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About H4M Lean

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About H4M Lean

H4M Lean Consulting Group

is a Canadian training and consulting firm specializing in leading-edge Lean strategies to improve productivity, performance and ROI of small & mid-sized businesses and metropolitan / city municipalities.

Our Mission

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Our Mission

Learning, Achieving and Contributing to Lean Culture.

At H4M Lean Consulting Group, our mission is to help businesses and organizations deploy Lean thinking and methodology effectively, and become powerful performers both individually and as a team.

Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

The H4M Lean Consulting Group Associates

The H4M associates are a unique group of professionals with a wide range of collective experience in a variety of industries and sectors in Canada, the US and abroad.

Our consultants' expertise in Lean tools, systems and methodologies and dedication to Lean principles make H4M Lean Consulting Group a front-runner in the field of Lean Transformation and Lean training.

Please contact us to find out more or inquire about any of our Lean Consulting & Training services.

Hamid Zarazvand, DEISE, P. Eng.

President and CEO of H4M Lean Consulting Group Hamid Zaravzand has over 25 years of experience in all phases of Lean Transformation strategies in the manufacturing and service sectors, municipalities and more.

Holding a Master's degree and Engineering Doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC) in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), Mr. Zarazvand has an extensive professional background in engineering, production & material control, process improvement and quality assurance as a Lean champion and a Lean practitioner.

With more than 20 years of executive leadership experience at leading firms, including VP of Operations for a multi-plant / international manufacturing company, Mr. Zarazvand has initiated and been directly involved in the successful implementation and maintenance of Lean thinking; utilizing tools such as 5-S, Kanban, Kaizen, and VSM in a variety of industry sectors and municipal operations. He has coordinated, conducted and instructed both in-class and on-site seminars and workshops related to Lean principles & methodologies for all levels of staff and management for client businesses and organizations.

Ali M. Taghipour, BSc

Ali Taghipour has over 35 years of experience in finance and cash management in the industry and banking sectors. Highly proficient at developing and implementing cash management operations for large corporations, Mr. Taghipour enjoys sizing up difficult situations and developing strategic solutions.

Before joining H4M’s North American and Asian operation in 2011, Mr Taghipour applied process improvement principles in many different manufacturing / service environments; resulting in increases of 25% in profitability, 30% in productivity and 40% reductions of inventory. These improvements ultimately led to the reversal of the need for extreme downsizing or lay-offs of experienced workers; leading Mr. Taghipour to become one of the foremost Lean financial practitioners.

As an associate for the global arm of H4M Lean Consulting, Mr. Taghipour has been responsible for the oversight of consultancy results, cultivation of client relationships and brand development in the commercial / financial and health care sectors.

Ali A. Motaghedi, MS

Ali Motaghedi is CFO of several companies, with over 30 years of financial management experience in the service sector and an excellent record of implementing Lean principles and methodologies in administrative / office environments.

Mr. Motaghedi shares the H4M team’s passion for waste reduction, process improvement and voice of customer (VOC) activities. He holds MSc in Management with an option in Financial Management from West Coast University, Los Angeles, California and has an extensive background in initiating product cost accounting to managers as a basic tool for analyzing Lean throughout the company.

From his roots in cost accounting in the service sector, Mr. Motaghedi rose to leadership positions in the manufacturing and service sectors to establish work standards, cycle times and work-sampling techniques as raw data for product cost accounting.

Mohamad G. Tahaffari

Mohamad Tahaffari has over 25 years of experience in Lean procurement approaches in a range of industries.

Mr. Tahaffari is an expert in using Lean tools such as the Kaizen 'blitz'; specializing in purchasing and sourcing the technical aspects of Lean Transformation in internationally operating firms: Reducing lead-times by almost 50%, increasing inventory turns by more than 4x a year, setting up inventory Kanban and reducing inventory levels by 30% and optimizing movement of material between inventories.

Hushyar Faghihi

Hushyar Faghihi has over 20 years of experience implementing world-class Lean Transformation tools and Lean culture in manufacturing and consulting firms.

Mr. Faghihi has extensive knowledge on productivity improvement techniques and managing Lean operations, and has a strong professional background as a Lean expert; practicing Lean tools such as Kaizen and strategic management in collaboration with Japanese partners.

A specialist in Lean Transformation at macro-economic and international industry levels, Mr. Faghihi has significant experience in designing, planning and running textile industry units as well as implementing Lean productivity techniques in industries such as auto manufacturing.

Mojdeh A. Ghafari, BSc

Mojeh Ghafari has over 15 years of experience in the health sciences and safety standards within a variety of industries and service sectors.

As a Health and Safety professional and one of the few experienced Lean practitioners in the field, Ms. Ghafari has spent the last 10 years delivering a range of educational development and training courses within the H & S sector.

Ms Ghafari's work is always to the benefit of employer and employees. She has an excellent history working with nursing homes in process optimization and waste reduction, and her expertise in implementing the 5-S System in hospitals and related health care industries enables firms and facilities to achieve sustainable process improvements with related cost savings.

Maryam Zarazvand

Maryam Zarazvand has over 5 years of consulting experience with small to mid-scale health care providers in the industry and service sector.

As a Health and Safety specialist, Ms. Zarazvand has initiated the application of Lean principals in health care systems such as hospitals and long-term care facilities. Her expertise includes Lean process improvement, health care facility design, and internal training; with a passion for team coaching, competitive collaboration and integrating the needs of individuals into the change process.


Environmental Policy

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Environmental Policy

Reduce Your Footprint with H4M

Introducing the H4M Lean Environmental Package

H4M Lean's Environmental Package is a comprehensive approach to your business or organization, providing your team with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively develop, implement, and maintain a Lean and advanced EMS (Environmental Management System).

A Toolkit for Practical Strategies

Understanding ISO 14001 requirements, needs, and implementation methods can be challenging. Most businesses and organizations spend a great deal of time and money simply trying to understand what they need to do to achieve their objectives - time and money better spent on improving processes, providing customer service and reducing environmental footprint.

In order to eliminate the time and expense of  the trial and error process, H4M has created the Lean Environment Package: A toolkit of practical strategies and techniques to help businesses reduce their energy use and  improve their environmental performance, while achieving Lean goals such as quality improvement, waste reduction  and increased customer responsiveness.

Put Yourself in Good Company

Some of the world's top manufacturers have utilized the Lean energy efficiency strategy with excellent results; including General Electric, who have reduced their greenhouse gasses and saved more than $70 million since 2005, and Toyota (North America), who have reduced their energy use and greenhouse gasses by 30% per vehicle since 2000.

As with all Lean principles and practices, businesses and organizations of all sizes will experience tangible, sustainable results to their financial, environmental and productivity objectives.

Top 3 Reasons for Integrating Lean Energy Efficiency:

  1. Cost savings: Reducing energy costs has significant impact on business performance, even when costs are hidden in overhead or facility accounts.
  2. Climate change and environmental risk: Pro-actively addressing the environmental and climate impacts of energy use is increasingly important to industry and to society. Failure to do so is a potential business risk.
  3. Competitive advantage: Lowering recurring costs, improving staff morale and responding to customer expectations for environmental performance and energy efficiency increases your company’s competitive advantage.

The H4M Lean Environmental Package Includes:

  1. Coordination of Lean energy management
  2. Case study: Lean energy management at Toyota
  3. Energy management strategies
  4. Focus on the main issues of energy management
  5. Sample Lean energy use practices in industries
  6. Lean energy stream mapping
  7. Lean and Kaizen techniques for energy use
  8. Integration strategies for energy-reduction efforts into total productive maintenance (TPM)
  9. Focus on energy waste reduction
  10. And more!


From the President

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From the President

Dear Lean champions and Lean believers,

Thank you for your interest in H4M Lean Consulting Group Inc. services and training programs. As Lean practitioners to numerous companies, we take pride of the fact that our Lean experience backed by years of actual Lean strategy and implementation. Our approach is simple and effective, and our clients come to us through direct referrals and word of mouth. We do business with the highest ethical standards in respect to the environment, embrace our social responsibilities and work to build economic prosperity today and for the future generations.

We hope that you will find ways to reduce waste, improve strategy, and grow to become a world-class company.

Our slogan, "Never put off tomorrow what you do today", represents our vision of guiding companies toward a new future: a state designed to provide high customer value (VOC) while minimizing risk and muda (waste). The core value of the H4M Lean Transformation is a belief in people's ability to develop, innovate, and grow; to imagine what possible through Lean and  create a bright, promising and competitive future.

At H4M Lean Inc, we believe in collaboration to build a better future for all organizations. We are proud of the wealth of experience and knowledge of the professionals on our team; and committed to providing our clients with the highest value and most innovative solutions through Lean thinking and strategy. I am proud to say our team is the best you can ask for.

Any time you wish to discuss Lean strategy, principles or resources, please drop us a line.

Sincerely yours,

Hamid Zarazvand, DEISE, P. Eng.