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NorthBridge Summer 2016 Newsletter

Lean Six Sigma Innovation


Editor’s Welcome — Lean Innovation: The Art of Making Less Into More

Continuous improvement in business is about more than just a set of operational principles to increase efficiency. It is a mindset, and a coprorate culture that is always geared towards finding better, more innovative solutions… Read more.


JIT, TPS, and the Roots of Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a management methodology that was proceeded by the ‘The Ford System’ and the ‘Just-In-Time’ (JIT) system that were developed to increase value in automotive manufacturing. Henry Ford developed the ‘The Ford System’ for producing the Model-T… Read more.


Guest Editor Spotlight: Henry Foppoli

As an Engineering Manager at NorthBridge Consultants for over five years, Henry manages a team of government funding specialists and assists clients in various industries such as automotive, plastics, tool and die, civil engineering, pulp and paper, oil and gas, and food… Read more.

Lean Six Sigma

Lean, SR&ED, and Innovation

Over the last century, Lean Six Sigma management principles have been successfully adopted by numerous companies of varying sizes and across diverse industries to gain an advantage in an extremely competitive environment… Read more.

Process Improvement

The Future of Lean Manufacturing

Lean Six Sigma management philosophy was born in a manufacturing sector from the realization that much time and resources are wasted on transportation, unnecessary movement, idle time, defects, over-processed goods, overproduction and inventory… Read more.


Creating Value in Transactional Businesses

Lean Six Sigma emerged in a manufacturing environment, but there is a growing trend of companies in the transactional industry implementing Lean Six Sigma practices. A wide variety of businesses including banks, insurance companies, hospitals… Read more.

Lean Startup

Preventing Financial Losses in SMEs and Start-Ups

Inspired by the high efficiency of large lean companies, small- to medium-sized enterprises, including start-up companies, have been adopting Lean Six Sigma management principles in order to develop high value processes with minimal waste… Read more.


Enhancing Innovation in Large Companies

One of the main challenges currently facing large established companies is maintaining a balance between achieving incremental product/service improvements with existing products/services for growing the current target market… Read more.


Lean Innovation Leaders

Today’s business leaders face a range of challenges from domestic and international competition to changing consumer needs and global economic turmoil. The demand for innovation, both on the shop floor and in the board room, is strong… Read more.

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Training Grants Available for Quality Management System Implementations

The implementation of quality management system (QMS) standards is one way in which a company can improve their performance by reducing non-conformance issues. 9001:2015 is the latest version of international standards published by ISO, and it was developed in such a way as to allow ISO implementation with the company’s current QMS. In the latest edition of ISO, ‘risk-based thinking’ is a major focus in order to help companies maintain product and service conformance.

With ISO, companies can develop the right processes and procedures to grow export sales and thus boost their position in the global market. Because global competition requires in-depth knowledge of the latest trends in products and services, it is essential for companies to have a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce. The Yves Landry AIME Global grant can help innovative manufacturers in southern Ontario to train their employees on the implementation of a quality management software system.  AIME Global can provide up to $50 thousand of non-repayable funding to southern-Ontario manufacturers to assist with such projects.  Funding must be secured prior to project implementation, so if you are planning on investing in or upgrading your QMS, it is strongly recommended that you commence looking into AIME Global now.

SR&ED Projects From Star Trek

If the inventors of the technological innovations depicted in the Star Trek franchise conducted their research and development (R&D) in Canada and had been Canadian-Controlled Private Corporations, they could have been eligible for funding using the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program. In SR&ED, there are several industries and sub-sectors that are eligible for this funding. Let’s take a look at four technological innovations shown in Star Trek and which sub-sector and industry they would fall under:

Doctor Noonian Soong’s Androids: Soong went through a few iterations of androids before he developed Data, a robotic system that was stable and technologically advanced enough to work safely side by side with his human counterparts. Data had the capacity to learn from his surroundings and fellow crew mates. Soong’s work in cybernetics could have been eligible for funding through the artificial intelligence sub-sector in the Information Technology Industry.

VISOR: This was a medical device that provided vision to the blind. It sent electromagnetic signals to the brain using neural implants. Because this was an electromedical device that used known electromagnetic signals in a new way as well as improved patient care, the inventors of the VISOR could have been eligible for funding through the electromedical and electrotherapeutic apparatus sub-sectors in the Biotech Industry.

Tricorder: This was a highly advanced device to scan, record, and analyze biological, electromagnetic, and chemical data. There had been several iterations of the tricorder, which were used by engineers and medical doctors. Because this was a device designed to improve the detection and analysis of data, this invention could have been eligible for SR&ED funding through the data transmission protocols and firmware and software development sub-sectors in the Information Technology Industry.

Holodeck – One of the main purposes of this system was to allow the crew to train or unwind from a stressful day using interactive gaming technology. A plethora of stories and situations could be programmed into the holodeck. Although this invention could potentially receive funding through the gaming sub-sector in the Information Technology Industry because of advanced development of a gaming engine, the interactive property of the holodeck aligns with eligibility criteria for funding through the Digital Gaming Industry.

You may have noticed that the inventors went through several design iterations as well made improvements upon existing technology. In SR&ED, the more revisions a project has, the better.

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Learn From The Experts: Government Funding Seminar in Abbotsford, BC

Don’t miss an opportunity to learn from the experts about how different government funding programs can help you realize and accelerate your corporate goals. Register today to attend a free breakfast seminar on government funding and learn about funding opportunities to support growth, investment in innovation, and workforce development.

Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7:30 am — Breakfast and Networking
8:00 am — Presentation and Q&A

Location: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, 2nd Floor Boardroom.
32900 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC (Enter by Chatters and Walk left)

Presenters:  Jaap Siekman, NorthBridge Consultants Regional Manager for Western Canada, and Erik Kaas, Innovation Advisor for the National Research Council of Canada Concierge Service.

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The seminar will cover a range of topics including:

Upcoming Breakfast Seminar on Government Grants in Abbotsford, BC

Join us at the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, September 30th for a free breakfast and Seminar on Government Funding presented by our Regional Manager for Western Canada, Jaap Siekman, as well as the Innovation Advisor for the National Research Council of Canada Concierge Service, Erik Kaas.

Time: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7.30 am- Breakfast and Networking
8.00 am- Presentation and Q&A

Location: Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, 2nd Floor Boardroom.
32900 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford (Enter by Chatters and Walk left)

[Online registration]

This seminar will cover a variety of options for leveraging government grants and loans in addition to a special presentation on SR&ED tax credits for Research and Development.

There exists an expanse of Canadian business funding programs targeting business growth, innovation, and workforce development, for companies in various industries, from manufacturing to digital media, plastics and chemicals, food processing, and biotechnology. Sourcing funding from various programs can give companies the edge they need to secure a competitive advantage and take their business to the next level; however, navigating through the government funding system and staying up to date with new program developments can be challenging while also trying to contend with everyday business operations.

NorthBridge Consultants has been assisting companies in accessing government funding for over 20 years. As one of the largest independent government funding consultation firms in Canada, our objective is to maximize the government funding potential for our clients in accordance with corporate objectives.
Please note that online registration for the seminar is required for catering purposes.

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