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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….

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!


CEPS Spring 2017: Registration open

by secretary - November 23, 2016 | No Comments

The registration for the Spring 2017 session of our successful CEPS program (PMP/CAPM Certification Exam Preparation Seminar), which is our premier professional development activity that helps aspiring professionals prepare for their PMP or CAPM exam is now open!

See more details about the program and the timeline in the CEPS Spring 2017 event listing.

May 2016 Dinner Meeting – The Status of IT Projects in BC & AGM on Wednesday May 25

by admin - May 2, 2016 | No Comments

Carol Bellringer will speak on the status of IT projects in BC

The Status of IT Projects in B.C. – a perspective from the Auditor General of British Columbia on the importance of best management practices, meeting timelines and staying on budget, as well as lessons learned from recent OAG IT audits.


To help us better plan for the event please register early.

Note that:

Ticket sales will close at NOON on Friday, May 20, 2016.


Speaker Bio:

Carol Bellringer is the Auditor General for the Province of British Columbia and former Auditor General for the Province of Manitoba. Ms. Bellringer possesses an extensive background in conducting financial statement audits, performance audits, and investigations. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Ms. Bellringer holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, Montreal, and an MBA from the Warsaw School of Economics/University of Quebec at Montreal. She was named a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Manitoba in 2006, and B.C. in 2015, in recognition of her contributions to the community and the profession. 

Prior to leading the Offices of the Auditor General in Manitoba and British Columbia, Ms. Bellringer served as the City Auditor for the City of Winnipeg, and has held management positions with KPMG in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg, and with Media One International in Warsaw, Poland. She is also a former Director of Private Funding at the University of Manitoba. 

In addition to her professional experience, Ms. Bellringer has held several board positions for businesses, charities, and arts organizations. She currently serves on the board of the International Federation of Accountants and is a member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council. She is a past board member for the Manitoba Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the  Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Hydro, the Canadian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, and CCAF-FCVI Inc.

Please register here.

Call for speakers: ProjectWorld*BAWorld Vancouver

by admin - February 12, 2016 | No Comments

Diversified Communications is currently accepting speaker proposals for ProjectWorld*BAWorld Vancouver: October 3-6 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with other project managers. business analysts and change managers. We are looking for innovative case studies, best practices and tips and tricks – tangible information that attendees can apply immediately to their current projects. Symposium sessions are 60 minutes and should include 10 minutes of audience participation in the form of Q&A, debate or other interaction.
Presenters receive a free pass for the 2-day symposium program ($1200 value), exposure on the event website and the ProjectTImes and/or BATimes websites.
In order to manage these proposals as efficiently as possible, you must use our electronic content management system:
The deadline for submissions is March 11, 2016
Note: We do not require the entire presentation, just an abstract and 3 key learning points
We are always looking for new and innovative subject matter so do not limit your ideas to this list. Please feel free to share this with others within your organization, association and community.
BA Topics
• The Agile BA
• Top Tools for BA’s
• Big Data
• The BA Career Path
• What’s Trending in Business Analysis?
• Facilitation Techniques for Requirements Gathering
• Business Rules
• Business Process Governance
• Business Case Development & Value
• Business Architecture / Enterprise Analysis
• Selling the BA role within your organization
• What’s in Your BA Toolbox?
• Building Business Models
• Business Rules
• Process Improvements

PM Topics
• Portfolio Management
• R&D in Project management
• Strategic Management
• Big Data
• Innovation in Project Management: What is new? What are you doing differently?
• Social Media and the PM: What are its uses?
• The Agile PM
• Generational Management
• Six Sigma
• Communication Strategies: Tips and Tricks
• Leadership
• Stakeholder Management
• The Mobile PM: What Platforms and Applications do you use?
• Tools for the PM – What are you using to improve your projects?
• Relationship Management

Change Management Topics

• Integrating Change & Project/Programs
• Building Resilient Teams
• Leading Through Change
• Agile Change Management
• Organizational Transformation
• Enterprise-wide Change
• How to guide remote teams through Change
• Measures for Change Management
• Setting Up Your CMO

If you have any questions, or require additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact:
Amy Ruddell
Senior Director

PDU Category Structure Updates

by Communications Director - January 31, 2016 | No Comments

Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program




What if I am currently in the second or third year of my certification cycle?

If you are in your second or third year of your certification cycle (if you are expiring in 2016, 2017), then the PDUs that you have earned and claimed will be retained in the system and on your transcript. Any Education PDUs you need to earn will have to align to the PMI Talent Triangle skills areas after the 1 December 2015 update.

What if I just earned my certification, or currently in the first year of my certification cycle?

After the CCR program and system updates as of 1 December 2015, continue to earn and claim PDUs, which will be aligned with the PMI Talent Triangle, and all PDUs align with the new minimum/maximum requirements.

Claiming PDUs for Dinner Meetings

  • Log into myPMI
  • Select “Report PDUs”
  • Under Education, select “Organization meetings”






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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 Professional Development Conference

by Information Technology - April 6, 2015 | No Comments

Our 2015 PD Conference will take place April 30 – May 1. 

Please send an email to ( stating your availability and the area of interest for a volunteering opportunity at this event.

Join us for our Professional Development Conference on May 1-2, 2014!

by admin - February 1, 2014 | No Comments

We are really excited to bring you a 2 day Project Management conference in May featuring exceptional speakers. Remember our great success with the PM PD Day in fall 2012? Well, this is doubling that! Two full days! Make sure you do not miss it! Do not miss the Early Bird registration that ends on March 8, 2014.

See the full details…