Helping Northern Ontario industry build greater productivity success!

June 20, 2017 Kevin LenkoNorthern Ontario 415 Views

The Lean Management System (LMS) program included 10 full day modules over 10 months, and participants benefited hugely from gaining new in-depth knowledge of:

  • Leadership and Management of Change
  • Developing Value Stream Metrics, Visual Management & Controls
  • Leader Standard Work and Accountability Process
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Root Cause Problem Solving
  • Kaizen Facilitation

The Productivity Cluster events took place as quarterly half-day sessions and provided superb insight for:

  • Leadership for Productivity Improvement
  • Introduction to Lean Management Systems
  • Intro to Value Stream Metrics & Visual Management
  • Root Cause Problem Solving / Introduction to Kaizen
  • Determining Your Productivity Improvement Opportunities

Here’s some participant feedback….

Thunder Bay  

“The productivity events that we have attended have provided us with valuable information on how to evaluate our work flow and the tools that can be used to implement a continuous improvement program.”  -  Les Perrault, President, Digital Engineering, Inc.


“After our employees and myself attend such short courses, I can see a dramatic improvement on many fronts in our organization.  Communication, organization, team involvement, and the way we approach our business activities as a whole have changed due to what we have learned.”  -  Ryan Lougheed, General Manager, Walden Group


“The support and training that we have received from EMC through their SIG networking events, Productivity Clusters and the Lean Management System implementation program has put us in a better position to be more competitive in the global marketplace.”  -  Ginger Barkey, CFO, MBRP Inc.

 “We have quickly realized improvements in throughput, quality, delivery, product cost, safety and most significantly - company morale. We are now passing our lessons learned and best practices through regular video conferences to our factories and sales / service centers in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America.”  -  Larry Woolner, General Manager Parry Sound l Vice President Global Engineering, Shaw Almex Industries

 North Bay

“With the two projects that we took on we estimate that the annual savings will be approximately $285,000.  Additionally, we expect savings to continue year after year, and as employees and management have time to work on more ideas, more savings will occur as a direct result of starting these two projects and taking this course.”  -  Beverly Carmichael, Controller, Metso Minerals Canada Inc


“Through the EMC workshops I have not only gained valuable knowledge of the proven ways to streamline productivity but also how to implement the changes in an organized and cost effective fashion.”   -  John Longstreet, Production Superintendent, The Bucket Shop Group 

Sault Ste. Marie

“The Lean Manufacturing Course has not only given me tools to improve current processes (Kanban systems, 5S program etc.) but has given me new insight to better production, morale and communication on the production floor. This course is invaluable and if you have the personal drive to change and make your current workplace better than the return on investment will be seen almost immediately!”  -  Lee-Anne Nicholson, Production Manager, Pollard Banknote Limited

Going forward EMC looks to provide even more events for Northern Ontario industry including in-depth training for:

  • Understanding the Deadly Wastes    
  • 5S workplace organization                
  • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)
  • Value Stream Metrics            
  • Developing Standard Work
  • Leader Standard Work & Accountability
  • Visual Management and Controls
  • Kanban / Pull Systems
  • Kaizen approach / A3 project management
  • Root Cause Problem Solving
  • Changeover reduction
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

For more information about EMC events in Northern Ontario, please contact Kevin Lenko at or 289-442-0871.