ARTA 2018 Education Conference: Learning, Connecting, Engaging


Brendan O’Neill, president of ARTA and director of corporate development for London Hospital Linen Services in London, Ontario, welcomes attendees to the 2018 Education Conference. (Photos: ARTA)


ARTA offers short, 40-minute sessions to provide as much education as possible in 1 ½ days of its conference.


Paul Seigel (left), GM of Kingston Regional Hospital Laundry Inc. in Kingston, Ontario, visits with ADI American Dawn’s Dwayne Houvener (center) and Kenny Cohen.

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More than 120 industry professionals attend association’s seventh biennial education conference

OTTAWA, Ontario — Education conferences are great, but it takes time and money to attend, right? Of these two commodities, time is often the scarcest. Yet, education and professional development are critical in order to ensure the future viability and profitability of the textile services industry.

That’s why the American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) made the strategic decision many years ago to keep its education conferences short (two days) with sessions no longer than 40 minutes each. That means ARTA can provide as many as 14 to 15 education sessions in 1 ½ days and add a plant tour for early arrivers. It’s a formula that conference attendees appreciate, according to survey responses from this year’s conference in Ottawa, Ontario, July 25-27 at the Chateau Laurier.

“For healthcare laundry operators, ARTA hosts the best, most relevant education conferences in the industry,” says Ron Graham, director of product and service innovation for K-Bro Linen Systems, headquarted in Edmonton, Alberta. He added in a post-conference survey, “This conference was excellent as usual. Great venue, great speakers/content and great scheduling. The food and beverage options were also great.”

More than 120 industry professionals—members and nonmembers—attended ARTA’s seventh biennial education conference in Canada’s capital city. Combined survey responses from attendees scored the ARTA conference at 4.5 on a scale of 5.

The highest ranked education sessions included:

  • Insights and Data Supporting Reusable Textiles for Infection Control and Prevention Programs.
  • The Truth about C.diff and Tunnel Washers.
  • How to Avoid Hibiclens Stains.
  • Silva Clean—A Case History.
  • Bac-Stat Versus No Bac-Stat?
  • LCAs on Incontinence Pads and Surgical Drapes.
  • Panel Discussion on How to Use LCA Data to Sell Reusables.

ARTA is a nonprofit organization that focuses on creating tools and securing data that helps make the case for reusable textiles in the marketplace. To that end, ARTA keeps its dues as low as possible, runs open meetings and posts its membership list and all resources online free of charge or for a nominal fee. 

All ARTA members have immediate access to 2018 conference presentations via the Whova conference app or online via in the members-only section. Nonmembers can access past ARTA conference presentations and research data on the website under the Library or Marketing and Education Tools sections. There may be a nominal fee for some downloads. 

Beginning in 2019, all sessions from the 2018 ARTA Education Conference will be moved to the public section of the ARTA website.

“ARTA’s work is funded by membership dues and the generous support of our sponsors,” says ARTA President Brendan O’Neill of London Hospital Linen Services in London, Ontario. “Our mission is simple: to create greater awareness and appreciation for reusable textiles. Therefore, our objectives are to gather, collect and share information that helps you sell and promote reusable textiles over single-use disposable alternatives.”

About the author

Nancy Jenkins

American Reusable Textile Association

Editor, Executive Director

Nancy Jenkins is editor and executive director of ARTA and resides in Lee’s Summit, Mo. She is also the principal of Jenkins Integrated Marketing, which provides marketing communication services to national, regional and local organizations.


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