Tailored to suit the unique challenges of our members

Interested in a more intensive Lean experience? Bluewater Wood Alliance Lean Training Program offers our members convenient access to professional Lean Experts. Partial funding for these courses is available through the Canada Ontario Job Grant. Scroll down to learn more.

Bluewater Wood Alliance Lean Training Program
Kick-Start 2 Day AssessmentA La Carte Training Kickstart TrainingImmersion Training
We focus on a map for your lean journey.
We focus on fixing your challenge.We teach your people, and then get out of your way.We’re moving in, and we will be there every step of the way!
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

Training starts with a 2-day assessment followed by 1 week-long onsite training.
Includes week-long training focused on one of the following LEAN topics:
• Flow
• Training
• Value Stream Mapping
• Kaizen
• 5s
• Plant Layout
• Kanban
Training starts with a 2-day assessment followed by 15 days of onsite training. Includes fifteen days of training focused on implementing the following Lean topics:
• Training
• Kanban
• 5s
• Flow
Training starts with a 2-day assessment followed by 60 Days of onsite training.
Includes everything but the kitchen sink!

Canadian Government’s Want to Help You – Canada Ontario Job Grant (“COJG”)

The Federal and Provincial governments have teamed up to help companies increase your employee’s capabilities.  Companies with under 99 employees can apply for 83% of the training investment up to a maximum of $10,000 per person, per program, per year.  Companies with over 100 employees can apply for 50% of the training investment up to a maximum of $10,000 per person, per program, per year. We can help you apply. To learn more contact: Tara Davey Program Administrator E: [email protected] P: 519-270-7141 or visit http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/

About Lean Training

Lean manufacturing is the concept of using fewer resources to create more value for customers; in other words, maximizing the customer value and minimizing waste.

  • Flow

    By taking a close look at how work progresses through your company helps to identify areas for improvement. Adjusting the flow introduces predictability and eliminates chances of accumulating waste. Having “good” flow tends to mean work moves steadily and predictably, whereas, “bad” flow means the work starts and stops. When flow breaks down there is a higher chance of accumulating waste increase.

  • 5S

    The five S methodology helps a workplace

    1. Sort: remove items no longer needed
    2. Straighten: organize items to optimize efficiency and flow
    3. Shine: clean areas to more easily identify problems
    4. Standardize: implement color coding and labels to stay consistent with other areas
    5. Sustain: develop behaviors keeping the workplace organized over the long-term
  • Value Stream Map

    The purpose of value stream mapping is to identify and remove or reduce “waste” in value streams, thereby increasing the efficiency of a given value stream. Waste removal is intended to increase productivity by creating leaner operations which in turn make waste and quality problems easier to identify.

  • Kaizen

    Kaizen is a strategy where employees at all levels of a company work together proactively to achieve regular, incremental improvements to the manufacturing process. In a sense, it combines the collective talents within a company to create a powerful engine for improvement.

    The Japanese word kaizen means “change for better”

  • Plant Layout

    Lean Manufacturing is all about adding value and avoiding waste. Facility planning (land, buildings, equipment, furnishings) provides the physical capability to add value…

    Facilities are expensive. Their lifetime is in decades. They take years to commission. By their nature, they are one of the most important strategic elements of a business enterprise. This is why facility design and the strategic thinking that should precede it are so important.

    A properly designed plant layout is an important source of competitive advantage.

  • Kanban

    Kanban is a visual workflow management tool that can help you get more done with less stress. Kanban is Japanese for “visual signal” or “card.” Kanban is Japanese for “visual signal” or “card.” Toyota line-workers used a kanban (i.e., an actual card) to signal steps in their manufacturing process. The system’s highly visual nature allowed teams to communicate more easily on what work needed to be done and when. It also standardized cues and refined processes, which helped to reduce waste and maximize value.

Meet the Lean Team
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.

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