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Program - Speakers - PMI SAC Professional Development Conference



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Allen Miko

Allen Miko is a Senior Partner at Chrysylys and a PMP with experience in leading business and technology integration projects. He has over 20 years of project leadership across diverse industries including software products, transportation, telecom, health care, entertainment and energy. Allen developed and implemented the delivery model at British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) for the Encore Loyalty program.

Amit Varma

Amit is an efficiency evangelists. He got tired of the problems in capital project execution all over the world and decided to do something about it. Join Amit and Scott as they demonstrate a new way to manage capital project risk and performance – where Industrial IoT, sensors, and AI removes rework from such industrial projects.

Bently Rolf

Bently Rolf has extensive knowledge in Management and the Telecommunications field for over 20+ years including Program Management for Provincial Governments in excess $1B. His strengths are building and leading highly technical teams in computer networking, operational support systems, and computer security to deliver on clear goals and objectives. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), Cisco’s Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) Emeritus designation. Bently managed operations for an at-scale multi-site field trial of Remote Awareness for construction and environmental project management, which is the case study to be presented.

Brian van der Voort

A Senior Project Manager and Technology Advisor, Brian leads the Business Intelligence and Data Management Practice at Quadrus Development Inc. Brian has more than 30 years of hands-on IT industry experience managing traditional and Agile projects within energy, government, healthcare, construction, engineering, retail, transportation, utilities, law, not-for-profit, software product development, and other business sectors.

Brian is a firm believer in the power of data and technology to empower organizations to be more effective and efficient. His advanced technical expertise and passion for data analysis has helped hundreds of organizations turn their data into valuable information that supports faster, better business decisions. Brian is a P. Eng. with a BASc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is also a certified Professional Scrum Master (PSM), and holds Project Management Profession certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI).


Christian Wokem

Christian Wokem is currently an Instructor in the BSc Construction Project Management program at SAIT. He has a PhD in Structural Engineering and has been involved in many residential, commercial, Industrial and Infrastructural projects. He has also been involved in several research projects as well as teaching for over 10 years.

Colin Moreland

Colin Moreland is an experienced Project Manager, Business Analyst and PMO Builder. In his time working with 3esi (now 3esi-Enersight), Colin was involved with over 100 software implementations for major international energy companies including Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Encana, BP, BG, and many others. Colin has also built multiple Project Management Offices using a pragmatic approach that ties business value to strategic vision through project execution.

Colin’s recent work at the University of Lethbridge has seen the University go from a Gartner PPM Maturity score of 1.1 in 2015 to 4.2 at the end of 2016. He is a lead with on a Canada-wide Higher Education Project Management collaboration team (the CUCCIO PPM Group) and is working with post secondary institutions across Canada to mature their PPM and PMO methodologies in a rapid and consistent manner. Colin is an active member of the Arts community and a Board member of the Lethbridge Symphony. He was a founding member of the PMI-SAC Toastmasters group and teaches Business Analysis at Mount Royal University.

D. Todd Hisey

D. Todd Hisey MSc, PMP, MAPM, MMP, CD is a retired officer with 22 years of experience leading soldiers in the Canadian Army. While not employed in the Army, he built and led organizations for Oilsands developers in the fields of maintenance and project management. He recently completed a MSc in International Construction Management from the University of Bath (UK) and completed a dissertation on the leadership styles of project and construction managers in the Canadian Oilsands. He is married and has three children. While not working he enjoys hunting in the mountains.

David Brady

David Brady is a senior risk professional with over 35 years of project experience developed with global companies and international projects with the majority being in the oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure industries. He has direct experience in all aspects of risk management, project management, and construction work. His duties and experience have been diverse, producing a record of accomplishment that demonstrates his commitment to service, excellence, and the ability to manage risk and lessons learned. This is reflected by his peers and co-workers considering him a Risk Subject Matter Expert. His work includes developing risk programs, standards, and procedures, managing and implementing qualitative and quantitative risk programs for projects ranging in value from less than $1 Million to over $11 Billion dollars, and developing training and presentations for risk and other project programs.

In addition to risk, David has gained strong experience in all aspect of project and construction management in various roles as Project Manager, Director and Manager of Project Controls groups, Contract and Procurement Manager, Construction Manager, and Field Engineering Manager. He transfers his experience to others through teaching of PMI courses, being a university guest lecturer, mentoring, and developing project and engineering conferences.

He has written and published seven project and risk papers and has made over a dozen presentations at various Canadian and International conferences. He was the editor of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International’s (AACE) 2012 Decision and Risk Management Profession Practice guide. He has also peerreviewed a risk management book, a quality control book, and numerous risk papers. David is an active member in the Project Management Institute (PMI) and AACE.

Dr. Brad King

Dr. Brad King has worked with a variety of organizations from oil and gas to public sector and non-profits. Through the past decade, his focus has been on helping organizations innovate their services and improve organizational agility. He has been a project manager, business analyst, product owner, scrum master, change management lead, facilitator and even professor. Regardless of title or role his focus has always been on coaching teams on how to implement new ideas that help them deliver faster, and working with executive leaders to design and deploy their strategic visions.

Dr. Brynn Winegard

Dr. Winegard is not your conventional neuroscience speaker. Whether keynoting or delivering a workshop, she engages her audiences on why we do what we do and the important role our brain plays in literally every aspect of our day.

On stage, Dr. Winegard is an energetic, professional and enthusiastic speaker who simultaneously informs, and inspires. Whether she’s sharing why women multi-task or she’s talking about just how fast our brains process information, she has the unique ability to make brain science accessible to every level of science knowledge.

Dr. Winegard combines real-world experience with cutting-edge research to deliver a customized program that will please your audiences and elevate their outcomes at work and personally. She leaves audiences informed, humoured, and inspired to tackle their challenges armed with fresh insights. Dr. Winegard believes an understanding of brain science can help us be more effective, efficient, productive, informed, influential, persuasive, and successful.

Dr. Winegard completed her formal education in Neuroscience and Psychology but was practically raised in corporate Canada: before her 20th birthday she started her first full-time decade-long career in corporate marketing working for such companies as Pfizer, Nestle, Bank of Montreal, ScotiaBank, CIBC, and Johnson & Johnson. She currently teaches the next generation of business leaders at Ryerson University, and Guelph University.

She is a regular on media outlets informing business phenomena using insights from social and brain sciences. Dr. Winegard can be seen on CTV, BNN, CBC, CTV, CBC, CityTV, Global, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and PROFIT Magazine, among more than 40 others.

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Dr. Elizabeth Cannon

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is the eighth president of the University of Calgary. Dr. Cannon is a Professional Engineer, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering. Her work has been recognized with many national and international honours including the Johannes Kepler Award from the U.S. Institute of Navigation, APEGA’s Centennial Leadership Award and the Gold Medal Award from Engineers Canada in 2013. She is a passionate advocate for the importance of higher education in driving discovery, innovation and creativity, its power to solve the world’s greatest challenges, and its role in developing talented young people into successful leaders.


Faith Wood

As a communication and presentation specialist, Faith Wood is on a mission to transform the way we communicate, connect and contribute. Combining a keen expertise in conflict de-escalation, pattern detection, and influential communication, she has literally “cracked the code” on what it takes to strengthen relationships and improve communications across all levels.

She is a published author in both fiction and nonfiction business writing and is often called upon to help leadership teams discover how to improve their brand loyalty by telling a better story. influential communication skills are the glue that help strengthen your connections to others and improve teamwork, decision making and problem-solving. Every time you communicate, assume that people will ‘show & tell’ you everything you need to know within the first few minutes of connecting with them. Therefore, it is important to develop awareness around all those hidden clues.

A person’s unconscious mind is telling you a story and it is the leader’s job to pay close attention so we can interpret the important elements. This is where Faith’s finely honed law enforcement experience trumps all those books you might have read about non-verbal intelligence and influence or persuasion tactics. Leveraging her experience with Hypnosis/NLP, observation skills, Peace Officer training and high-performance coaching, Faith shares the skills that can re-engage battle-weary leaders and their teams.

Greg Sillak

Greg Sillak is Principal Consultant of Acumen PMO. He has over 30 years’ of project management experience with asset owners and EPC contractors through all phases of asset development and operation. His experience spans multiple small facilities projects, 6 projects over $1 billion, 6 plant turnarounds, 14 plant start-ups, front-end development of 20+ projects, 3 SAP implementations, 5+ PM software implementations, 2 IPO projects and several business process improvement initiatives.

Greg has been a PMI member since 1989 and became PMP certified in 2012. His project control teams were independently benchmarked as top quartile at 2 separate organizations. Mr. Sillak received the AACE International Technical Excellence Award in 2003. He is the primary author of 3 AACE International recommended practices.

In his current practice, Greg leverages advanced knowledge gained from studying and deploying best practices of top performing teams for over 2 decades. He also applies critical insights of cost competitiveness learned during three severe economic downturns.

Greg Syrnick

Greg Syrnick is a Senior Project and Program Manager with a successful delivery track record. He specializes in stewarding and managing large SAP implementation projects and transformational corporate initiatives. Greg helps his clients establish pragmatic strategies and governance models for tackling these tough and complex initiatives. Greg has played pivotal roles with three of Canada’s leading consulting companies that specialize in SAP implementations and SAP support services. Additionally, he’s managed programs with the other major consulting firms in the SAP system integrator space. Since 2009, Greg has been offering his expertise as an independent project management consultant to a number of different clients, in a variety of industry sectors.

Mr. Syrnick has over 33 years of experience in the Information Services industry and has been a consultant for over 23 of those years. He holds a B.Sc. in Computational Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan (Go Huskies!) and earned his PMP designation in 2008. Greg is an active hiker, smooth skier, frustrated golfer and avid sports fan. He loves Calgary and the great quality of life it offers.

Hayley Wickenheiser

Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world. As a decorated Olympian, she has led her team to four gold and one silver medal as well as being named the tournaments’ most valuable player in both 2002 and 2006. For the 2014 Sochi Olympics Hayley was selected to be the flag bearer for the Canadian Olympic team in the Opening Ceremonies. During those same Olympics it was announced that she had been elected to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes Commission.

As part of the Canadian Women’s National Team since age 15, Hayley has won innumerable regional, national and world championships.

Off the ice, Hayley’s achievements include: Sports Illustrated number 20 of 25 Toughest Athletes in the World, a two-time finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation Team Athlete of The Year, named multiple times among the Globe and Mail’s Power 50 influencers in sport, and named among QMI Agency’s top 10 Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports. In 2011, Hayley was appointed to the Order of Canada “for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of women’s hockey.” She was inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2015.

Hayley has seen success not just on the ice, but also an elite softball player, as she participated in the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of Team Canada and worked as a Softball Analyst with CBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Wickenheiser’s passion for sport is matched by her desire to give back to the community in her work with organizations such as JumpStart, KidSport, Project North, Right to Play and dozens of other organizations. She has travelled the world to support those efforts, including trips to the furthest northern communities of Canada and as far away as Rwanda and Ghana.

Her most profound project has been the creation of the Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, which hosts over 1,500 female hockey players from around the world in Calgary annually giving girls access not just to hockey, but to world-class educational sessions both on and off the ice.

Hayley was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and is a proud mom to her teenaged son, Noah. She has received numerous honourary degrees and graduated with Honours with a Bachelors in Kiniesology from the University of Calgary in 2013. In 2016, Hayley completed her Masters, running a study that is researching the connection between physical activity and the neurology of autistic youth.

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Janice Thomas

Bio to come…

Jeff Fielding

As the City Manager, Jeff is focused on bringing stability to the civic administration and instilling confidence and trust in the municipal workforce.  He oversees all City departments and works closely with the Mayor and Council on matters of importance to the citizens of Calgary.

Jeff received graduate and undergraduate degrees in urban geography and urban planning from the University of Waterloo, and started his career as a planner with the Region of Waterloo in 1979. Since then, Jeff has held various planning and managerial positions in governments across the country, including the Peace River Region, Edmonton Metropolitan Region, City of Winnipeg, and The City of Calgary.

After Calgary, Jeff served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Kitchener before becoming City Manager with the City of London; a role which he held for nearly eight years. In London, he led a team that successfully built a sustainable and fiscally responsible public service business, and was recognized for his role in establishing a strong, supportive workplace culture.  Most recently, he was City Manager for Burlington before rejoining The City of Calgary as City Manager in 2014.

Jeff’s leadership philosophy is simple: individual responsibility and collective accountability. He believes that no one ever fails or succeeds on his or her own, which he feels is especially true in the public service. Jeff maintains that every City of Calgary employee has a role to play in ensuring quality services are delivered to citizens and businesses within the community on a daily basis.

Jishnu Subedi

Jishnu Subedi is currently teaching in the BSc Construction Project Management program at SAIT. He has Ph. D. in Civil Engineering and MBA. He has 20 plus years of experience working in structural design, construction sector, academics, NGOs and UN.

Joey Roa

Joey Roa is a management professional with 20+ years of diverse experience in oil & gas, banking, government, and consulting. He is an experienced, passionate, and energetic leader that strives to deliver strategic thinking and tactical value to enterprises spanning multiple industries. Joey has had the privilege and opportunity to manage development teams, Enterprise Content Management functional teams, governance practices, project and programs exceeding $10 M in budget. For the past ten years, he has been responsible for the stand up, development, and active management of project management offices specifically within the Oil & Gas sector. He has been instructor for over 10 years and continues to feed his passion for instructing with a specialty in Information Systems Strategy, IT Asset Management, Program and Project Management, and Organizational Behavior. In addition, Joey is an accomplished speaker with past presentations given across Western Canada and the United States.

Joey is an honors graduate from the University of Calgary’s School of Business with a concentration in Management Information Systems and Finance. He maintains a PMP credential and continues to sharpen his saw by taking formal formals, attending industry conferences, and fueling his passion by self-researching a variety of business and management topics. Equal to his passion for continuous improvement is his focus on fitness and, in particular, cycling. In the summer months, you can find Joey on one of the many popular roadways or, if he’s particularly lucky, on one of Alberta’s beautiful mountain bike trails.

Jonathan Love

Jonathan is a marketing strategist for the Mount Royal University Conservatory. With a background in journalism, he has been a co-host and associate producer for The Calgary Eyeopener and The Homestretch on CBC Calgary, where he is also a featured columnist. Jonathan voices and produces videos, commercials and cartoons under his production business ToonVox (www.toonvox.com). Onscreen, he has appeared in television hits including Touch the Top of the World and Hell on Wheels. Onstage, Jonathan has written and performed many productions with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He has directed and performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa with the NAC Orchestra. Jonathan is also a founding member of Calgary’s comic a cappella group, the Heebee-jeebees (www.heebee-jeebees.com).

Kees Cusveller

A construction professional with more than 35 years of experience, Kees Cusveller began his career as a project coordinator, moving his way through senior project management and forward into Corporate and Senior Management roles, providing leadership and direction to all operating groups and branches in the procurement and execution of alternative projects. With both a business and technical background, his leadership and innovative forward thinking has been responsible for strategic initiatives and vast alternative project delivery success. Under his tenure at Graham, the Graham Calgary group grew nearly 10 fold in both revenues and staff volume to become one of the top contractors in the market today.

Kees has an MBA from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Alberta, and a Construction Engineering Technology Diploma from NAIT. He is on the Executive and Board of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), and is past Chair of the Alberta Construction Association, Calgary Construction Association and the Calgary General Contractors Association. As part of his role at CCA he chairs the Gold Seal Program as well as the General Contractor’s Council.

Kees is Chair of the Industry Advisory Committee at SAIT for their Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management Program, and was a major player in the creation of the program. A visionary for the future of the construction industry, Kees frequently speaks to students at SAIT, presenting bigger picture views, future trends, and inspiring and encouraging growth for their involvement in the industry. Kees is an ambassador for the mentorship of future construction leaders. He was an advocate in generating interest and a creating larger reach for SAIT’s recent 100th anniversary mentorship program and is a frequent and active speaker at construction industry events.

Ken Hanley

Ken has been an IT and Program Management Director and Principal in a number of large organizations, focusing on business transformation, IT organization, strategic portfolio management, technology and strategy, business alignment, advanced project management practices, and teaching and training on program and project management tools, processes, and competencies. He has a Masters degree in Engineering (Project Management) from the University of Calgary.

Ken has extensive experience in information technologies applied to both public service organizations (Provincial and National governments, health care organizations, and other public entities) as well as the energy industries, in areas ranging from exploration (international and domestic), marketing, business development and production. His specialities are large and complex program and project management, the management of complex project portfolios, setting up and operating Project Management Offices, and the management of information technology people and processes, planning, alignment, and risk reduction. He has also had considerable success in facilitation and project intervention for troubled projects and organizations, and working with and mentoring project managers on difficult projects in a number of industries.

He has expanded his skill set by lecturing on effective leadership, IT organizations, and project management, and by continuing to teach in the Graduate Management and Engineering programs at the University of Calgary. He is also a guest lecturer on project management for the Queen’s MBA in Science and Technology, Royal Roads University, and the Executive MBA program at the University of Alberta. Ken is a recognized project management expert and top-rated speaker who is regularly invited to speak on IT, project management, and strategic portfolio management best practices.

His book Guerrilla Project Management was published by Management Concepts in 2010.


Ken McKenzie

Ken McKenzie is the Vice-President, Capital Infrastructure Project Delivery with BC Hydro, responsible for roughly $10 Billion in capital projects across the Province of British Columbia.

Lieutenant-General, the Honourable Roméo Dallaire

A passionate and moving speaker, Dallaire inspires audiences to challenge the status quo and take action in shaping a new future. His candid presentations weave together complex ideas in a way that is fully accessible. A kind, thoughtful and generous man, Dallaire has the unique ability to make each audience member take pride in the leadership they show in what they do. He is able to take a positive approach on seemingly difficult subject matter by focusing on the solutions, rather than the problems. Dallaire’s words will echo in the hearts and minds of audiences long after an event concludes.

His humanitarian commitment, honesty, and integrity have made a lasting imprint around the world. A decorated Lieutenant General and former Canadian Senator, Dallaire served 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, was Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda, is the bestselling author of three books, and leads the Child Soldiers Initiative.

His courage and leadership during the Rwandan mission earned him the Meritorious Service Cross, the United States Legion of Merit, the Aegis Award on Genocide Prevention, and the affection and admiration of people around the globe.  His defiant dedication to humanity as General has been well-documented in films and books, including his own account: Shake Hands with the Devil: the Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2004 and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing awarded by the Writers’ Trust of Canada.  It provided the basis for an Emmy Award-winning documentary as well as a major motion picture of the same name; and, has been entered into evidence in war crimes tribunals trying the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide.

Dallaire works tirelessly in shaping the dialogue within public discourse to create a momentum towards tangible solutions on important issues of our time including: mental health & PTSD, conflict resolution, veteran’s affairs, eradicating the use of child soldiers, genocide prevention and humanitarian intervention. His 2016 bestselling book Waiting for First Light offers a no-holds-barred self-portrait of the man and his ongoing battle with PTSD. The candid commentary reflects on what it’s like to live with the illness while motivating himself and others via humanitarian work.

Since the publication of his 2nd bestselling book (and subsequent documentary) They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers in 2010, General Dallaire’s primary focus has been his work with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, continually seeking innovative ways to assist militaries worldwide to help eradicate the use of child soldiers, a mission to which he has committed the rest of his life.

Throughout his distinguished military career, General Dallaire served in staff, training, and command positions through North America, Europe, and Africa.  Most notably, General Dallaire was appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda prior to and during the 1994 genocide.  General Dallaire provided the United Nations with information about the planned massacre, which ultimately took more than 800,000 lives in less than 100 days; yet, permission to intervene was denied and the UN withdrew its peacekeeping forces.  LGen Dallaire, along with a small contingent of Ghanaian soldiers and military observers, disobeyed the command to withdraw and remained in Rwanda to fulfill their ethical obligation to protect those who sought refuge with the UN forces.

General Dallaire has served on UN Advisory Committees on Genocide Prevention and Peacekeeping Training, and as Special Adviser to Government Ministers on Veterans Affairs, National Defense, and War Affected Children.  From 2005 to 2014, he also served as a Canadian Senator.

Lisa Rapley

Lisa Rapley is a senior project manager (PMP) and professional certified coach (PCC) who has successfully implemented complex programs in various industries for corporate, non-profit, and government. By applying her strategic, business focused, and practical approach she is able to facilitate clear alignment towards a common vision.

Lisa has 20 years of leadership, team building, change management, and business experience in various industries. This includes coaching and mentoring new leaders, independent business owners, and executives who are dedicated to lifelong learning, facing a change, and want to reach their potential. When Lisa isn’t working, she enjoys golf, snowboarding, kayaking, and football.

Lyall Samaroden

Lyall Samaroden has spent his entire career helping individuals and teams successfully navigate the waters of organizational change. He developed his unique expertise in the strategy and change arena through a career encompassing various roles in industries where change is rampant; market leaders within government, media, travel, energy, and the defence sectors have turned to Lyall for exceptional results during times of change. Lyall is an instructor with the UofA’s Alberta School of Business Executive Education team where he instructs components of numerous Executive Education Programs for organizations across Alberta. Lyall is also a leader in the emergent field of Design Thinking and uses tools and techniques to help his clients think differently, see new opportunities, and shape the future.

Marcia Hungle

Marcia is currently the Manager of a highly motivated Project Delivery team at Farm Credit Canada (FCC). As the Manager of Project Delivery she is focused on an enterprise view of the company where she provides strategic and functional leadership, operational direction and leadership oversight of project management and value streams. Marcia has a Business Administration degree with a major in Finance, a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, a Scrum Master Certification (SMC), over 20 years of project experience including 12 years in a direct leadership role as a manager and as a project manager, and a strong track record of accomplishments. She has a passion for managing high performance teams, recruitment, performance management, leadership, achieving divisional goals, as well as leading her team of Project Managers in the change management curve through the agile transformation.

Mark Fromson

Mark Fromson is a Digital Project Manager, UX Architect and the CoFounder of the curated freelance network LocalSolo.com. Mark is a top digital project management professional with 20 years experience. He has worked with 14 digital agencies in the US and Canada on projects for Starbucks, Sony, Nike, Telus, Adobe, Microsoft, Disney, AT&T, Time Warner and CBS. Mark is the founder of the Vancouver Digital Project Management Meetup group (over 800 members). He has spoken at conferences and podcasts and guest blogged on the topics of Digital Project Management, Startups and Freelancing.

Mark Rajpal

Mark is a Senior Consultant with over 15 years in IT. He is customer and quality driven, and his desire to learn and excel has led him to obtain an impressive array of over 15 designations. He technically excels in all aspects of the systems development life cycle, and is considered very knowledgeable in Agile methodologies which is something he has tremendous passion for. He has authored and delivered Agile presentations at conferences, with his latest at Scrum Gathering Phoenix 2015 & XP 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is able to bring together his excellence in customer engagement, leadership, technical expertise and historical experience to bear on critical projects to ensure that they are successful.

Merrian Lemmex

Merri has over 35 years in the training industry, beginning with the development of technical training programs and expanding to include design, development and delivery of regulatory training and management skills courses. In addition, she has owned and operated two businesses, and is also an experienced manager in the training function and personnel management of large organizations.

Michael Barr

Michael Barr is Chief Information Office (CIO) of Mount Royal University (MRU) and leads a team that supports over 12,000 credit students, 4,000 continuing education students and 1,300 professors, instructors and staff. Michael started his career in the trenches doing code testing, client support, and process re-engineering before moving to project management, earning his PMP and moving into leadership. While Calgary is home, Michael spent years working in the US and across Canada and brings a unique perspective to IT leadership and strategy.

Miroslav Novak

Miroslav Novak, BSc (Psych), is Cocentric’s Prosci® Certified Instructor and Consultant who has a background in business analysis, requirement elicitation and management, systems analysis and modeling.  He has experience with guiding change in software development and teams adopting new technical solutions, processes and practices, including teams supporting manufacturing industries. Miroslav leverages Agile and Lean approaches such as Scrum and Kanban. He has previously worked within EFA Software, TogetherSoft, Borland, and consulted for Blueprint Systems. Most recently, Miroslav supported an early-stage startup, bbotx, providing business analysis, and project management functions. Miroslav graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc and attained a Diploma in Object-Oriented Software Technology from the University of Calgary. Miroslav is passionate about process and innovation leading to change.

Myke Macapinlac

Myke Macapinlac is the Program Director of Social Confidence Mastery. He helps shy guys improve their social confidence so they can create the lifestyle they deserve.

Neil Kelly

Neil Kelly is currently the Director, Project, Program and Portfolio Services (PPPS) at BC Hydro. He manages a group that provides the schedule, cost, document control, risk, commercial management, reporting, RESP management, portfolio management, and other support services to projects delivered by Capital Infrastructure Project Delivery (CIPD). Neil is also the Principal Lead for Project Management at BC Hydro.

Paulo Camargo

Paulo Camargo is currently a Portfolio, Program and Project Management Consultant for The City of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta. He has worked in PMO and Project Management for organizations such as Nirico Systems, ATCO Structures & Logistics, ATCO Power, TransAlta, City of Calgary, Siemens, Electrolux, Nortel Network, and BellSouth International. Paulo is Past President of PMI-Southern Alberta Chapter and PMI – Pernambuco, Brazil Chapter, currently responsible for training NGOs on Project Management and is an instructor at Mount Royal University. He has received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from Federal University of Parana/Brazil and is a certified trainer for Canada for Project Model Canvas and PMO Value Ring.

Pavel Bryukhanov

Pavel is an efficiency evangelist. While being a part various projects ranging from nuclear to oil and gas, his everyday task is to minimize and avoid waste. Join Pavel and Scott as they demonstrate a new way to manage capital project risk and performance – where Industrial IoT, sensors, and AI removes rework from such industrial projects.

Peter McCurdy

Peter is a passionate Project Manager who is able to bring project management theory to life through sharing his 25+ years of experience running highly technical, state-of-the-art projects and leading organization-level process improvement initiatives. His career started as a high school Mathematics and Computer Science teacher. Looking for new challenges, he entered into the world of software development. While progressing from developer to team lead to manager to senior manager, he acquired a variety of technical and leadership skills. With his background in large scale development, he became a Project Management Coach which led him to leading a Project Management Office which oversaw a $100M budget. With these project management skills under his belt, he returned to the high-tech world where he led concurrent hardware/software development projects delivered by global teams. He then became fascinated with the concepts of Agile development which resulted in leading a team of 10 highly qualified Agile software development Project Managers (5 of which became PMPs and another 5 became PMI-ACPs). In parallel, he developed a repeatable Scaled Agile process that was used to deliver the next four releases of an integrated suite of hardware and software products. Peter is currently a release manager at QuirkLogic, an Agile coach for software development companies and an instructor at SAIT. He spends his free time reading and listening to music when he is not skiing or hiking with his wife and three sons.

Razina Visram

Razina is a Senior Organizational Change Management Professional with more than 20 years of Management Consulting experience attained in senior leadership roles at EDS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM and, since 2003, as the Founder and Principal of Cocentric Solutions. Her past experiences as Project / Program Manager for multi-million dollar initiatives enables her to understand the pressures of delivering results as a PM. She is a certified executive coach, who currently coaches and manages effective change at all levels, from executives to frontline users. 
Razina’s change management expertise has successfully impacted stakeholders in small to large groups ranging from 10 to as many as 90,000 on a single project initiative. She also successfully leads corporate Change Management workshops and seminars globally and is regularly scheduled for speaking engagements. Razina’s clients value her strengths and balanced approach to applied change management, combined with her best practice knowledge and methodologies.

Robert Swan

Bob Swan is an independent consultant with over 30 years business and IT experience across a broad spectrum of organizations and industries. Residing in Calgary, Alberta his career spans from the introduction of personal computers into the business environment in the mid 1980’s to the complexity that is the IT environment today. As a professional trainer and consultant, he continues to work with many organizations to improve the governance and management of IT to effectively deliver value. Typical engagements include strategy and roadmap development, PMO Office and associated methodology development, ITSM/BRM process improvement and the associated facilitation of organizational change. He holds CGEIT certification in Governance through ISACA, ITIL Expert and BRMP, as well as degrees in Business and Economics.

Robin Hornby

Robin’s career began in the UK as a systems engineer. Moving to Canada in 1977, he worked in the telecommunications sector before joining an international IT consulting firm as project manager. He ultimately became national delivery manager for a major US software vendor. Robin set up a project consulting company in 1997, and taught at Mount Royal University for ten years. He is a long-time member of PMI, and has presented frequently at PMI symposia and at ProjectWorld. His third book, Commercial Project Management – A Guide for Selling and Delivering Professional Services, was published in June 2017 by Routledge.

Roger Grant

Roger Grant is a veteran branding expert, naming consultant and professional speaker. For more than 20 years Roger has crafted captivating Brand Names and compelling Brand Stories for a wide range of technology, B2B and niche consumer enterprises. He is President and Chief Brand Strategist of Identicor Marketing, the only firm in western Canada that specializes in naming companies, products, services and technologies. Roger has dedicated his career to crafting mind-riveting messages. He has an uncanny knack for making complex ideas easy to understand and easy to remember. He is a master of telling a clear story in just a few words. In the first phase of his career, Roger learned the art of the sound bite as a broadcast journalist. He delivered radio newscasts and reported on a wide range of political and sports events. He interviewed the man on the street and a host of high profile individuals including Brian Mulroney, John Turner, Peter Lougheed, Joe Clark, Jean Claude Killy and theCrazy Canucks.

Roger is an accomplished and engaging speaker. His presentation style is entertaining, thought-provoking and interactive. He draws powerful lessons from unexpected sources. Every presentation is filled with novel insight and audience fun. Roger holds national standing with CAPS, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

Saby Waraich

Saby Waraich is an International Speaker & Mentor with over 17 years of experience in Information Technology, Project Management and Leadership Development. Saby is currently heads the PMO Division at City of Portland, and is an adjunct Professor at Portland Community of College and University of Phoenix. Saby has been serving PMI Portland Chapter as a Volunteer for the last 9 years and is currently leading the Chapter as its Past President. He also co-hosts the PMI Portland Downtown roundtable and volunteer as an instructor for the PMI Portland Chapter PMP prep course. He speaks 4 languages, enjoys working with people and brings enthusiasm, inspiration & leadership qualities.

Scott Benesh

Scott Benesh has 27 years of project leadership experience including four mega projects in Alberta, Australia, Middle East, UK, and France. He is an alumni of the University of Saskatchewan, Member of PMI and a Professional Engineer in Alberta.

Scott Diehl

Scott Diehl is a past Board Member with PMI-SAC and has facilitated many of the previous EPC Roundtable sessions.

Scott has managed capital projects successfully in numerous industries over his 33 year career in Canada, the U.S. and Asia. He now coaches organizations in improving their own project practices. He facilitates customized training programs for project teams in subject areas such as Project Controls, Project Management and Contracting. Scott conducts Independent Project Reviews for major projects and has facilitates project team sessions for VIPs (Value Improving Practices) and PDRIs (Project Definition Rating Index). He is currently an Executive Associate at Pathfinder, a U.S. based consultancy.

Scott graduated in Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo in 1984. He received a Masters of Engineering from University of Calgary in 1995 and completed his PMP certification in 2001. Scott is an active member of CHOA, COAA, AACEI, and PMI.

Scott MacPherson

Scott MacPherson is the Dean of the School of Construction at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). As dean, he leads one of the polytechnic’s largest and most diverse schools, which provides construction-related training to around 4,800 full-time and part-time students a year. The School of Construction also provides support for lifelong learning and career advancement through Continuing Education programs and courses, specialty training and employee upgrading. The Continuing Education and Distance Education team handles on average nearly 7,000 individual course registrations annually.

As a member of SAIT’s senior academic leadership team, he works with managers and executive developing and implementing sound educational strategies and business practices to meet the evolving needs of learners and industry. Scott first joined SAIT in 2007 as the School of Construction’s Manager of Business Operations and later was named Associate Dean for Technology programs in 2010 and Dean in 2012.

Prior to entering academe, he pursued a diverse career in the private sector in the energy and construction industries with roles ranging from change management to business strategy. Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters of Business Administration. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Education at Athabasca University.

Scott Thon

Mr. Thon has served as AltaLink’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2002. For over 30 years he has held a variety of senior positions in the electricity industry, from operations and engineering to market design and financial management.
Mr. Thon is the current Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association’s Board of Directors. He sits on the boards of Alberta Blue Cross, the Calgary Stampede Foundation and acted as Vice-Chair for the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee. Mr. Thon is also Chair of Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust and a trustee with the Canadian Athletic Foundation.

In 2013, Bow Valley College awarded Mr. Thon their Distinguished Citizen Award honouring his commitment to the College. In 2011, Mr. Thon was recognized by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for his business and community leadership with the Sherrold Moore Award. In 2005, The Government of Alberta presented Mr. Thon with the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.

Mr. Thon is a registered Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. In 2015, Mr. Thon completed the Institute of Corporate Director’s Directors Education Program receiving his ICD.D designation.

Sean Templeton

Sean Templeton is a PMP with a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, experienced with leading business, technology development and product development projects. He has over 10 years of PM experience across multiple industries including marine, aerospace and IT. Sean is a PM in the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) PMO, leading the Kamloops Head Office Development project.

Simon Orrell

Accruing experience with business leaders and agile environments since 2004, Simon became one of three Certified Enterprise Coach’s in Canada in 2010 and has been working with individuals, teams, and leaders to help transform oil and gas, financial services, and construction businesses. A background including P.Eng. and PMP accreditation also provides Simon with a pragmatic approach to product, team, and organizational development.

Steven Lemmex

Steve is a professional facilitator who has been presenting management, leadership and project management programs for almost 35 years. He has worked in two North American-wide training organizations, and on contract for several large US-based training companies. He is a certified Myers Briggs Facilitator and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Stuart Lomas

Stuart Lomas, President and CEO of Luau Data is an entrepreneur, business coach, and technologist for 25+ years. Stuart is the company co-founder, and principal architect of Luau Data’s products for Remote Awareness of projects on unpowered sites. Stuart has presented at technology and business conferences across Canada, the US, and Europe.

Sujeewa Wimalasena

Sujeewa Wimalasena is the Academic Chair for Bachelor of Science Construction Project Management (BSc CPM) program at SAIT. As the academic chair, Sujeewa ensures overall operation of the program which include leadership and support to the program faculty. Sujeewa first joined SAIT in 2011 as an instructor to the program and taught multiple courses including project planning and scheduling, and E-project management. He holds a Bachelor of Science Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering and a Doctorate in Project Management from University of Calgary. He has participated and contributed to various research projects in areas of sustainable building construction, construction waste management and construction productivity. He has a number of research publications in reputed journals and refereed conferences.

Susana Slavnik

Susana Slavnik is with the University of Calgary and brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to her work. She is a management consultant, a program manager, an executive coach and a PMI fellow. She is continuously pushing the boundaries of inter disciplinary thinking whether implementing a corporate project management framework, defining a stage-gating standard, setting up a business transformation program office or establishing a strategic management practice. Although passionate about all things that strengthen and support an organization’s strategic performance, her greatest moments are with her two daughters and husband; together enjoying cabin time and mountain fun.

Tammy Sherger

Tammy Sherger, CEO at The Meeting Revolution is on a mission to radically transform productivity and performance through changing how companies and people conduct their meetings. With more than 25 years of senior executive experience leading and managing in the world of business, Tammy has developed a talent for shaping business success. Tammy comes from Senior Executive positions at Costco and Genalta Power where she led large-scale operations in Human Resources, Business Development, Operations, Safety, and more.

A perceptive operations strategist and business champion, Tammy has leadership experience in both large corporate environments and along with a small group of people building a start-up company from zero, an idea to a 125-million-dollar market cap. Now as an entrepreneurial business owner Tammy can speak to her audiences having ‘Walked a Mile in their Shoes’ Tammy excels at the crossroads where people, procedures, process and policies meet and is well known as a positive change agent for organizations in transition. Leading an emerging global enterprise with a mission to transform business AND people through better meetings.

Business doesn’t have to be so HARD and work can be FUN! A charismatic and inspiring speaker, Tammy drives change with her audiences through providing powerful but simple actionable takeaways. Tammy is a Professional Business Coach and a Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practioner. When she’s not driving change, and creating better business cultures, she is spending time with her two precious grandchildren and following her favourite passions, especially writing, traveling, dancing, and creating new memories through experiences with her family and friends.

Tanya Stevenson

Tanya Stevenson has provided powerful solutions to numerous organisations in various industries impacting 1000’s of individuals as a leader of change initiatives for the past 20 years. She is a recognised authority in Project & Change Management Consulting and has lectured on the subject at multiple Universities and organisations.

Tim Reimer

Tim Reimer is a cloud integration architect who advises clients on architectural issues in areas of heterogeneous environments and strives for holistic solutions with the primary objective of generating business value. His specific expertise are in integrating and developing integration solutions for SaaS applications such as SAP Ariba, Fieldglass, Salesforce, and ServiceNow.

Tim is also an instructor in the computer science department at Mount Royal University and Athabasca University. He teaches courses to graduate and undergraduate students on software engineering and IT strategy and organization. He has published papers on business process analytics and IT organizations for DevOps. He is a regular contributor to Municipal World magazine and publishes a monthly blog on IT strategy and related topics. Tim has a Diplom Informatiker degree from the Technische Hochschule in Mannheim, Germany and holds a Master of Science in Information Systems (MScIS) from Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada. He is currently completing his MBA.

Tom Wujec

New disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To renowned innovator TOM WUJEC, this massive revolution to the model of process isn’t intimidating, but an exciting opportunity. As each industry is forced to adapt, learn new skills, and embrace this changing landscape, they’ll need a guide—and Tom Wujec is our most valuable.

Wujec is celebrated for his talks on innovation: why it matters, why it is a vital engine of economic growth (especially today), and how to foster it within any organization—from plucky startups to billion-dollar legacy companies. Wujec works closely with Fortune 100s to create innovation practices at all stages, from strategic planning to design and implementation. Now, Wujec brings his vision of disruptive innovation to global audiences, demonstrating how the entire process of imagining, iterating, constructing, manufacturing, distributing, and selling products has changed—unprecendentedly. He’s also been a leading advocate of making work visible within a company, of transforming ideas into images that enhance clarity and engagement, leading to intelligent and successful new products, services, and processes.

Thanks to Wujec, revolutionary companies unafraid of the disruptive landscape are creating profound new ways of understanding their employees, customers, markets, channels, and products. As Chief Disruptor at Autodesk—the Oscar-winning industry leader in 3D computer animation technology, and one of the world’s largest software companies—Wujec has worked with a diverse range of clients, from the largest automotive and consumer product manufacturers to the visual effects and gaming companies. He has brought several award-winning products to market, and has published a number of influential books, including The Future of Making, Return on Imagination, Five Star Mind, and Pumping Ions—works which have been translated into over a dozen languages. Wujec’s newest book, Imagine Design Create, was released at TED 2011 to rave reviews.

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Vincenzo Aliberti

Vincenzo Aliberti, Ph.D., is an Author, Strategist and Change Catalyst with 20 years of experience in business transformation, project management and strategy consulting. Dr. Aliberti has the ability to look at highly complex business problems and simplify them into manageable strategies that when executed, fundamentally increase the efficiencies and growth of organizations. He is a highly experienced facilitator and negotiator with the ability to bring very diverse issues to common and agreed upon resolutions. The above, coupled with his business management and leadership experience have enabled him to understand and develop practical project-based solutions that help organizations yield superior business results on their projects. Passionate about personal growth, Vince has written two books on the subject, and channelling his passion for business, one exploring Canadian Mergers & Acquisitions.

He holds a Ph.D. from Western University specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions and Foreign Direct Investment, and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of a non-profit youth leadership organization, Empowering Minds as well as, spearheading and serving as the President of the local Canadian Italian Business Professional’s Association (CIBPA) chapter. Vince also holds an integral role in helping businesses become more effective at what they do as a Senior Consultant at Veris Inc. (A Gevity Company).

Wayne Rambow

Wayne Rambow is the past-president of PMI Southern Alberta Chapter and chapter Fellow. His career started in 1989 with Nortel and he has spent the last +25 years managing people and projects in Telecommunications, IT, and Construction. He received his SCPM (Stanford Certified Project Manager) certification in 2004 and has been a PMP since 2005. Wayne is passionate about the project management profession and the development of project managers in Southern Alberta and has volunteered and participated in numerous PMI events over the last 12 years.

Yogi Schulz

Yogi Schulz is an associate at Corvelle Consulting. The firm specializes in project management and information technology related management consulting. Mr. Schulz has 40 years of Information Systems experience of which over 30 have been spent as a consultant. He holds a B. Comm. from The University of Calgary. He is a member of PMI and CIPS and holds its ISP designation. Yogi has presented at many conferences including project management conferences. Yogi writes a monthly blog at ITWorldCanada.com. Yogi served as a member of the Board of Directors of the PPDM Association. He has written monthly columns for Computing Canada and The Calgary Herald that address IT management issues.