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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.


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.


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. 


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. 


Please register online ».

PMI-VI 2017 Professional Development Conference

by secretary - February 18, 2017 | No Comments

Join us for the PMIVI 2017 Professional Development Conference in May at Victoria’s Union Club.

This event 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% satisfaction which encourages us to deliver exceptional experiences to our attendees.

We encourage you to participate in this learning opportunity that our valuable speakers are creating. The following is the agenda for the event including presentation details.

Two day agenda

Thursday May 4

9am-11am Project Everest
with Alan Mallory from Barrie, Ontario
Alan’s gruelling expedition to the top of the world’s highest peak is a project filled with unparalleled physical and mental challenges and some of the roughest, most extreme conditions imaginable. Learn how we as Project Managers can reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take. Alan creates a powerful and unforgettable journey for his audience by integrating captivating mountaineering and adventure stories with his innovative leadership and project management experience.
11am-11:30am BREAK
11:30am-12:45pm Agile Project Management Utilized in Homicide Investigations
with Detectives Colum & Michael Cavilla from Calgary, Alberta
This presentation illustrates an interesting case study that displays how Agile methods are not limited only to IT Projects. The audience will be shown how Agile methods are widely transferable and easily adaptable to non-IT projects. This is displayed in a variety of capacities through a real life example of Agile Project Management principles, utilized in an actual Homicide Investigation, that project managers can consider when undertaking other projects that possess high rates of requirements change.
12:45pm-1:45pm LUNCH
1:45pm-2:45pm Have You Got What It Takes?
An Engaging Team-Building Challenge
2:45pm-3pm BREAK
3pm-4:15pm I Didn’t SEE the iceberg! – and other Titanic communication mistakes
with Cindy Margules from Austin, Texas
This presentation will review the Titanic’s relevant missteps and correlate subsequent lessons learned to the best practices for Senior Management communications. How to convey bad news effectively and techniques to avoid blame and excuses will also be covered.

Specifically, information concerning risky Senior Management directives, communication plans targeting outstanding issue conveyance, quality concerns, and exceptional decision making will be included. The reader will take away concrete strategies and tactics in taking accountability without losing credibility.

With this information a Project Manager should be able to avoid most disasters, or significantly lessen the damage while salvaging the wreck.

4:15pm – 4:30pm Q&A, CLOSING REMARKS

Friday May 5

9am-10:15am The Process of Introducing Modern Assessment Methods in Finnish Schools
with Kimmo Kumpulainen from Tempere, Finland
Finland’s school system has consistently come at the top for the international rankings for education systems. Kimmo will share his experience on how to manage change when introducing a novel idea to experts and how changing the assessment methods will change the whole process of teaching. He will also reveal why is it beneficial to implement process development in cyclical form instead of one training session.
10:15am-10:45am BREAK
10:45am-12pm Getting It Done: Influence without Authority
with Kristine Hayes from San Diego, California
Explore the challenge of using influence without positional-based authority in order to achieve desired results and apply an Influence Model based on building relationships illustrated by real-life examples of how to routinely get things done using influence. Attendees will practice techniques to build skills required to influence stakeholders at any level in the organization.
12pm-1pm LUNCH
1pm-2:15pm How to Deliver Exceptional Project Results
with Jamal Moustafaev from Vancouver, British Columbia
Jamal will take you through an assessment of the overall success rate of the projects in industry and explain the high failure rate of the endeavours undertaken by various companies. In the process of this session Jamal will share a formula for the delivery of exceptional project results and conduct a high-level overview of project and portfolio management.
2:15pm-2:45pm BREAK
2:45pm-4pm Project Control Freaks, Queen Bees and Workplace Terrorists Preventing, Managing & Eliminating your Project Nightmare
with Paul Pelletier from Victoria, British Columbia
Paul introduces the issue of project management bullying and its impact on people, teams, projects and organizations. Bullying can be as harmful at work as it is in schools and other areas of society. Paul knows this from personal experience and will share his story and how it led to his book and the work he does today. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of workplace bullying and a tool kit of strategies for effectively dealing with your workplace terrorist


Please register online »

January 2017 Dinner Mixer:
Leadership in Construction: Filling the Skills Gap

by secretary - December 31, 2016 | No Comments

Leadership in Construction: Filling the Skills Gap

Greg will touch on the current skills gap in the construction industry at all levels which is felt most prominently in project management. He will speak to how we can fill this gap, on the leadership and  values it takes to excel in the construction industry and what the future holds for British Columbia.


Please Note: This event is a standing cocktail mixer. Guests will not be seated for dinner but enough food will be served to satiate even the largest of appetites. 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. All tickets 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.


Speaker Bio:

Greg-BayntonGreg Baynton has been the CEO of the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) since 2006. He is a native Victorian, a tradesman, business owner, and was a member of VICA for nearly 30 years prior to becoming CEO. He brings a diverse background and experience owning and operating trade and general contracting firms on the island and the mainland. During this time his firms were active members of BC and US based industry associations. In 1999, Greg was the recipient of the Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau’s coveted Industry Person of the Year Award. Greg’s experience and reputation in the BC construction community is an asset in serving the 500 members of VICA and the construction community on Vancouver Island.


Please register online ».

Call for Volunteer: Corporate Sponsorship Developer for 2017 PD Conference

by secretary - December 9, 2016 | No Comments

Corporate Sponsorship Developer

The PMI-VI Professional Development Conference will be an engaging 2 day event (May 4 – 5, 2017) with up to 7 exceptional speakers from Canada, and around the world.

Position:  PD Conference Corporate Sponsorship Developer

We are looking for a volunteer to develop relationships with corporate sponsors for the PD Conference.

Aligning with the Chapter is an excellent opportunity for organizations who want to demonstrate their commitment to the project management profession and connect with the project management community on Vancouver Island. The Corporate Sponsorship Developer volunteer will be asked to reach out to organizations to offer the benefits and opportunities associated with sponsoring the PMI-VI 2017 PD Conference.

Required from you

We are looking for a Corporate Sponsorship Developer who is willing to commit to the following:

  • available between Dec 20, 2016 – February 28, 2017
  • 1-2 hours per week to contact or follow-up with potential sponsors, possibly 2-4 hours per week during peak times
  • a friendly demeanour
  • organizational skills

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).


If you are interested in volunteering, please send a brief introduction letter to by 12:00 pm December 16, 2016. Please indicate your qualifications as per the listed requirements.

The selected candidates will be informed on or before December 19, 2016.

Mentorship Program 2017: Applications now being accepted

by secretary - December 8, 2016 | No Comments

The annual Mentorship Program is now open to applicants for the 2017 year.

This is an incredible opportunity for PMI-VI members to learn from each other and give back to our community.  Results from previous years have been fruitful for both Mentors and Protégés.  If you are interested in being either a protégé or mentor, refer to the mentorship section of the PMI-VI website.

Applications are due Thursday, January 12, 2017; you can send both the completed form and questions to the Mentorship Coordinator at

CEPS Spring 2017: Registration open

by secretary - November 23, 2016 | No Comments

The registration for the Spring 2017 session of our successful CEPS program (PMP/CAPM Certification Exam Preparation Seminar), which is our premier professional development activity that helps aspiring professionals prepare for their PMP or CAPM exam is now open!

See more details about the program and the timeline in the CEPS Spring 2017 event listing.

November 2016 Dinner Mixer:
The Art of Creating an Unforgettable Experience

by secretary - October 25, 2016 | No Comments

The Art of Creating an Unforgettable Experience

Brink Events, founded in 2011 by Aidan Henry, is one the best-known event design companies in Victoria, specializing in one-of-a-kind social events. They are not only an award-winning, full service company, but have also been featured in nearly every local media outlet including Douglas Magazine, Boulevard Magazine, and the Times Colonist. Events such as Diner en Blanc, Gold Medal Plates and House of Distinction are just a few of the many experiences produced by Aidan and his team. Clients of the award-winning agency range from large corporations to charities and non-profits along with private contracts.

Aidan will speak on his approach to planning and executing events, which involves making trade-offs among competing objectives while striving to exceed stakeholder needs and expectations. Delving into the world of events and how Project Integration Management is one way to keep the party going.


Please Note: This event is a standing cocktail mixer. Guests will not be seated for dinner but enough food will be served to satiate even the largest of appetites. 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.

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.


Speaker Bio:

Aidan Henry

Aidan Henry

Aidan Henry is the Founder and Creative Director behind Brink Events. He has been named one of the Top 20 under 40 on Vancouver Island and has been featured on Design Dawgs, in Douglas Magazine, Boulevard Magazine, and the Times Colonist. In 2012, Brink Events won a Douglas Magazine 10 to Watch Award and in 2016 the company was named Readers’ Choice “Favourite Event Planner – Independent” by Canadian Special Events. Aidan’s imaginative concepts and ideas have transformed empty spaces into spectacular social events. His inspiration stems from memorable guest moments and experiences. He believes that creating these moments is a big responsibility, but also a great honour. That drives his passion to constantly innovate and push the creative boundaries. Aidan holds a business degree from UVic and has many years event experience in the entertainment and hospitality industry.


Please register online ».

September 2016 Dinner Meeting:
Project Resolve – Learning Should Be Entertaining on Wednesday September 28

by secretary - September 1, 2016 | No Comments

Scott Dewis and Anita Pawluk will speak on RaceRocks 3D’s involvement with the Royal Canadian Navy’s Project Resolve

Project Resolve – Learning Should Be Entertaining

RaceRocks 3D (RR3D) is a Victoria based education firm developing learning and training tools that integrate augmented reality, simulation, games, and video storytelling for the military, major corporations and government. Their innovative approaches to designing interactive training using technology has won them the contract to build a 3D immersive environment (Serious Game) which will be used to train Royal Canadian Navy personnel on a ship while it is still being built. This allows the crew to be trained before the ship is even delivered. Scott Dewis and Anita Pawluk, partners at RR3D, will present on their Serious Gaming solution and their approach to managing such a complex project. For more information about RaceRocks 3D, check them out online »

Project Resolve Inc. is the Canadian At-Sea Support Services Provider, providing a fully operated Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship for the Royal Canadian Navy from 2017. For more details on Project Resolve, check it out online »


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

Note that:

Early registration ticket sales will close at NOON on Friday, September 23, 2016. Late registration ticket sales are from Friday, September 23, 2016 12:01 PM until the event starts on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Ticket sales at the door for Members and Non-members will be $50.00.


Speakers Bios:

Scott Dewis

Scott Dewis

Once an Emmy Award-winning visual effects artist, Scott Dewis (RR3D’s CEO & Co-Founder) has since developed a new company with the purpose of making learning entertaining by aligning learning with the way people think. As a leader in this field, his organization does work for Boeing, Bentall Kennedy, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the University of Victoria.  “At RaceRocks we believe that the heart of a highly trained naval force is its people. We train people. Our mission is to align learning with the way those people think, work and play.”

Anita Pawluk

Anita Pawluk

Anita Pawluk is RaceRocks 3D’s Co-Founder, Director of Operatons & Controller. She is the lead Project Manager for Project Resolve. Her experience spans many sectors; including Information Technology, Construction and Land Development and Business Development. Over the past decade, she has been part of a rapidly growing Global Internet Company, Construction and Land Development Company, Storage Facility and 3-D Interactive Company. 


Please register online ».

PMP Prep. Course CEPS Program – Facilitators Needed

by secretary - August 2, 2016 | No Comments

If you are interested in being a facilitator for our Certification Examination Preparation Seminar (CEPS) program and you are a certified PMP and member of PMI-VI Chapter, please join us to facilitate our fall program. Curriculum and resources are provided and you can earn substantial PDU’s!

RSVP by Saturday, August 20th, 2016 to

Course details »
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