Archives: Speaker

Matt Batcha, FeneTech

Matt Batcha has been with FeneTech for sixteen years and is currently a member of FeneTech’s business development team focusing on the window and door industry. Prior to moving into business development, Matt served for nearly ten years as the software development manager. He holds a BS in computer science from Ohio Northern University and an […]

Paul Breault, Industrial Automation & Robotics

Paul Breault helps companies become more efficient by improving productivity and optimizing their production costs. He is curious and passionate about the world of industrial automation and has over 20 years of experience in industrial automation processes, automation machines and robot installation, machining automation parts and robotics and maintenance. Paul says when he looks at an industrial production […]

Vern Campbell, Operational Excellence Expert

Vern Campbell is a professional engineer with extensive experience in both the manufacturing and service sectors.  Vern spent ten years at Manitoba Hydro, first in financial planning and then leading their Strategic Planning and Quality Improvement Initiative. In 2000, he moved to Northern Blower, a 200 employee custom fan manufacturer serving the North American industrial […]

Robert Clarke, Robert Clarke Associates

Robert Clarke, Robert Clarke Associates, Boulder, Colorado -Princeton University – Engineering (1965) (briefly hockey captain) -Stanford MBA (1972) -Peace Corps – Malaysia – Science & Math Teacher -Co-Founder: Southwall Technologies (Heat Mirror), 1976, Palo Alto -Founder: Alpen (architectural glass & windows) 1981 ThinkAlpen.com -Present: Energy Consultant (with focus and very high performance architectural glass and […]

Aynsley Dueck, DUXTON Windows & Doors

Aynsley Dueck joined DUXTON Windows & Doors in 2012 as the second generation of the family business. Prior to joining the manufacturing industry, Aynsley graduated from the I.H. Asper School of Business as well as the Art Institute of Vancouver. In 2014, she completed her Yellow Belt in Lean Manufacturing, and is now working on […]

Steve Derksen, Barkman Concrete

With over twenty years of experience in agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, and concrete manufacturing, Steve has a proven history of questioning the status quo and pushing for process improvement with tangible results. More recently he’s been using tools from his Lean and 6 Sigma certifications to drive bottom-line results with the focus and passion to equip […]

Jon Eakes, Canada’s Original TV Handyman

Jon Eakes was Canada’s original TV Handyman starting with Mr Chips in 1978 through 8 years on HGTV up to 2004. A master teacher and a building consultant who works with the industry, sits on CSA committees, CHBA Technical Research Committe and who is often called on to help get their information into the field. […]

Brett Hiscock, LEAN Facilitator

Brett Hiscock, CIM, P.Mgr, C.Mgris a LEAN Facilitator and the Training Within Industry (TWI) Instructor for CME Manitoba. In a career spanning more than two decades, Brett has worked extensively in manufacturing operations management. He has held Operations and Production Manager positions for local and international organizations, including Palliser Furniture, a company with annual domestic […]

Glen Hodgson, International Economist, Opening Keynote

Glen Hodgson has 36 years of experience in global and Canadian macro-economics, international trade analysis and finance, fiscal and tax policy, and other “big picture” topics. Glen’s career has spanned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., the federal Department of Finance, Export Development Canada (EDC), and the Conference Board of Canada, where he […]

David C Hogg, P.Eng., Dip T EE, BASc EE, Founder, Lean Consortia

Dave, a graduate of electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, began his career in aerospace design & development engineering with Westinghouse in Hamilton. Later, Dave drew on his diverse manufacturing, education, & business background in the aftermath of the 1981-83 recession to lead the evolution of the Lean manufacturing consortia movement, described by the […]