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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.

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.

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

 

Please register online »

MARCH MADNESS SPECIAL …LIMITED TIME/LIMITED ROOMS – FREE LODGING (REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY AT MIDNIGHT March 30, 2016)

by Information Technology - March 24, 2016 | No Comments

EXCLUSIVE PMI CANADIAN OFFER

TWO Nights FREE Lodging (April 8 & 9) at the Hyatt with your PMI Member or Individual Rate* event registration:

 

http://universe.com/pmcc

 

Yes…that’s right…if you register as an PMI Member/Individual…Your Lodging for Friday & Saturday Night at the Hyatt will be FREE…we will pick it up on the group account!!! But ONLY if you REGISTER for the Event BY Wednesday at Midnight on March 30th!!!  Bring the Family, Bring Friends, make it a Professional Development Vacation Weekend! J

 

Hotel Registration Link: https://aws.passkey.com/g/54947520

(When registering for the hotel include “PMI Vancouver Island 30” in the comments and your registration confirmation number)

*Is not applicable with Corporate Discount Rates

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.

Learn & Earn PDU’s this fall @ UVic

by Information Technology - September 7, 2015 | No Comments

The University of Victoria has more options to learn and earn PDU’s this fall.  Click on the links to learn more.

October 2015 they will once again be offering the popular Masters Certificate in Project Management program. This is a highly concentrated 18 day, nine-module program that covers all ten areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge or PMBOK® Guide, from project procurement management, to risk management to integration management. Programs start October 6 and 7 in Victoria and Vancouver respectively.

Introduction to Project Management (October 21 – 22, 2015): This two-day introductory course gives new project managers and project team members the essential tools they need to deliver successful projects on time, on budget and in scope. The course covers the complete project lifecycle, from initial project proposal and definition, through project implementation, and finally to the often neglected project completion phase. Completion of this course will earn you 14 PDU’s.

8 Moments of Power (Nov 3 – 4, 2015): Gain your competitive edge! In just two days discover how to win and keep customers through relatively unknown human behaviour and business principles. This is a very powerful tool for anyone whose business thrives on successful relationships. Early Bird’ pricing of $1095 available until October 1, 2015.Completion of this course will earn you 14 PDU’s.

Facilitative Leadership (November 26-27, 2015): Canada’s top leadership development course limited to just 25 participants. Here managers will practice their facilitative communication, project leadership and problem solving techniques in two dynamic days of learning. Completion of this course will earn you 14 PDU’s. Early Bird’ pricing of $1095 available until November 1, 2015.

New PMI-VI Breakfast Event!

by Robert Randall (Past President) - February 11, 2015 | No Comments

PMIVI The Breakfast Table

Monday, March 2nd, 2015   |   7:00 – 8:30 am  |   Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel 

Join PMI Vancouver Island in this exciting new interactive breakfast event. The Breakfast Table is an early morning discussion panel designed for our members and the local project management community. Scheduled before your work day begins and held at a convenient location in downtown Victoria, this event is designed to jump-start your week with an exciting and relevant project management topic.

We’ve assembled a panel of distinguished executive sponsors from across industries on the island including Island Health, Partnerships BC and BC Pension Corporation and gathered them around our breakfast table to give us their insights and lessons learned as sponsors of projects and programs. See projects from their perspective and learn ways to improve your manager – sponsor relationships.

Ideally suited for project managers, budding project sponsors and management consultants, this event promises to be beneficial to anyone leading complex or challenging projects.

A breakfast buffet will be provided. Register Here.

 


Our Moderator

Tom Sparrow, Chief Project Officer, North Island Hospitals Project

Tom Sparrow is the Chief Project Officer for the North Island Hospitals Project.  Mr. Sparrow has a long history of success and experience working as the project lead for many government projects including most recently as Project Director for the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa project, and as Chief Project Officer for the Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project for Partnerships BC.

Mr. Sparrow is a Certified Project Manager (PMP), holds an MSc. Health Information Sciences from the University of Victoria and an MBA from Athabasca University. He has also been actively involved with the Project Management Institute and lectures at the University of Victoria.

 

Our Panel

Rick Steele, Senior Project Advisor, Partnerships BC

Rick Steele is a Senior Project Advisor with Partnerships British Columbia Inc., a corporation wholly owned by the Province of British Columbia with a mission to structure and implement partnership solutions which serve the public interest.

In his role as the health sector leader, Mr. Steele provides oversight and guidance on all health projects through business development, procurement and project implementation phases.  He also provides oversight on other vertical infrastructure projects related to housing and real estate opportunities.

Prior to joining Partnerships BC, Mr. Steele led the Project Development team at BC Buildings Corporation and has had past roles as Vice President, Construction at Centara Corporation in Toronto, and as Partner and Chief Structural Engineer for Raines Finlayson Barrett and Partners in Calgary.

Throughout his career, Rick has managed complex and multi-phased projects in a variety of areas including health care, post-secondary education, education, the justice sector and commercial real estate. His career includes experience in structural engineering, project management and leadership in developing the public private partnership model in BC. In addition to designing and managing large institutional and commercial projects in Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta, he has had a significant involvement in almost all of the large health projects completed in BC in the last ten years.

Mr. Steele is a Professional Engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Carleton University and an Executive Leadership Diploma from Royal Roads University.

 

Dave Marecek, Vice President, Transformation and Information Services, BC Pension Corporation

Dave Marecek joined the BC Pension Corporation in January 2012 as vice president, Corporate Services, and is now the vice president of Transformation and Information Services.

Dave has deep strengths and extensive experience in enterprise business transformation, information technology and human resources. Dave is a broad-thinking leader who likes to challenge the process and help employees succeed in their endeavors.

He is a real people person who takes pride in developing strong relationships with his staff and peers. As a passionate leader, he brings excellent operational and executive leadership skills to achieve consistent business results.

Dave came to us with 12 years of experience from Fujitsu Consulting (Canada) Inc., where he was the senior vice president responsible for the executive leadership of sales, delivery and human resources management. Dave led teams that delivered information technology solutions including consulting services, project services and managed services across Canada.

Dave holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary.

 

Joe Murphy, Vice President, Operations and Support Services, Island Health

In December 2001, Joe Murphy was appointed to the position of Vice President, Operations and Support Services for Island Health (formerly the Vancouver Island Health Authority).

In this role, Joe optimizes the deployment and effectiveness of available resources and provides leadership in the areas of Facilities Operations, Logistics, Protection Services, General Support Services, and Capital Planning.

Throughout his years in healthcare Joe has held several senior leadership roles, including: Vice President of Finance and Operations Support, Regional Director of Clinical Support Services, and Vice President, Operations Support. He first joined the Greater Victoria Hospital Society in 1987 as Director of Pharmacy Services, and before that held several positions including Manager of Pharmacy Services with Travenol Canada Incorporated and Assistant Director and Director of Pharmacy Services at Saskatoon City Hospital. Joe has also held cross appointments at the College of Pharmacy, University of Saskatchewan as Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinical Instructor. Joe earned his Bachelor degree in Pharmacy from Northeastern University in Boston, his hospital pharmacy residency at University Hospital in Saskatoon, and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan.

Joe is also the current Chair of the Oak Bay Lodge Continuing Care Society, a Board member with HealthPro Procurement Services and the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, and served for six years on the Board of Directors for the Greater Victoria United Way.

 

PD Conference 2015 – Tickets on sale!

by Information Technology - January 29, 2015 | No Comments

Our flagship event is ready to go! Look for all details in the event’s site: www.pdconference2015.com

Exciting January 2015 Events – Lunch and Learn and Dinner Meeting

by Information Technology - December 10, 2014 | No Comments

Start 2015 with a bang! We have two incredible sessions for our members (and non-members too)

Our January Meeting will feature an exciting speaker: Tom Sparrow is the Chief Project Officer for the North Island Hospitals Project. Mr. Sparrow has a long history of success and experience working as the project lead for many government projects including most recently as Project Director for the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa project, and as Chief Project Officer for the Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project for Partnerships BC. Mr. Sparrow is a Certified Project Manager (PMP), holds an MSc. Health Information Sciences from the University of Victoria and an MBA from Athabasca University. He has also been actively involved with the Project Management Institute and lectures at the University of Victoria.

Register Here

Lunch and Learn: Do you want to know about our newest PMI Certification? Do you want to know about the newest standard “Business Analysis Practice Guide” to be released in December? Join us in an exciting and fast-paced lunch and learn on January 13th, 2015. Registration is open. Limited seating and no tickets sold at the event. Register Here

New strategic partnership signed!

by Information Technology - September 30, 2014 | No Comments

The Vancouver Island Chapter has signed a reciprocity agreement with the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) to allow members of each organization to participate in professional development and education events at members rates for the other organization. VICA has a very large portfolio of offerings, many of them with content which will allow PMPs to claim PDUs. They also have a very strong presence Up-Island, an additional benefit for our members not living in the Greater Victoria area.

Selected VICA offers will be shared in our newsletters.

If you want to know more about the Vancouver Island Construction Association, please visit the website at vicabc.ca