Guess what? While the world wonders what’s going to happen next, I can tell you. BFMA is having a “Spring Canadian Forms Institute - West”, in Surrey BC.
On March 16th and 17th, 2009, the BFMA Canadian Forms Institute will be conducted at the Terasen Gas Operations Centre, located at 16705 Fraser Highway in Surrey, BC. The Institute conducted in nearby Langley, BC in 2006 was such a resounding success; we are enthusiastic to conduct another successful event. Not only can our Canadian friends benefit from this event, but members and friends south of the border can also utilize this educational event.
Whether you live in Canada or the US, this event is sure to provide timely and thought provoking education. The goal is to improve an event, but the thing that won’t be changed is the high quality of education.
Ray Killam, CFSP, CFC, will present "Four Components of a Form." Ray is a popular speaker for BFMA and has a useful paradigm for reviewing a form, the four components. This class reveals the multifaceted nature of forms and describes a holistic approach to forms analysis and design. Ray will also speak on "Developing a Style Guide." What? You don't have a style guide? Ray will tell you why you need one and what components should be included. This is one of the basic forms management tools that all well-run forms management departments should not be without.
Lisa Lee, CEBS, FLMI, will discuss "Positioning Your Department for Success." Learn more about securing upper management support, defining the scope of your department's authority and responsibilities, finding an appropriate home in the organization, and establishing inter-departmental alliances. This is an important topic for both new and established forms management programs.
Hemlock Printers, Ltd. is an award winning Canadian printer and their Richard Kouwenhoven will present "Greening the Print Industry." This session focuses on recent industry initiatives to change the way business is done and to be more respectful of the environment. In addition, Mr. Kouwenhoven will discuss ways that print buyers and graphic designers can become more responsible in the way they specify and design printed products.
Is your business doing business over the Internet? Then you will really want to hear two of the presentations. Elaine Jones, a business analyst with Workers' Compensation Board of Alberta, will discuss the success of the web-based employer's annual return and lessons learned in implementing and supporting it. Through usability studies and a careful implementation, more than 70% of eligible employer's are using the Internet service. In another session, learn how Royal Printers has worked with Interior Health to develop a web-based print order application. Interior Health's Sheila Bermiller, CFSP, will present this session using Live Meeting. She will cover things to consider when you look for or develop your ordering system.
The last time I really considered proofreader's marks was, well, never. But Tami Bevan, CFSP, CFC, will show us how there is so much more to the proofreader's art than just marks. She will instruct us on how to use the process of proofing to look for compliance with branding and graphic standards, and, surprise, a sneak into forms analysis.
Finally, Tami Bevan and Lisa Lee will host an interactive role playing session geared to expose how difficult it is to break down the silos within an organization. The activity is followed by a facilitated discussion on what cross-functional teams should look like and the barriers that exist which prevent them from communicating effectively.
Recently, the NW Washington Chapter of BFMA took a tour of the Print NW facility in Tacoma. I have toured many print facilities… and have given tours through print plants, but my eyes were opened during this tour. The care they take to obtain only approved ecologically correct papers plus the provisions they take to ensure the safety of their employees has dramatically changed from the last print facility tour I took about 5 years ago. A lot of this comes in response to their customers who may be highly conscious of the environment from the recycled material, to employee welfare, to the proper identification of the product on the shelf. When I mentioned that we were going to have Hemlock Printers Ltd. present at our BFMA Forms Institute in Surrey, the Print NW rep spent several minutes extolling the accomplishments of Hemlock that earned them many awards. If you haven’t been through a plant tour recently, or never have, you will be greatly impressed by what the industry is doing to become earth friendly. Hear it from the leader of the pack.
And the price is so reasonable. $349 for BFMA members and $449 for non-members. At this bargain price, you can bring back ideas that will help reduce your company/agency’s operating costs, improve work efficiency, and learn some tips on how to make your operation more earth friendly.
One of the best parts of participating in any BFMA event is the opportunity to meet with your peers and share. There are breaks and lunch times for you to meet with other attendees and discuss your immediate needs and look for a solution. No other organization is more attuned to your forms needs than BFMA.
Click on the link and sign up for the Spring Canadian Forms Institute - WEST
What more can I say but, “See you there.”