September 2017 Lunch Event

Topic: Avoiding the Hooks and Converting the Dragons: Growing Emotional Intelligence

Whether you are a seasoned project manager or a novice in this profession, your ability to mobilize and collaborate with others who are essential to accomplish your project goals will, in large part, determine your effectiveness and productivity.  As well as the technical skills and experience you bring to the table, this ability is integrally linked to your level of Emotional Intelligence.

Drawing on project management scenarios, this session will demonstrate the emotional hooks that compromise highly skilled practitioners’ efforts to move a project forward to successful completion.  It will describe the mind set and skill set necessary to avoid proactively the hooks and extricate oneself from the hooks if they have already taken hold.

This will enable you to convert the dragons that stand between you and successful project completion.  Avoiding the hooks and converting the dragon(s) are integral to Emotional Intelligence and key components for Collaborative Intelligence.


Presenter: Marion Rivers

Marion Rivers is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), who provides a unique blend of portfolio and project management knowledge and experience.  This includes designing processes, templates and tools, for example, to implement the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Investment Planning Policy within a federal government department.  With twenty years’ experience managing projects, Marion has capitalized on lessons learned to address complexity, risk and capacity issues that impact an organization’s project and portfolio success. 

Marion has managed on-site teams and virtual teams with outstanding results.  Her experience with several different environments, in Canada, Egypt and France, demonstrates versatility and adaptability, while a successful and consistent delivery record demonstrates responsibility and commitment to her clients.

In summary, Marion’s expertise is concentrated in the following areas:


  •        Portfolio and Project Management (including the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Policy on the Management of Projects and the Policy on Investment Planning - Assets and Acquired Services)  
  •        Experience with Project Complexity and Risk Assessment tools plus Organizational Project Management Capacity Assessment
  •        Knowledge and experience managing business transformation projects
  •        Knowledge and experience with investment management process and governance development
  •        Experience in a project management role for projects with multiple and diverse stakeholders.
  •        Competency Development (Executive to Managerial Level)
  •        Management Development (Executive to Supervisory Level)
  •        Change Management (Organizational and Individual)
  •        Systems Training
  •        Mediation

With excellent analytical and communication skills, Marion is a client-focused project manager with experience in both public and private sectors.  She executes a goal oriented approach, deploys resources effectively and meets deadlines.  Marion develops strong, productive work teams, and stakeholder relationships.  She demonstrates an advanced facilitation skill level as well as excellent written and verbal language skills for a variety of audiences and media.

Marion earned her PMP in March 2002 and has held various volunteer positions with the Ottawa Valley Outaouais Chapter since that date.  She has a Master of Arts in Political Science, certificates in and experience using The Birkman System / Process (Advanced Certification in Team Building and Conflict Resolution), Leadership Architect®, Career Architect®, Learning Architect , Recruiting Architect , Choices , The Satir Model on Conflict Resolution plus Mediation from the Canadian International Institute for Applied Negotiation (CIIAN).   




 Event Information:



One (1) PDU is applicable for PMPs who attend this one (1) hour Seminar. 0.5 PDU's will be allocated to the Leadership category of the PMI Talent Triangle, and 0.5 PDU's will be allocated to the Business & Strategic category of the PMI Talent Triangle. Note that PMI OVOC registers PDUs for PMI OVOC members only.



Please ensure that you sign the Sign-In Sheet, as this is the official source document verifying your attendance.



Wednesday, September 27, 2017




RCAF Officers' Mess
158 Gloucester St
Ottawa, ON K2P 0A6



It is suggested that you allow extra time for finding a City parking lot or a street meter.



Business Casual



11:20 AM      Registration check-in
11:30 AM      Buffet Lunch is served
12:10 PM      Presentation starts

01:00 PM      Presentation ends



Early Bird  - Ends 15 September 2017
   Non Member

$29.38 (includes $3.38 HST)
$36.16 (includes $4.16 HST)



Regular Rate -07 Sept.- 21 Sept. 2017
    Non Member

$35.03 (includes $4.03 HST)
$41.81 (includes $4.81 HST)



*Late Rate - 22-27 Sept. 2017
    Non Member

$40.68 (includes $4.68 HST)
$47.46 (includes $5.46 HST)



Student Member Rate

$20.00 (includes $2.30 HST)



* Note that the Late Rate is subject to availability



Spinach Salad
Baked Salmon Filet with White Wine Cream Sauce
Parisian Potatoes
Green Beans
Chocolate Mousse
Regular & Decaffeinated Coffee, Assorted Teas, Pop, Juices, Pitchers of Water



Please contact the registrar at to advise of any serious allergies so that an alternate meal can be prepared.  Please advise the registrar at least 1 week prior to event date.



To request a refund, you must send an email to no later than 12:00 NOON EST, on the Monday before the Wednesday Lunch Seminar. No further refunds will be processed after this deadline. Please note that a cancellation fee of $10.00 will apply to all refunds.

Event Registrar: Creative Relations Event Planning
Phone:                (613) 283-2697, Ext 3

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Event Properties

Event Date 09-27-2017 11:30 am
Event End Date 09-27-2017 1:00 pm
Cut off date 09-26-2017 11:55 pm
Individual Price CAD $37.00
Late Fee CAD $5.00(From 09-22-2017)
Location RCAF Officers' Mess
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