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Canada’s top lean construction event to gather practitioners in Toronto

By Corinne Lynds   

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Ottawa – Registration is now open for the Lean Construction Institute of Canada (LCI-C) annual conference and training day, being held at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel May 3 – 5. The event will see practitioners from across the Canadian built environment in Toronto to network, share, and learn more about how Lean can help increase productivity and minimize waste.

Training Day: Playing with Legos and Other Serious Fun

“The training day is perfect for getting the Lean basics,” said LCI-C co-chair Kathleen Lausman. “It is a hands-on day that demonstrates how Lean can be used at a workplace.”

This year’s training day, May 3 from 08:00 to 17:00, has four streams to choose from: ACG Lean Construction Education Program (Units 1 and 2), Advanced Lean Boot Camp, Choosing By Advantages and Value Stream Mapping/Target Value Design.


The AGC Lean Construction Education Program Units 1 and 2 focus on variation in production systems and pull production. The Units are an excellent introduction to Lean principles, and how Lean can be applied in the design and construction industry.

The Advanced Lean Boot Camp will provides a broader overview on how Lean can be applied through practical and hands-on learning. Looking broader than just introductory pt introductory principles, the Advanced Lean Bootcamp is a great refresher course for those who have already undertaken Lean, or looking to enhance their knowledge and expertise.

In the third training day stream, attendees can learn about the Choosing by Advantages technique. Choosing by Advantages, or CBA, allows decision-makers to reach consensus, focus on outcomes, and understand all of the factors considered during the decision-making process.

The last training day stream is divided in two: the morning portion is about value stream mapping, while the afternoon is spent on target value delivery, a design process where stakeholders collaboratively produce a design that provides the best value. 

Action-packed Conference

“Last year’s event was very well received. More than 95 per cent of the attendees indicated they would recommend our conference to their peers,” said LCI-C co-chair Serge Massicotte. “We think this year’s conference continues to raise the bar and will benefit companies and individuals in various parts of their Lean journeys.” The May 4 and 5 conference program consists of 18 sessions and two keynote speeches. “The conference is a great opportunity to see what others are doing with Lean systems, find out how Owners got started with Lean projects, and how designers are getting better results,” continued Massicotte. The sessions are run concurrently in two rooms and you can mix and match which sessions you want to attend. Lean journeys, Lean bites, and more!

Inspiring Keynote Speakers

Thursday’s keynote speaker is Rex Miller, an award-winning author, respected futurist and an elite coach. He is the winner of both the CoreNet Global Innovators Award and Industry Excellence Award. Some of his books include Humanizing the Education Machine which explores the U.S. education system, the Commercial Real Estate Revolution which provides a roadmap for changing the adversarial culture that drives many construction projects, and Change Your Space, Change Your Culture which tackles chronic workplace disengagement.

Friday’s keynote speaker is Dick Bayer, the president of the ReAlignment Group Ltd. and an adjunct professor at the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver. He is currently living in Ottawa working as the IPD/Lean Design and Construction Advisor for the Centre Block Rehabilitation Project, a proposed 12-year project to improve and renovate the Centre Block of the Canadian Parliament building campus.

 Get Involved with LCI-C

The LCI-C annual general meeting will take place Friday 08:30 – 09:30 and it is open to all. Come hear about LCI-C 2016 accomplishments, what is coming up in 2017 and how you can get involved. “We received great feedback on the open and collaborative spirit of our AGM last year,” said Lausman. “This past year has brought a lot of exciting developments, with even more on the way, including the launch of the Canadian Lean Construction Certification Program.”


To learn more about the LCI-C training day and conference as well as to register, please visit lcicanada.ca/events.


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