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PMI-VI 2018 Professional Development Conference

by Communications Director - February 7, 2018 | No Comments

Join us for the PMI-VI 2018 Professional Development Conference

Earn up to 12 PDUs!

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

Monday April 30


Doors open at 7:30, we ask that attendees be seated with their breakfast by 8:00am

The 8 myths that are restricting PMOs from providing real value – Enter PMO Value Ring with Ricardo Triana (Miami, Florida) – 1.25 Technical PDUs

We are honoured to welcome Ricardo Triana, President of Practical Thinking Group and 2014 PMI Global Board of Directors Chairman, who will challenge the audience on their previous ideas about PMO. During this breakfast session, participants will figure out how to design a PMO truly committed to creating value, and understand why we must debunk the myths that destroy the PMO’s value
9:25am-9:35am BREAK
9:35am-10:50am The Challenges of Strategy & Culture in Project Management with Karen Smits (Singapore) – 1.25 Leadership PDUs
As a proven international speaker and a Global Thinker in Organizational Culture with Practical Thinking Group, Karen will focus on the people side of project management . This presentation will help the audience recognize the dynamics between strategy and culture in project management, gain deeper insight into the Collabyrinth1, and obtain essential solutions on how organizations can align strategy with organizational culture and interpersonal relationships to achieve optimal project results.
10:50am-11:15am BREAK
11:15am-12:15pm Executive Panel Discussion: Project and Program Sponsorship – 1.0 Strategic and Business Management PDU
12:15pm-1:15pm LUNCH
1:15pm-2:30pm The Importance of Project Management Ethics: They Aren’t Negotiable with Paul Pelletier (Vancouver, BC) – 1 .25 Leadership PDUs 
Back by popular demand, Paul will enable participants to understand what ethical decision-making is and how it
impacts people, work, and organizational success. More specifically, it will enable participants to define business and PM ethics and discuss why it is an important topic, highlight ethical obligations as a PMP, and distinguish morals, values, principles and ethics from each other.
2:30pm-3:00pm BREAK
3:00pm-4:15pm Business Hackathon: Accelerating Organization Performance with Brian Richardson (Chicago, IL) – 1.25 Strategic and Business Management PDUs
As President of a professional services firm dedicated to helping clients improve human performance and create
lasting, successful change , Brian will describe the benefits of using collaborative events to drive change , innovation and agility in your organization. Attendees will learn to apply collaborative techniques for problem solving and solution development , and the steps for hosting a business “hackathon” at your organization.
4:15pm – 4:30pm Q&A, CLOSING REMARKS

Tuesday May 1

9:00am-10:15am How To Get Executives To Act For Project Success with Michael O’Brochta (Roanoke, VA) – 0.6 Leadership, 0.6 Strategic and Business Management PDUs
Understand why projects are now more dependent on an executive, and identify the actions they can take to help your project succeed. Learn how you can use your power to influence the executive to act and understand how a project management council and a project champion role are key methods project managers can use to amplify their power.
10:15am-10:45am BREAK
10:45am-12pm Robotic Telepresence – Coming to a Meeting Near You! with Kathy Milhauser (Portland, OR) – 1.25 Strategic and Business Management PDUs
We are all familiar with the stress of too many meetings, and the pressure to be in “two places at once” – requiring us to juggle meetings, video conferences, phone calls, and other obligations in our increasingly crowded and often overbooked schedules. But what if you COULD be in two places at once? Robotic telepresence technology is an emerging trend that will soon be coming to a meeting near you. Join us to experience it in this interactive workshop and discuss the many possibilities for its use.
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH
1:00pm-2:15pm PM Lessons Learned from the Trenches of a Mega Project with Shane Zbrodoff (Calgary, AB) – 0.6 Leadership, 0.6 Strategic and Business Management PDUs
Shane will provide attendees with valuable insight into a PM’s challenges, and lessons learned taken from a large
($1.6B) and complex facility mega construction project. (Calgary International Airport Expansion). This project
encountered many micro successes and failures, with some of the issues attributed to differences in PM practices, cross PM disciplines (e.g. IT and Construction), with additional problems stemming from differences in human, departmental and institutional factors. Attendees can expect valuable takeaways applicable to both large and small projects of varying complexities.
2:15pm-2:45pm BREAK
2:45pm-4:00pm Forecasting Programs with Eric Uytewaal (Ottawa, ON) – 1.25 Technical PDUs
This presentation is based on Eric Uyttewaal’s new textbook ‘Forecasting Programs’ published in January 2018. Program managers who try managing a program like a project are doomed to fail: Program management has its own techniques and tools. So, what are those? That is what this presentation is about: Eric and his team developed special techniques and special applications specifically for program managers which allow program managers to forecast their programs, and take corrective action early.
4:00pm-4:30pm Q&A, CLOSING REMARKS


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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

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



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!


Region 1 Conference Photographs @ PMI-VI

by Information Technology - April 21, 2016 | No Comments

Hi All,

Please find the link to all the photographs taken during the three days of the Region 1 Conference held here on Victoria. If you would like to add a few more to the pool, please feel free to send it here and we will be able to add it to the pool of pictures.


PMI-Vancouver Island Chapter

PMI-VI 20th Anniversary Gala!!!

by Information Technology - March 24, 2016 | No Comments

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It’s time to celebrate a milestone for our Chapter!

This year we turn 20 and we’re celebrating with a party!

Let’s all come together for the PMI-VI 20th Anniversary Gala on April 16, 2016 at the Empress Hotel. Featuring an exciting evening with: 

  • Special guests from the Project Management Institute and chapter leaders from across the Northwest;
  • A celebratory toast;
  • Premier of our commemorative video featuring past presidents; 
  • Sit down dinner; and
  • Dancing with DJ music by Sound Choice

Guests and non members welcomed. 

Act soon before this event sells out! Click here for tickets.


Professional Development Workshops
scheduled Feb 9 – 10, 2016

by Information Technology - December 20, 2015 | No Comments

Our Chapter is pleased to announce an amazing collaboration that brings you the Agile Project Management 101 – Best Practices for PMP®and Masters Course in Estimating & Risk Management from the experts at GR8PM.

This Agile 101 Course is your chance to test drive Agile and see if it might be the next big wave to hit your career. This is an opportunity for you to clarify if, when, and how you should use Agile.

The Masters Course is a 1-day, 10 PDU powerful immersion into Estimating as a “Science” as well as Estimating as an “Art”. It includes loads of practical information on:

  • Concepts applied and proven at Intel©Corp. and Siemens
  • Techniques that systematically align results with key objectives
  • Procedures for creating “Derived Schedules” that automatically correct estimation errors

Each class provides world-class instruction and extra PDUs for completing the Prework. They will be delivered on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9th and 10th, 2016. But you may want to hurry because the Early Bird registration price expires on January 7th or when sold out. We have also arranged a Member’s coupon code (pmivi0216) for $100 USD off at checkout.

For more information please visit EM1 Blurb, Flyer – Agile 101 for PMPs 2016-02 VI, and Flyer – Masters Course in Estimating & Risk Mgt 2016-02 VI to download flyers for both classes.

PMBA Conference, Vancouver – Early Bird Rates

by Information Technology - June 26, 2015 | No Comments

September 14-17, 2015
Vancouver, BC
Early Bird Rates EXPIRE Friday, June 26th

Registration is now OPEN.
Register now to take advantage of the up to $500.00 in savings.  Hurry, Early Bird pricing ends Friday, June 26th!

November Dinner: Projects in the film industry – NEW VENUE!

by Information Technology - November 7, 2014 | No Comments

Join your fellow PMI members to hear about the exciting film industry in the Greater Victoria area (Gracepoint anyone?) and how these projects bring economic benefit to the region.

Also, join us in the new venue selected for the Dinner Meetings. The beautiful Inn at Laurel Point is a classy venue with some of the most beautiful views and recognized food in town. Do not miss the first taste of this great location.

More information and registration here

September 2014 Dinner Meeting Announced

by Information Technology - August 29, 2014 | No Comments

Join your fellow Project Managers in the first dinner of the series “Major Projects”. In September, Ocean Networks Canada will present Smart Oceans BC.

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Slides for PMBOK 5 Lunch and Learn available

by admin - February 28, 2013 | No Comments

The slides for the PMBOK 5 Lunch & Learn presentation with Ivan Rincon have been posted on our website. You can find them on the event details page under the Resources section, or by following this link.