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From the Roots of Lean to Lean Practice

October 06, 2017
7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
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Newlands Golf & Country Club
21025 48th Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 3M3

If you have ever lived through a LEAN initiative that didn’t live up to its promise, this 1-day workshop is for you. Too many lean initiatives fail. And once an organization has felt the sting of failure, very few are willing to try again. But there is a way, and in this one-day workshop you will learn about four practices that underly the best lean implementations.

In the course of the day you will learn:

  • what the origins of lean can tell us about how to implement it now
  • three ideas you can implement immediately that will improve productivity
  • how to focus your energy within your organization to get results that matter to your team and to your organization
  • four useful tools that can help you get started in your own area without approvals

Interactive and involving, the hands-on exercises will give you a practical sense of what can be accomplished.

Our Guest Speaker

Hugh Alley is an experienced operations manager with broad experience. He has achieved significant operational improvements in a wide range of industries. Examples include a 30% gain in productivity in a medical service company, a 50% gain in a quality index in an industrial service company, 10% a year increase in labour productivity in a metal manufacturing plant for three years in a row, a 95% reduction in lost time accidents in two years, a 10% gain in capacity in ten weeks for a heavy industrial manufacturer, and identifying an opportunity for a 50% increase in capacity with the existing facility for a logistics company. One company went from no suggestions from staff to implementing 1-2 per week in just three years. Hugh has run three different factories, and consulted for dozens more across Canada and the US. 

Hugh has worked in a wide range of industries including mining, steel, secondary wood, food, electronics and appliance assembly, heavy and light metal fabrication, repair and maintenance, industrial laundries, furniture, banking and others. He has also worked extensively in the public sector, including WCB, education, health care and various regulatory and permitting agencies.

For several years Hugh ran his own management development firm focusing on front line supervisors and leaders, and trained over 900 front-line managers. Most participants were able to achieve significant improvements in their area in the course of the programs.

He gets very excited when his students realize that they can make a difference in the working lives of the people that they oversee.

In addition to his operational roles, Hugh is an accomplished project manager. He ran four multi-million dollar projects that delivered as promised. He has also led three project rescues, in each case, getting the project back on track and preventing any further losses in time or money. Someone who builds consensus and encourages collaboration, Hugh is able to bring teams together. One IT director commented that he was amazed that in just two months, Hugh had moved a previously fractious project team from an attitude of blaming to one of problem solving. 

Now doing contract work, Hugh looks for opportunities where his analytical skills, his deep expertise in lean and his ability to develop people will let him make a difference in the workplace.

A registered industrial engineer, Hugh writes a regular column for PLANT magazine.


$300.00 Members

$400.00 Non-members