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About Lawrence Young
B. Comp., Sc., C.Adm, CMC, I.S.P.

Lawrence M. Young is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) who during the last 40+ years has helped hundreds of companies across Canada and the U.S. improve their bottom line by successfully selecting and implementing ERP systems and embracing best-business practices.

Lawrence practices among a rare breed of professionals that are equally comfortable with technology, business process and human resource issues and challenges. He has always understood the connection between tools, processes and people, and that bottom line improvement can only be maximized by addressing these three components concurrently.

Lawrence's clients benefit from his consulting services in several ways:

  • Lawrence can perform an ERP System Software Diagnostic in order to assess the true nature and scope of their ERP system problems and challenges.
  • Lawrence can help them select the right ERP system software from the right vendor, and at the right price.
  • Lawrence can help them manage the ERP system implementation phase to assure that the project is on time and on budget.
  • Lawrence is objective and independent, and has no incentive whatsoever with respect to any product or vendor with whom the client chooses to do business.
  • Lawrence has also provided litigation support services to both users and vendors of ERP systems, including mediation, expert witness report & testimony.

Industry Experience
  • Wholesale Distributors — durable, food & soft goods companies
  • Manufacturing — durable, food & soft goods companies
  • Retailers — durable & soft goods companies
  • Information Technology companies
  • Professional Services firms
  • Rental & Leasing companies
  • Janitorial Services companies
  • Installation, Inspection & Remedial Maintenance companies
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Construction companies
  • Commercial and Packaging Printers
  • Non-Profit organizations

Functional Experience
  • ERP system software diagnostic
  • ERP system software selection & implementation assistance
  • Technology project management
  • Business process re-engineering
  • ERP system litigation support, including mediation, expert witness report & testimony

Education and Profesional Designations
  • Bachelor of Computer Science degree cum laude, with a joint major in Business, from the Faculty of Engineering of Concordia University (1975)
  • Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Chartered Administrator (C.ADM) (1988)

  • Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Canada
  • Canadian Association of Management Consultants
  • Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec
  • Canadian Information Processing Societ

Work History and Assignments

For the first 30 years of his career, Lawrence was employed in the software development industry. He has held every technologist position in a software development company, including Programmer, Programmer/Analyst, Systems Analyst, Manager of Systems Development, Help Desk Analyst, Manager of Client Services, General Manager, Vice-President and General Manager, Senior Vice-President, Managing Partner and President.

Since becoming an independent management consultant in 2003 to primarily small and medium-sized businesses, Lawrence has completed many different types of consulting mandates, such as:

  • ERP System Software Diagnostic
  • ERP System Selection Assistance
  • ERP System Implementation Assistance
  • ERP Systems Analysis and Design
  • Business Process Reengineering
  • ERP System Litigation Support (In 2007 Lawrence was engaged as an expert in a precedent-setting case in the Supreme Court of New York involving electronic discovery in a complex forensic investigation)

Lawrence's consulting clients typically are wholesale distributors, manufacturers, service companies and retailers, and have included:

  • apparel and soft goods manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers
  • chemical manufacturers
  • software developers and service providers
  • telephony distributors and service companies
  • security companies
  • industrial cleaning firms
  • fibre optic component distributors and manufacturers
  • medical supply wholesalers and retailers
  • industrial lighting manufacturers
  • CNC machine distributors and service providers
  • industrial power supply wholesalers
  • electrical contractors
  • medical research firms
  • concrete pouring and finishing companies
  • cosmetic manufacturers
  • railcar repair shops
  • soft goods retailers
  • ink manufacturers
  • food processors, distributors and brokers
  • commercial and packaging printers
  • construction companies
  • industrial gas distributors
  • wholesale plumbing distributors
  • freight forwarders
  • fire protective clothing manufacturers
  • premium surfacing solutions distributors
  • fuel retailers and distributors
  • chrome truck parts manufacturers
  • novelty item distributors
  • hydraulic and pneumatic cylinder manufacturers
  • aquatic playground manufacturers
  • manufacturers of expanded polymer products
  • importers and distributors of automotive parts
  • medical staffing agencies
  • non-profit organizations
  • human resource consultants
  • law firms
  • home furnishing manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers
  • prosthetics, orthotics, and lower extremity care products distributors
  • jewelry manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers
  • mining equipment manufacturers, distributors and service companies
  • industrial tape manufacturers and distributors
  • hotel management companies
  • travel tour operators

Employment and Teaching History
  • 2003 to present: Lawrence Young & Associates Inc. - Founder and President — management consultants providing consulting services in ERP system selection & implementation, ERP system litigation support including mediation, expert witness report & testimony, business process reengineering, and best-business practices primarily to small to medium-sized owner-operated businesses (SMB).
  • 2008 to present: 180 Systems Limited - ERP Systems Consultant responsible for performing ERP System Selection mandates.
  • 2017 to present: Gestion CVMC Inc. - ERP Systems Consultant responsible for performing ERP System Selection mandates.
  • 2007 to 2014: Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) - ICT Solutions Consultant responsible for performing ERP System Selection mandates and ICT diagnostics for clients across Canada, development of tools and methodology for these mandates, and training and quality control of other consultants across Canada performing these mandates. In 2012, Lawrence was honoured with BDC's prestigious "President's Award of Excellence" for his "Outstanding Contribution in Innovation."
  • 1992 to 2003: PYA Solutions Inc. - Co-Founder and President of this software and consulting firm that grew to four offices with more than 70 employees under his direction.
  • 1987 to 1992: Siblin Zittrer Consultants Inc. (a division of Ernst & Young) - Senior Vice-President — had responsibility for both the Canadian and U.S. operations of this software and consulting firm.
  • 1975 to 1987: Tyme Systems Ltd./Varnet Corporation - Vice-President and General Manager — had responsibility for both the hardware and software divisions in Canada and the U.S.
  • 1980 to 2003: McGill University and Concordia University - taught numerous courses such as Information Systems Design, Systems Analysis & Modelling, and Information Systems Management.