Lean Mining Institute, Canada

+1 (416) 479-4163 (Toronto) - +1 (514) 814-0714 (Montreal)
Mailing Address
Toronto, ON, Canada
Supported Languages


The Lean Mining® Institute (LMI) is a Non-for-Profit organization devoted to transforming the global mining and metals industry through the application of Lean Thinking (primarily, but not limited to). The LMI is an industry-specific, global institute that is part of the Lean Institute of Canada and the Lean Global Network. Leveraging 25 years of experimentation by the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), the LMI seeks to educate, coach, innovate, and lead the global mining and metals industry through long-term sustainable change that drives value for all its constituents.


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.