Program Speakers

Dale Beard

Dale is an entrepreneur in the construction technology industry where he helped to start and lead a construction cloud software company with corporate offices located out of Edmonton, Alberta.  Today that same company, Intelliwave Technologies, has become a global leader in the tracking of construction resources including project materials, equipment, and workforce for industrial, infrastructure, commercial, and residential projects. Intelliwave has grown from a local Alberta-based technology company servicing projects in the oil sands to providing construction software and services to multinational companies and contractors on every continent, except for Antarctica, so far!

Dale received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering with Honours from the University of British Columbia and an M.B.A from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. Dale is currently registered as an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Bill Black

Bill has been involved in the design and construction industry for nearly 4 decades in a broad variety of roles and industry segments. Through his diverse network of industry practitioners and thought leaders, he is a fixture in the CCA community and the industry at large.  Bill is known for his ability to take all situations in stride, and uses his experience, and built-in resilience to motivate others to take on challenges through great teamwork and a strong focus on culture and values. Viewing humour as a powerful way to engage others, Bill is hands on and energetic in his approach and communication style. As a leader his goal is to help others find their true fit within their career path through a sense of team-based achievement, purpose and mastery.

Bill achieved his Bachelors degree in Quantity Surveying from Napier University, and has held roles in the industry ranging from surveying and estimating to leadership and executive positions. He is a founding member of the Mindshift consortium and co-authored “The Commercial Real Estate Revolution”.

Nicholas Broskovich

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Stephen Cabano

Steve Cabano is President of PFI Project Consultants Canada, ULC, an affiliate of Pathfinder, LLC, a project management consulting firm specializing in the planning, development and execution of domestic and international capital plant construction projects. With 30+ years of project engineering and project management experience in the industrial and commercial facilities industry, he has provided cost, scheduling, procurement, and similar project related services for owner and government clients in the Petroleum, Petrochemical, Chemical, Environmental, Pharmaceutical, Power, Industrial and Commercial industries in the United States and throughout the world.

Mr. Cabano earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and is a member of the AACE International, CII, ECC, and Project Management Institute. He has also authored several articles for Chemical Processing, Chemical Engineering, Refinery Today and PMI.

Patricia Dazé

Patricia Dazé is a PMP and certified Scrum Master with over 10 years of experience in project and program management in oil and gas, and telecommunications.  She is currently working as a Project Scrum Master and Risk Management subject matter expert.  She holds a Masters in Information Science and a Bachelors degree in Engineering Physics and Management.

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Moderator: Randy George

Randy George is a manufacturing and industrial project and operations manager and instructor with 40 years of accumulated experience in the rail and energy sectors. Throughout his career, he has worked predominately in Canada for Class 1 railroads and large corporations on projects involving rail equipment maintenance, renovation and new builds during the front end, detailed engineering, procurement, execution and close out phases. He also has experience working both in the USA and internationally.

Randy possesses a solid understanding of lean manufacturing processes such as Kanban, JIT inventory, Kaizen and value stream mapping. He is also familiar with Six Sigma methodologies.

Randy has been an active member of the PMI Southern Alberta Chapter since 2006 and has served as a volunteer with the chapter for 8 years in various roles including VP Programs, VP Operations and he is currently the President of the chapter. Throughout his tenure, Randy has been dedicated to the continued professional development of the members within the organization.

Mike Griffiths

Mike is a frequent contributor to the PMI standards and co-wrote the agile content for the recent PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition. He was also chairman of the author group that wrote the new PMI Mike is a frequent contributor to the PMI standards and co-wrote the agile content for the recent PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition. Mike was on the steering committee that created the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) credential and wrote RMC’s PMI-ACP Exam Prep books.

Mike helped create the agile approach DSDM in 1994 and has been using agile approaches on his projects ever since. He served on the board of directors for the Agile Alliance and Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) and remains active in the agile community.

When not contributing to standards or publications, Mike trains and consults on effective project management. Combining elements of agile, traditional, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike tries to bring the right tools for the job at hand.

John Hetherington

Having nearly 10 years with Deloitte and Ernst & Young as a strategy consultant and 25 years in technology industry, John brings expertise in delivering large scale, strategic transformation with the nimbleness and speed of an independent specialist. John leverages his experience and combines it with industry insights to create practical advice that accelerates company transformations. Clients working with John appreciate his no-nonsense British approach to simplifying complexity into clear actions that drive meaningful outcomes. John is based in Calgary, Canada but travels around the world for his speaking and consulting clients.

Kindra Howard

Kindra Howard has a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Business Relationship Management Professional (BRMP). Kindra has been consulting for over 10 years and has led several multi-million dollar, international projects for a variety of clients in BC and Alberta. She is the Principal of Hooligan Consulting which specializes in IT Project Management and Entrepreneurial Consulting. She is also the wife of her amazing and supportive hubby of 6 years, the mother of her two year old son and has another one on the way!

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Gregor Jeffrey

So many of us struggle with communication in our work or in our personal lives. Gregor Jeffrey’s own challenges with communication led him to a remarkable discovery — that the key to connecting with others and achieving influence can be found in science. In his award-winning keynote talk, Gregor Jeffrey proves that there is an incredibly simple way to truly engage our audience every time we speak.

A former international defence expert, Gregor worked in Canada’s high-tech sector and Silicon Valley. As a strategy consultant in England, France, and Spain he supported international teams on major projects for the UK Ministry of Defence and NATO Special Forces. Gregor now uses his innovative approach to help Fortune 500 executives, business professionals, entrepreneurs, and students to instantly transform the way they interact with others.

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David Jones

David Jones works for a Microsoft Gold PPM Partner.  He has years of experience with Microsoft Project and other PPM tools.  In his current role, he helps customers by learning about their needs and recommending business processes and technology that business teams can use to optimize their use of limited budgets and resources to maximize alignment with their business strategy.

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Merri & Steve Lemmex

Merri and Steve Lemmex have been actively involved in educating business and project management professionals for several decades. Our knowledge of both the project management world, and the necessity of people skills to move a business forward, make us uniquely qualified to provide project management professionals with the knowledge and skills to advance their careers successfully. As Carnegie noted in a recent study, only 15% of one’s success will come from their technical skills. The other 85% will rely on people skills. Merri & Steve provide these unique insights.

Mark Lines

Mark Lines, DA Fellow, is an Enterprise Agile Coach for Disciplined Agile, Inc. He is co-creator of the Disciplined Agile delivery (DAD) framework and co-author with Scott Ambler of four books on the framework. Mark is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and blogs about Disciplined Agile at

Michael McCullough

Michael is Vice President with Improving. Michael leads the training and advisory services for Improving’s Agile and Digital services. Michael has been working with business and product companies helping to improve product innovation and systems development for 20 years. Michael is an experienced consultant and trainer with practical experience delivering projects and improvements to organizations and teams. Michael is a Professional Scrum Trainer with, Certified Innovation Games instructor and founder of, a community and online toolkit for Agile learning techniques. Michael speaks locally and internationally at conferences on the topics of Agile, Innovation and Experiential Learning.

Peter McCurdy

Peter is a passionate Project Manager who leverages each of his projects to improve the process capabilities of the organization. He has been a teacher, a software developer, a functional manager, a project manager and a program manager. After teaching high school math and college level computer programming, he landed at General Dynamics where he developed from software engineer to senior software functional manager. At General Dynamics, he built a team of 80 software engineers and established formal development and project management practices for the organization. This experience in formal software development experience opened the door to CP Rail where he started as a PM Coach and progressed to leading the PMO. He then returned to product development at Nortel where he led a team of 50 software engineers. With this team, he ran several large scale projects and then moved on to leading several international, multi-site, programs. SMART Technologies was his next stop in his career where he developed a team of 10 highly qualified Agile software development PMs (5 of which became PMPs and another 5 became PMI-ACPs). In parallel, he led a team of 125 developers to deliver the first fully integrated suite of SMART hardware and Education software using a process akin to SAFe Agile which repeatedly delivered integrated solutions for subsequent releases.  Peter then started consulting where he took on the role of Program Manager at Husky and Agile coach for several small software companies in Calgary.

Currently, he is the Senior Release and Process Manager at QuirkLogic where he established multi-disciplinary program management processes and introduced the world of Agile to its hardware development team. Now, his focus is on building the process of moving product ideas to into the product development teams in a disciplined, pragmatic manner.

Joey Roa

Joey Roa is a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holder with more than 20 years of experience in oil and gas, banking, and consulting, with roles managing multimillion-dollar programs, PMOs, and strategy and governance engagements for senior producers. He is currently a PMO manager at Suncor Energy, and an instructor with SAIT in project and program management. Mr. Roa is an honors graduate from the University of Calgary’s School of Business with a concentration in MIS and finance.

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Dr. David Ross

Dr. David Ross joined SAIT in 2013, becoming its 16th President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). A passionate leader in post-secondary education dedicated to promoting student success, Dr. Ross has a reputation for innovation in applied education. Under Dr. Ross’ leadership, SAIT has become Alberta’s third largest post-secondary institution well known for its action-based learning, solution-focused research and enterprising collaborations with people and partners from around the globe. Prior to joining SAIT, Dr. Ross was President and CEO of Langara College where he transformed the institution through extensive growth and strategic market development.

A life-long educator, Dr. Ross has held academic appointments in Business at the University of New Brunswick and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Active in his community and on the national and international levels in post-secondary education, Dr. Ross is a Member of the Board of several foundations and associations including the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the Business Research Advisory Council for the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council. He is also Chair of the Canadian Bureau of International Education and a member of the Business Council of Canada’s Higher Education — Business Roundtable. Dr. Ross holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska, Master of Aquaculture (MAq) from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from Dalhousie University. Dr. Ross lives in Calgary, Canada with his wife Ewa and son, Aleksander.

Uthpala Senarathne Tennakoon

Dr.  Uthpala Senarathne Tennakoon is an Associate Professor with the Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University. She has a diverse academic background with an Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, a MBA in Management of Technology, both from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka, and a PhD in Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics from the University of Calgary, Canada. In addition, she is a fully qualified management accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK. Uthpala is a passionate teacher with over 15 years of experience in teaching at university and professional-level programs.

Prior to joining the academia, Uthpala was business professional with a focus in project management. In addition to being in the development finance sector, she led the new business ventures division of a conglomerate of 15 companies, gaining exposure to multiple industry areas including manufacturing, telecommunication, healthcare and hospitality.

Uthpala’s research interests are driven by this multi-faceted background, with a focus on work/nonwork interactions and their implications on individuals, organizations, and the greater society. Specific research projects have explored areas such as technology implications on work-life balance, assessing return on investment of life-friendly work practices, impact of work hours on work-life interactions, and attraction and retention through life-friendly work practices. These research programs have led to multiple academic journal publications, book chapters, numerous conference presentations, and media interviews.

In her life beyond the work domain, she is a wife and mother of two, with a passion for wildlife conservation.

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Sohail Thaker

In a career spanning over three decades, Sohail has worked in North America, Africa, India, and Europe. Prior to joining the Partnership, he was an Ethier consultant for twelve years. His expertise includes project management (Traditional, Agile), business analysis, business process innovation, change management, and management consulting. Sohail facilitates Ethier’s Organizational Change Management, Senior I.S.

Leadership, and Management Systems Leadership industry Roundtables. Accomplishments:

• 30+ years’ experience
• MBA in International Business
• Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute
• Prosci ADKAR certified

Sohail in real life:

• Star Trek geek, Star Wars nerd and zombie aficionado, has dogs named ‘Wookiee’ and “Ewok”
• Practices Iaido, the Japanese martial art of drawing the sword
• Is a born again runner and completed the Calgary Marathon in 2014
• Involved in personal development workshops for many years, also facilitates and provides counseling

Paul Twigg

Paul Twigg is the National VP of Technology for Sierra Systems. He is an award winning IT business leader with executive and hands on experience in delivering leading edge cloud, data and innovation services. He is a recognized speaker and thought leader in the technology field driving innovation and digital transformation ideas. Paul is security cleared (Canadian Secret Level) and has vast experience creating technology strategy to develop creative and innovative data centric services tailored towards increasing efficiencies and reducing costs within an organization. He is a motivational leader who enjoys building successful and productive teams, and thrives in highly pressurized and challenging working environment.

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