Our Mission

The Lean Mining® Institute seeks to educate, coach and innovate with our colleagues and co-partners to lead the global mining and metals industry through long-term sustainable change and drive value for all its constituents.

Our Founder

Laura Mottola, M.Eng., P.Eng., Adm.A., CMC

Laura Mottola is the President and CEO of Flow Partners Inc., a Canadian consulting company with operations in Chile, and Director of Great Lakes Graphite Inc., a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. She is recognized globally as a leader in Lean Mining®, Mining Automation, Technology and Innovation in the natural resources sector. Laura is a mining engineer with a Masters of Engineering in Mining Automation from McGill University.
A seasoned professional and business leader with more than 20 years of global experience in mining, Laura was named one of 100 most inspirational women in mining by Women in Mining UK. Among many projects Laura developed and led a company-wide Business Improvement program based on Lean principles and statistical process control tools to develop a culture of operational excellence across open pit and underground mine sites in North and South America for Quadra FNX Mining Ltd. Currently Laura is leading an Operational Excellence program with a Lean foundation across operations at Sherritt International in Canada and Cuba.

Laura is dedicated to Lean Mining®, Innovation, development integration of concepts from other industries, and multidisciplinary approach strategies. She is a co-founder of the Lean Institute Canada and the founder of the Lean Mining® Institute. She is passionate about creating value, increasing productivity, social, environmental responsibility and teamwork in mining. Laura brings the multidimensional leadership and vision needed to generate dynamic and diverse opportunities in the mining sector
Laura has personally worked with clients such as Sherritt International Corp., Goldcorp, KGHM International, Sierra Gorda S.C.M., KMC Mining, Rio Tinto Technology & Innovation, IAMGold, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Alcoa, Syncrude, Suncor, Cambior, Inco, was a council member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum and currently is the Leader of the Integrated Operations Working Group for Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group


Lean Institute Canada is a proud member of Lean Global Network.
LGN is a community of lean thought leaders and practitioners with the goal of making things better by advancing lean thinking and practice throughout the world.

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