June 4 – 6, 2019 | Edmonton EXPO Centre | Edmonton, Alberta

2017 Workshops

The term “Lean Manufacturing” has been in use for nearly thirty years, and many organizations worldwide have been applying lean principles for much longer than that. However, despite the tremendous benefits that lean has brought to so many companies worldwide, very few firms in Western Canada have begun to explore what lean thinking can do. The ever-growing globalization of business continues to bring more competition to our local markets, and the lean approach is an effective way for any organization to remain viable and competitive into the future.

What You’ll Learn

This half-day, hands-on workshop will introduce the principles of lean production, and provide you with some simple tools you can bring back to your own organizations to get you started on your own lean journey. These activities clearly illustrate the vital concepts of waste, flow, and standardization, and show how these concepts can be successfully applied to improve any organization.

Participants will learn first-hand how the lean approach greatly improves customer service and quality with your current facilities and work force, and without the need for large inventories and capital investments.

The session will be led by three seasoned lean practitioners: David deJong, Darryl Short, and Kevin White. The three of them have helped many local organizations with their lean journeys, including durable goods manufacturers, health care providers, not-for-profit service groups, and food processors.


 Workshop Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2017  Location: WMTS 2017, Edmonton Expo Centre
 Itinerary: 8:30am – Registration | 9:00am – Workshop Starts  | 12:00pm – Workshop Ends

 Rate for SME Members: $99.00  Rate for Non-members: $149.00
Registration includes interactive workshop, printed notes and activities for you to bring back to your own organization, as well as a continental breakfast, refreshments, and a WMTS VIP Event Pass

 Pre-event concierge service and front of the line on-site registration

 Preferred Seating at Feature Presentations

 Invitation to the “Come Together” Opening Reception on Tuesday, June 6th

 Invitation to the Job Shop Appreciation Reception on Wednesday, June 7th

 Industry Research Bundle: Receive four (4) in-depth white papers addressing
manufacturing-specific training issues such as apprenticeships,
training ROI and millennials in the workforce.

     ✔ Manufacturing Insights Report: Winning Practices of World-Class Companies

     ✔ Embracing Millennials: Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap and
Gaining a Competitive Advantage

     ✔ Proving the ROI of Training: Moving from Experience to Necessity

     ✔ Apprenticeships: Modernizing a Proven Workforce Development Strategy

 Complimentary Parking & Lunch

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Workshop Leaders

Darryl Short

Darryl Short, Owner, Karma Machining & Mfg. Ltd.

Originally from Durban, South Africa, Darryl settled with his family in Edmonton over twenty years ago.  Since then, he’s enjoyed a career that’s touched on many facets of manufacturing.  He has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and is a Journeyman Machinist with Red Seal and Blue Seal certifications.  He’s done manual and CNC machining with a wide variety of equipment, and launched lean thinking within a large international oilfield equipment manufacturer.
More About Darryl

In 2011, he started Catchball Consulting, specializing in lean manufacturing and productivity improvement.  Later that year, he bought Karma Machining and Manufacturing, a full-service contract manufacturer helping innovators realize their dreams, from prototype to production.  Since then, he and his partner have since grown the business three-fold, with no end in sight.

Darryl and his wife enjoy all that the West has to offer, including camping, photography, motorcycling, and marine aquaria.

David deJong

David deJong, President, Karma Machining & Mfg. Ltd.

David was born in Toronto, but once he was old enough to realize his mistake, moved his family West to Edmonton, where he has remained for most of his life.  He’s enjoyed a career spanning 25 years of the product life cycle, from applied research, product design and development, manufacturing, and destruction with service in the air force.
More About David

David has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.  After his military service, he worked with manufacturers of windows and curtain walls, water treatment equipment, and downhole pumps.  He also spent a few years in education, teaching at NAIT and the University of Alberta.

In 2007, he started Caprica Consulting, specializing in manufacturing and productivity improvement.  In 2011, deciding he should put his money where his mouth was, he bought Karma Machining and Manufacturing, a full-service contract manufacturer helping innovators realize their dreams, from prototype to production.  Since then, he and his partner have since grown the business three-fold, with no end in sight.

David enjoys all of Edmonton’s seasons with his wife and two daughters, and whenever possible (which is never enough), he likes alpine skiing and flying small airplanes.

Kevin White

Senior Process Improvement Consultant, Alberta Health Services

Kevin White has 9 years of engineering and process improvement experience, primarily in the oil field industry. After several years in a Lean Coordinator role with an artificial lift equipment manufacturer, Kevin made the switch to health care. He currently works with a team of Process Improvement Consultants to serve various stakeholders at Alberta Health Services, with a focus on increasing the quality and efficiency of care, improving access to services and reducing costs. Throughout his career, Kevin has led several successful initiatives and maintained key continuous improvement and training programs. He holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from NAIT, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and is in the process of obtaining further Lean Certification through SME.


All proceeds from this workshop will be used to support the activities of SME Northern Lights Chapter #370, including technical meetings, tours, and the annual Capstone Awards at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Alberta.

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