Lean is a customer orientated business improvement methodology which utilizes a continuous improvement framework (with a user friendly set of tools) to enhance processes and add value through the elimination of waste. Originally utilized in manufacturing environments, Lean has been used for several decades. Today, it is increasingly used across the whole enterprise, including the Finance function. By adopting a Lean approach, an organization can focus on creating processes that better support the organization strategy, while significantly reducing complexity.

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Melanie A. McLagan, Director and KPMG – Lean Leader in Canada
Melanie is a trained and experienced change agent consultant, trainer, facilitator and speaker working with senior teams and Boards for 14 years to identify the critical levers to improvement. She supports and has delivered on the strategic execution of cultural and operational excellence programs. Certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Melanie has led various assignments using Lean, Six Sigma and other process improvement methodologies. In addition, Melanie is the Lean Trainer in Canada for the KPMG Lean Academyand is responsible for training people at all levels from executives to front-line staff

Channen Tan, Senior Manager on rotation from KPMG Australia
Channen is a Lean-accredited chartered accountant specializing in clients in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Channen is on rotation to the KPMG Toronto office and has experience with applying Lean concepts to financial processes and internal controls. Channen has worked with various teams across the world including Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Sydney and now Toronto to support the use of Lean. In Canada, Channen works closely with KPMG’s Management Consulting practice to assist clients with using Lean in their back-office functions including the month-end, accounts payable and payroll processes.

Amit Chalam, Senior Manager, Financial Services
Amit is a chartered accountant from India and a member of the Toronto Chapter of the ICAI. He is senior manager in the Toronto Financial Services practice of KPMG, and he has over 13 years of experience in providing financial statement audits, integrated audits and business process advisory services to various large financial institutions in Toronto, New York and Bangalore. Amit has assisted various large multinational financial services companies in improving internal controls and processes over financial reporting by coordinating simultaneously with client and KPMG teams all over the world including US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has worked with Companies in various industries