“I have worked with Andrew for almost Seven years now. We both started at Magna at the same time. I have supported the growth from Engineering Manager to Assistant General Manger during our time together. Andrew is literally one of the Best Lean guys around. I have seen entire plants and a company turn around their 5’S program because of him. Andrew has an exceptional ability to create outstanding team accomplishments; he treats his people with the utmost respect. During his time at Van Rob he conducted himself with the highest level of integrity and character. He has a very strong ability to build systems for others to use and follow. I am most proud of how he handled the shutting of his facility this year. Up until the very last day he treated everyone with the respect they deserved. His professionalism never wavered one bit. I think any company who takes Andy on will benefit from his character and ability. I would strongly endorse him for any position. He has proven time and time again he is a Leader that will not turn from any situation.”
Stuart Fraser, Director & General Manager Operations, Van-Rob Inc.
“As a support department to Andrew, his requests were always clear and concise. He was able to put together a strong team while creating a positive work environment to ensure his facility exceeded targets and expectations with both our customers and our company.”
Anne Dirksen-Cairoli, Corporate Purchasing Manager, Van-Rob Inc.
“Andrew is an excellent leader who cares about the development of his employees. He commits significant time resources to personal development and to coaching/mentoring others. His expertise in Lean Manufacturing, 6-Sigma and Change Management are significant assets to him as a senior manager.”
Jeff Molyneaux, Engineering Manager, Van-Rob Inc.
“Andy is very knowledgeable and data driven manager. We worked together on a critical asset plan and a press improvement initiative for Van Rob. He is a very performance and continuous improvement minded leader whose knowledge and experience was an asset to the group. Andy is a team player and a pleasure to work with.”
Robert Clark, Operations Manager, Van-Rob Inc.
“Andy is an excellent leader who is able to clearly define company goals and objectives and then provide the necessary support to achieve them. He is very strong in Continuous Improvement, 5S and Lean Manufacturing. As a coach and mentor he had a positive effect on his entire team and had a great impact on both my personal and professional life. I enjoyed working for Andy and would not hesitate to work for him in the future.”
Dino Borsato, Tool Room Supervisor, Van-Rob Inc.
“Top qualities: Dedicated, professional, goal driven Working with Andy on H&S issues was a refreshingly positive experience. Tight deadlines were accommodated at his plant and his management commitment was unprecedented. Andy's plant was the only plant that I could count on having Andy not only tell the employees but show them that safety was really first. Andy's commitment to H&S training was boldly apparent by his presence and participation at the training sessions. If Andy's schedule would not allow his full attendance but he always made an appearance and followed up with me to get his training completed. Andy was the only Van-Rob GM that I not only did not have to chase for completion but he wanted to know what my compliance rate was. Everybody at the plant knew this and respected his empowerment to them. When I brought H&S issues from the floor to Andy his response was efficient and progressive. A focus group was created on the spot with the effected employees and a cost-effective solution was worked out immediately. Work was stopped, employees were re-deployed and the fix was implemented. Andy formed focus groups prior to implementation of a new lines, he understood the challenges between production and H&S and made them work together not against each other. It was always GREAT to be part of the launch team. It was a pleasure working with Andy, I would definitely recommend Andy for a challenging leadership role.”
Lissa Gosling, Health and Safety Coordinator, Van-Rob Inc.
"Andy is no doubt a great leader. He is relentless in his pursuit for excellence in Lean Manufacturing, 5S and Total Quality Management. His "can-do" attitude is second to none. Andy has the ability to form teams and empower his team members to perform to their fullest potential. He has genuine cares for his subordinates' personal and professional needs. I enjoyed working for Andy and would not hesitate to work for him in the future."
Vinh Nguyen, Program Manager, Van-Rob Inc.
“Andrew was known as Mr. 5 S. He was the embodiment of 5-S in Van Rob that it became the global standard for us. His relentless drive of the concept made it part of the operating process across three countries. He is a true believer of Lean manufacturing concepts and Six Sigma and provides leadership, support and personally facilitates and coaches his peers and direct reports on Kaizens events, Visual management techniques, Zero Quality attainment and Pull systems.”
Raveen Satkurunathan, Manufacturing Development Manager, Van-Rob Inc.
“I was hired by Andy when I was an engineering student and worked with him for about three years. He transformed me from a student to an effective leader/team member/engineer. He trusted me with responsibility, and gave me the opportunity to lead complex projects that involved multiple levels of management early in my career. He clearly defines the expectations and offers his full support in achieving them. He always brought the best out of his people at all times by challenging and motivating them. I know him from outside work as well, and he is extremely effective in what he does. He is highly committed to health & safety, lean manufacturing, 5S, strategic planning,coaching & mentoring, continuous improvement and change management. He is an affective leader, motivator, mentor, boss and person. He was always a pleasure to work with.”
Faraaz Bahmany, Manufacturing Engineering Specialist, Van-Rob Inc.
"Andy is a great leader and I learned a lot from him for the short time I worked at Van-Rob. Andy always made the expectations clear to me and provided all necessary support to get things done on time on budget. Andy will be the leader to get the team through this extremely tough time for automotive. The team will come out of this recession stronger than ever."
Wendy Chen, Manufacturing Engineering Specialist, Van-Rob Inc.
"Andy is results driven manager of people and systems. He is excellent at making any team around him - better. His biggest strengths are imprinting forward motion systems in areas of his control and making them part of the culture. Examples are 5S and lean manufacturing concepts. Andy is a valuable asset to any manufacturing company looking to improve their corporate culture and improve profitability."
Darren Charbonneau, Production Manager, Magna - Dortec Industries
"As a Co-Op Student, I reported to Andy from May 2002 to May 2003. He played an integral part in my development at Magna Closures. His passion for "Lean" is evident. To me he represented forward thinking in an environment that wasn't always conducive to it. On a more personal level, Andy knows how to develop people. There were points through my Co-Op where I was challenged to the brink of failure, but I never failed. Andy carefully selected my projects and allowed me to rapidly develop my confidence and skills which ultimately set me up for success. In my mind this is a quintessential trait of a good manager. Based on his knowledge and people skills, I would recommend Andy for any position requiring Leadership of Lean Implementation."
Moiz Tayabji, Industrial Engineer, Magna - Dortec Industries
"As a direct report to Andy I was able get clear & concise direction and was able to work easily and effectively within his boundaries. As a manager now, I aspire to his level of organization, his ability to create a light atmosphere while driving to get us all organized and formalized so that we made deliberate and planned steps."
Steven Martin, Industrial Engineer, Ford Electronics
"Andrew worked as a member of our management team, responsible for Alfield's goal of improving productivity on the plant floor and implementing cost reductions. During this time, Andrew demonstrated his strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment."Joanne Radford, General Manager, Alfield Industries
"I've known Andrew for more than 5 years. During that time, I mentored and coached Andrew while he was employed at Van-Rob and at Dortec. I watched Andrew evolve from a manager into a leader as the General Manager at Van-Rob. Andrew has a winning attitude that makes him successful in both his career and family goals that he sets. He is well organized and sets goals and objectives for himself and his direct reports. He builds strong and lasting relationships by gaining trust and empowering his team. He cares about the people reporting to him by wanting them to reach their full potential. He spends time with his direct reports mentoring and coaching them to be successful in their own goals and objectives. He is an outgoing person who takes the time to listen to people's concerns and helps them come up with the best solutions to resolve issues. Andrew most importantly knows that development is an ongoing process and continuously strives to improve himself and his team. I would happily recommend Andrew for any leadership position he is seeking."
Frank Kreze, President, Leadership Management International Canada