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Laura Mottola

Laura Mottola

Lean Mining Institute/Lean Institute Canada

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. 

Laura is dedicated to Lean Thinking, Methodology, 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 Yamana Gold, 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.

Articles by Laura Mottola
How the Hoshin Kanri Process Coupled with Coaching Drives Lean Transformation, Part 2
Discover how a coach can help leaders execute a successful organizational transformation using the hoshin kanri process. More »
How the Hoshin Kanri Process Coupled with Coaching Drives Lean Transformation, Part 1
Learn about some of the intangibles you'll need to know to execute an organizational transformation using hoshin kanri. More »
Calling a Time-Out for Coaches
What's the most effective approach to coaching? Lean coaches Mark Reich and Laura Mottola share practical approaches that include methods such as invoking struggle, providing support, and giving direction; while suggesting ways to consider when each approach might be optimal for the situation. More »
Workshops Taught by Laura Mottola
Coaching to the Challenge How to respond, as a coach, in high-stress situations? How to develop capability in workers and keep the company afloat in a crisis? How to take action without taking away responsibility? What different coaching methods exist and when is it appropriate to use them? Facilitators Laura and Mark will guide you through these questions as you experience an immersive simulation in which managers and workers are confronted with a crisis situation and need to determine which type of coaching to use when. More »
Hoshin Kanri Remotely - Aligning and Executing on Your Organizational Objectives How to get your team rowing together! This workshop will help leaders understand Policy Deployment as a process for "de-selecting" initiatives down to the ones the organization can really achieve while aligning them with company strategic objectives and deploying them down through the organizational ranks. More »