3 Interesting Program Tracks for you to choose from!

2021 Program Agenda


Rethink - Strategy & Business, Thought leadership

The time tested golden approaches may not work as the challenges we now face are different than in the past. Our approaches to work, study, organization, business and society may need some Rethinking as we enter into this new normal.


Revive - Management Techniques, Action leadership

With great challenges, comes both great responsibility and opportunity. Our economy and institutions should Revive to see these new possibilities. There is no discipline better placed to drive these changes than Project Management As project leaders and managers we play an important role in this process.


Renew - Community Building, Social leadership

There is no greater depth and breadth of expertise to manage paradigm shifts and transformations to bring new values, than the human centric leadership does. We can Renew our commitment to each other, society and build back a better thriving inclusive and sustainable economy being a mindful project leader.

8.30am - 8.55am

Welcome Address & Opening Remarks

8.55am - 9.00am

Conference Sponsor Kick-off & Open Keynote Introduction

9.00am - 10.00am

Opening Key note presentation
'The Funny Thing about Stress' By Kay Frances PDU: 1 Leadership 

10.00am - 10.15am

 Morning Coffee Break

10.15am - 11.15am

The importance of Unlearning & Rethinking By Aina Alive

There is a set of cognitive skills in a turbulent world that matters a lot: the ability to rethink and unlearn. It is no longer the big eat the small, or the fast eat the slow; it is adaptability that wins over rigidity. In this presentation, we will go through case studies on why rethinking and unlearning are vital skills in the modern world.
PDUs: 2 Strategic & Business Management

Purposeful Play By Klaus Boedker

What happens when you play more at work?
Our organizations are struggling to keep up with the pace and adapt in the face of constant change. To address this dynamic situation, we must become more creative, innovative, and skillful at work. Purposeful play is a proven way to push the boundaries of creativity, innovative thinking, and skill-building at work. 
PDUs: 1 Technical

The Future Project Leader: Learning to leverage your authority to build trust and foster collaboration By Amber McMillan.

As we seek to emerge from the clutches of a global pandemic, the work
has never been as much about the people as it is now. To lead projects successfully, we have to leverage our authority to build trust and foster collaboration. But how do we do that while remaining open to learn and grow in our understanding of others?
PDUs: 1 Leadership

11.15am - 12.15pm

Develop Your Leadership Presence Through Inner Awareness By Wan How

We listen, trust, and follow the people with engaging leadership presence. Develop your authentic leadership presence by practising your inner awareness, active listening, and learning how to respond instead of reacting to others.

In this session you will learn some practical skills that can be applied when attending your next meeting with key stakeholders and senior leaders to gain their trust.
PDU: 1 Leadership

The Importance of Knowledge Sharing When Working in a Large Complex Project - By Danubio Aguiar & Stephen Bailey (BC Hydro)

Danubio and Stephen will discuss with the audience the importance of collaboration on a large-scale infrastructure project and how Site C has developed and improved several collaboration programs to promote knowledge sharing over time. We will share our vision on why knowledge sharing is important and that it is a key component to the success of a project.
PDU: 1 Technical

The Challenge of Jantelagen - Are you ready? By Ivan Daniel Rincon

This presentation will explore through storytelling the 10 principles in which Jantelagen is based and how they can be applied to create a more participative and equal environment in project teams.

It will also explore why some people have rejected the concept of Jantelagen and how those arguments can be used to further the cause of a participative and levelled leadership in projects. Finally, Ivan will offer three challenges to project leads and how they can measure their own progress towards embracing Jantelagen.
PDU: 1 Leadership

12.15pm - 1.00pm

Career Chat Rooms (How this works? Checkout Here)

12.15pm - 12.30pm

Speaker Round Tables - Live Q&A, Morning Topics (How to Join? Checkout Here)

12.30pm - 1.00pm

Lunch Break

1.00pm - 2.00pm


Fire Side Chat – An Interesting discussion about Leadership Thinking and Approaches to Shape the Future. A talk about PMI’s Future 50 Honoree – Cassie Richardson, PMP (Electronic Arts) Hosted by Nalini Vadivelan.

PDUs: 2 Strategic & Business Management



Panel Discussion - Scalable & Sustainable Success in Large Scale projects, moderated By Dr. Eamonn O' Loacha.

Panelists - Douglas Marner, Ivan Rincon, Jesse Unke, Patrick Coates, Yi Bao and Negar Rashidi.

How to ensure the ongoing success of large scale projects in Canada: A focus on approaches, models, definitions of success and capability development.
PDU: 2 Technical


Panel Discussion - Project Management in Non-Profits and Social-Profits, Moderated By Shawn Herman Hawkins.

Panelist - Mimi Rennie, Cyprian Libera, Sandi McConnach, and Bachitar Singh

Is social purpose important to you?  With approximately 27,000 non-profit and social-profit organizations in BC alone, the opportunities for meaningful careers, professional development, and giving back are immense and often untapped. 

This session will bring together volunteer project managers and non-profit representatives to share their experience.  They will talk about the project they were engaged in and the process they went through.  Project managers will reference what motivated them, what they got out of it and how it has impacted their careers.  Non-profit reps will reference why they reached out for project management support, how it worked with their internal teams, and how their organizations and the communities they served benefited.
PDUs: 2 Technical

2.00pm - 3.00pm

From Vision to Plan - Thinking Strategically By Rob Goatham (UBC Sauder)

Pushing beyond deadlines and deliverables, the Guide’s 7th edition challenges the Project Management community to become business savvy and value centric. To do that Project Managers need to build their situational awareness and think strategically.

In this one-hour session we’ll explore what it means to think strategically and how it's done. We’ll look at the building blocks and thought processes of strategic thinking and show how those building blocks become the source from which insights are gained and strategic advantage achieved.
PDU: 1 Strategic & Business Management

Peak Performance for Project Managers By Scott Welle

Today's Competition is brutal and numbers drive everything. The pressure to perform can be suffocating, What are you doing to stay ahead and keep from burning out?

Join Scott Welle #1 Best Selling Author and Founder of Outperform the Norm as he shares the peak performance strategies used by high acheivers to take your 'game' to the next level.
PDU: 1 Technical

Leading with Cultural intelligence By Tina Merry

Cultural intelligence (CQ) is a critical part of setting yourself apart in today’s globalized world of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and innovation. It’s the ability to relate and work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds and it goes beyond existing notions of cultural sensitivity and awareness. With cultural intelligence, you’ll know how to strategically use cultural differences to come up with more innovative solutions.
PDU: 1 Leadership

3.00pm - 3.15pm

Evening Coffee Break

3.15pm - 4.15pm

Rethinking What Makes a Great Manager by Neil Kelly

In this session, Neil Kelly will share his experience reviewing the attributes of great managers, presented by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman in their book “First, break all the Rules”.

How great managers think differently to raise a high performance culture and deliver results and still keep their teams happy.
PDU: 1 Leadership

Staying Relevant in the Age of Big Data By Spencer Horn 

Technology is improving exponentially. How fast are you improving your skills? It is impossible for us to keep up with our technology. What are the implications of this phenomenon on your future employment?

In this workshop with Spencer Horn, you will learn and develop to stay relevant, and understand the benefits to your projects by harvesting the knowledge to bring clarity and meaning to your data.
PDUs: 2 Leadership

Project Management Leadership by being Exceedingly Human By Steven Armstrong

In this session, you will learn from Steven, the six most critical questions that needs to be answered to build human systems toward achieving a better organizational health. This is a very human endeavour, not a technical one.
PDU: 1 Leadership

4.15pm - 5.15pm

The Project Manager and OKRs - Rethink the Connection Between Strategy & Execution in Your Organization By Megan Johnston

Rethink the Connection Between Strategy and Execution in your organization using project structures and Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). OKRs is a goal setting framework made popular by its successful use at Google and Intel and is a strategy approach that is seeing a resurgence of use in organizations that value agility.

In this workshop we will cover the implementation of OKRs that supports project success, tactics that can help you connect your projects to your strategy, and how this approach can in turn maximize value delivery in your organization.
PDU: 1 Strategic & Business Management

Leading with RESPECT - It's not them, it's you! By Laura Sukorokoff

Managers, including project managers, account for up to 70% of the variance in employee engagement.  They’re the #1 reason why people stay in a job, or quit. Employee turnover is very costly—to morale, customer satisfaction, revenue, and the bottom line. So how can managers retain and engage their employees?

In this engaging and informative session, you will learn the best way to manage others in order to engage and inspire them and encourage great work! 
PDU: 1 Leadership

The Mindfullness Workout By Fred Pitt

Bring your mind to the gym for a workout with Mindfulness Coach Fred Pitt. In this Workshop, Learn how a practice of Mindfulness can teach you important skills to use as a project manager, from improving your productivity and resilience, to reducing reactivity and stress.
PDU: 1 Leadership

5.15pm - 5.30pm

Speaker Round Tables (Live Q&A, Evening Topics)

5.30pm - 5.40pm

Conference Sponsor Closing & Thank You Notes!

5.40pm - 6.00pm

Virtual Networking Hangouts


Conference Platform Closes