No More Same Old, Same Old

Who We Are

GO Productivity aren’t your traditional ‘experts’. We don’t come with ready-made answers that won’t address your unique problems. And we don’t create the plan and disappear.

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 and productivity, and make you the envy of your sector.

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Meet Our Team

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

Lori Schmidt

Chief Executive Officer

Lori’s years of public and private sector roles – including industry and cluster development, trade policy, strategic management and regional economic development – has had an impact on a broad range of businesses in a variety of industrial and not-for-profit sectors. She is an avid supporter and facilitator of creative approaches and alliance building in tackling regional and global competitiveness issues.

Lori completed her designation as a strategic alliance professional and is the Canadian member representative to the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils, a global network of leaders from competitiveness organizations around the world.

A strong advocate of giving back, Lori is involved in several not for profit ventures, locally and nationally. She has with the Premier’s Council for Alberta’s Promise – an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Alberta’s children and youth – and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, a national charitable organization that creates a future of hope for children, families, and communities by helping them develop the skills and resources to overcome poverty and pursue justice.

lori@goproductivity.ca

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Lori Schmidt

Chief Executive Officer

Erin Allan

Accounting & Human Resources Lead

Erin started at GO Productivity as a summer intern. She stayed on part-time until she completed her degree and then joined GO Productivity as a full time team member.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and has also completed her CMA/CPA designation.

Within GO Productivity, Erin helps manage and implement the day-to-day responsibilities in the accounting and HR department.

Outside of work, Erin enjoys travelling, sports and hanging out with family and friends.

erin@goproductivity.ca

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Erin Allan

Accounting & Human Resources Lead

Kevin Erickson

Director, Alberta South, Productivity & Growth Services

Kevin’s diverse background includes ten years in the downstream petroleum industry where he led improvement projects in a variety of back office and customer facing areas. He received his MBA in Organizational Leadership at Royal Roads University and has taken a range of training in Six Sigma and Business Process Improvement including his Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt from Smarter Solutions in Austin, Texas.

As Director, Alberta South, Kevin supports the delivery of GO Productivity’s suite of programs to its client organizations. This includes project implementation, workshop facilitation, and various speaking engagements. Kevin has facilitated improvement projects in many sectors, including construction, manufacturing, non-for-profit, and healthcare.

Examples of improvements for clients Kevin has worked with include:

  • Cycle-time reductions of 20% in construction installation process
  • Increased profit from break-even to $100,000 in 10 months
  • Improved quoting accuracy by 85% in custom manufacturing

He knows, from experience, that you can expect to see large degrees of improvement in your organization, regardless of your industry.

Kevin Erickson

Director, Alberta South, Productivity & Growth Services

Tom Lieu

Managing Director, Finance and Business Strategy

Tom is the Managing Director of Finance and Business Strategy, brought on to develop and execute GO Productivity’s strategic direction. He is responsible for the financial, administrative, risk management, and human resources departments. Tom has over 17 years of industry experience and a proven track record of improving systems and processes in manufacturing, construction, retail, and services organizations.

Equipped with CMA/CPA designation and working on his MBA, Tom’s passion is to leverage his education and work experience to assist organizations to become more competitive through effective leadership and management, productive lean operations, and innovation processes. Alignment with GO Productivity’s service offerings and the company’s traits of professionalism, integrity, culture and spark, is what attracted Tom to GO Productivity. Tom is married and an active father of three. He spends his spare time studying, coaching and learning from others, especially from his children.

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Tom Lieu

Managing Director, Finance and Business Strategy

Caitlin Marshall

Project Manager, PAAD

Caitlin Marshall 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.

One of Caitlin’s main roles currently is Project Manager for GO Productivity’s Project Alignment & Delivery (PAAD) initiative which leads an Alberta energy industry coalition on improving project delivery.

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 Marshall

Project Manager, PAAD

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

Millie Porfon

Office Administrator

Millie worked for the Government of Alberta for 35 years. Her duties have provided her with a breadth of experience in the administrative services side of government.

Prior to joining GO Productivity, Millie worked in the Industry Development Branch of Alberta Finance and Enterprise as an Administrative Assistant.

Millie’s outside interests include reading, the company of her family and friends, and Edmonton Eskimos football—she’s been an avid fan and season ticket holder for a number of years.

Millie Porfon

Office Administrator

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@goproductivity.ca

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Ron Subramanian

National Director

Pam Thompson

Relationship Manager

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

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Pam Thompson

Relationship Manager

Ken Chapman

Executive-in-Residence

Ken Chapman is the former Executive Director of Northern Initiatives for Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and the past Executive Director of the Oil Sands Developers Group. Ken still works with the oil sands industry on socioeconomic issues in collaborations with a wide range of regionally based stakeholders on an integrated triple bottom line approach to progress.

Ken’s goal is to improve the well-being of the people, communities and enterprises in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region through collaborations based on shared value and shared values while focusing on improving the capacity of the regional workforce and increasing participation of aboriginal peoples in realizing benefits of responsible sustainable oil sands development.

Ken has joined the GO Productivity team as an Executive-in-Residence, helping the company grow and optimize, as well as the mid-sized progressive Canadian companies who want to be more profitable, productive and resilient. Ken’s area of focus is on the supply chain in construction, manufacturing, and energy sectors… and beyond.

ken@goproductivity.ca

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Ken Chapman

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

Lesley Galgay

Manager, ARC Delivery Services NL

Lesley is a business development professional with over 10 years of experience in strategic planning, innovation management and business process improvement.  She has held senior roles in both the retail and oil and gas industries.

Lesley’s passion for innovation and business-process improvement was ignited while completing MBA studies at the Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It is there that she began studying new product development and established an appreciation for the process of innovation.  From there she went on to work in the fields of strategic planning and innovation management with the leading Canadian retailer, Canadian Tire Corp.

Lesley became part of the oil and gas industry in 2011, upon returning home to St. John’s, Newfoundland.  She spent 5 years as the Corporate Development Manager for a multi-faceted private company, gaining experience in business development, acquisitions, joint ventures and business process improvement.

Today, as an Executive-in-Residence with GO Productivity, Lesley works with clients across Atlantic Canada to address productivity gaps and opportunities for improvement.  She uses her skills in innovation management to furnish the link between innovation and increased productivity, helping her clients to move forward in a logical and sustainable way.

Lesley Galgay

Manager, ARC Delivery Services NL

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

Jennifer Klinger

Executive-in-Residence

Jennifer Klinger is Professional Engineer with over 13 years experience and has worked at Cenovus Energy, Canada Post, and Nortel Networks.  She specializes in developing lean manufacturing strategies into detailed and executed plans.  She is able to manage multiple priorities and stakeholders to achieve strategic goals.  Jennifer has a BSc degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Examples of improvements projects Jennifer has implemented include:

  • Led kaizen activities to improve throughput, design standard work processes and reduce cycle times by 60%
  • Reduction of $1 MM per year in inventory costs
  • Increased Measurement, Accounting, and Reporting Plan Compliance by 10%
  • Managed a multi-functional team to reduce Electric Submersible Pump replacement cycle times by 35% or 54 hours / pump
  • Developed a business case to implement a validation process to in-source H2S Plus + training with a potential savings of $1MM over 3 years

Jennifer has a passion for collaborating with teams to embrace continuous improvement.

Jennifer Klinger

Executive-in-Residence

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of senior leaders from some of Canada’s most successful companies in the manufacturing and construction sectors. Please take a minute to meet the members of our Board.

Liz Stretch

Vice President, Strategy, ATB Financial

Liz Stretch is a steward of moving the ATB Financial strategy forward and leads a number of groups that help make this happen. Her diverse team includes information management (enterprise content management, data governance, and business intelligence), enterprise strategic planning, business transformation (project management office, business analysts, and change management), customer and team member insights, customer relationship management, and data science.  

Her team is a linchpin for the organization and they look for opportunities to accelerate initiatives that cross over various areas within ATB. They ensure that ATB’s overarching strategies are weaved into all that they do.

Her entire career has been in banking, she has worked in roles in wealth management, retail, business banking, leadership, sales, and corporate office. Liz moved to ATB a few years ago, and what she loves about working at ATB is that they are so in tune with Albertans.  

Liz has earned the FICB designation, an MBA from Dalhousie University, and is a Certified Financial Planner. Liz is a longtime supporter of the United Way and has acted as Treasurer for the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. She resides in Calgary with her husband Todd and their three children. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, biking, yoga and travelling.

Liz Stretch

Vice President, Strategy, ATB Financial

James Rajotte

Vice President, Government Relations (Provincial & Municipal) Rogers Communications Inc.

James Rajotte was first elected to the House of Commons in 2000 as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Southwest, and was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Leduc in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.
He served as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance during the 40th and 41st Parliaments (2008-2015). In the 39th Parliament, he served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Mr. Rajotte introduced one Private Member’s Bill on Identity Theft (pretexting) and two Private Member’s Motions – on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and Financial Literacy. All three were adopted by the House of Commons, two of them unanimously.
Mr. Rajotte currently works at Rogers Communications as the Vice President, Government Relations (Provincial & Municipal).

James Rajotte

Vice President, Government Relations (Provincial & Municipal) Rogers Communications Inc.

Paul Verhesen

President & CEO, Clark Builders

As President & CEO, Paul Verhesen is responsible for business strategies and overall operations of Clark Builders. For over 30 years, Paul’s ability to apply value engineering principles and big-picture perspective to a variety of project types has complemented his commitment to exceed client expectations. He is committed to building positive relationships and effective teams.

His experience in different construction projects lends itself to the growing team of Clark Builders, where “doing the right thing every day” has become his trademark leadership style. He is invested in the development of Alberta’s business and non-profit sectors and contributes his time, energy and expertise to a number of professional and community organizations, such as the Edmonton Construction Association, the National Research Council Canada, and Women Building Futures.

Paul Verhesen

President & CEO, Clark Builders

Larry Kaumeyer

CEO, Buffalo Inspection Services

Larry Kaumeyer is the newly appointed CEO of Buffalo Inspection Services. Buffalo is a Western Canadian leader in all forms of non-destructive testing with operations in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and throughout Alberta. His most recent role was as CEO of Infracon Energy Services Corporation. Prior to this, Larry was Vice President of Aecon Group Inc. Larry was instrumental in the acceptance of screw piles as CEO of Almita Piling, and his background includes work experience in financial services, government, and investment banking. Prior to joining Almita Piling Inc., Larry held three different Executive roles with ATB Financial. He has a clear track record of business development success, growth and leadership of small and medium sized enterprises in Alberta, and specializes in building high-performing teams. Larry was the founding Chair of Productivity Alberta, and has served as a board member of the Alberta Economic Development Authority, Productivity Alberta, ALUS Canada, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Delta Waterfowl.

Larry Kaumeyer

CEO, Buffalo Inspection Services

Brenda Galonski

Controller, Eagle Energy Trust

Brenda Galonski is the Controller at Eagle Energy Trust.

Before joining Eagle Energy Trust, Brenda was Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Coda Petroleum Inc.

Prior thereto, she was the Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Rondo Petroleum Inc., a private oil and gas company and Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Grand Petroleum Inc. which traded on the TSX Venture exchange.

Brenda has over 20 years of progressively more advanced roles within the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Grand Petroleum, Ms. Galonski was employed by Pennzoil Canada, Northern Reef Exploration, Stampeder Exploration, Cypress Energy and Midnight Oil and Gas. Ms. Galonski received her Bachelor of Education in 1988, and her CMA designation in 1998.

Brenda Galonski

Controller, Eagle Energy Trust

David Janzen

Chief Financial Officer, Fountain Tire Ltd.

David Janzen is the Chief Financial Officer of Fountain Tire Ltd., a leading tire and mechanical services brand in Canada. Fountain Tire has been named as one of “Canada’s Best Managed Companies” annually since 1994, and in 2003 became a Platinum Club Member for consistently maintaining its Best Managed status.

David has significant experience in the financial management of large and complex organizations, strategic planning and execution, re-engineering of business processes, project management, and change management, which was gained through his previous roles as CFO of Royal Alexandra Hospital, Capital Health Authority, and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

David is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a post-graduate diploma in Health Services Administration.

David Janzen

Chief Financial Officer, Fountain Tire Ltd.

Mike MacSween

Executive Vice President, Major Projects, Suncor

Mike MacSween was appointed Suncor’s executive vice-president, Major Projects, in early 2012. He leads engineering, procurement and construction for growth projects across the company in the upstream, downstream and renewable energy portfolios.

Since joining Suncor in 1996, Mike has held a variety of leadership roles including vice-president, Upgrading, and vice-president, Strategy and Development. Mike most recently served as senior vice-president, In Situ.

Prior to joining Suncor he held positions at Betz Process Chemicals Inc. and Shell Canada Inc. Mike serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Welding Bureau.

Mike holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Brunswick and a master of business administration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Mike MacSween

Executive Vice President, Major Projects, Suncor

Karen Thompson

President, Haver & Boecker Canada

Karen Thompson, President of Haver & Boecker Canada, brings over 25 years of business and operational experience to her role. With an industry customer base in mining, aggregate and industrial minerals, Karen understands the economic and production factors critical to developing long term and valuable business partnerships. Over her 18-year career with the company, Karen has successfully managed both sales and operations divisions, expertly building effective teams and always with the view to bringing unprecedented value to the customer through an in depth understanding of their processes and challenges.

Throughout Karen’s career she has focused on spearheading strategic operational improvements, including purchasing and logistics benchmarking and performance, inventory management and control, and continuous improvement in manufacturing. With a Masters Certificate in Lean Six Sigma from York University, Karen has firsthand knowledge of the internal efficiencies and innovative processes required to drive SME’s to success in todays competitive market.

Karen holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Karen Thompson

President, Haver & Boecker Canada

Jason Collins

President, Collins Industries Ltd.

Jason Collins has been working in the construction industry since 1990, where he commenced work as a laborer for his father’s company. Collins Industries Ltd., a structural steel fabrication company located in Edmonton Alberta, was founded in 1984 by Paul Collins. Jason spent the summer months between 1993-96 working for the company while going to University and playing Hockey. After graduating from Augustana University College, he played one year of semi-professional hockey, then got married and started his career in the construction industry.

After working his way up through the organization, Jason and his brother Ryan acquired Collins Industries Ltd. in April of 2012. Jason and Ryan subsequently formed the Collins Brothers Partnership, which owns and operates the Collins Group of companies comprised of; Collins Industries Ltd., a custom metal processing shop, a CNC machine shop, and a land development company.

The Collins Group of Companies embrace the principles of Lean Manufacturing and construction, and are continually looking to do business with people of the same mindset.

Jason Collins has been married to his wife Christina since 1997, and together they are raising 3 boys.

Jason Collins

President, Collins Industries Ltd.

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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