Community Innovators Series
You are invited to join us at Continuing Education’s inaugural Reception in celebration of lifelong learning, excellence and innovation. The theme for our first event is innovation in Manufacturing.
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012, 5:00 pm-6:45 pm
The University of Manitoba, University Centre, Marshall McLuhan Room 204
5:00 pm-5:45 pm
5:45 – 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Rod Smith, Director of Operations Excellence, The Duha Group
Topic: Ownership Through Lean Strategies and Employee Engagement
“We are all LEAN Champions.”
Please RSVP by Thursday, June 14th to:
Ownership Through Lean Strategies and Employee Engagement
The Duha Group is a leading manufacturer of color marketing tools with a culture that thrives on teamwork, communication, and learning. Hear how Duha develops their employees into ‘LEAN Champions’ by way of the Duha Operating Systems and the Passport to World Excellence Program. While being trained progressively to White, Yellow, Green and Black belt levels, employees can earn extra Continuous Improvement credits for extra-curricular activities. This program has been launched in Duha facilities in China, Singapore, Mexico, US, Australia and Canada. From ‘Lunch and Learn’ (White Belt level) where staff train other staff, to ‘Strategy Development’ (Black Belt level), Duha has trained over 2000 participants in English, Mandarin and Spanish. “By positioning ourselves as a Learning Organization, we’ve realized that our greatest resources are the employees we have. By adopting a common Vision of ‘one improvement every day in every department’, Duha has generated a team atmosphere of ownership which everyone can get behind regardless of their job title”.
Rod Smith has worked for The Duha Group for over 32 years holding positions as Plant GM, Logistics Manager, Operations Manager and currently Director of Operations Excellence. His primary focus in this role is to achieve the Standardization and Balancing of the Global facilities and their supply chain within the Duha Group and between their supplier and customers. As part of this role, he also oversees the global Human Resources activities which are closely aligned and required for the success of the above. Rod has studied under his Sensei – David Chao of Lean Sensei International for over 10 years earning his Master Black Belt Certification. As part of his MBB training, Rod along with the other two Manitoba Master Black Belts (DarekMikita – Carte International and Ian Marshall – CME Manitoba) helped develop and initiate the first annual Canadian Kaizen Conference, which has successful run for five years in Manitoba profiling over 40 Companies and their successes in the “Journey to Lean”.