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