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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

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….

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.

PMI-VI PD Conference ticket sales are ending soon!

by Information Technology - April 6, 2014 | No Comments

Ticket sales are ending soon.

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PMI-VI PM PD Day Oct 2012 Testimonials and Pictures

by Robert Randall (President) - October 31, 2012 | No Comments

Our PMI-VI Project Management PD Day event held on October 25, 2012 at the Hotel Grand Pacific was a smashing success! 100 people attended the event and 98% of the participants who responded to the survey (about 60 responded to the survey) indicated that they strongly agreed or agreed that overall the event was satisfactory and met their expectations. Read more »

PMI-VI PM PD Day Oct 2012 Slides Available

by Robert Randall (President) - October 26, 2012 | No Comments

The slides for the presentations from the PMI-VI PM PD Day are available. We thank our speakers for making them available to us.

Here are the slides for the presentations:

Call for Volunteers: PMI-VI PM PD Day

by Professional Development Director - September 23, 2012 | No Comments

We are pleased to announce a call for 2 Volunteers to work at our PM Professional Development Day on Oct 25, 2012 at Hotel Grand Pacific.

We are looking for one volunteer for each of the following roles:

  1. Greeter & Administrator
  2. Session Monitor & Technical Administrator Read more »

PMI-VI Project Management PD Day

by Robert Randall (President) - September 12, 2012 | No Comments

We are very excited to announce an engaging Project Management Professional Development Day on October 25! Read more »

Registration Open for the PMI Global Congress 2012

by Robert Randall (President) - July 10, 2012 | No Comments

The registration for the PMI Global Congress for North America held in Vancouver this year during October 20-23, 2012 is open. Go here for more details.

As we indicated in a previous post this is a tremendous opportunity for the members of our Chapter to take part right here in our back-yard in one of the most energizing events that PMI organizes throughout the year. Moreover, we have been selected to be co-host Chapter along with our colleagues from the Canadian West Coast Chapter from mainland.

CWCC Annual PM Conference 2012 – Leadership in Action

by Communications Director - May 6, 2012 | No Comments

The Canadian West Coast Chapter (CWCC) in Vancouver serving the mainland, is hosting their annual professional development conference on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Vancouver at the Four Seasons Hotel. Read more »

Record breaking dinner attendance

by Communications Director - December 3, 2011 | No Comments

We are very please to announce that our last dinner event held in Victoria on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 was an all time high record breaking. We had never had so many people for a dinner event: 119 people! Read more »