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The Three Spaces Of LEAN Transformation

Manitoba Housing
Lessons learned by former private sector leaders starting a LEAN journey in a public sector organization      


As former private sector aerospace technical leaders, we worked for many years in a culture of continuous improvement and LEAN transformation.  After we moved to new leadership careers in the public sector, we advocated to start our new organization down its own LEAN journey.  Join us as we walk you through our lessons learned through the initial stages of our LEAN transformation at Manitoba Housing.  We will share a conceptual model that we have developed that we believe is crucial for the senior leadership to follow, if the LEAN journey is to be possible.  The presentation will focus on the importance of the senior leader role in the Lean transformation, and the tendency for the leader to be the key obstacle to success.


Brent Timmerman, Chief Operating Officer

Brent Timmerman has 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector with facilities and capital project design, project management, and operations leadership.  In his current role as Chief Operating Officer for Manitoba Housing, Brent is responsible for over 400 staff across the province, as well as an annual operating budget of almost $200 million, and the oversight of approximately 30,000 units of social and affordable housing in Manitoba.  Brent is the executive sponsor for the organization’s Operations Excellence / Lean program. Brent has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and is a registered Professional Engineering in Manitoba, and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.


Steven Spry,  Chief Executive Officer

Steven Spry is the Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Housing.  His previous Manitoba Housing roles included Executive Director of Asset Management and Chief Operating Officer.  Steve continues to work with his team in the renewal and improvement of Manitoba Housing in supporting the positive growth of communities across the Province, by providing quality housing and supporting community development.  He spent 15 years prior to Manitoba Housing in the private sector in consulting engineering and the aerospace sector.  He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Project Management Professional, and is currently a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Rating: Intermediate

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