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September 2011 PDM

September 21, 2011
5:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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Newlands Golf & Country Club
21025 48th Avenue
Langley, BC V3A 3M3

Do you have 5S at work? Do you have one at home? When was the last time you did a valuestream map for a complicated process at your company, like the act of refilling the coffee pot?

Join us on September 21st as Melanie Holloway, Warehouse Manager at Alpha Technologies Ltd., takes us back to school for a refresher on the fundamentals of lean manufacturing. We’ll also take a look at why so many companies are challenged with implementing these so-called “simple” solutions. What is it that is getting in the way of our own success?

We’ll be exploring how we as individuals can help to make cultural change in the workplace with how we encourage, lead, motivate and inspire. When the basics permeate your daily routine and lean manufacturing becomes the norm, the rest falls into place.

After this session, you’ll be fully recharged and eager to map out that value stream for refilling the coffee maker, and start 5s-ing your computer files!! Who knows, maybe you’ll even breathe a little life into that Kaizen blitz you’ve been contemplating.

Our Guest Speaker

Melanie Holloway, Dipl.A, BSc., M.B.A, DTM., has described her career path as somewhat non-linear. With an educational background in Human Kinetics and Sports Administration, Melanie was a bit out of her element when she first took on a three-month contract job at a Lower Mainland Manufacturing company.

Twelve years later, Melanie is now the Warehouse Manager for Alpha Technologies Ltd.,responsible for the efficient movement of over 12 million dollars of inventory with over 77,000 different SKUs. Her primary focus is on developing and implementing processes that ensure industry-leading levels of inventory accuracy.

Melanie is an accomplished speaker and is actively involved in Toastmasters International. She recently earned her Distinguished Toastmaster award (the top educational achievement with Toastmasters), having given over 50 presentations in the past three years.