JEFF KENT

BUSINESS & INNOVATION CONSULTANT

SUMMARY

20+ years of manufacturing project management and technology innovation strategy; Versatile industry intrapreneurship and leadership.

SKILLS and STRENGTHS

  • Business strategy, risk analysis and planning; Business Model and Strategy Canvas;

  • Lead group innovation and design thinking workshops: Concept Mapping, Affinity Diagrams, Story Boarding;

  • Financial management, planning, analysis and budgeting; Strategy Maps, Balanced Score Card and Activity Based Costing;

  • Develop project scopes, plans, objectives, and KPI's; Track milestones and deliverables using MS Project.

  • An analytical thinker who is able to identify business risks and efficiencies;

  • Strong stakeholder presenter and PowerPoint builder, cross-functional team leader, collaborator and negotiator.

  • Identify and analyze key industry trends and write research reports; Blue Ocean Strategy & Market Validation Canvas.

EXPERIENCE

Kent Success Consulting – Business & Innovation Consultant/Founder, Toronto, Ontario (Nov. 2017 - );

  • Providing innovative programs and strategies for real measurable results and greatness.

  • No matter what stage your business is at, I will advise and guide you through business growth, innovation, and success strategies to get the real results that you need.

  • l provide unbiased advice and strategies to uncover solutions that people close to your business have overlooked, so you can focus on putting your ideas into action.

RAMP Group – Project Manager, Waterloo, Ontario (2017);

  • Determined resources for completing large innovation projects on time and within budget using MS Project;

  • Managed complex production innovation projects for multi-national manufacturing clients;

  • Managed client relationships through email, team WebEx meetings, phone and onsite meetings;

  • Managed budget forecasts and wrote client status reports and change order requests.

TD Bank Innovation LabInnovation Program Analyst, Kitchener, Ontario (Communitech), (2016);

  • Researched innovation articles and methodologies to help assess and evaluate TD Lab's partner innovation projects;

  • Interviewed senior corporate managers;

  • Developed several digital TD template tools, from data analysis, for improved partner transparency;

  • Wrote innovation analysis reports and made presentations to TD Lab manager.

Eleven-x – Business Success Analyst, Waterloo, Ontario (Accelerator Centre), (2015-16); 
Wireless IoT LoRa network system builders and innovative microprocessor engineers.

  • Researched, interviewed and analyzed IoT wireless semiconductor companies for strategicindustry information;

  • Wrote IoT semi-conductor industry analysis reports;

  • Developed a strategic database of potential wireless semi-conductor partners and clients.

JDK Project Consulting Project Management Consultant, Toronto, Ontario (2010-15);

  • Global technology research and advice;

  • Production technology consulting with written reports and client presentations;

  • Efficiency and innovation project management and strategy development – Short-termcontracts.

Stackpole International – Automation Project Manager, Mississauga, Ontario, (2000-09);
Multi-national award-winning designer and manufacturer of precision engineered powertrain components and oil pump systems.

  • Compiled and implemented in-process data analytics with innovative programming techniques on several projects. Result: Scrap rate was reduced by 18%;

  • Increased production operation throughput with innovative automation programming. Result: Revenues were increased by 150% over a 7-year period;

  • Strategized with management on operations improvements. Using Agile processes, analyzed in-process programs then led a re-programming initiative for improved efficiency. Result: Cycle times were reduced by 33%;

  • Monitored project milestones and deliverables against schedules, budgets and KPI's;

  • Prioritized advanced technology solutions with Sr. management;

  • Managed numerous automation projects ($75k - $2M), defining scopes, objectives and plans. Result: Output quadrupled in 8 years, reducing costs up to 50%;

  • Monitored and analyzed project supplier procurements and developed new vendor partner specifications for components and systems. Result: Attained discount agreements of 14% to 20%;

  • Wrote technical reference manuals and trained personnel on updated automation equipment.

Exco Technologies, Engineering Div. – Automation Specialist, Newmarket, Ontario, (1996-2000);
A global leader in engineering and building large high pressure die cast tooling for industry. Interchangeable Slide concept pioneers and multi NADCA & OEM award winners.

  • Consult and provide innovative programmable PLC and automation control solutions;

  • Team-up with ME & EE engineers on special R&D prototype programs and testing;

  • Collaborate on equipment CapEx budgets and procurement for R&D test centre;

  • Travel with executive managers to learn customer NPI operations specifications;

  • Specify, negotiate, and procure various automation equipment and control systems.

United Technologies, Otis Elevator Div. – Field Project Manager, Toronto, Ont. (1989-93);
A multinational, multi award-winning leader, in the design, engineering and manufacturing of elevators, escalators and moving walkways for commercial buildings, high-rises and public buildings.

  • Started out as construction superintendent's assistant - procuring equipment and materials, doing field employee computer payroll, assisting with material logistics;

  • Responsible for construction department warehouse;

  • Became a field project manager, responsible for elevator installations up to $800k.

NON-PROFIT WORK

KMRA Non-Profit AssociationFounder and President; Mississauga/Haliburton, Ontario (1999-2011); 
A members’ association to fund, build, and maintain a 1.8 km private cottage road.

  • Collaborated with 3 levels of government and consulted project stakeholders on an effective 1.8 km private member cottage road design;

  • Analyzed scenarios and made several presentations. Project approved within 6 months;

  • Developed project scope, objectives, plans and capitalization budget;

  • Deliverables completed on budget and schedule within very tight permit deadlines;

  • Developed private cottage road association policies with members.

EDUCATION

Master of Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET), Conrad School, University of Waterloo, (2015-16);

  • An innovative accelerated business degree, specializing in technology business management and entrepreneurship.

    • Norman Esch Scholarship Award for research and business plan.

Honours Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com), York University, Toronto (2011-15);

  • Key Electives: Project Management, Technology Mgmt., Business Strategy, Managing Teams, Digital Marketing, Qualitative Research, Management Information Systems, Management Policy, Finance, Organizational Theory & Design.

    • On the Dean's List.

Diploma – Industrial Control Systems, Automation, Humber College, Toronto (1994-1996);

  • William G. Bell achievement award recipient.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES

  • Fundamentals of Management Consulting (CMC), University of Waterloo, (2016);

  • Technical Sales (TSC), University of Waterloo, (2016);

  • Project Management (PMBOK), York University, (2014);

  • Canadian Securities Course (CSC); Personal Financial Planning (PFP); Conduct & Practices Handbook (CPH), Canadian Securities Institute, Toronto, (2009-11).