Business management conference will be big for the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo next month, including Lean Management with Canada's Kick Ass Lean star, Brad Cairns.
The Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo, which runs November 2-4 at the International Centre, in Mississauga, Ontario, includes a day-long track on Woodshop best Practices on Friday, November 3. It is one of four conference tracks (Cabinetry, Finishing, Best Practices, Panel & Hardware)
Cairns also heads millwork and cabinetry shop Signature Wood Systems, in St. Thomas, Ontario, in addition to being a principal in the Center for Lean Learning.  
"A passion for Lean Manufacturing had led me near and far helping companies break the traditional barriers and create a Lean learning culture," says Cairns, who notes that "'Lean" is not simply toolkit that can be applied, with predictable results to follow.
"Yes, there are many tools and techniques for 'Lean,", but just as important as the tools is management support, employee buy-in, and education. As a Lean facilitator, I have had the pleasure of working with many fantastic clients, and I enjoy their success as much as they do." Cairns presents at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 3, in the Pegasus room at the International Centre's Conference building. 
The day-long track, which includes a luncheon keynote, leads off with woodworking magazine editor Will Sampson, delivering the results of the just-completed 2017 FDMC Pricing Survey. This is followed by Cairns, who remains on the dais for a panel discussion on Lean Principles in Action sponsored by the Blue Water Wood Alliance and moderated by its executive director, Mike Baker. 
Following the luncheon keynote by Scott Hodson, a session covering Industry 4.0 is delivered by Lignum Consulting's Sepp Gmeiner, and the track wraps up with a review by thsi author of award-winning technologies whose vendors are on the floor at WMS 2017. 

Woodshop Best Practices - Friday, Nov 3 at WMS 2017 

What to Charge: FDMC Pricing Study
Will Sampson, FDMC Magazine
9:00 am - 9:50 am  
The latest data that continues to show wide variances in what cabinetmakers charge for identical projects.
Kick Ass Lean
Brad Cairns, Center for Lean Learning
10:00 am - 10:50 am  
Lean fanatic Brad Cairns, who also owns Signature Wood Systems, brings his infectious energy to this session that underscores the value of lean management.
Mike Baker, Blue Water Wood Alliance
11:00 am - 11:55 am  
Ontario woodshops in this regional cooperative organization share gains they made running lean operations.
Nov 3  Luncheon Address by Scott Hodson, Superior Cabinets
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm $45.00 (Free with All-day Conference Pass)
The reinvention of Superior Cabinets is one of the great business stories of Canada.
Sepp Gmeiner, Lignum Consulting
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm 
Called the Next Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 links workers, customers, sales, and manufacturing in a seamless and productive network.
Award Winning Technology at WMS 2017
Panel Presentation
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm  
We’re inviting WMS exhibitors to present new technologies were honored at events in the past two years.
Registration is now open for the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. Canada's national wood manufacturing event runs November 2-4 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, in suburban Toronto. A pre-show finishing event on November 1 is planned for the showroom of technology supplier Taurus Craco. That event runs Noon until 5:00 pm. Learn more and register at

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