Presentation #1

Levering Expertise: What Every Project Manager Really Needs to know about Risk Management

In today’s environment with pressures for business value and growth, increased profit, and enhanced transparency and accountability, organizations must address the proper management of project risks in order to succeed. In order to ensure this occurs, Project Managers and their staff must clearly understand industry risk management best practices, techniques, and critical success factors to achieve success.

Join Laszlo in this highly interactive session to review proven critical success factors and understand how to incorporate these as part of an effective overall project and organizational risk management approach.  

Presenter:  Laszlo A. Retfalvi P.Eng. PMP PMI-RMP

Laszlo is Principal of Retfalvi and Associates, Instructor at the University of California Irvine Extension, and author of “The Power of Project Management Leadership: Your Guide on How to Achieve Outstanding Results”.

Laszlo is past Vice-President of the Program and Risk Management Office (PRMO) at Allen Vanguard Corporation. Previously, Laszlo was with General Dynamics Canada, the Irving Group of Companies and SED Systems. A leader focused on accountability, leadership, and business success, Laszlo is also a recipient of the 2013 UCI Extension Distinguished Instructor Award.

Presentation #2

Standardized Practices in Organizational Change Management

Do you know that organizations that use standardized portfolio, program, and project management (i.e., PMBOK® 5th Edition) practices blended with systematic organizational development and human resource management approaches have much higher success rates?

In this short seminar, you will learn through presented main concepts and practical applications about organizational change, how the portfolio, program and project management use the effective change management practices inherent in the PMI global standards. Also, you will learn about understanding, planning, managing success and resistance, implementing and sustaining change at different organizational levels - showing how critical and important change management is in using project management as the key driver in executing organizational strategy.

Who Needs to Attend

Project managers, senior project managers, IT managers and professionals, program managers, portfolio managers, HR managers and executives, organizational development professionals, project sponsors and executives, functional managers, project coordinators and administrators, project analysts, project leaders, team leaders, product managers, R&D managers, project team members and any other project or program related functions across all industry domains.

Seminar Outline

1. What is Change Management?

  • Change as a Strategy
  • Common Models of Change
  • Corporate Culture and Change
  • Change Lifecycle Framework
  • Critical Change Factors

2. Managing Change in Organizations

  • Organizational Project Management Context
  • Assessing Change Readiness
  • Key Success Factors and Barriers

3. Change Management at the Portfolio Level

4. Change Management at the Program Level

5. Change Management at the Project Level

  • Practices in Project Management

Presenter: Alexander Stanisic, Project Management Consultant

Alexander is a seasoned business professional with 12+ years’ experience delivering best-practice based strategic execution solutions within both public and private sectors. He leads and manages the practice both from a delivery and development of best/right fit practices perspective. He brings a wealth of hands on experience, a knowledge and understanding of how strategic execution really works in organizations and its application for real value and results.

In 2001 he joined a Fortune 500 U.S. firm and then in 2009 established his own company which he continues to lead exclusively. Alexander has since served as Lead Principal and Project Manager, and has taught 10 university-accredited courses for Global Knowledge in association with McMaster University. Alexander has been privileged to serve a diverse corporate clientele, teaching more than 1,500 people in all major Canadian cities since 2011.

A tenured consultant and facilitator, Alexander has acquired superb project management and leadership experience. His success in strategic execution is both a function of his technical expertise and aptitude for building trust among diverse and often skeptical stakeholder groups. A strong facilitator, Alexander is able to present a compelling case for change drawing on his in-depth knowledge of the real issues. His amazing collaborative and interpersonal style ensures stakeholders are always informed, if not engaged in building workable solutions that they will own long after the consulting or training assignment is completed.

Alexander has postgraduate-level education from the Graduate School of Engineering, Stanford University in California and PMP, Six Sigma Green Belt, ITIL and Change Management certifications. He is recognized as one of top facilitators, is a well-respected member of the project management community and is frequently invited to speak at national events.

PDUs: Four (4) PDUs are applicable for PMPs who attend this four (4) hour Seminar. Note that PMI OVOC registers PDUs for PMI OVOC members only.
SIGNING IN: Please ensure that you sign the Sign-In Sheet, as this is the official source document verifying your attendance.
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Ottawa Event and Conference Centre
200 Coventry Road

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1K 4S4
PARKING: Complimentary underground parking is provided at the Ottawa Event and Conference Centre. Underground parking is located on the right hand side once enter the parking lot from Coventry Road. The garage door opens automatically when a vehicle pulls up.
DRESS: Business Casual
SCHEDULE: 7:30 AM Registration check-in
7:45 AM Buffet lunch is served
8:30 AM Presentation starts

10:20 AM 10 minute refreshment break
12:30 PM Presentation ends
FEE SCALE: Early Bird - Ends 17 April 14
Non Member

$72.04 (includes HST of $8.29)
$87.58 (includes HST of $10.08)
Regular Rate - 18-22 April 14
Non Member

$84.75 (includes HST of $9.75)
$102.83 (includes HST of $11.83)
Late Rate - 23-26 April 14
Non Member

$96.05 (includes HST of $11.05)
$114.13 (includes HST of $13.13)
MENU: Chilled Fruit Juices
Assorted Low-Fat Yogurts and Granola
Sliced Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Domestic Cheese Platter
Scrambled Eggs Crisp Bacon and Sausage
Home Fried Potatoes
Coffee, Tea and Decaffeinated Coffee
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CANCELLATION FEES & REFUND POLICY: To request a refund, you must send an email to no later than 12:00 NOON EST, on the Wednesday before the Saturday 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: Tina Hughes

Phone: (613) 283-2697, Ext 4
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