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The Speakers

Day 1 and 2 of this year’s Symposium will provide project management professionals with the opportunity to learn from seasoned experts, share knowledge with their peers and grow as project managers.

You will get many opportunities to network with distinguished peers, and you will be able to take back innovative, hands-on information to your organizations that will help you push your project office to new levels of performance.

Please visit this page regularly as it will be updated as Speaker Symposium information becomes available.

 
Click on the Speaker Name to review their Presentation Abstract and Professional Biography       

Kevin Aguanno
Scrum Master Certification in 1/2 Day (Workshop)

Keith Archer
I Want YOU to Project Manage This One
Charles Villanyi Bokor
Customer Centric Project Management
Trish Bolechowsky
Medical Device Dev Project: Leadership for Success
Norman Bowley
Effective Communication: Timeles
Principles in a Crazy World
Nelson Cabral
The Creative Storm for Project Management
Professionals: Igniting a Pervasive Culture
of Innovation (Workshop)

Nilufer Erdebil
Increasing Customer Satisfaction:
Exploring Design Thinking with
the End-Client in Mind

Fahd Gulzar
The Soft Arts

Lindsay Hugenholtz
A Look into Bringing Large-Scale Non-Profit
Sporting Competitions to a Community:
From Halifax to the Attempt to Bring the 2021
Canada Games to Ottawa
 
Hal Hughes
Resilience in Your Professional
and Personal Lives
Suzanne Kostron
Preparing for your Project
Management Interview
Michael Lamb
Stop Looking for Project Success in the Same Place
You Lost It - Redefine Project Success Using
Proven Change Principle Techniques
 
Kevin McGowan
Planning Learning Projects
 
  
Nathalie Methot
Medical Device Dev Project:
Leadership to Success
  
Mark Mortimer
Take Your Time and Enjoy
the Team Experience
Keith Parker
RFP Sins Keeping You From Receiving
Kick Ass Proposals
 
Lisa Prentiss
Dealing with the Challenges of Project Fatigue
Francine Provost
How to Get the Best Results
from Your Project Team
 

Ori Schibi
Elephant in the Room
(Stakeholder Management)

David Shaw
Catching the Wave Presents an Executive Overview
of Accountability in Cloud Projects
 
Krista Shibata
Is There Still Gender Inequality
in Canadian Workplaces?
Jonathan Shriqui
The Value of EVM
(Earned Value Management)
Jonathan Shriqui
IBR (Integrated Baseline Review) - 
The One Meeting You Don't Want to Miss
     
  Dave Todaro
Agile Estimating and Planning
 
Dave Todaro
Driving Business Results with Scrum
 Carlos Zaidi
Stop Looking for Project Success in the Same Place
You Lost It - Redefine Project Success Using
Proven Change Principle Techniques
   
 
 

 

Scrum Master Certification in 1/2 Day

(Workshop)

Kevin Aguanno

Presentation Abstract: In today's rapidly changing business environments, Scrum has become one of the most sought-after project management methodologies. This ½ -day course focuses on showing how the Scrum processes can improve project speed, the working relationships with stakeholders, and overall success. The Scrum Master, Product Owner and the Scrum team form the three core roles in Scrum and the Scrum Master plays a vital role in every Scrum project by facilitating self-organized and collaborative teams.

After the course, participants can write an online Scrum Master Certification (SMC™) exam from the comfort of your home or workplace. The exam registration fee of $250 CDN will be required.
Professional Biography: Kevin Aquanno

With 30 years of project management experience, Kevin Aguanno has been a pioneer in applying agile techniques and scrum methodology to project management practices and project governance frameworks. He is the author of over 30 books, audiobooks and DVDs, and dozens of published articles on agile and project management topics.  Kevin is a well-known keynote speaker and trainer globally.

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I Want YOU to Project Manage This One

Keith Archer

Presentation Abstract: You’ve heard the words, so now what are the next steps? This presentation is a quick refresher on PM basics, with an eye on the new PM environment.
Professional Biography:

Keith Archer

Keith Archer is a PMP and Professional Engineer with over 25 years of project management experience in multiple industries.  Keith has recently focused on the field of Change Management and has been supporting DND internal change initiatives and capital procurement programs.

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Customer Centric Project Management

  Charles Villanyi Bokor

Presentation Abstract:

Customer Centric Project Management (CCPM) is the continuous re-examination of stakeholders' vital needs and desired outcomes. It is to engage stakeholders and produce system deliverables/outputs that are fit for the purpose and can be leveraged to achieving the intended organizational outcome.

Professional Biography:

Charles Villanyi Bokor

Strategic Management Consultant focused on Leading to Better Decisions in Transforming Business Processes, Leading Problem Projects and Strategic Planning, Charles has worked in Ottawa, Florida, Wales, Malaysia, Sweden and Australia.
 
Charles has a Diploma in Management and M.Sc. Mathematics. He was CMC, ITIL Certified, was Governor for ICCC, a Member of ICANN, and Program Director of the Professional Corporate Performance Management Certificate Program at Sprott. He taught at Université de Montréal, Université de Chicoutimi, Lasalle College, and is speaker at several symposiums.

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Effective Communication: Timeless Principles in a Crazy World

Norman Bowley

Presentation Abstract: Life is crazy. Technology makes promises, but often doesn’t deliver. Principles of effective communication are timeless and you need to understand why these work.  The art and science of powerful communication are examined to give you confidence in saying what you need to say, no matter the setting or the media.
Professional Biography:

Norman Bowley

Norman Bowley is a teacher, writer and lawyer with 47 years of experience, Norman Bowley is a master of the art and science of communication, leaving audiences with a new and intense appreciation of the fundamentals of communication; no “slick tricks”, just powerful insights you can apply today.  

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The Creative Storm for Project Management Professionals:

Igniting a Pervasive Culture of Innovation

(Workshop)

Nelson Cabral

Presentation Abstract:

With disruptive forces assaulting organizations from every direction, creativity has been labeled the single-most important business attribute. Project Managers now face the reality of managing projects to produce and create faster, cheaper, and better. But the good news is that Project Management Professionals at all levels can accelerate innovation and change by applying creativity on a daily basis.

In this entertaining, highly practical, and interactive program, Nelson Cabral, the world’s only Triple Threat Creative Leadership Expert, emphasizes that the key is to not fear risk – or change. Using real examples, he will explain his Nine Forces Of Creative Leadership™ and draw upon his personal experiences and projects working with Project Managers for over two decades.

You will learn powerful Project Management lessons to help you:

  • Build a culture (and project team) that celebrates fresh thinking and embraces new ideas and change
  • Boost quality and quantity of breakthroughs by creating more effective team relationships and interactions
  • Create a brilliant “group brain” by tapping into the creative genius inside everyone on your team
  • Create and sustain a culture where innovation is allowed to happen again and again

Together, we’ll look at the practical skills and forces behind igniting a high performing team. Nelson will let you loose with a series of replicable teaming and innovation tools that will have an immediate impact on you and your team.

This Workshop on radical innovation and future organizational culture is for you if you're interested in project management effectiveness and the escalation of creativity in business, or if you want to boost your skills, tools and mindset around modern leadership and innovation acceleration and change.

Professional Biography:

NCabral

Internationally acclaimed leadership and innovation visionary Nelson Cabral is the world’s only Triple Threat Creative Leadership Expert. A globally award-winning Executive Creative Director, TV & Film Director, and Musical Theatre Leading Man, Nelson has spent the last 25 years leading teams, building companies, and inspiring breakthrough innovative thinking on Fortune 500 brands. He has improved creativity and innovation capabilities in thousands of people and organizations around the world.

For Nelson Cabral's full bio, click here.

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Increasing Customer Satisfaction: Exploring Design Thinking with the End-Client in Mind

 Nilufer Erdebil

 

Presentation Abstract:

Highly successful companies, such as Tesla Motors, Apple, David’s Tea and Uber, are among those that are constantly on the cutting edge of innovation, consistently considering the needs of their end-user and inherently implementing Design Thinking practices which put the end-user's needs first, whether they realize it or not. 

When executed properly, design-thinking helps connect innovation to implementation, positively affecting the outcome of their product, process or service. Whether you are in a major corporation, a civil servant, or the owner of a start-up, design-thinking will provide you with the tools you need to become an innovative thinker and identify opportunities for you to implement your creativity.

In this interactive session, we provide an overview of design-thinking, taking you through each phase of this methodology. We’ll work through collaborative exercises that will break out of a linear-thinking approach and help create more powerful solutions.

We will explore design thinking for making these solutions with the end-client in mind, helping to increase customer retention and identify new opportunities. You will be guided through several design-thinking techniques to help empathize with the end client, define the problem, and ideate and prototype the solutions to lead you to the implementation phase.

Professional Biography:

NErdebil

Nilufer Erdebil is the CEO of Spring2 Innovation - Innovation and Design Thinking Consulting and 2016 WCT Leadership Award Recipient.

About Spring2 Innovation
Spring2 Innovation provides innovation consulting and training services to private sector organizations and all levels of the public sector. Design thinking is our passion and we have successfully delivered a number of design thinking initiatives within the federal government. An example of our work is an initiative that we delivered on for the Community of Federal Regulators (CFR). For this project we designed and facilitated a series of multi-disciplinary in-person and virtual sessions. This series was used to define and develop templates for regulatory guidance with 26 Federal Regulators and 18 external organizations for which the client won numerous awards, including a 2016 Public Service Award of Excellence and 2016 Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) ADM Award for Excellence. An added benefit included in this project was the increased engagement among all stakeholders; the communications and policy people in the regulating bodies got to know one another and this allowed them to be involved in the co-creation process and see the outcome in the testing phase.

Spring2 Innovation also recently delivered a customized training curriculum for the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada (TBS) on Policy Innovation that was developed specifically for Policy Analysts.

We have a robust list of clients and have provided training and facilitation for organizations such as PMI OVOC, PSP Training, Hydro Ottawa, Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED), Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Start-up Canada, Bank and Vogue, Export Development Canada (EDC), and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC).

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The Soft Arts

Fahd Gulzar

Presentation Abstract:

We all value and appreciate technical competencies, degrees and designations but what about the soft arts? We often overlook and forget to appreciate the soft arts. Two people could have the same credentials and be in the same role, but what enables one individual to be promoted over the other? It is the soft arts.

The soft arts are not a set of degrees, diplomas, designations – the soft arts are in a category of their own. The closest relation to any field of study would probably label the soft arts as the study of emotional intelligence.

Everybody comes across a moment in their life where they say to themselves; I was fully qualified, why didn’t I get it? Whether at work or in an interview or in a proposal, the soft arts often differentiate winners from those who must “learn and try again.”

I’ve been studying the soft arts for many years – and it is now time for me to present to you my learnings.

Professional Biography:

Fahd Gulzar

Fahd Gulzar is an innovative and dynamic business professional with strong quantitative and analytical skills. His expertise lies in matrix management thus managing multiple cross functional departments and working with multiple functional managers to deliver corporate initiatives as one seamless team..  See Fahd's full biography at https://www.linkedin.com/in/fahdgulzar/

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A Look into Bringing Large-Scale Non-Profit Sporting Competitions to a Community:

From Halifax to the Atttempt to Bring the 2021 Canada Games to Ottawa

Lindsay Hugenholtz

Presentation Abstract:

Come and join Lindsay's journey as she discusses the 3.5 years of her life that she spent as the Deputy CEO to bring the Canada Games to Halifax where she started as a team of 2 people with a dream to a crew of 72 people at its height.   Hear about the various steps from being awarded the games, working with 350 volunteers to plan the event, to fund-raising the $46 million of government and corporate funding, and the enormous effort to recruit, train and manage a massive volunteer team, that all combined is for 18 days of competition!!  

Hear the funny and stressful stories of Risk Management and Lessons Learned encountered along the way, and how to effectively manage a large team of volunteers using Project Management principles without being too "project management-y" to motivate the volunteers.

Lindsay will also talk about the recent bid she spearheaded for the 2021 Canada Games to come to Ottawa, and how the final award to Niagara Falls devastated the Ottawa Bid Committee Team, and Lessons Learned throughout that process.

This presentation will give the audience insight on the challenges and successes encountered in the world of non-profit event management, community engagement and volunteer management.

Professional Biography:

Lindsey Hugenholtz

Throughout her career, Lindsay Hugenholtz has worked with not-for-profits, governments and start-ups, combining strategic thinking with practical expertise in governance, policy development, and partner relations, which has resulted in increased revenues and programs that drive value and respond directly to community needs.

Lindsay’s leadership accomplishments include revenue generation through government programs, community fundraising and sponsorship, nurturing strong partnerships across a variety of stakeholders, providing change leadership through the refinement of policies and programs, and developing people through mentorship and coaching.

Lindsay is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Humane Society. She is the Past-President of the Board of Directors for Motivate Canada, and a former member of the Board for the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Sport (CAAWS). She has been to the World University Games, Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games and Summer Olympics as the team manager for Diving. She attended the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and the 2012 Paralympic Games on Team Canada’s mission staff.

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Resilience in Your Professional and Personal Lives

Hal Hughes

Presentation Abstract:

While on the job serving and protecting the population, Hal suffered two events that caused him serious injury.  Listen to how he learned to deal both physically and emotionally with these events and the outcomes.  Hear the challenges they created and the impacts they made on his professional and family life.   And hear how those two events were instrumental to his development as a person, leading him not only to become an advocate of those suffering from PTSD, but also bringing greater – and newer -  meaning to both his professional and personal lives.  Hal’s story will educate on the power of resilience in facing changing tides – especially those that are unexpected - in your career and your everyday life, and how even the most unimaginable scenario can be turned into the best thing that ever happened to you. 

Warning:  Mature Language and Subject Matter but an important message of life occurrences and reactions to a difficult situation.
Professional Biography:

Hal Hughes

Hal Hughes is a 14-year police veteran currently with the Ontario Provincial Police, and a former MMA fighter. He is also part of a program called Project Trauma Support in which he teaches military personnel and first responders suffering from PTSD on how to grow through their traumas and reclaim their lives.

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Preparing for your Project Management Interview

Suzanne Kostron

Presentation Abstract: Having interviewed 40 to 50 project management candidates throughout the years, Suzanne Kostron has developed 10 pivotal questions to effectively rate candidates on the basis of technical skills.   This presentation focusses on these 10 questions and the “best answers” as well as “red flag answers”; it also provides several tips for pre-interview preparation along with a set of behavioral interview questions that participants can find useful.      
Professional Biography:

Suzanne Kostron

Suzanne Kostron has more than 34 years of experience in the Semiconductor and Aerospace industries. For the past 18 years, she has been managing semiconductor development projects.  Her current role in Microsemi is Sr Director of the corporate PMO.  Suzanne was with Spar Aerospace Ltd for 16 years where she was the Program Manager for space and military projects.  Suzanne is a member of the Project Management Advisory Committee for the Algonquin College School of Business.

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Stop Looking for Project Success in the Same Place You Lost It - 

Redefine Project Success Using Proven Change Principle Techniques

 Mike Lamb and Carlos Zaidi

Presentation Abstract: Change is not new.  It is all around us - climates, politics, beer, and business.  We already know that change is part of every project and there are structured methods to manage it.  So why do our projects result in varying degrees of success?  We need to reframe benefits realization as a result, and rethink how we approach change as part of our projects.   We need to think less about control and more about influencing in the way our projects are delivered.  This requires a deeper understanding of human dynamics.  Attitude precedes action and hearts are won or lost in the mental models we use as project managers to influence versus control human dynamics.  So we need to adopt a new framework for integrating change management throughout the project life cycle - one that considers the head, heart and feet.  We'll share a fresh and personal perspective on how to more effectively manage change, and lessons learned on why change efforts fail and what may be done to mitigate the risks.   
Professional Biography:

Mike Lamb

Mike Lamb wants to see businesses and organizations in Canada pair their technology and business like good Cabernet Sauvignon and Gorgonzola cheese, thereby creating an experience that would want everyone to continue to invest in their own wine & cheese cellars of innovation. 

Armed with 27 years of experience, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, BSc from Wilfrid Laurier University and senior roles in private, public, non-for-profit companies in Canada and the United States, Mike works with leaders to understand and focus efforts that will affect change to their organization’s bottom line or offering to customers.
When he is not assisting leaders in maintaining their ninja-like change capabilities, you can find him at home tinkering with technology around the house – partly as a hobby and partly to keep his wife’s life continually interesting.

Carlos Zaidi

Carlos Zaidi is a well-travelled Chief of Mischief who wants to live in a world where Siri understands him, the beach and the mountains are never far, and businesses stop trying to find formulas for success where change is managed like going to the dentist.   As a former engineering officer in the Canadian military and now senior consultant at Cistel, Carlos brings clients more than 28 years of experience in the defense, aerospace, telecommunications, postal, corrections and public health industries.  He is recognized by clients for the ability to connect the dots on how organizations can achieve goals through people, structures and processes.  Carlos believes that people aren't problems to be solved, and that most models on the topic of managing change fail because their application relies on a deep understanding of human dynamics that is often unrecognized or ignored.

When Carlos is not adapting to constant change with his puppy and teenage daughter, he can be found biking, downhill skiing, listening to music or dreaming of becoming a Disney Imagineer.  Carlos is also the proud co-founder of the 24 Hours of Hockey for Wishes that has raised over $120K in support of children with life threatening medical conditions.

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Planning Learning Projects

 Kevin McGowan

Presentation Abstract: In this session, Kevin McGowan (PMP) will guide you through the steps of planning and delivering learning products. Whether it be written guides, videos, or interactive online lessons, planning is key. You’ll learn what questions to ask, and how to see your learning project through to successful completion.
Professional Biography:

Kevin McGowan

Kevin McGowan is currently a Content Developer at Kinaxis, an online facilitator at Algonquin College, and is also a freelance writer and podcaster. He has been in the Knowledge and Learning industry for over 20 years, working with high tech companies and not-for-profit educational institutions as a writer, producer, and project manager.

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Medical Device Dev Project: Leadership for Success

Nathalie Mêthot and Trish Bolechowsky

Presentation Abstract: New Product Introduction (NPI) projects in the medical device industry can be as exciting as they are complex.  Nathalie and Trish define project success beyond the iron triangle of time, cost and quality, and discuss how their quest for project success led them to a mix of servant leadership and transformational leadership styles.
Professional Biography: Nathalie Mêthot is the Director of Programs for the R&D department at Epocal. She drives New Product Development Programs by bridging stakeholders, subject matter experts, and knowledge. Nathalie values creativity, objectivity, humility, team work and customer focus.

Trish BolechowskyTrish Bolechowsky is a Senior Project Manager in Research & Development at Epocal Inc., helping talented passionate people keep the end goal in focus. Trish believes providing clarity around tasks and priorities supports creative inspiration, leading to the best outcomes.

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Take Your Time and Enjoy the Team Experience

Mark Mortimer

Presentation Abstract: Time management bears upon all project managers; never ask 'When?' as the answer is always 'Yesterday!’  This attitude especially arises in the early days of a project as the thrill of funding and the dreams of deliverables encourage optimism. This also encourages simplicity, particularly with planning the project.  Good project managers know, however, that investing time at the start provides the greatest rewards.
 
Imagine being informed in the morning that you are the manager for a new project. Congratulations! And with that comes a requirement to present the project to the board of directors. That afternoon. The presentation is to include costing, risks and schedule. After you have developed these in the business case, do you simply present your business case as is, or do you embellish it using personal knowledge, or do you form a crisis meeting with possible team members? This presentation looks at these options and provides some advice should this scenario happen to you. 
Professional Biography:

Mike Mortimer

Mark Mortimer is a project engineer who's recently received the PMP certification. This comes after over 30 years working in the technical field and having made enough mistakes to start approaching expert status. Mr. Mortimer has worked as a public servant, a corporate employee and an entrepreneur. His greatest interest lies in solving technical challenges while he accepts project management as a necessity to achieving deliverables.

Mr. Mortimer's career has encompassed many sectors: government, defence contractor, telecommunications, public institutions, environmental agencies and fundraisers. With some work being in-situ and others being remote, he's learned to rely upon effective communication to have projects progress. From this, he's also learnt that relying upon inspiration and intuition is not as effective as relying upon the team.

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RFP Sins Keeping You From Receiving Kick Ass Proposals

Keith Parker

Presentation Abstract:

It’s frustrating: months of effort go into preparing an RFP and expectations are high that you’ll find the right vendor, with the right solution, at the right price. Apart from meeting your process obligations, isn’t that what the whole procurement process is about?

But then what happens? Too few (or maybe too many) bids were submitted! And of the bids submitted, many are hard to evaluate, are completely missing key requirements, show no understanding of your needs, and pricing ranges from too low to too high. How could the vendor community be so wrong? Didn’t they pay attention? Don’t they want the business?

In this session, we’ll explore the key RFP mistakes that vendors see again and again which make it difficult if not impossible to submit a bid that is compliant, responsive and that meets the client’s needs and expectations.

Professional Biography:

Keith Parker

Keith Parker is a seasoned proposal manager and certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 14 years of dedicated experience in all aspects of proposal preparation and solution design. He has helped firms of all sizes, from the smallest of consulting firms to the largest of IT and defense contractors successfully compete.   He is currently the Managing Director of The Proposal Centre, which helps companies write proposals that win business from the federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as other public sector institutions such as hospitals, schools and universities.

Since leaving IBM Canada Ltd. in 2004, Keith has made several innovations and adaptations to proposal writing best practices that have enabled small and medium sized firms to be successful against larger more established firms for contracts, standing offers, supply arrangements, and vendor of record contract vehicles. Over the last seven years, Keith has a proposal win rate exceeding 87%.

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Dealing with the Challenges of Project Fatigue

Lisa Prentiss

Presentation Abstract: This is the project that never ends ... it just goes on and on, my friends; well, not really, but for teams on long-tail projects, how often does it feel like that? Team focus begins to shift. Motivation fades. And not too long after, the project derails.  Your project has been hit with a nasty case of FATIGUE. We've all been there. The challenge is how to re-energize in order to push through that fatigue and pull together as a team to carry on through to the finish line. This presentation will explore the leadership and talent management opportunities for overcoming project fatigue.
Professional Biography:

Lisa Prentiss

Lisa Prentiss is a Senior Manager with MNP, with over 8 years of experience leading technology implementation projects for private and public sector clients. Lisa has a strong background in business management and marketing strategy. She melds this with her love for technology to provide clients with a holistic view of the digital business environment. Lisa is an avid athlete; in April, she travelled to New Zealand to participate in soccer at the World Masters Games.

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How to Get the Best Results from Your Project Team

(Workshop)

Francine Provost

Presentation Abstract:

So often teams have a hard time achieving the results they want because of misunderstanding, blame, unmet expectations, misperceptions and other emotionally charged situations. In this interactive and fun session, you can discover the behaviour base from which people operate, and you can change the teamwork game!    Learn how YOU, as a project leader, can get the best results from your team members.

You might not get to choose your team members, but you do get to choose more powerful people strategies. And yes, people can learn to work productively with someone they don’t particularly like.

In this session, we will explore the DISC Model of Human Behaviours and different personality styles. You will learn how to develop productive and solid teams, and to focus on your people’s strengths and potential. The DISC Model takes the guesswork out of interacting with others. On average, two out of five people will naturally experience a good personality match, whereas the others are likely to have challenges in relating to each other unless they understand their styles and are willing to adjust. 

Your role is to consciously decide to get to know and understand yourself better as a leader, and to consciously decide to understand your team members better. Through better understanding of personalities and human needs as powerful resources, you will learn how to use personality differences to add value to your team. 

The Disc Model can guide and help you recognize the advantages each personality brings to your team and where problems might arise. You will learn strategies to help adjust your approach and deal with contrasting views.  You will hear about Motivators; Strengths; Needs; Stress Behaviours; Team Personality; Opposite Styles and Strategies.

In this session, you will experience the four basic personality styles “live”, and you will know what four questions to ask yourself to determine WHO exactly is on your team.

More specifically you will learn:

  • What factors motivate people to engage and collaborate
  • What people need to work productively and achieve results
  • How to prevent or deal with stress behaviours
  • Why opposite styles are your greatest challenges AND your greatest assets

For this session, participants will receive a handout which will be used as a learning tool and an interactive exercise.

Professional Biography:

Francine Provost

Francine Provost is a Leadership Specialist at EKIP Training & Consulting. A bilingual senior consultant and a Master Trainer in the DISC Model with 20 years’ experience in the field of Human Behaviour Studies, Francine helps transform teams into a gold mine of collaborators. She emphasizes the development of self-leadership and team relationships by teaching how to understand people’s needs and create results that can make a huge difference in their organization.

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Elephant in the Room (Stakeholder Management)

Ori Schibi

Presentation Abstract: Despite improvements in project prioritization, it still appears to be some sort of a game: trying to deliver success against odds, without sufficient resources and with no clear mandate. While it is easy to blame others, the onus to articulate these problems and price their impact is on the PM.
Professional Biography:

Ori Schibi

Ori Schibi is a Senior Manager with MNP, with over 8 years of experience leading technology implementation projects for is a published author, a visionary thought leader, an inspiring speaker, a project management expert, an Agile governance guru, and a devoted husband and father.

For over 25 years, large to mid-sized organizations (including Telecoms, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals, Entertainment and Aerospace, and government agencies) have benefited from Ori’s innovative approach to value creation, efficiencies, leading sustainable change and focusing on customer satisfaction. He is currently co-authoring a book about the Agile BA.

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Catching the Wave Presents an Executive Overview of Accountability in Cloud Projects

(Workshop)

David Shaw

Presentation Abstract:

This Workshop is for participants looking for a basic understanding of the Cloud, as well as experienced users looking for strategic direction, and all in between.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the extraordinary change brought about by 'the world as software code', and how it evolved to threaten to overwhelm our capacity to guide technology in our organizations.   Catching the Wave is based on an organization's real experience migrating a very large web site to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Participants will review the four basic cloud types and the deployment models used in the cloud. The business and IT benefits of the cloud will be identified.  Attendees will learn why 40% of cloud projects fall and how to manage this business transformation successfully.

A governance and accountability framework for the cloud is introduced based on the five IT principles of alignment, value delivery, and resource, risk and performance management.

Professional Biography:

DavidShaw

David Shaw is a Project Management Professional (PMP); Professional in Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCIP); and the founder of WikiSea.

David is a senior management consultant and information architect. He has managed more than 100 projects, using waterfall, spiral, incremental development and Agile methodologies — in systems for knowledge-management, eLearning and XML/SGML component content-management — in the USA, Canada, UK, Switzerland, Denmark, Greenland, Alaska, and Trinidad & Tobago.

David's experience with online information systems began with videotex systems based on Telidon. He co-managed the international Telidon project for the Third General Assembly of the Inuit Circumpolar Council in Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit) on Baffin Island.

David once spent a week on HMCS Onondaga writing “Life on a Canadian Submarine” for Weekend Magazine. For the Montreal Star, he was on board HMCS Huron for her Maker's Trials and experienced a midnight call to boat stations during a December blizzard off Anticosti Island

He also flew ice patrol from Summerside in Prince Edward Island to Iqaluit in Baffin Island in an Electra L-188 used for ice reconnaissance. During the same period, he was a columnist for Driving Magazine, volunteered as Chief Pit Marshal at Le Circuit Mt Tremblant during the heyday of Can-Am racing, and was trained in fighting gasoline and methanol fires at a BP oil refinery. 

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Is There Still Gender Inequality in Canadian Workplaces?

Krista Shibata

Presentation Abstract:

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that 50% of his cabinet would be women because “it’s 2015”, many thought that gender inequalities no longer existed in modern Canadian times and workplaces.   There are, however, some challenges that still persist:

  • A declining number of women are entering computer engineering and science programs;
  • The messages that are being given to girls (vs. boys) during their upbringing and schooling help to reinforce and sustain the inequality message;
  • From the early days of their careers, women and men usually start their professional paths with pay inequality.

Come see the efforts that IBM, under Krista’s leadership, have implemented to combat the current status quo and encourage girls to expand their career options into the male dominated areas of engineering, technology, and sciences.

Note from the Symposium Organizing Committee:  This isn’t a “Women-only” event.  We encourage men that hire and supervise women, men who work with women, and men that have daughters to attend this session to open the dialogue and promote further change.

Professional Biography:

Krista Shibata

Krista Shibata has held many positions since joining IBM in 2004 including business analysis, global sales leadership, acquisitions, Program Director for Communications (including social media) and Events, and now Leader of the Women in Technology initiative.

As a working mother, Krista is passionate about showing her sons that a woman can have both a successful career and family life.  She approaches every day as a gift where she can work hard, contribute to her organization and be satisfied that she has made a difference

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 The Value of EVM (Earned Value Management)

Jonathan Shriqui

Presentation Abstract:

To mandate Earned Value Management (EVM) as a form of project control is to drive program management excellence.  For EVM to succeed, all of your core project management disciplines (scheduling, finance, scope, risk and communications) need to work cohesively within an integrated system, which adheres to recognized standard.  After briefly reviewing the founding concepts of EVM, we will demonstrate the tangible benefits using real-life examples.

NB.  Although the EVM and IBR presentations are independent presentations, guests who attend both seminars will gain insight on how the two subjects can be highly interdependent in practice.

Professional Biography:

Jonathan Shriqui

Jonathan Shriqui has over a decade of financial management experience acquired from General Electric & Lockheed Martin on large scale programs.  His Earned Value Management (EVM) acumen was refined when he joined Lockheed Martin in 2007 as part of the successful capture team for the frigate modernization program for the Canadian Navy.  Since 2015, as part of the BMT Fleet Technology management consultancy, he provides insights and recommendations to the Department of National Defense for major naval acquisition programs.

Credentials:  PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma

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IBR (Integrated Baseline Review) - The One Meeting You Don't Want to Miss

Jonathan Shriqui

Presentation Abstract:

The key to any successful project is to start on the right foot.  The integrated baseline review (IBR) serves such a purpose by aligning all stakeholders’ expectations and information.  Too often, project kickoff meetings steer the focus on the technical side and key project management elements, such as supply chain, human resources and project controls, are minimized.  Come and see how a proper IBR can help your project start on the right foot and possibly detect risks before they become issues.

NB.  Although the IBR and EVM presentations are independent presentations, guests who attend both seminars will gain insight on how the two subjects can be highly interdependent in practice.

Professional Biography:

Jonathan Shriqui

Jonathan Shriqui has over a decade of financial management experience acquired from General Electric & Lockheed Martin on large scale programs.  His Earned Value Management (EVM) acumen was refined when he joined Lockheed Martin in 2007 as part of the successful capture team for the frigate modernization program for the Canadian Navy.  Since 2015, as part of the BMT Fleet Technology management consultancy, he provides insights and recommendations to the Department of National Defense for major naval acquisition programs.

Credentials:  PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma

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Agile Estimating and Planning

Dave Todaro

Presentation Abstract: Software engineering management expert Dave Todaro walks you step-by-step through agile estimating techniques you can use to understand the size of your project and how long it will take. You and your team will quickly come up with accurate estimates and you’ll be able to forecast completion dates based on how fast the team is moving. You’ll learn how to deal with changes in scope and priority while always being able to tell management, “This is when we’ll be done.”
Professional Biography:

DaveTodaro

Dave Todaro has spent the last 30+ years building and leading software teams in a variety of leadership roles. He is currently President and COO of Ascendle, a contract software engineering firm specializing in custom software development and Agile training and coaching.  Ascendle is a trusted partner for business visionaries who need to deliver solid business results through software development, reliably and on a predictable schedule. See Dave's full biography at Https://www.linkedin.com/in/dtodaro.

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Driving Business Results with Scrum

Dave Todaro

Presentation Abstract: Most software development or product teams work hard, but often produce results that aren't aligned with the needs of the business. Implementing Scrum offers a better way for business leaders to decide what’s important and convey this information to their development team. In this discussion, Dave Todaro will explain how Scrum works and how you can use it to get better results from your team.
Professional Biography:

DaveTodaro

Dave Todaro has spent the last 30+ years building and leading software teams in a variety of leadership roles. He is currently President and COO of Ascendle, a contract software engineering firm specializing in custom software development and Agile training and coaching.  Ascendle is a trusted partner for business visionaries who need to deliver solid business results through software development, reliably and on a predictable schedule. See Dave's full biography at Https://www.linkedin.com/in/dtodaro.

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