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about clare monteau

With a PhD in Chemistry, I completed my postdoctoral studies and began my career in the pharmaceutical industry, as a chemist developing processes to make new drugs, followed by a period managing the manufacture of pharmaceutical materials for clinical trials. Managing the complex interaction of operations, chemistry, engineering, quality, safety that are required for success fascinated me, and gave me an appetite for the tools and philosophies of Continuous Improvement.  I then took on the newly created role of Continuous Improvement Leader for my organization, creating and delivering training, and leading business improvements through the use of Lean and Six Sigma practices, using my understanding of the business to impact the most needed areas.

Through my consulting work during the past 5 years, I have been facilitating business improvement, training organizations and impacting business and government agencies, delivering tools to teams and individuals that allow them to create workplaces where problems are solved, relationships flourish, and productivity grows. My trainings and programs offer unique opportunities to develop both processes and people that has people feel powerful and supported, excited about what they can achieve for themselves and their organizations.

For the past 20 years, my exploration of body-based wisdom has grown; informing my choices and expanding my world. Through teaching Nia and yoga, and studying at schools at the forefront of feminine leadership, I have learned to harness the intelligence of the body to enhance my personal and professional life. My coaching offerings for women transform the most challenging parts of their lives into the most magnificent, giving them new skills to experience themselves with more clarity, confidence and self-mastery.

“Clare brings an incredible amount of substance to the table in an area where one could simply spin the rhetoric of lean thinking and operational improvement strategies. Instead, Clare rolls her sleeves up and methodically deconstructs the operation to the micro detail level while always maintaining a connection to the big picture and overall objectives.  She gets at root cause to waste issues and involves the team in coming up with real solutions.  She then maintains a connection even after she leaves to ensure that managers and team members alike are continuing to move forward and check/adjust the action plan as required.  It’s also quite obvious (and refreshing) that conscious effort to ensure her services are undeniably value-added.  She really cares.  She does a great service to consultants in general, where often times we pay top dollar for ‘expert’ consultation services only to be given lecture on lofty principles without any real substance in the form of the application of those principles to the complex issue at hand.

In short she delivers real results.”
- Christian Phillips Senior Director, AMRI Burlington