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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.

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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.

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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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

8am-9am NETWORKING BREAKFAST AND INTRODUCTION
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

8am-9am NETWORKING BREAKFAST AND INTRODUCTION
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
4pm-4:30pm Q&A, CLOSING REMARKS

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

Interested?

If you are interested in volunteering, please send a brief introduction letter to volunteers@pmivi.org 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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