Lean Institute Canada, Canada

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Toronto, ON, Canada
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Lean Institute Canada The mission of the Lean Institute Canada is the advancement of Lean Thinking and Lean Practice across Canadian organizations through Knowledge Share, Collaboration, Publications, Training, Lean Consulting and Research.


Jean Francois Gaudette

Founder and President


Jean-Francois Gaudette specializes in improving overall organizations performance through effective implementation of lean. He has supported organizations in the public and private sectors implementing lean in Canada, United States, Mexico, as well as Europe and Australia. He was also lecturer for several organizations such as MDEIE (Quebec economical and industry Ministry) and CVPAC (healthcare) in Quebec, the Secretariat of Economy in Mexico, the Lean Direction Aerospace, and others.

Jean-Francois’s knowledge and expertise of lean was developed through the years by leading multiple improvement projects and from direct coaching from Toyota sensei. Before he founded Lean Development & Solutions in 2008, he held management positions at both ‘line’ and ‘staff’: He has over 20 years experience in management, especially in operations and continuous improvement. He was Continuous Improvement Manager for a multinational corporation responsible for implementing lean production and management across multiple sites in different countries.

Jean-Francois twice led changes in operations that earned the “Plant of the Year” award, including the prestigious "Top 10 - Industry Week Best Plants in North America Award."

Jean-Francois is committed to coaching and teaching lean through projects as a way of consolidating his own learning.

Jean-François graduated from Operations Management at Universite du Québec - Ecole des Sciences de la Gestion (ESG). He resides in Montreal

Marek Piatkowski

Founder and President


Marek is a Management Consultant specializing in improving overall operational efficiencies through the effective implementation of Toyota Production System (TPS) / Lean Transformation.

Marek’s initial knowledge and expertise of TPS / Lean Transformation tools, methodologies and practices comes from working for Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Cambridge, Ontario.  In 1987 Marek was hired as a number seven employee of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) as an Education and Training manager.

He was a member of the Start-Up Management Team responsible for starting the operation, recruiting new employees (Team Members), development and implementation of all training activities, development of company policies, equipment installation and start-up of production.  Following a successful start-up of the company Marek was involved in a development and education of Toyota Suppliers, internal and external Continuous Improvement activities (Kaizen), launching a new model vehicle and promotion of Toyota Production System.

In 1994 Marek entered a field of consulting helping companies with a process of Lean Transformation.  Since then he has worked with numerous operations in North, Central and South America, Asia and Europe where he has a proven track record of successful implementation of TPS/Lean Transformation.  His clients include companies in the automotive industry, aerospace, healthcare, medical devices, appliances, furniture, consumer goods, food industry, service industry, packaging, plastics, glass, rubber, personal computers and electronics.

In his work he has proven that Lean is not a trend or a movement.  Lean is a collection of tools, methodologies, techniques and processes, that when implemented correctly and in the right sequence, will generate measurable results, help companies reduce costs and improve overall operational efficiency and On-Time Deliveries.

TPS / Lean is a Management System.  Any company venturing into a Lean Journey must consider not only changes to their equipment, manufacturing and Supply Chain management practices, but also a review their management practices and most likely modify their organizational structure.  As a part of his experience in implementing Lean Marek also emphasizes the organizational development and training process to achieve the business objectives and benefits that are requisite of the above improvement processes.

Marek graduated from Systems Design Engineering from University of Waterloo, Ontario in 1977.  Prior to joining Toyota, he worked in the electronic industry.  He is a Faculty Associate of Jim Womack’s Lean Enterprise Institute.  He resides in Toronto, Canada.

Laura Mottola

Founder, Lean Mining Institute


Laura Mottola is recognized globally as a leader in Lean Mining®, Mining Automation, Technology and Innovation in the natural resources sector. Laura is a mining engineer with a Masters of Engineering in Mining Automation from McGill University. A seasoned professional and business leader with more than 20 years of global experience in mining, Laura was named one of 100 most inspirational women in mining by Women in Mining UK. Among many projects Laura developed and led a company-wide Business Improvement program based on Lean principles and statistical process control tools to develop a culture of operational excellence across open pit and underground mine sites in North and South America for Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. Laura lead an Operational Excellence program based on a Lean foundation across operations at Sherritt International in Canada and Cuba.

Laura is dedicated to Lean Mining®, Innovation, and development integration of concepts from other industries, and multidisciplinary approach strategies. She is passionate about increasing productivity, social, environmental responsibility and teamwork in mining. Laura brings the multidimensional leadership and vision needed to generate dynamic and diverse opportunities in the mining sector.

Laura has personally worked with clients such as Sherritt International Corp., Goldcorp, KGHM International, Sierra Gorda S.C.M., KMC Mining, Rio Tinto Technology & Innovation, IAMGold, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Alcoa, Syncrude, Suncor, Cambior, Inco, was a council member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum and currently is the Leader of the Integrated Operations Working Group for Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group.