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Steve Withers, Advisor

Steve Withers has 30 years of process improvement experience using lean thinking, six sigma, process management, and change management skills.

Before joining Lean Advisors, Steve was the Director of the Lean Sigma Centre at Canada Post, where lean thinking has contributed in excess of $200 M in savings over the last few years, as well as improvements to on-time delivery, safety, and quality.

At Canada Post, Steve was responsible for setting the lean strategy, leading and coaching major process improvements, and for deploying CPC's intensive lean and six sigma training programs. Steve received his hands-on training while working directly at the Lean Enterprise Institute and Lean Advisors, Inc. during their early years, and has helped them develop some of their existing educational products.

While working at LEI and Lean Advisors, Inc., Steve gained hands-on experience in helping many different types of organization - some examples include, Gorton's (food preparation), Northrup Grumman (aerospace and electronics), Lockheed Martin, Newmont Mines (gold mining), Trillium Healthcare, Tyco Healthcare, Xomed Medtronic, Kitchenaid, Whirlpool, EMS (NASA and space), Puerto Rico Electronics, Xantrex (electronics), Crane Valve, Hermes Electronics, California Microwave (aerospace), Forethought Insurance, Solectron (electronics), Hidden Hitch (automotive), Eaton Automotive, Fisher Controls, and Thomas & Betts (electronics).

Steve has a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and has attended the University of Tennessee's Lean Systems Design program, Michigan State's Logistics and Process Improvement programs, Design for Six Sigma training, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He is a certified Process Management instructor. He has been a guest lecturer on lean at St. Mary's University, the University of Sao Paulo, Carleton University, Ottawa University, and at the Ministry of Transport in Tokyo.

Steve is known for his dynamic training style, and for his ability to motivate teams to make rapid and sustainable change in any type of organization. He is remarkably comfortable in communicating at all levels of an organization from the board room/executive to the unionized staff in the office and on the floor.

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