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Lessons From The Canadian Lean Summit

Canadian Public Sector Lean Summit – April 24 – 27, 2017 Fredericton, New BrunswickLearn. Share. Transform.  That was the theme for the recent Lean Summit held in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  The purpose of the summit was to share leading practices around lean methodology and application to improve service to private sector customers and to the… Read more »

Alexander Hamilton: A Man Who Was Never Satisfied With “Good Enough”

“Learn from the past, prepare for the future, live in the present.” – Thomas S. Monson At GO Productivity, our focus is continuous improvement. But it isn’t just important to us, or the small and medium sized enterprises that we work with. In fact, it was extremely important to one of the forgotten founding fathers… Read more »

Oakville Stamping & Bending Client Story

Executive Summary Oakville Stamping & Bending (OS&B) has been in business for more than 40 years and is now one of Canada’s largest manufacturers and distributors of plumbing products. The company is a leader and innovator and has been on a continuous improvement journey including lean for a number of years, but the company’s management… Read more »

Oilweek Expands Scope, Reach, & Impact

June-Warren Nickel Publications recently rebranded as JWN Energy Group.  They are the premiere Business-to-Business oil and gas sector publication and a key collaborator with GO Productivity. We share a lot with them, especially in our work in Alberta’s industrial construction, energy and manufacturing sectors APIN, Alberta’s Project Improvement Network. We also collaborate in GO’s Project… Read more »

Client Success Story: Collins Steel

Executive Summary Collins Steel has had a structured approach to continuous improvement since 2009, when a few of the company’s managers read The Toyota Way. From there, they undertook lean training for the whole company, Kaizen projects, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training with a project focused on lead time reduction in detailing. Since… Read more »

COAA Safety Awards

The Construction Owners Association of Alberta hosts an annual conference on Best Practices in Edmonton.  As part of the program, they sponsor a range of awards for outstanding contributions and accomplishments in a number of construction industry related roles and responsibilities. One of those awards is for Individual Contribution in Safety Leadership.  It was a… Read more »

Project Profile: Davey Textile Solutions

Executive Summary Davey Textile Solutions Inc. transformed their business from a distributor to a vertically integrated manufacturer, and the learning curve has been steep. From getting acquainted with new equipment to learning whole new processes and ways of working, Davey Textile Solutions continues to serve their clients and build capacity to provide more and better… Read more »

Alberta Economy Turns the Corner But Where is it Going?

Early indications are the Alberta economy is about to start growing again, with oil seemingly stabilized around $50/barrel.  All indications are that growth will not come from increased commodity prices but real efforts and results through improved efficiency, productivity, innovation and workforce training for improved competency. The Alberta energy sector is going to respond to this change… Read more »

Environmental Forum

Responding to the challenges of climate change will fundamentally alter the way we work and do business in Alberta. As this situation evolves, many questions arise as to what the main challenges will be and the solutions. The Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR) is hosting an Environmental Forum on March 23, 2017 to help bring answers… Read more »

SCMA: See You At The Top

Join SCMA Alberta for an evening of networking and insight from Byron Smith, Mountaineer, Businessman, and devoted Father. Byron will be speaking on what it takes to achieve success in your personal and professional life through exploring the leader from within. conveying his motivational message “You can be and do anything you want in life, if… Read more »