Welcome to Lean at Waterloo

Supporting the University's Robust Employer-Employee strategic theme and Excellence Canada initiative, Lean provides a consistent framework and set of tools to enable continuous improvement at Waterloo. This site describes Lean, how it is being used at Waterloo, and how you can get involved.

Waterloo is part of an international Lean Higher Education network of universities that aims to support continuous improvement in Higher Education (HE) to best support students, research outcomes, and everyone that HE serves.

  1. Oct. 17, 2018Kanban Board Workshop held for Waterloo Employees

    On October 16th, Human Resources, in partnership with St. Jerome’s University hosted the next in a 2018 series of Lean workshops: Personal Kanban, Mapping your work through Lean.

  2. June 22, 2018Human Resources hosts Lean workshop for employees

    On June 21st, a Lean workshop, led by Human Resources, was held for University of Waterloo employees. The third Lean workshop on campus this year took employees through practical steps that will allow them to improve processes and reduce inefficiencies in their own departments.

  3. May 23, 2018Waterloo hosts a two-day Lean seminar and projects fair for employees

    On May 9th, Human Resources at Waterloo hosted a Lean seminar titled “Creating a Culture of Daily Continuous Improvement in Higher Education” and a Lean projects fair for employees. A Lean workshop for leaders and executives was held on May 10th. The seminar and workshop were led by Karyn Ross, co-author of The Toyota Way to Service Excellence: Lean Transformation in Service Organizations.

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