service Laboratory of the Heat Transfer Fluids business for 10 years. In 2000, Sherry joined the Dow Customer Technical Support Center, where, over the next 10 years, she provided technical and regulatory support for many specialty chemical products. Here, Sherry gained product and application knowledge in the areas of Household, Industrial & Institutional cleaning formulations, paints/coatings, food, pharmaceuticals, and pulp & paper.
In 2010, Sherry began supporting the GCO and Chlor-Alkali Products businesses, and assisted with the startup of the North American branch of SAFECHEM Europe GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dow. Since joining Olin as part of the 2015 acquisition of Dow’s GCO, Chlor-Alkali and Epoxy businesses, Sherry has expanded her product and application knowledge to include the use of chlorinated solvents in the dry cleaning, metal cleaning, and oil & gas industries. She is a strong advocate for the safe and responsible use of chlorinated solvents, and provides technical and regulatory support for these products globally.
Sherry holds Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, biology, and medical technology and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt Project Leader.
Dino Kantzavelos has been in the professional garment care industry since 1988. He owns and operates TSC Wetclean in Mississauga, ON. Originally operating a perc plant, Dino converted his entire operation to wet cleaning in 2008. Since then he has developed advanced methods of wet cleaning and has been integral in the creation of a specific line of wet cleaning detergents, conditioners and spotting agents as well as developing and programming wet cleaning equipment. Dino is also a proud member of the OFA and sits on its Board of Directors.
Mary Ellen Perkin is the manager of Consumer and Cleaning Products within the Products Division at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Mary Ellen joined department in 1996 and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Currently Mary Ellen’s team is team responsible for the administration and development of regulatory controls for substances used in the drycleaning, cleaning products, cosmetics, and adhesives industries. Her team works on a number of files of interest to these sectors through the Canada’s Chemical Management Plan and they are responsible for the administration of the T (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements)
Jacquelyn Stevens, LL.B., M.S.E.L., M.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons.), is an environmental lawyer at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP. Jacquelyn’s practice focuses on civil and regulatory litigation, environmental compliance and environmental issues connected with Aboriginal law.
Jacquelyn advises clients – including drycleaners and others in the fabricare sector – on environmental aspects of transactions and on contaminated land remediation during litigation and real estate matters.
Jacquelyn appears before administrative tribunals and the courts on regulatory and litigation matters. Prior to her career in law, Jacquelyn was a field and research geologist, a remedial action plan technician for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and an environmental consulting technician.
Jacquelyn received her law degree from the University of British Columbia and has a Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She obtained her M.Sc. in Geology from St. Francis Xavier University and her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Earth Sciences from Dalhousie University. Jacquelyn is a member of the Ontario Fabricare Association, Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the Geological Association of Canada.
Karen is Customer Service Director for GreenEarth Cleaning in Kansas City, MO.With more than 25 years of experience in customer service and sales management working for Danier Leather, Prestige Preservation, Suedemaster and GreenEarth Cleaning, Karen has helped retailers and dry cleaners to address the expectations of today's consumer through training, conflict resolution, CRM and sales initiatives.