Saskatchewan Lean Consortia
Becoming an active member in the Saskatchewan Lean Consortia will help your business accelerate productivity improvements by taking advantage of the knowledge and expertise that exist with other members.
Aimed at companies committed to lean thinking that are willing to share successes, as well as challenges, consortiums are formal groups that cooperate with each other to achieve and sustain continuous improvements in business performance.
Through the Saskatchewan Manufacturing Centre of Excellence (CoE), CME currently facilitates two consortiums in the province — a Northern Consortium based in Saskatoon, and a Southern Consortium based in Regina.
“Consortium membership has been a pillar to our company's lean movement, and has allowed us to deliver value to our customers by unlocking our potential. CME offers a world-class experience, with the continued support to meet our demanding needs."
LEAN Facilitator & Supply Chain Manager
International Road Dynamics (Saskatoon, SK)
What's in it for me?
The consortium hosts nine facilitated regular monthly meetings throughout the calendar year (at members' facilities on a rotating basis), plus one Senior Leaders' Meeting each December.
Annual Lean Assessment & Strategy Plan Session
Consortium membership entitles you to one benchmarked, on-site lean assessment each year (two-day), plus an additional one-day strategy planning session, so you can track your performance and target areas for improvement.
Shared Kaizen Program
This program is divided up into three, 3-4-day modules at various member facilities, focusing on 5S, cycle-time reduction and lean office. Consortium membership entitles you to enroll one individual at no cost.
The consortium aims to host one workshop per quarter, concentrating on a particular area of continuous improvement. These may be offered as breakfast or luncheon sessions, and are available at no (or minimal) charge to members.
Special Interest Groups
SIGs are member-directed sub-groups that meet usually 4-6 times per year around areas of special focus, such as human resources and safety management.