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1st Annual PMI Vancouver Island and PMI Educational Foundation High School Challenge

by Information Technology - January 30, 2018 | No Comments

Who can participate?

Grade 12 students from schools located in Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, or Yukon

What type of projects will be accepted?

A project is defined by the Project management Institute as “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result. A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources. And a project is unique in that it is not a routine operation, but a specific set of operations designed to accomplish a singular goal. So a project team often includes people who don’t usually work together.”

It could be a school project or a community project. Example of school projects are Science projects for science fairs, a play, or running a school event like a dance, or sports meet. Example of community projects are bottle drives, engaging with local First Nations in an specific activity, or work with a local non-for-profit to deliver services to vulnerable sectors.

What do I need to do?

Project Managers use what is called a “Project Charter.” This document describes what the project is about and some high level information. You will be asked to write a project charter for your project based on a template provided by the PMI Vancouver Island Chapter. Download the template here.

In addition, please fill out this registration form. The entry form MUST be supported by your principal, a teacher, or an authorized school official.

What is the prize of the challenge?

The winner will receive a $300 bursary for expenses related to post-secondary education. It can be used to cover the cost of tuition, educational supplies, or residence. It will be sent by PMI Vancouver Island Chapter directly to the school or supplier of goods or services.

Also, the winner will be invited along with a Chaperone to the May Chapter Dinner and AGM in Victoria. All expenses related to transportation, lodging, and meals will be covered by the Chapter. The winner will have a 15 minute presentation to showcase the project in front of the Chapter members.

Of course, there are also bragging rights!

At the discretion of the jury, the Chapter can also award two (2) special mentions. Each one will receive a $50 gift card.

Can I participate with a team project?

Yes. However, one person must be designated as the project lead. In case a team wins the challenge, the project lead will be the one attending the prize presentation in Victoria. Also, there is only ONE $300 prize and, therefore, it will be evenly split amongst the team members.

Who is the jury?

The jury will be comprised of three (3) project manager professionals, members of the PMI Vancouver Island Chapters.

What is the Timeline?

Submission deadline: March 31, 2018

The winner will be announced: April 30, 2018

Award will be presented at the PMIVI Dinner: May 30, 2018

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Contact Ivan Rincon at pmief@pmivi.org

Meet our Whitehorse Committee!

by Communications Director - September 7, 2017 | No Comments

Hello from the Yukon! 

Charles Shewen, PMP

Gary Seed

Gary Seed, PMP

 

As you may know, we in the Yukon have recently established a connection to the PMI-VI chapter and are now participating as a Board Support Committee. These are made up of individuals who support the work of the Board of Directors in specific areas and are held accountable as defined in individual charters.

We’re writing this in beautiful downtown Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon Territory. With a population of approximately 25,000, it is home to Project Managers from many different disciplines.  Over the past few years we’ve held “town hall” meetings with local Project Managers to assess interest in partnering with a PMI chapter to develop our collective project management skills. With 65 in attendance at our last meeting, it seems there is!

We reached out to PMI Global who connected us with, at the time, Chapter President Adrienne. After connecting over many emails and calls, the board welcomed us, Charles and Gary, as a ‘Yukon Committee.’ This means that Yukoners can now participate as members of your Chapter, all the way from Yukon. We were welcomed with open arms as the Chapter encouraged our participation by testing various innovative communication tools like video conferencing, so we could remotely join in meetings. We are very excited to be able to participate in Chapter Dinners with the live-streaming that is now being offered.

Our hope is to tap into the great work being done by our Chapter and share it with our project management community. With an eye on local development opportunities for Project Managers as well as learning from other initiatives including Mentorship, Outreach and Chapter Organization.  We plan to attend Chapter Events on-line and to host Lunch ‘n Learn sessions in Whitehorse.  Formal and informal training is part of the overall plan.  We’ll share more initiatives and plans as they become finalized.  The Yukon Committee is now working hard to make the Yukon Project Managers aware of our partnership with PMI-VI, and looking for ways to connect.

Thank you to the Board for your enthusiasm in including Yukoners. It means a lot to be able to participate with a group of Project Management Professionals from our home in the North. In working closely with the Board, we look forward to connecting, learning, and growing on this new adventure.

Yukon mountains from the train

Here’s what you missed at our Professional Development Conference

by Programs Director - May 11, 2017 | No Comments

Hosted at the Union Club of BC on May 4th and 5th, our Professional Development Conference was a smash success! We had speakers from all over the globe share their knowledge with our project management community.

We heard from Alan Mallory, who set a world record by being part of the first family of four to reach the summit of Mount Everest. His inspiring talk took us through his family’s journey and the huge amount of planning this project took, the risk mitigation strategies they employed and their ‘on-the-fly’ adjustments to the plan as their journey progressed. An inspiring talk that took us all to a place we may never see on our own and taught us that there is no limit to the value the teachings of the PMBoK afford us.

You can contact Alan directly if you’d like his slide deck alan@alanmallory.com.

We heard from Calgary Homicide Detectives Colum & Mike Cavilla who use Agile Project Management in their investigations. With over 100 investigations under belts, they took us through an actual investigation and showed us what it takes to catch the bad guy. Audience members were encouraged to participate as if the investigation were happening in situ.

Due to the sensitive nature of their presentation, Colum & Mike are unable to share their presentation.

The Marshmallow Challenge put everyone’s team work skills to the test in a competition to build the tallest structure using only spaghetti, tape and the crowning marshmallow. The winning structure was 39” tall! Great work!

We finished off Day 1 with Cindy Margules from Texas who taught us how to communicate with clarity and efficiency while relating these similar mistakes made every day to similar events aboard the Titanic which inevitably lead to its demise.

Access Cindy’s presentation here

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Day 2 was jam-packed with speakers that included the CIO from BC Ferries, Erwin Martinez, speaking about the Trust Model of PM Time Management, Kristine Hayes Munson who taught us about techniques to influence stakeholders at any level in an organization and Jamal Moustafaev who spoke about delivering exception project results regardless of the project.

Access Erwin’s presentation here, Kristine’s presentation here and Jamal’s presentation here.

Day 2 also included our furthest travelled speaker, Kimmo Kumpulainen from Finland who spoke about a new way of implementing change, using a cyclical format instead of one static training session, as they have done with the Finnish School System making it one of the top educational systems in the world.

Access Kimmo’s presentation here.

We closed out Day 2 with an inspiring, and lively, presentation from Paul Pelletier leading us on a journey through workplace bullying and giving us all a toolkit of strategies for effectively dealing with a workplace terrorist.

Access Paul’s presentation here.

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Our next event will be our May Chapter Dinner with Roberto Toledo from PMI and our AGM on May 24 in the Centennial Ballroom at the Union Club. Details here.

Can’t make it in person? We will be streaming live! More details to come….

May 2017 AGM & Dinner Meeting – PMI’s Pulse of the Profession®
on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

by secretary - April 8, 2017 | No Comments

Please join us for our regular Chapter dinner meeting which will also host our yearly Annual General Meeting and Elections for the new Board of Directors for 2017-18.

PMI Director Roberto Toledo will speak on PMI’s Pulse of the Profession®

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Please Note: This will be a seated, buffet-style dinner. 

Come prepared to meet and mingle with Vancouver Island’s project management community and listen to an engaging speaker – all while earning PDUs!

To help us better plan for the event, please register early.

Early Bird price available until 4:30 PM on May 19, 2017.

All tickets after 4:30 PM May 19, 2017 and at the door are $50.00.

Enter using the door off Humboldt St.

Parking is available on street or in the Broughton St. Parkade. Please do not park in the Union Club parking lot as this is reserved for Union Club members.

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Roberto Toldeo

Speaker Bio:

An active PMI volunteer for more than 12 years, Roberto is currently a member of the PMI Board of Directors. Previously he served on the PMIEF’s Board of Directors (2012-2016) where he was chair of the board in 2014. From 2008 through 2013, Roberto Toledo was a contributing editor for PMI’s PM Network® magazine. Since 1996, he has been part of the faculty of Mexico’s Institute of Technology (ITAM), where he currently heads the Master’s Certificate Program in Project Management, and lectures at the graduate level. He is also an instructor with the Inter-American Development Bank.

Roberto holds the PMP® certification since 2002, is an MBA from ITAM and an Architect from Iberoamericana University.

Roberto is CEO and Founder of Alpha Consultoría, SA, one of Latin America’s leading project management training and consulting firms. He is also Chief Learning Officer at Alpha PM Consulting, Inc based in Chicago, IL.

Please register online ».

Miss our March 22nd Chapter Dinner? Here’s what you missed!

by Programs Director - March 30, 2017 | No Comments

Miss our March 22nd Chapter Dinner? Here’s what you missed!

Wednesday March 22nd was our Chapter Dinner held in the Reading Room at the Union Club. Paul Latour and Pete Smither from HeroWork spoke about how they use the PMBoK to plan and execute their “modern day barn raisings” in the not-for-profit environment. Their inspiring talk helped remind all the PMs in the room, regardless of their industry, that project management is about people at its core. When you put people first, your project is sure to be a success and you will have earned a dedicated team for many projects to come.

Paul Latour presents to the audience

President's Chapter UpdatesWe were joined by members of our PM community all the way in Whitehorse! We are in the process of creating a branch chapter in their community and used our March dinner as a test run for some conferencing technology. Stay tuned as we continue to evolve our technical abilities with the hope that we will soon be able to offer virtual attendance at all of our events!

Do you have skills that you’d like to share in this department? Email our Programs Director here

 

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As members of the Union Club, our chapter events will be hosted in their various rooms for the foreseeable future. Next time, join us and enjoy their dynamite buffet dinner with a wide selection of sustainably caught seafood, a Chef carved Prime Rib, a plethora of salads and other bites – and a crème brulee finish! There were options for all diets including vegetarian, gluten free options and special plates for those with allergies.

Missed out on this dinner? Our next will be our AGM on May 24 in the Centennial Ballroom at the Union Club. Details here.

 

New MP gets his pimp name tagHere’s our Membership Director, Liam McKeracher, presenting a newly certified PMP member (who happens to be our Volunteers Director, Dumitru Streza) with a certificate and high quality name tag. Our Membership Recognition Program rewards newly certified PMPs and CAPMs with acknowledgement at our dinners and a free dinner of their choice within one year of gaining their certification. That’s in addition to the PDUs earned for attending! Are you newly certified and haven’t received your invitation yet? Email our Membership Director today!

 

Call for Volunteer: Conference Registration Coordinators for 2017 PD Conference

by secretary - March 17, 2017 | No Comments

2017 Conference Registration Coordinators

This volunteer position is from April 10 – May 6, 2017

The PMI-VI Professional Development Conference has been running since 2012 with great success. PMI Vancouver Island Chapter strives to bring a variety of International and Local speakers with the intention to create learning opportunities and a safe networking space. Post Event evaluations have demonstrated the value that our members have received. Our 2014 and 2015 evaluations resulted in 100% overall satisfaction which encourages us to keep delivering exceptional experiences to our attendees.

The 2017 PD Conference will be held on Thursday May 4 and Friday May 5, 2017 at the Union Club at 805 Gordon St. Victoria, BC. The two (2) Registration Coordinators will be responsible for administrative tasks related to the PD Conference and its attendees as follows:

Responsibilities of Conference Registration Coordinators

The activities and deliverables of the project will include the following:

  1. Ensuring all assigned activities are performed and timelines are met as per the Agenda and Project Plan
  2. Greeting attendees upon arrival, answering questions, and providing Conference material e.g. name badges, promotional items
  3. Reconciling attendees to the registration list
  4. Distributing materials and facilitating activities as required at Conference tables  
  5. Progress and issue reporting to the Event Manager
  6. Providing Registration Coordinator input into the Close-Out report

Required from you

The Chapter’s expectations of the Registration Coordinator’s role include the following:

  • Commitment to approximately 15 volunteer hours from April to May 2017
  • Presence at the 2 day event on May 4 and 5, 2017
  • Organized, and customer service oriented
  • Ready to make a significant contribution to growing the project management profession on Vancouver Island

PD Conference Volunteer Benefits to you

  • You will contribute to the success of a Professional Development Conference, an exciting learning opportunity for Project Management practitioners.
  • You will be working along with some of the Chapter’s Board to promote a world-class experience to members and non-members alike.
  • You will earn 1 PDU per hour of volunteer time (up to the PMI maximum under Giving Back to the Profession category).

Interested?

If you are interested in volunteering, please send a brief introduction letter to pd@pmivi.org by 6 pm on Monday, March 27, 2017. Please indicate your qualifications as per the listed requirements.

The selected candidates will be informed on or before Friday, March 31, 2017.

Call for Volunteer: Conference Speaker Liaison for 2017 PD Conference

by secretary - March 17, 2017 | No Comments

2017 Conference Conference Speaker Liaison

This volunteer position is from April 10 – May 6, 2017

The PMI-VI Professional Development Conference has been running since 2012 with great success. PMI Vancouver Island Chapter strives to bring a variety of International and Local speakers with the intention to create learning opportunities and a safe networking space. Post Event evaluations have demonstrated the value that our members have received. Our 2014 and 2015 evaluations resulted in 100% overall satisfaction which encourages us to keep delivering exceptional experiences to our attendees.

The 2017 PD Conference will be held on Thursday May 4 and Friday May 5, 2017 at the Union Club at 805 Gordon St. Victoria, BC. The Speaker Liaison will be responsible for orienting speakers during the two day event as follows:

Responsibilities of Conference Conference Speaker Liaison

The activities and deliverables of the project will include the following:

  1. Ensuring all assigned activities are performed and timelines are met as per the Agenda and Project Plan
  2. Becoming familiar with the background and presentation of each PD Conference speaker
  3. Greeting Speakers upon arrival, answering questions, introducing them to event volunteers and PMI-VI Board members
  4. Anticipating the needs of each speaker and their presentation e.g. water, printing
  5. Coordination with the Media Manager for mics and presentation queuing
  6. Distributing materials and facilitating activities as required at Conference tables  
  7. Progress and issue reporting to the Event Manager
  8. Providing Speaker Liaison input into the Close-Out report

Required from you

The Chapter’s expectations of the Speaker Liaison’s role include the following:

  • Commitment to approximately 20 volunteer hours from April to May 2017
  • Presence at the 2 day event on May 4 and 5, 2017
  • Conversational, and service-oriented
  • Ready to make a significant contribution to growing the project management profession on Vancouver Island

PD Conference Volunteer Benefits to you

  • You will contribute to the success of a Professional Development Conference, an exciting learning opportunity for Project Management practitioners.
  • You will be working along with some of the Chapter’s Board to promote a world-class experience to members and non-members alike.
  • You will earn 1 PDU per hour of volunteer time (up to the PMI maximum under Giving Back to the Profession category).

Interested?

If you are interested in volunteering, please send a brief introduction letter to pd@pmivi.org by 6 pm on Monday, March 27, 2017. Please indicate your qualifications as per the listed requirements.

The selected candidates will be informed on or before Friday, March 31, 2017.

Elections 2017

by secretary - February 21, 2017 | No Comments

Here are the details regarding the 2017 election process for the PMI-VI Board of Directors members. Read more »

Call for nominations for 2017/18 Board of Directors elections

by secretary - February 21, 2017 | No Comments

We are pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the elections of members for the Board of Directors for the 2017/16 mandate is now open. Please see full details about the process and the open positions on the Elections 2017 section.

March 2017 Dinner Meeting:
Project Management is “Hero Work” on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

by secretary - February 19, 2017 | No Comments

Project Management is Hero Work: Using project management in the not-for-profit environment

Take a journey through HeroWork, a Victoria based not-for-profit organization that engages in modern day barn raisings. Learn how they have achieved their local success using the same practices you use everyday and perhaps pick up a few more! Let’s go under the hood of HeroWork’s project management practices and talk about how this massive community building is put together.

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Please Note: This will be a seated, buffet-style dinner. 

Come prepared to meet and mingle with Vancouver Island’s project management community and listen to an engaging speaker – all while earning PDUs!

To help us better plan for the event, please register early.

Early Bird price available until 4:30 PM on March 17, 2017.

All tickets after 4:30 PM March 17, 2017 and at the door are $50.00.

Enter using the door off Humboldt St.

Parking is available on street or in the Broughton St. Parkade. Please do not park in the Union Club parking lot as this is reserved for Union Club members.

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Speaker Bio:

Paul Latour is the creator and Executive Director of HeroWork, a charity that engages in the “art of modern-day barn raising”, mobilizing the community to renew non-profit community infrastructure through large community events. These events are called Radical Renovations.

HeroWork  began because Paul wanted to help a friend with Multiple Sclerosis. His initial idea was to bring 20 people together, have a pizza party and help his friend. Seven weeks later, Paul had spearheaded a single-day, $25,000 renovation with a budget of $380.

Without construction experience or money, starting out as a waiter in a restaurant, Paul has gone on to create a grow a society that has now completed $1.85 million worth of non-profit renovations, mobilizing over 100 leaders, 200 companies and 1500 volunteers.

Most recently, HeroWork completed a 3-weekend, $630,000 Radical Renovation for the Rainbow Kitchen inside the Esquimalt United Church. 

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Are you looking for a new job? We have just the ticket! We will also have a special guest in attendance, Sharon Dunn from Peoplesource. She will be available to discuss the project management related opportunities she has available to anyone who is interested. 

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Please register online ».