Lean Training Events

WMCO Lean Training Events are scheduled throughout the year and open to members and non-members. The Lean Team are experts in their field and have been working in the wood industry for many years. If you are interested in on-site training funding is available through the Canada Ontario Job Grant.

WMCO Lean Training Workshops


If you would like to learn more about this training event please contact:
Tara Davey
Program Administrator
Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario
Send an email

Lean Road Map – Level 1

This event will be energizing and fun and our only mission, to make sure you go back to your factories prepared for success! 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.

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, build capacities to support exporting to new markets, 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.

Wood Manufacturers is southwestern Ontario are recognizing how eliminating waste is key to staying competitive and adaptable to change in our evolving industry! WMCO Lean Roadmap focuses on increasing throughput and building capacities to support new markets and customers all while engaging your people!

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!

WMCO Membership Price: $195 +hst per person

WMCO Non-Member Ticket: $550 +hst per person

Please contact Tara Davey – Program Administrator with all of your questions and concerns.
e: admin@wmco.ca
p: 519-270-7141


If you would like to learn more about this training event please contact:
Tara Davey
Program Administrator
Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario
Send an email

Lean Leadership – Level 2

This is not a business leadership course; it is an exciting next step to raising the competitive edge of your factory. Brad Cairns of Quantum Lean and Sepp Gmeiner of Lignum Consulting will spend the day sharing tools and techniques to sharpen the mindset of Lean Leaders who are ready to take lean transformation to the next level.

WMCO Lean Leadership – Level 2 is for the Lean Leaders in your company.

Join us for a full day of Lean Training and find out how you can lead your facility to a successful lean culture. Learn how the role of leadership ties into lean manufacturing. Find out how connecting with your staff and co-workers about lean principles is a key step in a thriving lean culture.

This training event covers:

  • The Lean Leader’s mindset
  • Learn what the leadership’s role is in the lean transformation
  • Understanding root cause thinking & cause and effect analysis
  • Learn about standard work
  • Find out who is accountable
  • How do we train?
  • 3 reasons why lean doesn’t work
  • What are powerful morning meetings?
  • Who should lead the lean change?

Are you thinking bigger? Adopting lean to increase throughput and increase volumes prepares you for increased business. Is exporting right for you? A segment of this workshop will address the opportunity of exporting and how it fits with improved processes as a result of adopting Lean Principles in your business.

Wood Manufacturers in southwestern Ontario are recognizing how eliminating waste is key to staying competitive and adaptable to change in our evolving industry!

WMCO Membership Price: $195 +hst per person

WMCO Non-Member Ticket: $550 +hst per person

Please contact Tara Davey – Program Administrator with all of your questions and concerns.
e: admin@wmco.ca
p: 519-270-7141

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WMCO Lean Program – Phase 2

Continue to develop your Lean Program

Phase 3 Level 1: Lean Assessment with Spot Kaizen
Stop the bleeding and get that low hanging fruit! Quick results!

Phase 2 Level 2: Lean Assessment with Spot Kaizen Plus Train the Trainer
Train your people to sustain the gains you are working on, and train others in your shop.

Phase 2 Level 3: Lean Immersion
Lean Assessment with Spot Kaizen plus Consultant lead Lean Transformation Project with Train the Trainer

To book training through the WMCO contact:
Tara Davey
Program Administrator
(e) tdavey@wmco.ca

Meet the WMCO Lean Team

Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario’s Lean Training Program offers our members convenient access to professional Lean Experts.

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

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

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.

Past Lean Training Events

Browse our archive of past events.