A 2021 Mid-Season Update From the KWSQA President

Dear KWSQA Members and Supporters,

We’re taking a break from our virtual KWality Talks series in August, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to send out a more general update about what you can expect from the KWSQA in the coming months, and some ways you can get involved.

First of all, thank you all so much for continuing to participate in our virtual events this year! Although we do miss the in-person interactions (and the M&M cookies from Mambella’s), it’s been a great way to remain connected with our community. We plan to hold virtual KWality Talks in September, October, and November to close out our 2021 season. We’ll have to wait and see what the next few months bring, but we’ll re-evaluate early next year whether in-person events might be feasible again some time in 2022.

Did you miss a virtual KWality Talk that you were hoping to attend? We post recordings of all of these events in our YouTube Channel. While you’re there, click the Subscribe button so that you can be notified about future videos as well.

If you’re interested in presenting at a virtual KWality Talk this fall, let us know via our KWality Talks CFP form.

We’re also looking for a local startup to partner with us on a virtual Testing Games event over the next few months. To learn more about these events, or if you’d like to apply to co-host one, please visit the Testing Games section of our web site. It’s a great opportunity to get feedback from some of the best testing minds in Waterloo Region!

Finally, you may have noticed on our web site that we are currently offering Sustaining Memberships at a cost of $20. Purchasing one of these is a great way to help support our organization while we are operating without an income stream. And if you live or work in Waterloo Region, a Sustaining Membership is required in order to vote or run in our Board of Directors election this year. The election will take place in a few months’ time, just prior to our Annual General Meeting. 

Stay healthy and enjoy the rest of your summer – hope to “see” you soon!


Tina Fletcher
KWSQA President

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Important Announcement Regarding March 2020 KWSQA Events

To our community,

The KWSQA board is closely monitoring the global situation with COVID-19 and how it evolves. The health and safety of everyone at our events is of the utmost importance to us, and we have made the difficult decision of cancelling our March events:

  • KWality Talk (initially scheduled for March 25, 2020)
  • Testing Games (initially scheduled for March 31, 2020)

Regarding Targeting Quality 2020, our CFP remains open for submissions. Further updates to follow in the coming weeks.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep you updated, and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

-KWSQA Board

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TQ2017 and KWSQA Updates

The KWSQA ran Targeting Quality 2017 on September 25th and 26th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre in Downtown Kitchener.

Thank you to all our Speakers, Sponsors and Attendees for making TQ2017 so great! The KWSQA Board is already planning Targeting Quality 2018, stay tuned for more details.

Our regular monthly lecture series (KWality Talks) returns October 25th, 2017.

Don’t forget about our ongoing KWality Talks CFP if you are interested in submitting a talk for our lecture series.

Want to re-live Angie Jones’s Opening Keynote (Owning Our Narrative) or Andrew Annett’s Closing Keynote (If your team is an object, what’s its API?)? Check them out here.

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Board Election 2017 Results

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The voting in 2017/2018 KWSQA Board closed on Friday. This year KWSQA members were asked to vote for 4 Members at Large. The results are below.

Election Results for 2017 Board Election
Started at: May 8, 2017 at 8:00 am
Finished at: May 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Time zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)

37 of 165 ballots cast.

Candidate: Members at Large
Jared Small: 34 votes (26.6%)
Ed de Graaf: 24 votes (18.8%)
Kyle Lewis: 32 votes (25.0%)
Graeme Harvey: 21 votes (16.4%)
Scott Acker: 17 votes (13.3%)

Jared Small, Kyle Lewis, Ed de Graaf, and Graeme Harvey win with 26.6%, 25.0%, 18.8%, and 16.4% of the vote each.

Votes tallied: 128
Abstentions: 2

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Board Elections 2017 – One more week to vote!

This year we had 6 positions on the ballot: President, Secretary, and 4 Members at Large. We received one nomination for President and one nomination for Secretary. As a result, Tina Fletcher has been acclaimed as President and Sabina Simons has been acclaimed as Secretary. Congratulations to both of them!

We had 5 candidates nominated for the 4 Member at Large positions. The candidates are:
Ed de Graaf
Jared Small
Kyle Lewis
Graeme Harvey
Scott Acker

An email was sent out earlier this month inviting members to vote in this year’s board election.

There is a little over a week left to vote (voting closes at 8pm on Friday May 26). Members are encouraged to take a moment to cast their ballots if they have not already done so. Results will be announced on the website and at the May Kwality Talk.

If you have any questions or did not receive an email inviting you to vote, please contact info@kwsqa.org.

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Board Elections 2017

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It is that time of year again that we select our Board of Directors for the upcoming year. This year there are 6 positions being voted on:

  • President*
  • Secretary
  • Member-at-Large (4)

Nominations are now open, if you would like to nominate someone (or yourself) please send an email to info@KWSQA.org. Please include the following details:

  • Name and email address of the nominee
  • Position being nominated for

* Eligibility requirement for president: Nominee must have held a KWSQA board position within the last 5 years.

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Targeting Quality 2017 Dates and Registration

The KWSQA is pleased to announce Targeting Quality 2017 on September 25th and 26th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre in Downtown Kitchener.

Registration is now open! Get a group together and take advantage Group pricing (10% discount – minimum 5 for the day you are signing up) or purchase personal admission for Day 1 & Day 2 together for a 10% discount!

Check out our Schedule, Workshops (Day 1), Sessions (Day 2) and Sponsors today.

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Call for Nominations – KWSQA Board

Attention KWSQA Members!
This is a call for nominations for our yearly KWSQA Board elections. We will be announcing the nominations at our April meeting. We will be holding the election for the KWSQA executive during our May member meeting and will present the results and introduce the new board at our June social event.

The following are the KWSQA positions available for nomination:

PRESIDENT (1 to be elected)
Note: President must have served on the board within the last 5 years.
SECRETARY (1 to be elected)
MEMBERS AT LARGE (3 to be elected)

Please email nominations to info@kwsqa.org.

Please include the position you are nominating for.
You may self-nominate.
You may include multiple nominations in a single email.
If you have questions please direct them to info@kwsqa.org.

-KWSQA Board

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Change is Constant and Testing is Required

We started on the journey to update and have better control of our website about eight months ago. Some of the changes have been extremely beneficial. We can easily make updates to the site. We have better control of our back-end. And we don’t have to rely on someone else to do technical updates for us.

However, what we have learned is that we are not web designers. Creating a dynamic, current and most of all helpful website is not easy. Even with the best tools on the market.

Change is constant though, and change we do. The other constant that we don’t shy away from is learning. We’re not web designers, but we are learners. We are testers.

We experiment with changes, we study the results, do more testing and experiment a bit more.

Our site reflects that. So if you see lot’s of changes – don’t be surprised. If there is something you’d like to see – let us know.

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