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Paul Akers part of keynote lineup at Embracing Excellence 2018

Published by CME Manitoba on November 09, 2017

The largest LEAN event in Canada will take place in Winnipeg on June 4-7, 2018. With seven keynotes, 15 workshops, 36 presentations and 18 tours, delegates will be treated to a rich learning environment. 

Keynote Paul Akers is the president of FastCap and author of 2-second LEAN. Over the course of 17 years, Paul took his manufacturing business from the garage to worldwide distribution by pursuing one goal —serve the customer by improving every day; with one ground rule—keep LEAN simple.

FastCap, with a product catalog of over 600 woodworking tools, now has 2,400 distributors in 40 countries. Paul credits the astounding business growth to a fun, dynamic culture in which each of the employees puts into practice at least one two-second improvement per day.  He developed the culture by hiring the right people, relentlessly teaching and reinforcing the eight wastes, and empowering people to experiment. 


About 2-second LEAN

Continuous improvement. It’s a practical way to improve your life every day by making simple, 2-second improvements. According to Paul “LEAN is not as complicated as all the experts and textbooks make it out to be. In fact, as you learn to incorporate a Lean approach to your life, you will see that the more LEAN thinking you have in your life, the more you will enjoy life.” 


What people are saying

Paul is an energetic speaker whose core passion is helping people discover their full potential and showing others how to implement Lean in their business and personal life. Paul’s passion for LEAN has taken him around the world to over 65 countries to work and speak with such notable organizations as the Israeli Defense Forces, Mercedes Benz, Amazon, the US Navy, Turner Construction, and many universities. From Kazakhstan to Iceland, Tasmania to Japan, Germany, Israel, Africa and Slovakia, you never know where Paul is ... but for sure he is teaching LEAN concepts with passion and excitement.

- “Paul was the best and most inspiring speaker I have heard in the two years I have been at Cambia.”

- “Very engaging. A dynamic speaker with great voice quality, presence, and command of the room. Great visual presentation tools. Nice balance of humor and insight to drive home the and reinforce his message see waste, and eliminate waste through continuous process improvement.”

- “Best two hours ever!”

His lessons aren’t all orthodox, but he swears by them and so do many other businesses. Come here Paul speak and learn 2-second LEAN, you’ll see firsthand how simple and fun it really is!


Register today to hear inspiring stories Paul and others!

The conference represents tremendous value with early bird and group discounts currently available. For more information visit the conference website at

Already registered? Share the conference information with a colleague and learn with your peers! Help your key customers and suppliers accelerate their LEAN journey – forward this email to your supply chain partners. And don’t forget to promote the conference on your social media channels to let your LEAN network know you’ll be part of this unique, can’t-miss event in Winnipeg this 2018.

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