Canada Team


Chris Leonard - VP Client Services

An exceptional leader committed to organizational excellence through an understanding of the relationship between people and processes.

Chris Leonard VP client services

 Professional Career 

2012 - present Kaizen Institute, VP Client Services
2011 - 2012 Group Lean, VP Client Services
2009 - 2011 Kaizen Institute Lean Advisors, VP Client Services
1999 - 2007 IMS UK Ltd Commercial Director and owner
1997 - 1999 Hallmark Cards National Account Director
1993 - 1997 SilentNight Group National Account Manager
1990 - 1993 ASCOT Sports Sales manager
1989 - 1990 GKN CHEP Service Manager

Professional Expertise

I studied Marketing theory at Salford University.
 My career background is in Sales Marketing and Product Development in the manufacturing sector. I have managed Large Sales Teams and budgets as well as developed both Product and marketing strategies for major Retail clients.

 In 1998 I teamed up with Gary Redmonds with experience in Government funded skills training to start a new venture IMS UK Ltd. IMS enjoyed 8 years of phenomenal success working first with the Ministry of Work and Pensions and then latterly with Colleges, Sector Skills Councils and private Businesses to help fill the skills gap in the UK work Force
. My goal is to help bring Lean thinking Practices and culture to all areas of the Public Sector in order to enrich the lives of all of us who depend on their essential services.

Specialties: Lean Transformation planning, Sales & Marketing, Product development.


Chris Stoddart - Director

Chris Stoddart Kaizen Director

Professional Career

2012 - present Kaizen Institute Canada, Director
2011 - 2012 Group Lean, Director
2009 - 2011 Kaizen Institute Lean Advisors, Senior Advisor
2007 - 2009 Lean Velocity, VP Business Transformation
2005 - 2007 Standex Electronics, Director of Continuous Improvement
2003 - 2005 Solutions Plus, Senior Consultant
2001 - 2003 Data Cable, Plant Manager/Lean Champion
2000 - 2001 Rubbermaid, Shift Supervisor/5SFacilitator
1989 - 2000 Pfizer, Manufacturing Co-ordinator/Plant Trainer

Professional Expertise

A Lean Sensei experienced at working with all levels of an organization, from Senior Executives to the front-line
Trained and mentored by a Lean Sensei with over 30 yrs. experience in Continuous Improvement
Strong Lean background in manufacturing, government, higher education and healthcare sectors
Managed successful Lean implementations both at the site and multi-site levels


Lean Black Belt – Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium
Business – Athabasca University


Mike Wroblewski - Director

Mike Wroblewski Kaizen Director

Professional Career

2010 – present: Kaizen Institute USA, Senior Consultant
2007– 2010: Batesville Casket Company, Lean Sensei
2005 – 2007: Gemba Research, Senior Consultant
2001 – 2005: Matthews International, Manager of Quality and Continuous Improvement
2000 – 2001: Telamon Corporation, Director of Operations
1998 – 2000: Wood-Mizer Products, Manufacturing Manager
1984 – 1998: Hill-Rom, Industrial Engineer/Manufacturing Manager

Professional Expertise

Led 5 Batesville Casket sites to win a total of 9 Industry Week’s “Top 10 Best Plants” awards including “Plant of the Year”
Consistently delivered double-digit KPI improvements in operations and CI leader. Trained by Shingijutsu consultants in the Toyota Production System and kaizen events.Trained in SMED methods directly by Shigeo Shingo. Completed 5 Six Sigma Black Belt projects


GMI Engineering & Management Institute, MS in Manufacturing Management
Miami University, BS in Production and Operations Management
APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
Six Sigma Black Belt, Milwaukee School of Engineering


Christian Wolcott - Director

Christian Wolcott Kaizen Director
Professional Career
2009 – 2012: Kaizen Institute USA
2005 – 2009: WMEP/AFT Client Specialist/ Director of Operations
1999 – 2005: Stora Enso North America, Production Inventory Control Manager
1991 – 1999: Consolidated Papers Inc. Quality Superintendent/ISO/Analyst
Professional Expertise
Pioneered Lean in Justice systems in Saskatchewan working with multidisciplinary teams in two cities to improve time to trial by 40%
Inspired teams of non- manufacturing employees to collaborate and improve work streams – reducing lead time from 21 days to 24 hrs. 85% waste reduction, 78% improved quality, ISO compliance, establishing performance metrics, integrating client centric service models.
Designed and led dozens of executive level organizational lean management structures (Healthcare, Technology, Government, Education) to support Lean culture self sustainability within 6 months.
Utilized and infused Lean leadership development with every interaction to grow and build on cultural, organizational and personal strengths of all employees.
Creative with the learning experience that supports client needs while challenging, building and developing internal capacity for long term sustainability.
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Business



Brad Lyons - Senior Consultant

Brad Lyons Kaizen consultant

Professional Career

2012 – present: Kaizen Institute USA – Senior Consultant
2008 – 2012: BRG Consulting, Inc. – Principal Consultant
2002 – 2008: World Class Mfg. Associates – Senior Consultant
2000 – 2001: GEI , Inc. – Senior Consultant
1996 – 1998: MCE Consulting, Inc. – Senior Consultant
1993 – 1996: Kaizen institute of America – Consultant
1990 – 1993: BRG Consulting – Principal Consultant

Professional Expertise

Consulted with Kellogg Company, Ford Motor Company, United Technologies, Caterpillar, Allied Signal, Tyco Healthcare and Lucent Technologies in US, Canada, Mexico, England, and Germany
Trained, implemented, coached and mentored Lean implementations in most industries in all departments including front office, back office, through the supply chain, warehouse/shipping and logistics
Trained, coached and mentored executive leaders and their management teams in Leading Lean and Lean Thinking
Developed in-house Lean/Kaizen training materials and courses for clients in the complete Lean Toolbox, Leadership Development, and Leading Lean
MCRS System implementation - Kellogg
Performance Metrics Management System Implementation for Menasha Packaging


University of Georgia - BBA - International Business 1980




Mike Micklewright - Senior Consultant

Mike Micklewright Kaizen consultant

Professional Career

2012 – Present: Kaizen Institute USA, Senior Consultant
2011 – 2012: Hydraforce, Inc., Vice President of Global Continuous Improvement
1994 – 2011: Independent consultant, author and speaker
1988 – 1994: Seaquist Perfect Dispensing, Senior Quality Engineer
1986 – 1988: Saturn Corporation, Manufacturing Engineer

Professional Expertise

Facilitated dozens of Kaizen Events
Facilitated top management of several Fortune 1000 companies through Value Stream transformations
Led the startup of greenfield assembly plant for GM in Argentina
Acted as sensei to Toyota suppliers in North America
Directed another VSM at a motor assembly company that cut shop order errors 25%, reduced order confirmation time by 50%, reduced customer complaints by 16%, and on-time shipments by 32%
Trained thousands in Lean Leadeship, Office and Manufacturing Simulations, 5S, TPM, Lean Logistics, Kanban, Quick Changeovers, Lean Culture, Mistake-Proofing, Root Cause Analysis, Six Sigma tools, FMEA, Control Plans, Teams, Creativity, QFD, VA/VE and SPC


University of Illinois, BS Engineering
Six Sigma Black Belt, ASQ
ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor & Supply Chain Analysis



Chris Schrandt - Senior Consultant

Chris Schrandt Kaizen Consultant

Professional Career

2006 – 2011: Kaizen Institute USA, Senior Consultant
2003 – 2006: General Motors North America, Quality Operations Manager
1997 – 2003: General Motors Latin America, Internal Lean Consultant
1988 – 1997: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Quality Engineering Manager
1981 – 1997: Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Test and Design Engineer

Professional Expertise

Serving as lean consultant, trainer and sensei to healthcare, insurance, government, financial service and manufacturing clients
Led the startup of greenfield assembly plant for GM in Argentina
Led application of TPS to brownfield GM assembly plant in Brazil
Acted as sensei to Toyota suppliers in North America
Developed the Supplier Quality Assurance Manual for Toyota North America
Hired, trained and developed Toyota’s Supplier Quality team in North America


University of California, BS Mechanical Engineering


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