BEHLEN Hosting Westman Lean Consortium

BEHLEN Hosting Westman Lean Consortium

What is a Lean Consortia?

A Lean Consortia is a group of organizations that gain powerful benefits through collaborative support, learning and networking. Members share improvement ideas and experiences, develop connections with fellow lean practitioners, and share costs of training and educational events. They find shared understanding that lean is more than a set of tools and techniques; it’s about relationships and learning from others about better ways to improve customer focused performance. Members grow together. Still want to know more about Lean? Click Here.

Why should you attend and become a member of a Consortia?

Besides all of the bench marking and networking opportunities mentioned above, becoming a member of a Consortia can help you improve your internal processes. Traditionally, consortium’s and Lean principles have often been thought of as something that is best suited for manufacturing environments. While there is no doubt that many of the founding principles of lean came from improved processes in the manufacturing industry, with notable leaders such as Toyota. However, the reality is that Lean principles can be executed in any company, in any industry. The goal for the Westman Lean Consortium is to bring together local businesses and organizations that have an interest in learning and working with lean principles to make their processes more efficient and effective, while delighting their customer and increasing profits. Whether you are a public organization, a not-for-profit, a small local business, or a large manufacturing plant, you will be able to learn valuable information to fine tune your business as well as share stories with other members and together gain insight into the economic viability of your community and your business.

Event Details:

  • Presentations from McCain Foods, Prairie Forest Industries, Behlen Industries and the Canadian Manufactures and Exporters (CME)
  • Guest Speaker, Brett Hiscock is a lean facilitator at CME and is a Master Blackbelt in training. He facilitates 5 consortium’s across Manitoba, totaling approximately 50 companies. He is also responsible for marketing and delivering Training Within Industry (TWI) programs across Canada. Click here to watch video.
  • LEAN simulation – experience and understand lean with a hands on air plane simulation
  • Networking Lunch
  • 8 Forms of Waste – Learn how to identify waste
  • Plant Tour
This is a FREE event designed to encourage companies in the Westman region to better understand how they can benefit from joining a Lean Consortium. The registration deadline is February 9th, 2015. To register or for further information please contact Alvina Penner at

Event Location:

BEHLEN Industries LP and The WESTMAN LEAN CONSORTIUM formally invites you to be part of the power of a LEAN CONSORTIA. Feb 11th, 2015 – 8:45am to 3:00pm – Behlen Industries – 927 Douglas Street, Brandon

Additional Details:

Please note, event participants are requested to bring CSA steel toed shoes or boots for best comfort. Hard hat, eye and ear protection will be provided. If it is not possible to bring steel toed shoes or boots we can provide shoe caps.

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BEHLEN Industries LP