About Us

The Continuous Improvement Lean Collaborative (CILC) is a not-for-profit, multi-state network of public and private individuals, organizations, and companies who together promote continuous improvement in the public and private sectors.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for business, government, and service leaders to share enhanced approaches and methods for attaining greater operational excellence, efficiency, and value to customers, employees, and stakeholders.  

We pursue this goal through providing a forum for practitioner and organizational learning — with active collaboration and sharing of knowledge.

In its evolution, the Collaborative’s Leadership Board and Planning Team have included representatives of Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership; Jotul North America; governments of Maine,  Connecticut, New Hampshire, and New Brunswick CA; Lonza Rockland; the Town of Durham, New Hampshire; IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.; Infinite Services, Inc.; Lean Capitol LLC,; Lean Enterprise Institute;  AME; and New Futures – New Hampshire.


In 2008, a small informal group of individuals came together to discuss their wish to share their continuous improvement know-ledge and experience and to learn from and collaborate with others.

So the idea of the Summit was born.