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February 2013 PDM

February 27, 2013
5:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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Newlands Golf & Country Club
21025 48th Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 3M3

There are a lot of ways to mess up inventory, but the surest way is to leave the warehouse procedures up to the individuals doing the work. Each person will do what they think is “best”. The problem is that their definition may not meet the needs of the company or your procurement process. The result is stock shortages or overstock, neither of which improves throughput or profit.

In this talk, Hugh Alley, President of First Line Training will introduce the concept of standard work, and describe how it can significantly increase inventory accuracy. Using examples from his experience as an Operations Manager at a manufacturing plant and his current work improving the skills of front-line managers and supervisors, he will entertain you with stories about some of the 50 ways your team members can screw up inventory, leaving your plant without stock. More importantly, he will give you some ideas of what you can do about it.

Our Guest Speaker

Hugh R. Alley P.Eng.
First Line Training Inc.

Hugh Alley is President and founder of First Line Training Inc., which helps companies increase productivity and profitability by improving the skills of front line managers and supervisors. The company uses leading edge training approaches together with proven managerial methods to increase skills in leading, instructing, improving methods and setting work priorities.

Hugh is an industrial engineer by training, and has worked for almost 25 years in a wide range of manufacturing settings as employee, manager, consultant, and owner. He has helped many organizations make significant gains in productivity.

Prior to starting First Line Training, Hugh was Operations Manager and part owner of a manufacturing firm in Langley with about 100 employees. Before that he worked with Grant Thornton LLP as part of the manufacturing and distribution consulting practice. He spent five years with the WorkSafeBC in a variety of managerial roles, and prior to that he ran his own industrial engineering consulting business.

Hugh studied engineering at University of Waterloo (Systems Design), earned a M.Sc. in resource economics (Cornell) and obtained his M.Div. at Vancouver School of Theology. He currently teaches in BCIT’s Faculty of Engineering and has taught at both UBC and SFU. He is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters  BC Division, where he chaired the Public Affairs Committee in 2009 – 2011. His volunteer work includes reviewing the credentials for prospective industrial engineers for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC and some leadership roles in his church.

Hugh has lived in Burnaby for 20 years, where he and his wife have raised two children, now both in university. He is a member of the Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club.