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Alain Gardner

Alain Gardner - Member Profile

Montreal, Canada

B.Eng, Polytechnique Montréal
Grant Thorton

Alain is a hands-on team-developing executive with 25+ years of international industry and business consulting experience. From the board to the floor and back to the board, he has a proven track record of building and leading cross-functional teams to work collaboratively and solve complex operational and business issues. He has performed as a senior executive with an international building products manufacturer and in global consulting organizations, focusing on delivering transformational and business-building initiatives for his clients.

Alain has led engagements serving large corporations in the USA, Canada, France, Mexico, Brazil, and Greece. His projects have focused on a wide range of issues like Operational turnaround, cost reduction, BPR, working capital optimization, organization redesign, customer experience, Construction Project Management, and Vendor Management. He has experience and accomplishments in multiple industries, including construction, mining, oil & gas, resources& forest products, energy, manufacturing, utilities, professional and financial services.

Alain’s industry experience includes leading the Enterprise Decision Support (EDS) setup team for one of Canada’s largest forest products enterprises with the mandate to support the Senior Executive Team in delivering enterprise-wide optimization. He collaborated across multiple lines to integrate and lead cross-business process improvement initiatives.

He recently led a project for a Canadian mining operation to identify and implement working capital and cost reduction savings of $ 57 million to mitigate an expense increase and a 20% extension to the delivery schedule. This included setting up a multiple-stakeholder PMO to integrate all partnering Businesses and developing ongoing processes, skills, and ability to enable continuous improvement. He was able to leverage this experience and offer other mining contractors services to double their productivity and performance.

Alain is a Canadian Citizen residing in Montreal, Quebec. He holds a P. Eng. designation, as he graduated from École Polytechnique de Montreal in Industrial Engineering. He also holds 6 Sigma Black Belt designation (Juran Institute) and a ACC designation from International Coaching Federation (Forton Group-Leadership Coach). Alain is fluently bilingual French-English.

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