No More Same Old, Same Old

Who We Are

At GO Productivity we tailor our approach specifically for your business. We work with your company so that the organization is focused on productivity from an aligned perspective.

How are we different?

What we’re really good at is asking the right questions, the ones that uncover the root causes of your productivity challenges. Then we stick with you to implement the solutions. That’s what makes us different: we’re with you every step of the way.

Whether it’s through training, advising or coaching, our expertise and experience will improve your organization’s capacity, productivity, and profit.

“The ARC has helped us to develop a formal structure around our innovation process so we can accelerate future growth and profitability.”  –  Jordan Iverson, Jandel Homes Acheson AB

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Our estimated economic impact since 2011

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Over 700 companies served

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Client Satisfaction

Meet Our Team

GO Productivity’s staff has decades of experience identifying productivity and efficiency challenges and solving problems.

Brian Pardell

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Brian Pardell

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Caitlin López

Productivity Advisor

Caitlin López is a Manufacturing Engineer who specializes in quality/process improvements and project management. She received her BSc. from the University of Calgary with a major in Manufacturing Engineering in 2011.

Caitlin has been with GO Productivity for over 4 years and in her current role at GO Productivity she provides the same technical support and lean six sigma practices as a manufacturing engineer but for all her clients in all industries. Previously while working in manufacturing she successfully led one new product implementation, two large manufacturing re-layout projects, and gained experience with large integration projects as well as short-term production supervision. Caitlin was also responsible for process improvement projects yielding up to $500,000 a year in savings including shipping optimization and an innovative 40+ work-centre job scheduling process.

During her work as a manufacturing engineer she developed a passion for lean methodology, front-line leadership, and safety. She also enjoys enhancing her work creativity by learning computer programming and website development.

Caitlin López

Productivity Advisor

Kevin Nguyen

Logistics & Research Coordinator

Kevin Nguyen received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of Alberta in 2015, where he gained an appreciation for project modelling and analysis with an emphasis on efficiency and sustainability. Through his years of experience in retail he has strong customer service and communication skills. Kevin had previously worked as a project coordinator, a role where he gained valuable experience in task and project management skills via scheduling and coordinating with various internal and external resources to ensure flawless project execution. As a young professional breaking into the workforce, Kevin is eager to learn and continually grow.

Kevin Nguyen

Logistics & Research Coordinator

Scott Penner

Technical Director, Operational Excellence, Productivity & Growth Services

Scott is a Professional Engineer, with a PhD in Optical Sciences and an MBA in Management of Technology. He holds his Six Sigma Green Belt Certification and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Scott’s educational background is complemented by over fifteen years of industry experience throughout the United States and Canada. He has a proven track record of success and provides a unique perspective that bridges the gap between technical and business perspectives to advance your business’ strategic objectives.

Scott’s experience and expertise are a great addition to the GO Productivity’s team, and he is determined to help Canada become one of the most productive and profitable countries in the world.

Scott Penner

Technical Director, Operational Excellence, Productivity & Growth Services

Ron Subramanian

National Director

Ron is National Director for GO Productivity and focuses his efforts on building partnerships and projects in various regions from BC to Ontario to Atlantic Canada.  Ron strives to work with key provincial and regional stakeholders to facilitate the engagement of companies on their productivity journey, and to provide ongoing coaching and advisory through the delivery of GO Productivity’s tools and services.

Ron is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and gained experience in manufacturing working as a process engineer in various sectors including food, pharmaceutical, metallurgy, and electronics before making a shift to business development.

In 2003, Ron moved to South Africa to continue the development of Canadian Alliance for Business in South Africa (CABSA), a project aimed at developing long-term business partnerships between the two nations.  Upon his return to Canada, Ron worked as a Director with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), running a series of projects including Energy Connections (building up manufacturing capacity in the wind, solar, oil and gas, and nuclear sectors), and building the Enterprise Europe Network’s Canadian chapter.

Ron Subramanian

National Director

Pam Thompson

Relationship Manager, Marketing & Communications

Pam Thompson joined the GO Productivity team as our Relationship Manager with a breadth of experience. Pam invites you to have a conversation and discover how GO Productivity can best serve you. Pam will listen, explore and walk with you as you determine your goal and help you achieve your company’s productivity potential.

Possessing an overriding passion for helping people, Pam has defined herself as an excellent listener, motivator and service specialist.

With 25+ years of experience in Human Resources Management, Retail Management, customer satisfaction and team development make Pam uniquely qualified to understand the many challenges clients face in their business.

pam@goproductivity.ca

+1 780 471 7060

Pam Thompson

Relationship Manager, Marketing & Communications

Riphay Al-Hussein

Executive-in-Residence

Riphay is an Executive-in-Residence for GO Productivity. He is a specialist in operational excellence for low-volume / high-mix manufacturing and construction environments.

Riphay received his MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2014. His thesis focus was on process modeling using computer simulation for manufacturing and construction firms. He gained his experience at a leading Canadian steel fabricator running their productivity initiative. Riphay led with a focus on training front-line supervisors in management concepts, implementing process improvement initiatives and data-driven reporting. Additionally, he holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

Prior to that, Riphay earned his B.Com in finance and worked as an energy corporate finance analyst at a leading Canadian investment bank.

Riphay Al-Hussein

Executive-in-Residence

Nasser Awada

Executive-in-Residence

Nasser is a born and raised Calgarian with nearly 20 years’ experience in a number of shared services and operational improvement roles working with clients on managing their critical issues in Strategy & Planning, Production, Operations, R&D, Drilling & Well Servicing, Finance, Supply Chain, Regulatory & Environment, Facilities, Innovation, Continuous Improvement, and Operational Excellence. He is a collaborative leader who helps organizations achieve excellence and cost leadership goals by applying leading practices in Continuous Improvement, Risk Management, and Business Process Management.

In the last 10 years, he has implemented two major business improvement transformations, and delivered over 75 improvement projects with 10,500 project management hours to date. He has delivered over $600M in value creation savings to his clients.

Areas of experience and expertise:

  • Strategy & Planning
  • Operational Improvements through LSS
  • Lean Six Sigma training and development
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Quality & Operations Management Systems
  • Business Process Management
  • TRIZ – Theory of Inventive problem Solving and Innovating through technical solution workshops

Nasser Awada

Executive-in-Residence

Jitendra (JT) Badiani

Executive-in-Residence

JT specializes in assisting clients develop efficient and effective organizations through organizational transformation programs.

JT has led or been involved in enterprise Lean/Six Sigma deployment, business re-engineering, engineering management, quality management, and supply chain optimization with both medium and large organizations in the United States, and Canada and across diverse industries.

JT has trained, coached and mentored Lean/Six Sigma Green Belts, Black Belts, Project Champions and senior executives in Lean and Six Sigma philosophies, methodology, tools and techniques.  He has helped deliver over $30 MM in savings while closing over 150 projects at various companies like General Electric, Bombardier Aerospace, Camco, and Omron.

JT has championed the deployment at multiple organizations Lean and Six Sigma initiatives leading to rapid improvement of key metrics such safety, quality, on-time delivery, cash flow, cost and employee satisfaction.

JT has also held senior level positions in various companies and diverse industries.  Currently, he sits on the board of two companies and also serves as an advisor to three medium enterprises.

Jitendra (JT) Badiani

Executive-in-Residence

Peter Dimmell

Executive-in-Residence

Peter is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience and has worked with General Electric and General Motors. He has worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for over 17 years. He has a Masters in Engineering, Masters in Law and is a certified Black Belt in Lean-Six Sigma. He was a Managing Partner in an Engineering Consulting Company and had a number of management roles while at Encana including the Continuous Improvement Program for Canadian Operations. Peter implemented a very successful Supplier Quality Management program teaming with operations, supply chain, EH&S and saved over $160 MM in four years due to increased productivity in major capital projects. He has worked as a consultant with Cenovus SAGD oilsands operations and saved over $70 MM in OpEx over two years.  He has worked as a senior advisor consultant with Shell Upstream Americas supporting operations from Argentina to Alaska including off shore programs.  Peter advises executive and senior leadership teams on strategic productivity opportunities and leads successful and sustainable programs across an organization and their supply chain.

Peter Dimmell

Executive-in-Residence

Jeff Griffiths

Executive-in-Residence

Jeff Griffiths is a seasoned organizational development consultant who specializes in individual and collective competency and the link to organizational performance.  He has written extensively on competency and skills, and the ways that organizations can identify, articulate, acquire, nurture and develop them for the benefit of all. Both his consulting practice and applied research delve into competency frameworks, and how they can be used as effective tools for organizational development to create thriving, resilient, learning organizations.

Jeff’s pathway spans over a quarter century of learning and application through a varied career in the Canadian military, the private sector and as an independent consultant. One constant that he’s discovered over his career is that the “alpha and omega” of organizational performance is individual and collective competency.

Jeff is a Certified Management Consultant and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Alberta (CMC info), a Fellow of the UK-based Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA) a Certified Training and Development Professional and member of the Institute for Performance and Learning (CTDP info ), and a member of the Canadian Vocational Association.

Jeff Griffiths

Executive-in-Residence

Karen Hanes

Executive-in-Residence

Karen Hanes is a certified leadership coach with 30+ years of business leadership experience in the private and public sectors.

Karen has held senior positions in sales, marketing, and general business management in some of the world’s most respected corporations, as well as in entrepreneurial companies and in the public sector.  She has experience with a variety of industries including tech, manufacturing, printing, commercial and consumer as well as healthcare, education and government; working with individuals and teams at all levels including business owners, professionals, C-suite and mid-managers from corporate and private business.

Widely experienced in group facilitation and training, Karen is skilled at bringing teams together and moving them toward their group and individual goals.  She is passionate about leading her clients to continuous and sustainable business improvement, regardless of their starting point.

At GO Productivity, Karen is a Senior Productivity Adviser, working with clients across the province of Ontario.  She brings forth her broad business experience and coaching skills to help clients identify opportunities to improve productivity.  She challenges them to think beyond the status quo and supports and coaches them as they develop a customized plan which addresses their unique organizational challenges.

Karen Hanes

Executive-in-Residence

Doug Junor

Executive-in-Residence

Doug has been working in the Telecom, IT and Mobile Application Development sectors for over 30 years and has held a number of roles in the Technical Support, Channel Development and Sales & Marketing areas. In his role as the Chief Business Officer, Doug helped Robots and Pencils achieve an almost 5000% revenue growth and a spot on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 growth list, coming in 12th in Canada and 34th in North America.

Doug has lived the transition from low speed telegraph circuits to high-speed fiber networks, as well as the birth and subsequent explosion of the wired Internet.  He’s now following the same explosive growth in the mobility market.

Doug’s focus is helping organizations solve business problems by leveraging the latest technology, rather than deploying technology for the sake of technology. This includes optimizing workflows and processes, improving Customer Experience and creating new revenue streams. Doug has worked with clients across North America, the Caribbean and the UK.

Doug Junor

Executive-in-Residence

Paul Gregory Wiest

Executive-in-Residence

The Cornerstone Group of Management Consultants Ltd. – President

Bachelor of Commerce, Finance – University of British Columbia

Diploma, Urban Land Economics – University of British Columbia

Paul Wiest was born and raised in the Kootenays. For the past 26 years, Paul has worked in the field of community economic development with Community Futures of Central Kootenay and Community Futures British Columbia. Prior to this, he worked in the banking industry. Over his career, Paul has been involved in a number of partnerships involving private sector and local agencies.  Paul led the BC Chamber of Commerce’s Competitiveness BC Initiative which focuses on focused on helping to address the challenges BC business face in improving their productivity and competitiveness.

+1 780 471 7060

Paul Gregory Wiest

Executive-in-Residence

David Wilcott

Executive-in-Residence

David is a Productivity Specialist at GO Productivity with over 20 years of operational experience effectively influencing and working with executive leadership in developing vision for large business transformations and aligning business strategy with CI program development through to executing sustained improvements.

He is an improvement specialist with a wealth of experience in Operational Excellence, Senior Leadership, Supply Chain Management and Operations Strategy.

Over his career, David has delivered over $150MM in margin improvements across various industries, focused on oil & gas the last nine years. David is known for his multi-industry experience in both senior leadership and front line coaching roles.

David is an Industrial engineer and a certified Master Black Belt.

davidw@goproductivity.ca

1+ (403) 477-3332

David Wilcott

Executive-in-Residence

Richard Venerus

Executive-in-Residence

Richard is the founder and principal of Venerus Advisory Partners (VAP), and has 20+ years of experience in procurement, contracting and commercial management in a diverse set of industries.  He is a qualified (now recovering) lawyer and holds a MBA from the Schulich School of Business.  Richard is professionally trained or certified in a number of related disciplines: Project Management, Change Management, Construction Contracts and Law, Adult Learning, Mediation, Arbitration – and the unique ISO standard 44001 for Collaborative Working.

Richard is a national instructor for Supply Chain Canada and a former Board Member of PMI-SAC, a contributor to the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) Collaborative Contracting Best Practice Committee. Richard is also a Member of Canada’s SCC mirror committee, MC/ISO/TC 286 – Collaborative business relationship management.

1.855.820.4234

Richard Venerus

Executive-in-Residence

Partners

GO Productivity works with clients to develop the best solution for their productivity challenges. Sometimes that expertise is located in-house; sometimes it’s within our partner network. Often the best solution is a mix of the two.

We carefully select our partners to ensure their values align with ours, and that they are equally committed to our clients’ success. If your solution includes a partner organization, we’ll be there alongside you the entire way to keep things on track.

Nova Scotia Business Inc.

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the private-sector led business development agency of Nova Scotia, Canada. They attract global investment to create new jobs across the province and work with companies in all communities to be more successful exporters. Their clients benefit from business advisory services, skill development and training, financing, and support as they access global markets and succeed in the global economy.

Niagara Region

Niagara Economic Development (NED) is part of the Regional Municipality of Niagara and works with 12 local area municipalities and other partners in providing a range of economic development services. Ultimately, our activities are focused on making Niagara an ideal location for investment and to supporting the retention and growth of existing companies and encouraging new businesses to relocate in Niagara. 

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