Brent D. Timmerman Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Brent D. Timmerman

Chief Innovation Officer
Department of Families, Government of Manitoba

Brent Timmerman has an engineering background and has worked in both the private sector and the public sector. Brent has experience leading large organizations, including technical, professional, and operations teams. Brent has first-hand experience with starting an organizational Lean culture change from the very beginning. He trains leaders on how to support innovation within their organizations, and he trains teams how to use the tools of Lean and continuous improvement for daily management.


Brent Timmerman worked for 15 years in the aerospace industry in a variety of engineering and leadership roles, travelling extensively to various international corporate facilities.  In 2012, Brent moved to the public sector by joining Manitoba Housing as an Executive Director, and later became the Chief Operating Officer.  As COO, he worked with the organization to introduce Lean management principles. In 2018, Brent became the Chief Innovation Officer for the Manitoba Government Department of Families, deploying a strategy that focuses on leadership and employee engagement to create a culture of improvement and operational excellence. In his current role, Brent has developed a training program entitled “Leadership Principles for Effective Innovation” and by the end of 2019, over 300 civil service leaders from 10 departments, from managers to assistant deputy ministers, will have completed the program.

Brent has a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute, and a Lean Blackbelt Champion with Lean Sensei International.  Brent is passionate about leadership and continuous improvement and he believes that innovation management approaches can be applied in any organization, public-sector, private-sector, or non-profit.

Brent lives in Winnipeg, Canada. He is married to Trish, and together they have two children, Mark and Breanna who are both active in sports and music.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Leadership, Lean leadership
    Leadership training
    Lean, continuous improvement, operations excellence
    Operations and engineering leadership
    Project Management
    Strategic Planning and Balanced Scorecard
    Systems for daily management
    Lean and innovation in the public sector
    Starting a Lean organizational culture from scratch


Featured Title
 Featured Title - Starting Lean from Scratch: Timmerman - 1st Edition book cover


Prairie Manufacturer Magazine

Culture First, Tools Second

Published: Jun 15, 2019 by Prairie Manufacturer Magazine
Authors: Brent D. Timmerman
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting

This article outlines the importance, when starting a continuous improvement journey within an organization, of focusing on shaping a supportive leadership culture before the tools of innovation and Lean are introduced.