World-class plant tour: NovAtel

May 24, 2019 | 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 |
Member Fee: $100
Non-Member Fee: $150
Student Member Fee: $25


NovAtel Inc.
10921 14 St. NE
Calgary, Alberta

Join us for a tour of NovAtel's brand new facility in Calgary on the AME Canadian Region world-class tour series! You'll get an in-depth look at what makes NovAtel an AME Excellence Award winner and a successful enterprise. 

Whether you are just starting out in lean or you are far along your journey, this tour is for you! Each tour in the series will include an onsite introduction, facility tour and a question and answer session. You will be guided by practitioners that have gone through the lean transformation process. Send your team and let them witness the power of continuous improvement!


NovAtel Inc.

NovAtel is a leading provider of high precision GPS and GNSS positioning technology such as GPS antennas, GPS receivers and GNSS/INS systems. NovAtel started its lean journey in 2003 by attending the first AME conference in Toronto. With the support of upper management and the training and empowerment of employees, the company implemented the 5S, Kanban and cellular manufacturing. Throughout the lean journey, they've encounter challenges and will share their lessons learned. In 2014, NovAtel was awarded the AME Excellence Award.

NovAtel is part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, which also includes VERIPOS. Hexagon is a global leader in digital solutions that create autonomous connected ecosystems (ACE). Learn more at


9:30 a.m.   - 10:00 a.m.   Welcome and presentation by host company
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Plant tour
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.   Break
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.   Feedback and Q&A
11:45 a.m.                        Adjourn


Dennis Ho, Director of Manufacturing, NovAtel Inc.

Dennis Ho has 30 years of experience in the electronic manufacturing industry. He helped transform the NovAtel production into a lean culture of empowerment, continuous improvement and lean initiatives. He started the lean journey in 2003, coaching and training his team on the application of lean principles and eliminating waste whiles adding value to NovAtel customers. Ho is a key lean champion in his current role supporting the lean initiatives across the company. He is Lean Bronze Certified and has been a member of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) since 2000. He holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Carleton University in Canada. 

Isabel Murguia

Isabel Murguia serves as the vice president of operations for NovAtel Inc. She has been with NovAtel for 10 years holding different positions from supply chain to order management - and back. She started her lean journey with NovAtel and finds, “Operations is fun and challenging simply because we have the opportunity and ability to add value to our customers at every single step of the process.” Prior to NovAtel, Murguia worked multiple electronic contract manufacturers and plastic injection companies, delivering results in a variety of customer service, supply chain and program manager roles. Murguia is Lean Bronze Certified and holds a bachelor’s degree in international business. 


At this event, you will see and learn about:

  • Visual factory
  • Tier standup meetings
  • Heijunka planning
  • Continuous improvement (CI)
  • Value stream mapping of production
  • KPI
  • Lean tools

This event will benefit operations management in all areas of an enterprise and at all levels, including managers, continuous improvement facilitators and lean practitioners—regardless of where they are at on the lean journey.


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 $100 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 canceled 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.