May 5, 2017: Bob Hildenbrandt to Co-Chair Lean Construction Institute of Canada
March 15, 2017: Canada’s Top Lean Construction Event Gathers Practitioners to Toronto
February 23, 2017: Lean Construction Institute of Canada to Roll out Certification Program

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Bob Hildenbrandt to Co-Chair Lean Construction Institute of Canada

Toronto, ON, Friday May 5, 2017 – The Lean Construction Institute of Canada (LCI-C), a special committee of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), has appointed Bob Hildenbrandt as co-chair of its council at its annual general meeting, held in conjunction with the 2017 conference. Bob will share the chair’s role with Kathleen Lausman, a former Nunavut deputy minister of community and government services, and takes over the position from Serge Massicotte, president of Massicotte Construction.

Bob is vice-president, business development with Graham Construction as well as a current board and executive committee member of the CCA. He is chair of the CCA Innovation and Technology Committee and served 2014 – 2017 as the chair for the Institute for BIM in Canada and its council buildingSMART Canada.

In his address to the annual general meeting, Bob highlighted Lean’s importance and the momentum that it is experiencing in Canada and worldwide. “As a newcomer to this council, it has been fantastic to see the enthusiasm about Lean in our industry. I am very excited to be stepping into this new role with LCI-C and to work with our council to help transform our industry.”

Bob’s co-chair Kathleen remarked on all the exciting things that LCI-C has coming up in the near future, the launch of our certification program among them, and said: “Bob brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. I, and the entire council, look forward to working with Bob to advance the adoption of Lean construction in Canada.”

Canada’s Top Lean Construction Event Gathers Practitioners to Toronto

Lean practitioners and those wanting to learn the basics have an opportunity to learn from experts and peers as well as be inspired by thought leaders.

Ottawa, ON, Monday March 15, 2017 – 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 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

Lean Construction Institute of Canada to Roll out Certification Program

Certification to reflect both education and experience related to Lean construction in Canada

OTTAWA, ON, Thursday February 23, 2017 – As part of its national efforts to educate and improve the Canadian building industry through the introduction of Lean principles, the Lean Construction Institute of Canada (LCI-C) announced today the framework for a new Canadian Lean Construction Certification Program.

“We are extremely pleased to be introducing a national certification program for Lean construction professionals in Canada,” said Kathleen Lausman, Co-Chair of LCI-C. “This certification will help practitioners showcase their own knowledge and expertise as it relates to Lean, and provide even more value for a number of Lean education courses already taking place.”

“By introducing a Lean certification program in Canada, all stakeholders in the Canadian building industry will have a benchmark to measure their education and experience against,” added Serge Massicotte, LCI-C Co-Chair. “It is a great step for LCI-C to continue our mission of fostering continuous improvement in the Canadian construction and design community.”

Once fully launched, the Canadian Lean Construction Certification Program will have three levels of certification, each with its own education and/or experience requirements. The following are the three certification levels available through the LCI-C Canadian Lean Construction Certification Program.

  • Level One – Lean Project Delivery Fundamentals
  • Level Two – Lean Project Coordinator
  • Level Three – Lean Project Facilitator

Currently, LCI-C is finalizing the various requirements required for each certification level, and anticipates that Level Two – Lean Project Coordinator – examinations will be available to be written in 2017. Level One – Lean Project Delivery Fundamentals – certification exams will be available much sooner.

“With the establishment of this certification program, LCI-C is confident that it has a certification in place that sets a standard of excellence as it relates to Lean construction practices,” Lausman added. “We are extremely excited about how this certification program will contribute to a more productive industry, from procurement, to design and to construction.”

More information about the certification program, including the various education and experience requirements for each level of certification, will be posted under the Education section of the LCI-C website.


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