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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

Professional Development Conference 2018

by Communications Director - August 21, 2018 | No Comments

Here’s where you can find some of the presentations from our 2018 Professional Development Conference.

Business Hackathon Presentation

Ethics Presentation

How To Get Executives To Act For Project Success

There’s a Robot in my Meeting!

Mega Projects Lessons Learned

8 Myths restricting PMOs to provide value

Want to check out the photos taken by our volunteer photographer, Judah Paemka? Click here



Your New Board of Directors for 2018/19

by Communications Director - June 2, 2018 | No Comments

The results are in! Your new Board of Directors for the coming year have been elected!

Our 2017/18 AGM was on May 30th at the Union Club of British Columbia and the membership voted in the new Board.

Here’s who filled the open positions:

Vice President Liam McKeracher CD, PMP
Treasurer Jaz Grenier PMP
Secretary Amanda Scarbro MBA, PMP, CMC
Certifications Susan King PMP
Outreach Slav Grygierowski MSc, PMP
Sponsorship Naveen Hebbale MBA
Up Island Linda Hiemstra MCPM, PMP

Want to learn more about each Board member? Click here


Elections 2018

by Communications Director - April 15, 2018 | No Comments

Here are the details regarding the 2018 election process for PMI-VI Board of Directors. Read more »

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


Please register online »


Thank you to our Sponsors! 

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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

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

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


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.


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®


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.


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



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 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).


If you are interested in volunteering, please send a brief introduction letter to 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.