George Gautreau, Business Excellence Leader, Cogent Power Inc.
George is Cogent Power’s senior leader for all of the company's lean and improvement initiatives. Part of George’s responsibility is to continue their enterprise's business mindset and culture towards growth, development, performance management and lean maturity. Involved as a team member his oversight role for all of the continuous improvement work – guides, mentors and coaches’ others through the improvement processes in a manner consistent with Cogent Power’s vision and guiding principles used for applying lean thinking and continuous improvement initiatives.
Brad Robertson, Continuous Improvement / EH&S Manager ESCO
Brad began his career as a mechanical engineer over 27 years ago. For the past 20 years, Brad has been continuous improvement and safety, health and environment manager at Weir Group’s ESCO steel foundry in Port Hope, Ontario. Brad has been a leader at ESCO in applying people-centric thinking in bringing cross-functional teams together to solve otherwise insurmountable problems between factions within ESCO’s factories around the world. Brad has a strong background in applying value stream mapping assessments, process and lean daily management tools, leader’s standard work, 6S, visual management, lean 6 sigma, Kata techniques and a host of other concepts used to solve problems, eliminate waste and provide value to the customer.
Ron Harper, President, Cogent Power Inc.
Ron has worked in manufacturing for over 25 years, mostly in senior leadership positions in marketing, engineering, operations and general management, and has been with Cogent since 1995. The organization has been on its lean journey since 2004, and Ron has taken a highly personal role in leading the company and its teams to create a people-centric focused lean organization and culture. Ron will draw on his real-life leadership experience as the basis of his highly engaging lunch keynote presentation on how people-centric leadership makes the difference. Ron will as well touch on why manufacturers need to take note of how much Industry 4.0 is going to impact their leadership workforce operation practices.