SWUGN Group Leader Spotlight – Kelvin Lamport

Since 1996, SOLIDWORKS User Groups have been a valuable resource for SOLIDWORKS users all over the world.  The SWUGN Committee and DS SOLIDWORKS provide ample support, but the real stars are the SOLIDWORKS User Group Leaders. Every couple of weeks we’ll spotlight one of our group leaders and the local user group chapter that they are responsible for leading.

Kelvin Lamport – SOLIDWORKS User Group Simcoe

Kelvin Lamport “relaxing”.

The first time I met Kelvin was after a snowy drive from Rochester, NY to Barrie, Ontario to visit his new SOLIDWORKS User Group Simcoe.  I’d “known” Kelvin long before that however, as he has been one of our top SOLIDWORKS Forum contributors for years.

With his co-leader gone to Atlanta, Kelvin hasn’t missed a beat.  We asked him some questions about the group, and he gave us some answers.

Are you the founder of the group?

I am a co-founder of SWUG Simcoe. I started the group with Michael Fernando, but unfortunately (for the group … but fortunate for him), Michael moved to another company in a distant location. I assumed sole leadership of the group in the Fall of 2013.

What was the best meeting you’ve had?

That’s a tough question. They’ve all been good in their own ways. The best attended was when Alin Vargatu of Javelin Technologies & Richard Laflamme of Laflamme Design Solutions presented “Ten Different Ways to Create Inter-Part Relations in SOLIDWORKS”. They were followed by Ken Clayton (VP of SOLIDWORKS World Wide Sales) talking about the state of SOLIDWORKS and it’s future.

What was the worst meeting you’ve had?

The worst (for me) was when only a third of the members who said they would attend, actually showed up. What to do with all the extra food? In their defense, it was the first meeting at our new venue, and the weather was awful.

What have you learned personally from your User Group?

Many tips & tricks in using SOLIDWORKS, not just from the presenters, but from the other members using SOLIDWORKS for a diverse range of industries.

Why should people attend a SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting?

To meet & network with other designers & to learn how they use the software in their industries, and how that could be applied to their own.

Thanks Kelvin, and continued success with the SOLIDWORKS User Group Simcoe.

Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle