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All seven keynotes now confirmed for Embracing Excellence, including Dr. Dave Williams – astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor and scientist

Published by CME Manitoba on January 08, 2018

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 full of inspirational, motivating stories.

Keynote Dave Williams will be speaking on ‘Pursuing Excellence - Lessons from the Edge’. As an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor and scientist; Dr. Williams describes himself as ‘just a curious kid from Saskatchewan.’ But how do you describe a man who has probed the depths of the sea, piloted jets, been launched twice into the stratosphere on the space shuttle, eyeballed the microscopic and contributed to the physical health of too many to count? Curious indeed!

Most doctors and scientists apply their specialized skills in relative anonymity. Yet among them are people whose character and performance so exceed the limits of their profession they can’t be ignored. Dr. Williams is one. A remarkable man who was not only a research scientist, professor and medical doctor when he drew the attention of NASA, but a pilot too. 

One of just four out of 5,300 space program applicants selected, Dave soon joined the ranks of the fewer than 500 astronauts worldwide chosen for a mission since 1961. He logged more than 13 million miles in space and participated in ground-breaking research into microgravity and its effects on the brain and nervous system. His time on the International Space Station included three spacewalks, two of which he led. Following this, he assumed the prestigious role of Director of The Space & Life Sciences Directorate at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. 

Today, Dr. Williams is the Director of the Centre for Medical Robotics at McMaster University and for the last six years has served as President and CEO at Southlake Regional Health Centre, creating a culture where innovation, implementation of best practices, fiscal responsibility and patient-centered care is engrained in the fabric of the organization. This presentation will show how we can work together to create a culture where a passion for excellence thrives.


Register today to hear inspiring stories from Dave and others!


The conference represents tremendous value with early bird and group discounts currently available. Hurry and register soon, as the 30 per cent discount ends in just two short weeks! 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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