Honda plant tour & lean management systems workshop

April 4, 2018 | 9:00 am to 3:15 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Member Fee: $195
Non-Member Fee: $245


Honda Alliston
6970 Industrial Parkway
Alliston, Ontario

Join us this Spring for a tour of Honda of Canada Manufacturing's Alliston, Ontario facility. Then, join lean experts Richard Evans and Jim Winn, for a lean management systems workshop at the Red Pine Inn Resort that same day. You'll learn from practitioners who have successfully implemented David Mann's lean management system, as decribed in his book, "Creating a Lean Culture," how to design and sustain a lean management / daily improvement system. This workshop will explore topics such as visual metrics, accountability processes, leader standard work and implemented idea systems.

Please note that the following competitors will not be permitted to attend: Ford, Fiat, Chrysler, GM, Toyota


Honda Canada Manufacturing, Alliston

In 1986, Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM) led the way as the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to establish a production facility in Canada. Today, HCM is one of Honda's premier manufacturing facilities in the world. HCM represents a total investment of $2.6 billion (Cdn). The manufacturing facility has an annual capacity of 390,000 units and employs approximately 4,000 associates. The vehicles produced at HCM are sold in Canada and exported to the United States and other export markets. HCM is well on its way toward enterprise excellence. Employee turnover at HCM is currently at one percent. As part of the company's lean culture, employees work in teams and participate in kaizens and circles. Employees are also awarded points for voicing their continuious improvement ideas. Ten thousand points can earn an HCM employee a free Honda Civic, or twenty thousand for a Honda Accord or a trip anywhere in the world. HCM also offers cross-training and safety training to eliminate injuries.


8:30 am   -   9:00 am   Arrive at HCM
9:00 am   - 10:30 am   Tour HCM
10:30 am - 11:00 am   Travel to hotel and mini-break
11:00 am - 12:15 pm   Tour feedback/discussion and lunch
12:15 pm -   1:15 pm   What are lean management systems? How do they work? What are the benefits?
1:15 pm   -   2:00 pm   Experiential learning simulation
2:00 pm   -   2:45 pm   Practice: Design a lean management system in small groups
2:45 pm   -   3:15 pm   Group and workshop leader feedback on lean management systems practice
3:15 pm                        Adjourn


Richard Evans has spent 50 years helping companies become more effective in delivering quality and value to the production process, while focusing on customer success. Evans has assisted companies in developing lean transformations in the automotive, aerospace, railroad, packaging, food processing, printing and fasteners indistries. He teaches organizations how to recognize waste through mentoring, coaching and applying lean principles, tools and techniques. Evans currently serves as President of the Canadian Board of AME. He is also the immediate past chair of the Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee responsible for developing the Bronze, Silver and Gold Lean Certification program for SME, AME and The Shingo Institute. Evans is  a certified TWI Job Instructions and Job Relations trainer.

Jim Winn is a leader in lean thinking, lean management sytems and stategic plan execution with more than 25 years of experience in the continuous improvement realm. He has developed and guided the implementation of a lean management system in the process industry and deployed lean Six Sigma in a multi-plant enviornment. Winn's passion is helping people and organizations reach their full potential.

  • Learn to design and sustain a lean management / daily improvement system.
  • Deep dive into visual metrics, accountability processes, leader standard work and implemented idea systems.
  • Earn self-development hours needed for lean certifications or re-certifications.
  • Senior facility managers
  • Supervisors
  • Non-operational leadership (managers of maintenance, engineering, EHS, production planning, supply chain)

You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award-winning Target magazine and much more.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry.

Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $150 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop.

Notes: This event may be cancelled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.