Our Lean Team

The Lean Team are experts in their field and have been working in the wood industry for many years.

On-Site Training

If you are interested in on-site training funding is available through the Canada Ontario Job Grant.

About BWA Lean Training Events

Kick-@ss Lean Road Map Training Event

Who doesn’t want to take their businesses to the next level? I think it’s pretty safe to say we all would like to bring more value to our customers, have happier employees & watch the bottom line grow. The real question is “how?” One great way is to “GO LEAN”.

This seminar will lay out for you the steps on how to take your business from where you are to a fun Lean culture. Yes, I said FUN. You will be nothing short of amazed at what can happen when you get your people engaged in active problem-solving. There is nothing complicated or hard, Lean is all common-sense stuff that we tend to forget as we grow up.

Upcoming Event:

The Kick-@ss Lean Road Map – Training Event
Wed, 29 August 2018 – 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Kitchener Public Library – 85 Queen St N., Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1

This training event covers:

  • Single piece flow v.s. big batches

  • What Lean looks like at companies that are doing it already

  • What can you expect from a successful Lean transformation

  • Getting started, where and why

  • Identifying waste

  • The famous 5’s system for organization

  • Empowering the workforce

  • Improvement videos

  • Why everyone says “Lean won’t work for me”…. and what happens when they see it does work!

This event will be energizing and fun and our only mission, to make sure you go back to your factories and start kicking @ss! It’s our job to give you the tools and techniques to make an immediate change and start your company on the Lean adventure of a lifetime. So don’t walk, RUN to get signed up. Seating is limited and its a first come first serve basis. If you decide not to occupy a seat, your competition may be sitting in it.

Meet the BWA Lean Team

Bluewater Wood Alliance Lean Training Program offers our members convenient access to professional Lean Experts.

Brad Cairns

Brad Cairns

Lean Trainer

A passion for Lean Manufacturing had led me near and far helping companies break the traditional barriers and create a Lean learning culture.

Sepp Gmeiner

Sepp Gmeiner

Lean Trainer

With a proven approach to objective and neutral business planning, Sepp enjoys working hand in hand with his clients to achieve visible and tangible success.

Lynn Thomson

Lynn Thomson

Lean Trainer

Partner at the Center for Lean Learning, she draws on her many years of automotive manufacturing and leadership experience, steeped in the TPS (Toyota Production System) model.

Bluewater Wood Alliance On-Site Lean Training

Interested in a more intensive sales training course? We offer three options tailored to suit the unique challenges of our members. Each training option begins with an intensive two-day assessment focused on identifying issues and creating a game plan.

You must be a member of Bluewater Wood Alliance to participate in the On-Site Training. Possible government subsidy is available through the Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG). It could cover up to 83% of the training investment. We can help you through the application process!

  • Kick-start 2 Day Assessment

    Assess leadership and culture and leave you with a list of Lean improvements.
    • Talk to all of your people
    • Video and pictures for personalized and more effective training
    • Determine if we are a good fit for each other and if we feel you are ready
    • Recommend a lean program, if applicable
    • Review strengths and weaknesses
    • List of Lean improvements to focus on, whether or not you engage with us further
  • A LA CARTE TRAINING

    We focus on fixing your challenge. Training starts with a 2-day assessment followed by 1 week-long onsite training.

  • KICKSTART TRAINING

    We teach your people, and then get out of your way. Training starts with a 2-day assessment followed by 15 days of onsite training.

  • IMMERSION TRAINING

    We’re moving in, and we will be there every step of the way! Training starts with a 2-day assessment followed by 60 Days of onsite training.

To learn more please log in to the member only area of our website.

Lean Training – Past Events

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BWA Kick @ass Lean Roadmap Fills The Room with 35 Members!

On May 4, 2018, 35 BWA company reps participated in a dynamic day of Lean training in Kitchener! The BWA has launched the BWA Lean Program, and this was the first Phase 1 day of training offered. (Watch for further dates!) BWA member companies traveled from all over the BWA cluster region, from Niagara, Chatham, GTA, […]