The Wideman Education Foundation (WEF) is a nonprofit organization founded by Max Wideman, one of the founding fathers of modern project management principles.

WEF’s mission is to teach, develop, promote, and encourage the use of proven, successful project management skills that are needed everyday by everyone.

Charitable Purpose

Since 2007, WEF has been dedicated to attracting individuals, especially young people, into the project management profession and helping them develop the organizational and leadership skills they will need to succeed in today’s job market.

These essential, basic, practical skills include preparation, planning, teamwork, communication, and delivering presentations. We believe we can foster these skills and a better understanding of projects by working for mutual benefit with those involved in education, training or project management.

WEF and the PMI CWCC Chapter

In 1991, Max Wideman wrote a book published by the Project Management Institute and very generously donated the net proceeds to the Canadian West Coast Chapter, in the amount of $51,000.

At a General Meeting of the Chapter, it was moved that the Chapter establish an independent education foundation to which this money should be assigned as capital. The foundation later became known as the Wideman Education Foundation in 2007.

To this day, WEF maintains a close relationship to the CWCC Chapter and its Board.

Ways to Get Involved with WEF

  • Help lead or join a fundraising efforts on behalf of WEF.
  • Volunteer to speak on a topic related to project management.
  • Volunteer on the foundation’s Board of Directors.
  • Make a donation to the foundation.
  • If you’re affiliated with a school or organization and have any ideas on how WEF can partner with you, connect with us and let us know how we can help!

How WEF Can Help You

  • If you’re a college or university student, WEF hosts an annual project management competition for you and your peers. The annual Wideman Prize Competition is a perfect way for students interested in project management or currently undertaking project management studies to participate in a rewarding challenge.
  • Have a WEF Board member speak at your school, organization, or club about the project management discipline.
  • Have a WEF Board member as a judge on your competition or panel.
  • Ask about possible mentorship opportunities in project management from WEF or one of our partners.

Please visit at widemaneducationfoundation.org to learn more about the Wideman Education Foundation and for ways to get involved or to connect with WEF.