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Board of Directors

PMI-VI Board Members

 

Amber McMillan CMC, PMP, MCPM President Profile Email
Manji Sekhon PMP Past President Profile Email
Liam McKeracher CD, PMP Vice President Profile Email
Amanda Scarbro MBA, CMC, PMP Secretary Profile Email
Jaz (Jacinthe) Grenier PMP Treasurer Profile Email
Susan King PMP Certifications Director Profile Email
Kristen McKeracher PMP Communications Director Profile Email
Luke Chen P.Eng, MBA, PMP Membership Director Profile Email
Slav Grygierowski MSc, PMP Outreach Director Profile Email
Zachy Olorunojowon MBA, PMP Professional Development Director Profile Email
Geovany Trejos Programs Director Profile Email
Linda Hiemstra MCPM, PMP Up-Island Director Profile Email
Cindy Wass-Thomas dipl.A.A., PMP, ITIL Volunteers Director Profile Email
Naveen Hebbale MBA Sponsorship Director Profile Email


PMI-VI Board Members Profiles

Amber McMillan  CMC, PMP, MCPM

Presidentpresident@pmivi.org

Amber

Responsibilities

The President is responsible for overall oversight of the Chapter and the Board and directs the activities of the other board members in accordance with the Chapter bylaws.

She is responsible for attending all meetings of the Chapter and chairs the monthly Board of Directors meeting. She makes all required appointments with the approval of the Board. She is accountable for establishing the strategic direction of the Chapter and for ensuring that the Board collectively contributes to the achievement of that strategy, as well as the Chapter’s sustainability.

Professional Profile

A diversely skilled project manager, teacher and trainer with unique aptitude for innovating and leading complex initiatives, Amber is an extremely capable and confident leader. She practices careful organizational leadership and performs very well under pressure. With her commitment to the highest of standards, she works hard to create and sustain positive working and learning environments through team building, motivation and her own contagious enthusiasm.

Career

Amber’s career has been anchored in the non-profit sector since 1995. Since that time, she has worked as a Director of Operations, Teacher/Trainer and Project Manager. Prior to that, Amber held a number of positions in the for-profit sector from Project Coordinator, Strategic Business Analyst and Organizational Lead. Throughout her career, Amber has directed and innovated projects to suit organizational objectives, assessed potential change management issues and created and led project change. As a teacher/trainer, she has developed and taught leadership curriculum including workshops, training modules with customized content, agendas, organizational logistics and facilitation

She is currently the Executive Director for Rogers Out of School Care Society, a 26 year old non for profit child care community. Additionally, she is passionate about the culinary arts and uses her training and project experience to create, innovate and produce large community events, cooking classes and catering initiatives. She regularly initiates and leads special events and conferences that include food and beverage.

Education

Amber holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from University of Victoria. In 1992, she completed the Life Base Diploma program at St. Stephen’s University. She attained her PMP accreditation in June 2015 and became a Certified Change Manager (CMC) through Prosci in June 2015. She is also a member of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) and holds a Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) designation. She is also trained in the culinary arts and holds both Foodsafe 1 and 2 certifications.

Volunteer

Amber began volunteering with PMI-VI in in the fall of 2015, shortly after obtaining her PMP designation, as a facilitator for the CEPS program. During that period, she taught the Introduction component of the CEPS program. Amber is also actively involved in community building initiatives in Victoria. She is a supporter of The Mustard Seed and regularly cooks for their Street Cafe program.

Liam McKeracher CD, PMP

President Electpresident.elect@pmivi.org

Responsibilities

The President Elect serves as the backup President and assumes presidential responsibilities if the President cannot fulfill the responsibilities for any reason. This is a preparatory year prior to being President in the subsequent year.

The President Elect serves in a high level role to oversee the general operation of the Chapter and its Board.

Professional Profile & Career

Liam is a Learning Consultant with the Talent Management Branch of the Ministry of Children and Family Development. In this role, Liam delivers new training development projects, manages on-going training programs and supports the creation and implementation of a new Integrated Learning Strategy for the Ministry. This strategy establishes governance structure and systems for the Ministry’s learning and will help get the right learner in the right training at the right time.

Liam holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and has completed Certified Scrum Master (CSM) training. As a former Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Liam spent five years in operations management roles on board RCN Ships and another five years as an instructor and project manager. During his military career, Liam found that his true passion lay in creating complex plans and successfully carrying them out. This led him to the discipline of project management and he hasn’t looked back.

Liam is actively involved in giving back to the Victoria community and his profession. Over the past few years Liam has had to opportunity to take on the roles of Mentorship Coordinator, Membership Director and Certification Director for the Vancouver Island Chapter of PMI. Liam is responsible for continued chapter growth through active recruitment, retention programs and partnering with major employers and educational institutions.

Liam has a wide breadth of experience in the public sector and has a passion for leading project teams to deliver products that meet end user requirements.

Education

Liam completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Royal Military College of Canada and Graduate Certificates in Project and Change Management from Royal Roads University. He earned his PMP in 2015 and has been steadily working towards his Master’s Degree. In between Master’s courses, Liam has also been completing courses towards a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Victoria. As a practiced facilitator, Liam has spent a fair amount of time in front of the class teaching Junior Officers in the Navy, teaching business and financial literacy skills to young adults and teaching Project Management concepts to PMP candidates.

Manji Sekhon PMP, MCPM

Past Presidentpast.president@pmivi.org

A picture of ManjiResponsibilities

The Past President provides continuity to the Board and advises on policy matters concerning the Chapter. Together with the President and Vice President, the Past President role is part of the board executive.

Professional Profile

Manji is a seasoned IT professional with 25 years of experience in the public service and private sector.

Career

Manji currently works with the Government of B.C. at the ‘Information Systems Branch’ reporting to four ministries. She has previously worked internationally in the private sector using her following strengths:

  • Connect and align business needs to IT solutions
  • Extensive abities in project management, team building, providing learning opportunities for others
  • Expertise in quality management and client support with a results oriented approach on projects
  • Broad industry exposure in finance, construction, telecommunications and property management
  • Driven to mentor, coach and lead teams to deliver value-added results

Education

Manji holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Victoria. She has been a member of PMI since 2007 and attained PMP accreditation in April 2012.

Amanda Scarbro MBA, CMC, PMP

Secretarysecretary@pmivi.org

 

A photo of Amanda

Responsibilities

The Secretary is responsible for preparing, maintaining, recording, circulating all records, correspondence, minutes of meetings, and related affairs of the chapter.

The Secretary is also responsible for the non-financial administration of the Chapter’s affairs in collaboration with the PMI-VI Board executive.

Professional Profile

Amanda is a leader and senior project manager with over 12 years of experience leading IT and change initiatives for government organizations, private and public companies in the industries of health care, education, and transportation. Currently a Senior Consultant with CGI Victoria, Amanda fills various roles when engaging with clients such as Senior Project Manager, Change Manager, and Management Consultant.

Previous to joining CGI, Amanda spent 12 years as an independent consultant in Vancouver. Some recent projects that she has undertaken include: consultation services to the PHSA Lower Mainland Consolidation desktop refresh initiative, St. Paul’s Hospital pharmacy upgrade project, and UBC Hospital’s Sleep Clinic; implementation and adoption of a clinical information system at BC Children’s & Women’s hospitals; and implementation of patient registration systems at Mary Pack’s Arthritis Clinic and the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions. Amanda has also held acting leadership roles within the IT department at Provincial Health Services Authority. Having spent time in both the project and operations world, with a keen eye to Organizational Change Management, Amanda approaches projects from a holistic and strategic perspective.

Education

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science (2000) degree from the University of Victoria and Master of Business Administration (2013) from the Royal Roads University. She attained PMI PMP accreditation in October 2007 and Prosci Change Management Certification in 2013.

Volunteer

Jaz (Jacinthe) Grenier PMP

Treasurertreasurer@pmivi.org

Responsibilities

The Treasurer supports the Chapter and Board in its work to achieve annual objectives through effective financial management and oversight of the treasury function.

Professional Profile

Ms. Jaz Grenier is an independent consultant with over 20 years of experience managing
and delivering complex business transformation projects in private and public companies as
well as public sector. In addition, Jaz is currently working as the Business Manager of a
leading business law firm in Victoria. In this role, Jaz is responsible for business areas such
as finance, human resources, administration, technology and facilities management.

Education

In 1998, Jaz graduated from ITI (Information Technology Institute) with a Diploma of Applied Information Technology. She has been a PMI member since 2009 and attained the PMI PMP accreditation in September 2009. She also completed the ITIL V3 Foundations certification in 2015 and Certified Scrum Master in 2016.

Volunteer

SVIMS (South Vancouver Island Mycological Society) Treasurer, 2016 to 2018
Red Cross Society – Extreme Weather Protocol – 2014 to 2016
TED 2015 Conference –Speaker Assistant – 2015

Susan King PMP

Certifications Director certification@pmivi.org

Responsibilities

The Certifications Director is responsible for ensuring the delivery and promotion of quality Chapter learning programs leading to PMI certifications.

Professional Profile

Susan is an in depth analytical thinker with over 10 years of Project Management and Business Analysis experience. With a strong background in Communications, Susan has a unique combination of skills that allows her to respond with the E.Q. required within ever evolving and highly adaptive environments.

Career

Susan’s career in Project Management began in Victoria with a local consulting firm that transitioned to a firm regarded as a global leader in Engineering. Notable large scale projects that Susan has been involved in include multi-million dollar Mining Environmental Assessments and the Canadian Submarine Retrofitting Program. Currently, Susan is an Independent Contractor – providing Project Management, Project Coordination, Business Analysis and Data Validation support to local projects on an as required basis.

 Education

Susan has a Masters in Environment and Management and has been PMI certified as a PMP and a PBA since 2014. Susan has also studied Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, Communication and Leadership at the Justice Institute of B.C.

Kristen McKeracher PMP

Communications Directorcommunications@pmivi.org

Kristen

Responsibilities

The Communications Director is responsible for the timely dissemination of information both to Chapter membership and other external parties via newsletters, marketing materials, website updates and social media.

Professional Profile

Kristen is currently a Project Manager for BC Transit in Fixed Asset Construction.

Kristen also currently serves as Communications on the Executive Committee for the Vancouver Island Construction Association’s Under40 Network (VICA U40). In years previous, she held the positions of Events Director and Secretary. VICA U40 provides networking and professional development opportunities for future executives in construction.

In addition to the above, Kristen is also a volunteer gardener with Capital City Volunteers which provides services to seniors and adults with disabilities that allows them to maintain their independence and continue living in their own homes as long as possible.

Career

Kristen began her career in the construction industry working for KONE Elevators, a global elevator company. She worked in roles of increasing responsibility until establishing a new position in Victoria’s branch office for a New Construction Sales Associate and subsequently grew that role to Project Manager. During her 7 years at KONE, she oversaw the installation of elevators in newly constructed buildings on Vancouver Island in conjunction with the installation team to ensure her projects were delivered on time and within budget.

Kristen shifted to BC Transit in April 2016 where she worked as a Project Manager in Fleet Engineering leading projects that introduced new transportation technologies in communities throughout BC.  In February 2017, Kristen transitioned to a new position at BC Transit as a Project Manager in the Fixed Asset Construction Division.  She is leading projects constructing and maintaining transit facilities around the province.

Education

Kristen earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from McMaster University with a double major in English and Sociology, holds a Graduate Certificate in Sport and Event Marketing from George Brown College and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University. Kristen earned her PMP certification in October 2015.

Luke Chen P.Eng, MBA, PMP

Membership Directormembership@pmivi.org

A Photo of LUKE

Responsibilities

The Membership Director is responsible for the development and maintenance of a Chapter membership plan that assures continued growth through active recruitment, retention of existing members and, partnering with major employers and educational institutions.

Professional Profile and Career

Luke has over 20 years of leadership experience in project management. In 2015, he worked for the Ministry of Natural Gas Development as Project Manager – Innovative Technology. From 2006 to 2015, he worked for Suncor Energy Inc. (Petro-Canada Legacy) in various project management positions. Originally from China, he worked in various project management and mechanical engineering positions for 19 years. Currently, Luke is working as a real estate agent with Pemberton Holmes. He is a Professional Engineer with APEGBC and received his PMP designation in 2008.

Education

Luke holds an MBA from University of Victoria and earned a Bachelor’s of Engineering from Zhejiang University in China.

Slav Grygierowski MSc, PMP

Outreach Directoroutreach@pmivi.org

Slav Grygierowski

Responsibilities

The Outreach Director is responsible to the Officers and other Directors and members to develop and execute a Board approved Outreach Plan that creates continued awareness of the PMI Vancouver Island Chapter throughout the community. The content of the plan is to be consistent and in accordance with the strategic objectives of the Chapter and will be accomplished with the guidance of the PMI-VI BOD and Executive.

Professional Profile and Career

Slav has over eighteen years of leadership experience in project management, landscape design and construction, and day-to- day municipal parks operations. He has significant background in planning, coordinating, and supervising of interdepartmental landscape and parks construction projects, complemented by a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Slav has a proven ability when it comes to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with internal stakeholders, cross departmental teams, sponsors, as well as external stakeholders such as the general public, community representatives, outside agencies, contractors, and consultants. He is committed to continuous improvement and lifelong learning, to further advance abilities in creation of green infrastructure for healthier and more sustainable cities. Slav is currently the Parks Construction Supervisor for the District of Saanich where he manages and supervises parks construction projects, and provides leadership to staff in all aspects of daily operations. His prior professional experience includes six years as a Senior Project Manager and prior to that a Project Manager with the Integrated Infrastructure Services Branch – Landscape Design and Construction at the City of Edmonton and as founder and general manager of two successful and award-winning landscape design and construction and horticultural consulting companies.

Education

Slav graduated with a Master of Science Degree from the Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) in Warsaw, Poland. He has completed several project management and leadership courses in Edmonton and Victoria and received his PMP designation in 2014.

Zachy Olorunojowon MBA, PMP

Professional Development Directorpd@pmivi.org

A picture of Zachy

Responsibilities

The Professional Development Director is responsible for the development and implementation of a Professional Development and Education program and plan that serves the interests and needs of the Chapter membership and potential membership.

Professional Profile

Zachy is a collaborative leader and business transformation driver with Project Portfolio delivery and oversight experience. He’s an advisor on Enterprise IT Governance & Cybersecurity Policies and Implementation.

Career

Zachy is a transformational project delivery and change management leader with over 18 years of IT experience spanning Systems development, Enterprise Information Systems Implementation and IT Operations, Strategic Project Delivery, Governance and Management of Enterprise IT. He’s currently a Project Director with BC Government and oversees provincial systems implementations, and transformational projects. Zachy was formerly a Head of IT and later a Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Education

He holds BSc. Information Systems and Management from University of London, UK and MBA from University of Victoria, BC Canada. He attained his PMP designation in 2008 and also holds the following certifications: Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), COBIT 5 Assessor & Implementation, and Prosci Change Management.

Volunteer

  • PMI-Vancouver Island CEPS Facilitator Spring and Fall 2009
  • PMI-Vancouver Island CEPS Facilitator 2010
  • ISACA Victoria Chapter Luncheon Seminar Director 2009– 2010
  • ISACA Victoria Chapter Vice President 2010 – 2011
  • ISACA Victoria Chapter President 2011 – 2012
  • ISACA Victoria Past President 2012– 2013
  • Director, Victoria Immigration and Refugee Centre Board , 2012-2014

Geovany Trejos

Programs Directorprograms@pmivi.org

A picture of Geovany

Responsibilities

The Programs Director is responsible for the development and delivery of programs relating to project management for each scheduled Chapter meeting, special events and activities. The content or theme of these programs is to be consistent and in accordance with the objectives of the Chapter and will be accomplished with the guidance of a Program Committee.

Professional Profile

Geovany currently works as Junior Project Manager for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC). He enjoys sharing with people and assisting in the community. His hobbies include martial arts, playing guitar, drawing, and cooking.

Career

Before ONC, Geovany worked at Icesi University, in Colombia, as a Director’s Assistant in IT. His work was multifaceted as it included project management, process management, training and coaching, and customer service.
Geovany has experience in a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, IT, and education.

Education

Geovany hold two bachelor’s degrees, one in business administration and the other industrial engineering. Additionally, he is specialized in International Negotiation and Project Management. 

Cindy Wass-Thomas dipl.A.A., PMP, ITIL

Volunteers Directorvolunteers@pmivi.org

Responsibilities

The Volunteers Director is responsible for the vision, development, and continual improvement of the Chapter’s Volunteer recruitment and recognition programs. As a vital supporting role to Chapter members who wish to volunteer and to the Chapter leadership who rely on volunteers, the Director is also responsible for sustaining the PMI-VI Volunteer Registry.

Professional Profile

Cindy was an active member of the PMI Vancouver Island Chapter from 2009 to 2014. During that time she was involved in helping to facilitate the Chapter’s Certificate Examination Preparation Seminar (CEPS) program as a content reviewer and an instructor. Cindy was the Volunteers Director from May 2011 until January 2014.

Career

Cindy has attained over 25 years of project management experience in interior design, I.T., and construction in both the public and private sectors. Cindy also has experience as an Administrator providing support for Senior Managers, Boards, Committees, Deputy Ministers, Ministers, and the Premier’s Office where she polished her key strengths of versatility, adaptability and attention to detail.

Education

In 1991, Cindy graduated from Niagara College of Applied Arts and Technology with a Diploma of Applied Arts in Interior Design. Her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification was obtained in May of 2009 and in September 2010 Cindy received her certification in ITIL V3 Foundations. She continues to work on her professional skills through training from the Vancouver Island Construction Association and UVic Continuing Studies.

Linda Hiemstra MCPM, PMP

Up-Island Directorupisland@pmivi.org

Responsibilities

The Up-Island Director is responsible to the Officers and other Directors and members to develop and execute a Board approved Up-island Strategic Plan. The content of the plan is to be consistent and in accordance with the strategic objectives of the Chapter and will be accomplished with the guidance of the PMI-VI Board of Directors and Executives.

Professional Profile

Linda holds a Technical Diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM) and is a certified Project Manager (PMP) working in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Canada. Recent projects include: Business development for an international salmon farming company, enhancing biosecurity protocols for Government of Alberta hatcheries, regulatory affairs management for the BC Salmon Farmers Association; and outreach and communications for the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association of Canada.

She has over 20 years’ experience in freshwater and marine fish and shellfish research and culture from hatchery production to global marketing for such species as mussels, Coho, Atlantic salmon, and sablefish and has over 8 years’ experience teaching at Vancouver Island University Fisheries and Aquaculture Program. She has also organized over 40 conferences and scientific sessions related to the use and preservation of aquatic resources. She participates on joint industry-regulatory committees and volunteers her time for many projects.

Naveen Hebbale MBA

Sponsorship Directorsponsorship@pmivi.org

Responsibilities

The Sponsorships Director is responsible for the development and implementation of sponsorship campaigns to further Chapter strategic objectives. The Director is responsible for promoting the chapter and its activities to members, organizations, and the community at large.

Moreover, the Director is responsible to the Officers, Directors and members to develop and execute a Board approved Sponsorship Strategic Plan. The content of the plan is to be consistent and in accordance with the strategic objectives of the Chapter and will be accomplished with the guidance of the PMI-VI Board of Directors and Executives.

Professional Profile

Result oriented senior business professional with extensive experience in project management and business analysis. Worked for over 12 years in IT and Manufacturing industry, developing strategic plans, managing budgets, leading teams and coordinating with multi stakeholder groups. Proven success in the areas of customer relationship management(CRM), operations management, strategic marketing and developing e-business solutions.

Career

Naveen has over 13 years of experience in the IT & advanced manufacturing industries. Previously he has worked as Team Lead at John Deere Technology Center in India, implementing Engineering design and Software projects. In his latest stint, he served as Inside Sales Manager for John Deere India Pvt Ltd and handled large scale projects both in technical and business domains. He has also worked as Manager-Sponsorship at PMI-Pune Chapter

Currently, Naveen is working at Blackapple Cellular as Procurement & Operations Manager. His area of expertise includes, Project & Program Management, Vendor Relationship Management, and Business Development.

Education

Naveen Hebbale graduated from Visvesvaraya Technological University(India) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and received an MBA-Marketing Management from Indian Institute of Business Management