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08 June 2012

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Hi Kevin,

A very humble thankyou for all our win-win wonderful exchanges over the years. This Medal really caught me off-guard at the very opening of 550-person CDN Mfrs Nationl Lean Conference in Winnipeg. I had no clue.

What really inspired me about this is that it signals that the simple idea of Collaboratively Learning from each other in a organized way is finally gaining traction after 20 years. Heck, LEI named Collaborative Learning as the focus of their Summit in Jacksonville in March. (One sees the words popping up all over in the column-inches these days)

The world is a different place right now for maufactures - and leveragining each others thinking, and resources of all kind has never been more needed -- especially for North America's 'go forward' strategy. While it is still hard for so many to come to grips with it (that culture thing again) - those that have, survived the Recession better and are continuing to accelerate.

But a really interesting aspect of this 4-Day Lean Conference in Winnipeg (With keynoters like Liker, Bodek, Koenigsaecker, Price, and Spears) was that it was organized by the leaders of the 7 Lean Consortiums in that one city (No other city in the world has that many). Since 1998, Consortiums from across Canda have worked collaboratively with AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) to put on Best Practice learning events focused on networking, and especially Collaborative Learning.

With AME Canada totally focused this year on prep for next year's 2013 Intl Conference in Toronto... the CME Winnipeg Manitoba Consortia team seized the opportunity compltely and executed a world class Conference. You could see lean thinking processes everywhere - in registration, programming, & at the special Consortia Night. The open exchanges were taken in by a standingroom-only crowd with US and UK folks on hand.

A well-seasoned attendee made my day completely when he earnestly said as I was packing up my booth, "This was not a conference - I have been to many conferences in my life and the was definatly NOT a conference... it was a Consortia Meeting."

It seems that, at last, the Movement on the move.

Best

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