Canada Team


Gary Rogers - Director, Continuous Improvement

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

Gary Rogers Manager, Continuous Improvement

 Professional Career 

2011 - present Kaizen Institute of Canada, Manager, Continuous Improvement
2005 - 2011 McCain Foods Limited, Competitive Edge Manager
1999 - 2005 McCain Foods Limited, Process Technologist
1997 - 1999 McCain Foods Limited, Marketing Statistician
1996 - 1997 McCain Foods Limited, Engineering Cost Control

Professional Expertise

Experienced and effective leader in Lean Manufacturing with extensive experience in Food Manufacturing and Mining.
International experience in manufacturing.
Senior Team Leadership experienced.
Extensive training and facilitation experience.
People focused and culturally adept, able to communicate and interact at all levels of an organization.

Specialties: Lean Manufacturing Methods, Change Management and Six Sigma



Gautam Thakur - Senior Continuous Improvement Consultant

Gautam Thakur Kaizen Continuous Improvement Facilitator
Professional Career
2013 – Present: Kaizen Institute of Canada, Senior Continuous Improvement Facilitator
2011 - 2013:  Rockwell Automation, Business Process Improvement Manager
2009 - 2011:  Alghanim Industries, Kuwait, Manager, Operational Excellence
2004 - 2009:  Mahindra Satyam, Continuous Improvement Consultant
2001 - 2004:  LG Electronics, Engineer-Lean/Six Sigma
Professional Expertise
Lean Manufacturing practitioner experienced at working with all levels in an Organization.
Project Management Professional with mining and industrial project experience.
Expert level knowledge of industrial engineering practices, manufacturing processes and scheduling methodologies.
Team Leader
New Business Implementation
Capital Planning
An expert in continuous improvement and lean manufacturing methodologies.  Well honed leader with strong business acumen and international experience, including strategic planning and change management skills.
MBA - Operations Management
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Certified Project Management Professional
Certified Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt



Michael Smiles - Senior Continuous Improvement Consultant

Michael Smiles

Professional Career

2015 – Present: Kaizen Institute of Canada, Senior Continuous Improvement Facilitator
2006 – 2014: Global MCE Manager, McCain Foods Limited
2003 – 2006: Lean Director, Eastman Kodak Company
2002 – 2003: Operations Manager, Kodak Canada Inc.
1999 – 2002: Lean Manager, Paper and Inkjet Flow, Kodak Canada Inc.
1998 1999: Operations and Transitions Manager, Kodak Canada Inc.
1992 1997: Quality Director, Document Imaging Systems, Kodak Canada Inc.

Professional Expertise

20+ years of experience with achievement of significant results for deployment of Lean/Six Sigma initiatives.
Extensive Operations, Manufacturing and Food Processing experience.
Experienced Team Leader.
Senior Management Experience. 
Global experience.
Professional and polished coach and strategist.


B.A.SC in Industrial Engineering
Lean Production Systems (TPS)
Six Sigma Black Belt




Antomagesh (Anto) Antonymuthu - Senior Continuous Improvement Consultant

Anto Antonymuthu Senior CI Consultant

Professional Career

2016 – Present: Kaizen Institute of Canada, Senior CI Consultant
2013 – 2015: Kaizen Institute Consulting Group, Africa, Sr. Consultant and Leader, Consulting Value Stream Kenya
2011 – 2013: Actuate Business Consulting, Business Consultant
2008 – 2011: Kaizen Institute Consulting Group, India, Lean Consultant

Professional Expertise

Senior Lean/CI Consultant with a rich background of business successes.  Experienced in a vast array of industry including mining, agriculture, plastics and manufacturing.  
Co-author of the book "Kaizen K'uotes for a Kaizen Culture".  Awarded "Consultant of the Year", "Star of the Year" and "Best self-diciplined Shitsuke consultant" for the years 2014, 2013, and 2010 respectively by Kaizen Institute-Africa, India and Middle East.


Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering-Hindustan College of Engineering
Master of Manufacturing Engineering and Management-University of Nottingham



Dan Chartier- President, Kaizen Institute of Canada

Dan Chartier, President Kaizen Institute of Canada

Professional Career

2010 – Present: President, Kaizen Institute of Canada
2007 – 2010: ABB Inc, Project Management Office Director
2005 – 2007: McCain Foods, Program Manager
2000 – 2005: McCain Foods, Senior Project Manager
1997 – 2000: McCain Foods, Senior Project Coordinator
1990 1997: ABCO Inc., Site and Construction Manager

Professional Expertise

Executive level project manager with a rich background in global projects.


Masters Certificate in Project Management (PMI)
Project Management Certification Program (PMI)


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