The Canadian West Coast Chapter's President plays a dual role - Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. The President is responsible for overall Chapter governance, leading strategic and operational planning, aligning our operations with membership needs, and ensuring our financial sustainability.
As CWCC PMI President, I am guided by our strategic plan to realize our chapter vision, mission and objectives envisioned by our Chapter Board. Benefiting from our diverse talent and capabilities, I lead our Board to expand our member programs through their various portfolios.
I am committed to successfully meeting Chapter goals and initiatives by presiding over the monthly board meetings, our (AGM) annual general meeting, and our CWCC annual conference. Along with the VP of Finance and the elected CWCC Board, I would ensure the ethical disbursement of our Chapter funds and serve as the primary liaison with PMI®.
As a Project Management Professional, educator, and leader with 20+ years of experience, I am passionately applying to the PMI CWCC’s President role.
Mehran is an experienced professional and educator with 20+ years’ experience in academia and professional development training, and project, environments.
Presently, Mehran is a Department Head (Department of Project Management), and a Faculty at Vancouver Community College (VCC) running their Project Management department. He also teaches at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) along with leading his project management consulting firm, Efficert Academy. He is a past Senior Project Manager at TELUS, working with the Coaching and Learning Solutions team on several critical initiatives.
Since November 2014, Mehran has been an active volunteer with the PMI CWCC. He started as a Course Coordinator, then moved up to the Director of PMP Programs while he simultaneously started teaching PMP prep courses for the chapter and managed the Chapter Management Solutions project. For the past four years, Mehran has been a Board Member and the VP of Education running several PMP and PMI-ACP preparation courses on behalf of the PMI CWCC.
In addition to working with VCC, BCIT, EffiCert Academy, and PMI CWC, Mehran also is an adjunct faculty with the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), where he teaches MIS to MBA students. He has been very active in the project management world by speaking at conferences as a project management public speaker.
Executive Vice President
Afroza is a certified Project Management Professional, with 10+ years of experience in technology and business and currently working as a Project Manager at BCHydro. She provides technical and leadership support across several business groups. She leads multiple capital projects teams. Afroza began volunteering for the Chapter in 2015. She oversees all aspects of event implementation and leads 8-10 person volunteer team. She is very passionate about organizing events among professional and local communities. She organizes the monthly dinner events for PM professionals which align with her values for continuous learning in project management and community engagement. Also, she made significant contribution to annual conference during the last 4 years. Her strong qualities include exceptional problem solving and communication skills, positive attitude and self-discipline as well as leadership and drive in achieving set objectives.
Afroza obtained her Masters of Commerce in Accounting and Professional Diploma in Network Centric Computing from Bangladesh. Outside of work, Afroza is a co-founder of a non-profit organization in Bangladesh that trains the Deaf and Hearing Impaired children learn to speak with an ultimate goal to integrate in to the mainstream educational system. Afroza also enjoys travelling, spending time cooking with family and friends, experiencing arts and culture. Afroza love to learn new things, every year she sets new goals and tries things that she’s never done before. She believes that no experience is wasted - it will always be useful in the future.
Since 2013, I have dedicated time with passion and energy to bring value to our local CWCC chapter in various positions such as Event Manager, Director of Programs and recently, VP of Programs. The Programs portfolio has delivered 41 dinner events since I began as a volunteer. I can take pride in our success as we have been selling out consistently due to our excellent speakers and providing professional development training to over 1,000+ members every year.
As CWCC PMI President, I leverage our existing strategic plan to confirm our winning aspirations through our chapter vision, mission and objectives envisioned by our Chapter Board. Benefiting from our diverse talent and capabilities I lead our Board to expand our programs through our various portfolios and offer greater benefits to our members.
My level of commitment has been clear over time in succeeding to meet Chapter goals and initiatives. I preside over the monthly board meetings, our (AGM) annual general meeting and our CWCC annual conference. I ensure along with the VP of Finance that all chapter business is being done legally and ethically. Along with the elected CWCC Board, I would ensure the wise and ethical disbursement of our Chapter funds and serve as the primary liaison with PMI® with enthusiasm and integrity.
In 2017, I was accepted in the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class Program, LIMC2018 with 35 other international Chapter Leaders and continue to building relationships of value and respect with other leaders locally and internationally.
As part of the global community of Chapter leaders, I serve as liaison and ambassador to bring special guests that offer value to our members. I continue to work with my fellow Board and Portfolio members to expand and diversify our monthly offerings and grow our yearly conference. As Board Member and President, a personal and continued goal, would be to nurture new volunteers that show promise, talent and commitment to our PMI association and mentor emerging volunteers for future Board positions.
Vice President, Finance
Peyman has a passion for business analysis, system improvement, and budget management. In the last 6 years of employment at Simon Fraser University, he increased accounts receivable collection by over 30% through business process and policy improvements, managed the accounting administration for $60M of research projects, and is now providing budgeting and forecasting for the overall university.
As an active volunteer, Peyman has also served as an Academic Business Case Competition coach, where he mentors undergraduate students on business case study analysis and presentation skills. These students are locked in a room for 3 hours with 1 laptop and no internet and are tasked to create a 20-minute presentation solution to a real-world business problem. His team won 2nd place in Finance at the 2018 JDC West competition.
Peyman recently passed the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Common Final Examination (CFE). While he loves the analysis aspect of accounting, he also has a passion for the equities market. He actively self-manages his portfolio and enjoys discussing his stock picks with others. In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton, rock climbing, mixed martial arts, and travelling. He is a big fan of Japan and visits the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo every few yea
V P Administration(Secretary)
Andrzej Nawrocki is a Chartered Engineer and a certified Project Management Professional. Andrzej is electronics engineer by profession with more than 35 years’ experience. He worked in various Research and Development departments for various companies in Poland, England and Canada.
During his carrier Andrzej had hold several engineering and technical leadership positions.
For the last 15 years he worked on projects which run concurrently at multiple sites across the globe (North America, Asia and Europe) within a global matrix organization. These projects varied in scope, complexity, budget and duration. As a manager and project leader Andrzej provided technical leadership, effectively managed variety of projects and supervised various teams of professionals.
For several years, Andrzej also volunteered for the Chartered Engineers Pacific (formerly Western Group of Chartered Engineers) serving on the Committee as a Newsletter Editor, Treasurer, Chairman and Vice-chairman. As a Chairman Andrzej was responsible for planning and conducting board meetings effectively, getting all directors involved in the board's work, ensuring the board focuses on its key tasks and engaging the board in assessing and improving the board performance.
Andrzej joined the PMI in 2008. In the same year he started his volunteer work for the Canadian West Coast Chapter of PMI, initially as a project manager for the Professional Development portfolio and later joining Board of Directors as the VP of Professional Development portfolio. Recently, Andrzej has retired, but he still wants to remain active in the field of project management by volunteering for the Canadian West Coast Chapter of PMI.
Director of Process Improvement
The Canadian West Coast Chapter's Director of Process Improvement is responsible for:
- Utilizing internal performance data and external feedbacks to identify opportunities to improve quality, service, and cost
- Leading process Improvement projects directly related to achievement of goals and objectives
- Monitoring the execution of process quality plans
Azin’s passion for adventure prompted her to join Eni, an international Energy company, at the very start of her career. She is a dedicated Project Procurement Professional who has gathered her 10+ years of experience working in multicultural environments in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
She believes the value of her professional experience is, having been part of the greatest teams, and having met so many amazing people from whom she learned a lot and to whom she is always grateful.
Azin holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Concordia university of Montreal and has been recognized as a high achieving graduate student by the Golden Key International Honor Society.