We take great pride in the multitude of achievements that have marked our group’s history over the years and even more in the testimonials we get from our employees, who take an active part in the development of Canam Group. Whether they are involved with product design, customer service, just-on-time delivery or research and development, their focus is always on the customer and on meeting customer needs.
Senior Vice President, Innovation Support
“From the time I joined Canam in 1991, my efforts have been focused on improving the company’s performance. For five years, I was a member of the committee that launched the continuous improvement program, called the Canam Merit Award program, at several of our business locations.
Up until 1996, my work consisted in carrying out time studies, developing tools and updating parameters for estimating labor costs.
Between 1996 and 1998, I coordinated continuous improvement projects at the St. Gédéon plant as well as the project to set up an industrial engineering team at St. Gédéon. I eventually assumed this coordinating role for all Canam plants. Since January 2004, I’ve been working with the Research Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CREM) team on the implementation of continuous improvement projects at Canam Group’s different business locations in Canada.
In 2005, we implemented 63 continuous improvement projects in ten of Canam Group’s plants or offices, a major increase compared to 2004. In fact, in 2004, during our first year, we implemented 14 improvement projects in four plants or offices. In 2005, during our second year, we exceeded our auto-financing goal, achieving an impressive 190%. I’m delighted with these results, which are a testament to our teamwork.
I’m happy with the work I do at Canam because I thrive on challenges. I get a chance to work with people from every sector of Canam’s plants and offices. Since continuous improvement projects require teamwork, I particularly enjoy the group process or “dynamics” of working towards common goals. That’s what makes my job so interesting.”
In 2000, I had the opportunity to do contractual work within a division of the Canam Group. A few months later, I was offered the position of Draft Clerk for another division. I joined the Goodco Z-Tech team as a receptionist in 2007, and I am currently employed as a Buyer. There is clearly a great deal of potential for advancement and change.
I enjoy working with a dynamic team in an environment where mutual cooperation and good humour reign on a daily basis, even during peak periods.
Parinaz Pakniat, M.A.Sc., P. Eng.
My goals regarding improvement of social comfort led me to a job at Canam Group. Here, hundreds of projects are carried out each year in bridge construction and rehabilitation. As Chief Engineer for Goodco Z-Tech products, I have acquired a comprehensive understanding of the manufacturing and design processes involved in the Company’s products. I have also established a good work relationship with my supervisor who remains available and attentive, and who has confidence in my capabilities. I am happy to have found my place within a great working environment. I am proud of the work we accomplish in our efforts to provide high-quality products for our customers, without compromise.
I feel motivated to work in a fast-paced company that offers considerable challenges to overcome, and that is precisely what I found working at Canam Group, first as Project Coordinator, Estimating and Sales, and more recently as Sales Supervisor for Goodco Z-Tech products.
What I enjoy most about my work is the opportunity to find solutions that move projects forward and to work with a multidisciplinary team that has the ability to respond quickly. I like the integrity that is found at Canam Group and the importance it places on not only total customer satisfaction, but also on its employees.