Toronto STLE


Toronto Section Member Companies

As of September 2013 the following companies have members in the 
Toronto Section. Support them if you can.

ALS Tribology
Andicor Specialty Chemicals
ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Atlas Copco
Brascorp North America Ltd
Brenntag Canada Inc.
Brichem Sales Ltd.
Case'N Drum Oil LP
Castrol - Wakefield Canada Inc
Chem-Ecol Ltd.
Chemtura Canada
Dept National Defence
Domtar Inc
Eco Fluid Center Ltd.
Eni Agip R&M
Enrol Inc
Filtramax Inc.
Fluid Life Corp
Forsythe Lubrication Associates Ltd.
Fuchs Lubricants Canada Ltd.
General Cable
Glide Oil Technology Inc.
H.L. Blachford Ltd
Howard Marten Fluid Technologies
Husky Injection Molding
Jan Seyler Consulting Inc.
Kinectrics Inc.
KJ Slater and Associates
L.V. Lomas Limited
Litens Automotive
Lubecon Canada Ltd
Lubesource Inc.
Lubrication Engineers of Canada
Lubricon Industries Canada
Lubrizol Canada
NOCO Energy Corporation
NorthStar Gas
Novelis Global Technology Centre
NTN Bearing Corp of Canada
Ontario Power Generation
Petro Laboratories Inc
Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc.
Petrosave Integ. Services
RR Canada, Inc.
SDT North America
Sentinel Canada
Shell Canada Products
Shiseikan Canada Ltd.
Shrader Canada Ltd
Snider Mechanical
SurfaTec Laser Solutions
Transit Lubricants Ltd
Troy Corporation
Unipex Solutions Canada Inc.
University of Ontario Institute of Tehcnology
W.S. Bradley Enterprises

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STLE Toronto Section

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 
The Old Mill
21 The Old Mill, Toronto, Ontario

(Click HERE for directions) 


5:30 - 6:00 pm Hospitality
6:00 - 7:15 pm Dinner

7:15 Technical Presentation 


Title: Grease Rheometry - Method Development and Exploration of Low Temperature Capabilities


Presenter: Brett Lubbock
R&D technologist - Fluids & Grease
Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. 



Brett Lubbock attended the University of Western Ontario, graduated with a Bachelors of Science (Honours Specialization in Chemistry). He previously worked for GABAE Development, based out of Waterloo Ontario, in the R&D group focusing on Polypropylene Nano-fibers, Electrospinning, and Water Filtration using Activated Carbon. Brett has been with Petro Canada Lubricants for over 2 years, working as a Research Technologist in the grease development and testing lab at Petro-Canada's R&D facility.



Rheology is a new and emerging field of testing within the Lubricants industry. Traditional industry tests often define Lubrication materials as fluid; however this is not always the case. Using this new technique, we can now define important characteristics of materials that exist between the liquid and solid phases. Currently, this emerging technique is being used to model a wide range of grease testing procedures, from cone penetration and dropping point to oxidative stability to low temperature flow properties. With such a wide range of applications possible Rheology holds great promise for the future of the Lubricants industry.

This presentation will briefly touch on some of the theoretical concepts involved in this technique, as well as current applications in Petro Canada's grease development lab. The development of two low temperature characterization methods will be discussed, and results from these studies will be presented. Conclusions from the experiments, along with further steps for the future will be shared, further emphasizing the future potential of a field barely in its infancy.


STLE members and guests please preregister with Ed Milanczak at .


You can still show up at the door for the talk and dinner if there is enough room. Otherwise you can eat at the restaurant and rejoin us for the talk.


Meeting Fee: STLE Members $45 Non-Members $55 Students $20


Retirees and members in transition between jobs $25 (Includes meal, refreshments & talk. Add $5 if not pre-registered. Details subject to change without notice.)


STLE Toronto Section Education Day 


Location: The Old Mill Toronto. Date Wednesday February 19th, 2014.


TITLE: LUBRICATION: The Basics & Beyond.


  1. 08:00  Start  Meeting  for coffee and donuts
  2. 08:15  Opening remarks
  3. 08:30  "Understanding  the Base oils and Synthetic Base oils"   
  4. 09:15  "Additives and how they all work together and some not" 
  5. 10:00   Morning break
  6. 10:15  "Everything you want to know about Gear Oils and Hydraulic Oils but afraid to ask" 
  7. 11:15  "What is a grease and how, where and why does it work" 

Lunch at Noon to 12:45   (45 minutes )


  1. 12:45 "Food Grade Lubricants  and greases"  all the How's and why's      
  2. 1:30  "Engine Oil and Drive Train for Heavy Duty applications"
  3. 2:30   Afternoon break
  4. 2:45   "Conditioning Monitor and Preventative Maintenance"  
  5. 3:40   Further questions and wrap up and diploma's 
  6. Course completed at 4:00 PM      



STLE Member  $425.00 and Non- Member  $525.00


Student *


*Members laid off and Toronto Section Executive can also pay student fee. The Non-Member registration includes a one year STLE membership with the Toronto Section.


Fees include presentation handouts, lunch and break refreshments.


For more information please contact;

Ted Austin         905 878-4404


Ryerson University


On January 30, members of the Toronto Section gave a 2 hour presentation to around 100 4th year mechanical and industrial engineering students.  It was at the invitation of Professors Chan and Tham. Ken Brown, Eco Fluid Center spoke on tribological losses, causes of bearing failures and why we have to do better. Jim Arner, ret'd, spoke on his experiences solving and trouble shooting lubrication issues and Wilson Solongo, Chemtura, spoke on STLE and the benefits of Student Membership. About 27 expressed an interest in joining so it was a great success and we hope to get enough volunteers for the student section.



Toronto Section Upcoming 2014 Events


February 19th 

All Day Education Course: The Basics and Beyond. 
See details earlier in Newsletter.  



Tour of Kinectrics- The Category Leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification for Generation and T&D.
10:30  Dr. Gavin Pereira and Dr. Tom Jarv presentation
Tour of the facilities
Lunch in the cafeteria
Tour can include a tour of the electrical (high current/high voltage lab) and either metallurgical or seismic. Plus chemistry (analytical, petroleum, and environmental).


Abstract: Primary heat transport (PHT) sinks are the main source for heat removal from a nuclear reactor core in a generating station. The PHT system is responsible for equilibrium and safety. A recent problem will be discussed; ozone (O3) generation in several of the primary heat transport (PHT) pump motors within a nuclear generating station is occurring. The cause of the ozone generation cannot be fully determined until a post-mortem inspection of the PHT pump motors are taken out of service.


This O3 is detrimental to the surrounding equipment, including the aging motor pump oil, and also the health and safety of people working around the motors. The lifetime of the equipment and oil has diminished considerably.


This study investigates several possibilities for oil substitutions (over many manufacturers and various product lines) that have been exposed to ozone and their performances have been evaluated. Several chemical and physical tests were performed to gauge the performance of the oils after ~ 120-130 ppm of ozone was exposed to them for several hours. The protocol, test methodology, rationale and results will be discussed.


Time permitting; a brief overview of nuclear reactors in Canada and USA will be discussed.


Bibliography: Dr. Gavin Pereira, a physical chemist, is currently a lead scientist/team lead with Kinectrics Inc.'s Petroleum Products research and testing group.  His current role focuses on applied R & D and testing in additive chemistry, insulating oils, lubricating oils and greases. 

Recent successful projects have included finding solutions for an efficient method for formulating biodiesel for a mobile unit and analyzing grease integrity and compatibility after irradiation and simulated aging.


His graduate research was related to understanding and correlating the tribology and lubrication of Al-Si alloys at the nanometer scale.  He conducted his post-doctoral fellowship in ion-beam physics and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.  He did his undergraduate degree at York University in Toronto, Ontario.


For the tour bring safety glasses and safety shoes. Register with Solongo Wilson at



April 8th

Dinner Meeting with Speaker Rob Heverly - STLE President  


Hamilton Section Upcoming 2014 Event

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Machine Reliability Design/Applications

James Li, SKF Canada    



Happy Hour - 5:15 pm Dinner-6:15pm Speaker: 7:15 pm



The Hamilton Scottish Rite, 4 Queen St. South Hamilton, ON L8P 3R3, 905-522-1622


If Attending Please RSVP Chris Webb By :




Other STLE


This month and next, STLE is featuring the following events: Basic HydraulicsTurbine Oil Failure, Selecting MWF Additives, and Developing Engine Oil Engine Tests. The registration deadlines are coming up quickly, so be sure to get registered now (see below for more information). We'll send you a reminder email the day before the event, so once you're registered, you're all set!


Basic Hydraulics

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 12, 2014; 12-1pm Central Standard Time (CST)

Presenter: Dr. Robert Gresham, STLE

Abstract: This webinar is a quick overview designed specifically for those new to the subject or those looking for a review or refresher to sharpen their understanding or to help prepare for a certification examination. The webinar will begin by covering the basic engineering principles of fluid power. Then we will review the key mechanical components: pumps, actuators, and controls. We will then review the common accessory components: accumulators, filters, and reservoirs. Finally, there will be a very brief discussion of fluid functions, fluid types, fluid properties, and fluid care and maintenance.


Cost: $39 for members; $59 for non-members

[Click here] for more information

[Click here] to register - login at then click here (deadline is Feb. 10)


Understanding the Multiple Ways Turbine Oils Fail

Date/Time: Thursday, February 20, 2014; 12-1pm Central Standard Time (CST), with additional time for Q&A from 1-1:30pm 

Instructor: Greg Livingstone, Fluitec International

Abstract: Most users believe that turbine oils fail due to oxidation. Although turbine oils are subjected to plenty of thermal stress over their life, there are multiple mechanisms that causes these fluids to fail. This presentation will provide an overview of the various ways that turbine oils degrade, along with real world case studies and examples. Understanding failure modes however is beyond an academic exercise. Many of these modes of failure have known solutions. The presentation will also review solutions to remedy failure modes, ultimately leading to longer lasting, higher performing turbine oil.


Cost: $39 for members; $59 for non-members

[Click here] for more information

[Click here] to register - log in at, then click here (deadline is Feb. 17)


Upcoming Events


For any purchase, first log in at

and then click on the "Purchase" links in this email to ensure proper pricing and processing. Alternatively, you can login and then click on the "Shop STLE" link in your profile. Once in the Store, you'll see the upcoming events listed. Click "add to your products" to start the purchase process.


If you have any questions, just let me know. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you online! 


Best regards,

Kara Sniegowski

Education Manager

Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

840 Busse Hwy

Park Ridge, IL 60068



 STLE Releases Technical Program for 2014 
Annual Meeting in Orlando May 18-22

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) has released the full technical agenda for its 2014 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Orlando, May 18-22.

Titles of more than 400 technical presentations and 12 one-day education courses are among the highlights STLE has released in a 228-page digital brochure. The brochure is available in two formats: as a digital edition with hot links and also as a series of PDFs that are more convenient to download onto a computer or mobile device.


Technical Program includes:
To access the digital edition, click here. To access the PDFs, click here.


The annual STLE conference is at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fl., about 19 miles from Orlando. The society is holding a room block at discounted rates available through April 1. The society also has reserved rooms at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Lake Buena Vista. [Click here] to book your hotel room.


Please note that rooms are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and STLE cannot guarantee that rooms will be available through April 1. If you plan to attend STLE's 2014 meeting, you are advised to make your room reservation now.


April 1 also is the Early Bird deadline for meeting registration. You can save $90 on your meeting fee by registering by that date.


STLE's meeting welcomes young tribologists and features a student poster competition and a special student networking event. If you are an academic, STLE's annual conference is a great way to let your students participate in an international technical conference.


The fastest way to register for the meeting and make your room reservation at Disney's Contemporary Resort is online, [Click here to register]. If you have questions or need more information, you can call STLE at 847-825-5536.


Bruce Murgueitio
Digital Marketing Manager
Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers


STLE Toronto Section

Executive List 2013-2014




Phone / Fax/Cell


Greg Forsythe Maderak 

Forsythe Lubrication Association

120 Chatham Street

Hamilton, ON  L8P 2B5

P: 905-525-7192

C: 289-808-2267





Past Chair

Lou DiFlavio

Chemtura Canada Co

565 Coronation Drive

West Hill, ON  M1E 2K3

P: 416-724-3588

F: 416-284-4316


Smitty Maderak 


Forsythe Lubrication Association

120 Chatham Street

Hamilton, ON  L8P 2B5

P: 905-525-7192

C: 905-730-8758



Ed Milanczak


P: 416 702-3107



Mauricio Galvez

Sea-Land Chemical Canada


P: 289.981.9320


Education Committee



Lorne Brock

Enrol Inc

3-200 Memorial Ave., Suite 281

Orillia, ON L3V 5X6

P; 705 329-3703



Ted Austin 

Canoil Canada Ltd.

2525 Dunwin Drive, Mississauga, ON L5L 1R9

P: 905 878-4404


Henry Sapiano

Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc

2489  North Sheridan Way

Mississauga, ON  L5K 1A8

P: 905 804-4718

Paul Sampson

Lubrizol Canada, Suite 201,

3700 Steeles Ave West

Vaughan, ON  L4L 8K8

 P: 905 264-4648

 F: 905 264-4654

 C: 647 504-8910


Ken Brown

Eco Fluid Center Ltd.

58 Garnock Avenue

Toronto, ON  M5K 1M2

P: 416 466-3144

F: 416 466-3807


James Szeto

Petro Laboratories

1295 Matheson Blvd East

Mississauga, ON  L4W 1R1

P: 905 361-2388

F: 905 361-2411


Jim Arner

Retired Chevron Lubricants Canada 

P: 647 529-1352


Outreach Programs

Lou DiFlavio

Chemtura Canada Co

565 Coronation Drive

West Hill, ON  M1E 2K3

P: 416-724-3588

F: 416-284-4316


Solongo Wilson

Chemtura Canada Co

565 Coronation Drive

West Hill, ON  M1E 2K3


F: 416-284-4316

Student Affairs

George Staniewski

Ontario Power Generation   889 Brock Road

Pickering, ON  L1W 3J2

P: 905 839-6746 x4278


Beshad Sabah