Keynote Speakers

DAY 1 - Opening

Dr. Blaize Reich, Ph.D, ICD.D
Dr. Reich is a professor, board director and consultant with expertise in technology-based transformation, project governance, and risk management. She is a member of the academic advisory board for PMI and is a director of two corporate and two national industry boards. Blaize worked for 20 years in Canada and Asia as an IT practitioner and consultant, focusing on information management and strategic IT and business planning. As a professor and board director, she provides leadership on project governance, innovation, and risk management. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Women in Canada (Women’s Executive Network, 2015) and a Fellow (2017) and International Academic Fellow (2016) from the Consulting Management Association.

DAY 1 - Closing

John Schlichter
John Schlichter coined the term “Organizational Project Management” or “OPM,” which is the system for implementing the business strategy of an organization through projects. OPM became a global standard and is how companies throughout the world deliver projects valued in billions if not trillions of dollars. “John has contributed greatly to PMI,” Greg Balestrero, CEO, PMI Today, 2002. “In John’s role as the leader of PMI’s OPM3 program, he has immeasurably contributed to the growth of the profession,” Becky Winston, J.D., Chair of the Board of Directors, PMI Today, 2002. Having created OPM3© (an international standard in project, program, and portfolio management), John founded OPM Experts LLC, a firm delivering OPM solutions and a leading provider of maturity assessment services. Industry classifications: NAICS 541611 Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services, NAICS 541618 Other Management Consulting, and NAICS 611430 Training. John is a member of the adjunct faculty of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

DAY 2 - Opening

Paul Pelletier, PMP, LLB
Paul Pelletier is a corporate/technology lawyer, project manager, international professional speaker, author and business executive with over 25 years of experience in senior roles in government and industry. A pioneer in the legal PM world, Paul was the first lawyer with a PM certificate in the federal Department of Justice. Paul has managed legal projects ranging from transformational information management projects to implementing a legal risk management program. He is also an advocate, consultant and trainer in workplace bullying management, workplace respect and leadership. He is a regular presenter at global conferences and events. He also teaches sections of the PMP/CAPM prep course.

DAY 2 - Closing

Samad Aidane, PMP, M.Sc.
Samad Aidane is a leadership development consultant, trainer, and coach. He has over two decades of experience in leading Information Technology change initiatives. His industry experience spans telecom, finance, health care, and government projects in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and Belgium. Samad holds a Master of Science Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. His current Ph.D. research in Applied Neuroscience investigates how findings from neuroscience can inform leadership and Cultural Intelligence development. He has been a featured speaker for organizations such as Nike, T-Mobile, and Emirates Airlines and presented at international conferences, such as Project Management Institute Global Congress, Oracle OpenWorld, and Dubai International Project Management Forum. He is an instructor for the Leadership Development Certificate at Oregon State University.
Sany Zein, M. Eng
Sany Zein is the Vice President of Infrastructure Management and Engineering at TransLink. He is a Professional Engineer with 25+ years of experience in the public and private sectors, and a specialist in transit and transportation infrastructure engineering and planning as well as large-scale transportation project and program development and management. Sany is known for building and leading teams focusing on the engineering, planning, and management of transportation networks, assets, and infrastructure, including transit, bridges, roads and bike facilities. He has taught Civil Engineering at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has held Chair and Director positions with several national and international Boards and Committees.
Mark Minson, P. Eng
Mark Minson is the Director of Engineering Project Delivery at TransLink. Mark has been with TransLink for nearly 17 years, having started as a Project Manager of Capital Management & Engineering projects, then as the Manager of Engineering & Project Services, then as Director Engineering Project Delivery, culminating in his current role as the leader of an organization that manages engineering and infrastructure projects from cradle to grave to advance TransLink’s strategic intent. Mark holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Civil Engineering from McMaster University.
Yasmin Flynn, BBA, CMA, CPA
Yasmin Flynn, BBA, CMA, CPA is the Director of TransLink’s Infrastructure PMO, which supports the Engineering Project Delivery organization. Yasmin provides strategic direction and leadership in the delivery of infrastructure and fleet capital projects. She has worked at TransLink for over 17 years, mainly in capital project roles with responsibilities in the financial management, performance management, governance, portfolio planning, and reporting aspects of TransLink’s billion dollar capital program. Projects of note include the Compass card/fare gates, the Evergreen line, and the Pattullo bridge replacement. As the leader of a new PMO, she is focused on developing new tools and processes to manage projects effectively to meet scope, schedule, and budget targets in a complex and exciting organization.

High Tech

Chris Hobbs
Chris Hobbs is a seasoned entrepreneur and the President of Two Tall Totems, ranked #1 Canadian App Development Company by B2B Research Firm Clutch, with over 150 clients in 20 different industries. A natural leader, Chris is known for his ability to cultivate teamwork and innovation all while delivering amazing results. This entrepreneurial drive is complemented by a passion for community and collaboration, with four years of experience serving as President of ViDIA, the Vancouver iDevelopers Industry Association. Chris also has a thorough understanding of bleeding edge technology and project management processes, given his background leading innovation-oriented discovery sessions.
Scott Benesh
Scott Benesh is an industry veteran with 28 years of experience managing EPC infrastructure projects. After completing a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Scott moved on to manage and deliver many projects around the world. Scott has experienced the challenges of the industry first-hand and wants to make a change using technology. He is excited about the opportunity to solve client problems by integrating their delivery service with new and innovative ways of thinking. The result: building a better world with the power of technology.
Grace Bassey, PMP, M.Sc., Ph.D
Grace Bassey is an accredited project management professional currently working at Dentons Canada LLP where she has facilitated the delivery of multiple initiatives including software rollouts, company rebranding, desktop migrations and a datacenter modernization project in the largest global law firm. Her role involves working with virtual teams based out of Canada, USA, UK, Europe, Australia and APAC to ensure that projects are delivered on time, to the highest quality and within budget. She has five years of project management experience gained from managing strategic IT projects in the public sector and legal industry. Grace holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom (UK) and a Masters in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her areas of interest include research and development, process improvement and stakeholder management.
Natali Altshuler
Natali AltshulerVice President - Head of Development, EA SPORTS VancouverHigh Tech Panel
Natali is a VP, Head of Development at EA SPORTS Vancouver, overseeing the development of the EA SPORTS FIFA, EA SPORTS NHL & EA SPORTS UFC franchises - a cumulative organization of 600 people. She has been with EA for 15 years after graduating with a BSc, Computer Science from UBC. Natali's primary responsibility as a member of the EA SPORTS leadership team is to drive the business across two key studios - Vancouver, Canada and Bucharest, Romania. This includes managing her organization's budget and staff planning, long term development plans, strategic planning, new product kick-offs, development model improvements, day-to-day tactical execution, project auditing and risk reduction strategies.
Nalini Vadivelan, MS, PMP, CSM, ITSM
Nalini Vadivelan, MS, PMP, CSM, ITSMQA Project Manager, EA SPORTS Vancouver and PMI CWCC VP MarketingHigh Tech Panel
Nalini Vadivelan MS, PMP, CSM, ITSM, a seasoned project management professional, has worked for organizations such as HCL Technologies, G.E., Akibia, General Dynamics-Itronix and currently Electronic Arts (EA) in the Hi-tech industry. Nalini studied and worked in the United States for about ten years before her family relocated to Vancouver, Canada. She has successfully led many distributed development projects liaising with multiple stakeholders across the globe. At EA as QA Project owner, she recently released the world’s most played FIFA game title on Nintendo Switch Console. She is a toastmaster and author of the “5Cs of Managerial Leadership” article in International Journal of Servant Leadership (IJSL). Nalini also serves as VP Marketing on the CWCC Board helping us to reach and grow our PMI community. In recognition of her strategic and operational excellence in project management, her previous employer HCL Tech sponsored “Emerging Leaders” program at Harvard University.

Public Private Partnerships

Mark Harrison, PMP
Mark Harrison is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Infrastructure Advisory & Project Finance practice with a focus on infrastructure and government services. He has provided financial, strategic and risk analysis on project teams assessing business cases and running procurements for large capital investments in health care, justice, mass transit, transit support, recreation, water/wastewater, roads and highways, and public buildings. Mark is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Project Management Professional with extensive consulting experience in all forms of financial analysis, infrastructure planning, procurement and development.
Tara Rogers, PMP
Tara Rogers, PMPIndependent Infrastructure Project SpecialistP3s – the Context and the Theory
PPP Panel: The Practicalities of Partnerships
Tara Rogers is an accredited project management professional and has over 20 years of experience in the infrastructure development market. Originally from Zimbabwe, Tara relocated to the UK, working for several investment banks, focusing on senior debt lending to infrastructure projects. In 2003, Tara moved to Vancouver and worked for Partnerships BC as a Project Director leading key procurements on their behalf. Tara then spent 10 years as a Bid Director with John Laing and Balfour Beatty where she led the team on several P3 projects both in Canada and the US.
Jussi Jaakkola
Jussi Jaakkola is responsible for developing and leading public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure projects in Western Canada for SNC-Lavalin. He has 20 years of industry experience with over half of that focused on large, project-financed P3 infrastructure projects and energy infrastructure projects. His experience includes a range of asset classes globally, including rail transit, highways, airports, ports, power, and midstream and downstream energy projects. Jussi received a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.
Tom Sparrow, PMP, MSc, MBA
Tom Sparrow is the Chief Project Officer for the $1.35B Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment Project. Previously he was Chief Project Officer for the $606.2M North Island Hospitals PPP Project. Mr. Sparrow has a long history of success and experience working as the project lead for many government infrastructure projects including most recently as Project Director for the $302.8M Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa project, and as Chief Project Officer for the $350M Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project for Partnerships BC. Mr. Sparrow also provides Advisory Services to the Auditor General of Canada in addition to providing guidance and support to other Canadian Provincial and Territorial Agencies and private sector healthcare related companies. Mr. Sparrow is a Certified Project Manager (PMP), holds an MSc. Health Information Sciences from the University of Victoria and an MBA from Athabasca University.
Franca MacInnes
Franca MacInnes is the Leader, Project Management Office & Finance Manager for the Royal Columbian Redevelopment Project. She has 28 years in Finance, Operations Management and Project Management within the energy, healthcare, and post-secondary education sectors. She has acted as the Owner Representative for both public and private sector clients and has experience in Construction Management, Design-Build and P3 projects. Franca has a Masters of Arts in Leadership, is a certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Professional Accountant candidate.
Robin Latondresse
Robin Latondresse is the Director of Planning and Project Implementation for the Royal Columbian Hospital Redevelopment Project. He has over 15 years of experience in various aspects of the construction industry and has acted as the representative for both public and private sector clients which provides him with relevant perspective and understanding of client and stakeholder priorities. Previously Robin led the day-to-day activities representing the private sector team for the North Island Hospital project. Prior to that Robin spent 11 years as an Owners Representative in the B.C. Public Sector, delivering numerous complexes, Health Care, Social Housing construction, P3 projects and infrastructure renewal programs. Robin has his Masters of Science in Project Management (M.Sc. PM) from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen Scotland and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Julie Makranyi, PMP
Julie Makranyi is the Senior Manager of Planning for the Royal Columbia Hospital Redevelopment Project. She has over 22 years of Healthcare experience and over 19 years of Project Management and Change Management experience. She has experience in Business Plan development, Procurement and Operational readiness and transition for large scale complex redevelopment projects; including P3, Design Build and Construction Management. Previously, she was actively involved in the Fraser Health Authority’s Surrey Memorial Hospital Redevelopment Project and was the Project Manager for Laboratory Services in Whistler during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Para-Olympic games. Julie has a Bachelor of Sciences in Biological Sciences & Kinesiology from SFU and an Advanced Specialty Certificate in Forensic Sciences from BCIT. She is a certified Project Management Professional.


Sean Hodgins, CMA, CPA
Sean is a sustainable development practitioner, community visionary, innovation champion and leader of the Century Group executive team. His passion is to create community, both within the company and through real estate development projects. Sean’s leadership philosophy is that ‘there is never a simple answer to anything worth doing.’ His vision is to build a sustainable, innovative company that challenges the status quo of the development business. His approach is to build neighbourhoods and public spaces where people can conveniently access jobs, transportation options and local amenities, as well as to integrate sustainability measures that foster community, improve building performance and conserve resources.
Rocky Sethi
Rocky Sethi is Vice President of Adera Developments. Adera has built a world-class portfolio that includes the development of more than 10,000 homes, townhomes, condos, and over 4 million square feet of commercial space. Their innovative use of renewable resources, such as CLT wood in high-rise projects, has made them the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Wood Works! BC Wood Design Awards, CHBA National Awards, Georgi Awards, UDI Awards for Excellence, GVHBA Ovation Awards.
Ron Lee, P.Eng
Ron Lee is a Professional Engineer and Senior Project Manager in the Infrastructure Engineering Group at SNC-Lavalin Inc. He is a UBC Civil Engineering graduate and has applied his engineering and project management skills delivering transportation improvement projects for the past 30 years. In 2002, he joined SNC-Lavalin to work on the Owner’s Engineer team of the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project to enhance the safety and reliability of the highway ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. He has also worked on bid pursuit as well as design-build delivery teams on P3 projects across Western Canada. Ron is also a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, and a MMCD Certified Construction Administrator. Ron is a passionate Toastmaster, continually learning valuable and practical communication and leadership skills through active participation. He is currently chasing his DTM.
Chris Sainsbury
Chris Sainsbury is the National Infrastructure Lead for Smart Cities and Disruptive Technologies for KPMG in Canada. Based out of Vancouver, Chris advises clients in the municipal and Transportation sector on strategy and policy development, business transformation and infrastructure management. Working with high profile clients in major cities such as Vancouver, Toronto, London and New York, Chris brings global insight and expertise into a challenging sector with a rapidly changing landscape, bridging the gap between traditional infrastructures and emerging technologies. Prior to joining KPMG, Chris worked for the UK Department for Transport where he was a senior policy advisor, heavily involved in the rollout of regional transportation strategies.
Gwendolyn Tian
Gwendolyn Tian is an integral member of the Infrastructure Smart Cities and Disruptive Technology Team. Graduating with a Bachelors in Statistics and Economics, Gwendolyn leverages her strong understanding and proficiency in data and analytics, strategy, and financial analysis to deliver strategic advisory services and innovative solutions to key public and private sector clients across Western Canada, primarily in the Municipal and Transportation sectors. She has a passion for solving complex problems, leveraging data analytics and business intelligence to deliver tangible benefits to clients, to ultimately inform key decision making at the C-suite level.
Ross Ryken, Consultant, Global Infrastructure, KPMG
Ross Ryken, Consultant, Global Infrastructure, KPMGConsultant, Global Infrastructure, KPMG
Ross Ryken is a consultant for KPMG in Canada. Based out of Vancouver, Ross advises both public and private sector clients on major project delivery, business strategy and innovation. With a background in civil engineering and industrial construction, Ross brings insight into the challenges faced at the front lines of major capital projects. Ross is on a multidisciplinary team that strives to disrupt traditional infrastructure practices with emergent technology. Their latest project pushed the boundary of augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) in the construction and natural resources industry.

New Frontiers & Old Battles

David Cohen, LLB
David Cohen leads the Client Service Delivery team at one of Canada's national law firms, McCarthy Tetrault. He works with McCarthy Tétrault lawyers across the country within the domain of legal project management to develop and implement innovative pricing and service delivery models for the firm’s clients. David also oversees the firm’s Dialogue Project Management program which embeds legal project management into client matters. David frequently speaks at conferences and conducts seminars and workshops for clients on topics relating to alternative fee arrangements, legal project management, legal technology and legal innovation.
Will Westeringh, QC, Managing Partner, BC Region
William Westeringh, QC is the Managing Partner of the Vancouver office for Fasken Martineau LLP, responsible for the overall operations in that region, and a member of the firm's Partnership Board, and Management Committee. William practises in the areas of product liability, aviation, mining, insurance and commercial litigation. He has appeared as counsel in mediations, arbitrations, and at every level of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He currently chairs the Vancouver Managing Partners Committee (a committee consisting of managing partners at the larger Vancouver firms) and is an active member of the organizing committee for the annual CBA Law Firm Leadership Conference. In addition, Will has served as an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Law and as an instructor at the Professional Legal Training Program. Will has been a supervising lawyer for the Law Students' Legal Advice Program and has prepared papers for, and presented at, numerous Continuing Legal Education and industry programs. In 2012, Will was appointed the honorary title of Queen's Counsel, a recognition of his exceptional merit, contribution and professional integrity to the legal profession.
Mehran Jamshidi, MSc, PMP®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-ACP®, CSM®, ITIL
Mehran is Principal Owner at EffiCert Academy. He is a Project Management Professional with 20 years' experience in different areas of academia, Information Technology, Business Transformation and Re-engineering, and Intelligent Transportation Systems project environments, now a Board Member of the Canadian West Coast Chapter of PMI as the Vice President of Education and the PMP Prep Course Instructor and Content Developer. Presently and on a full-time basis, he works as a Senior Project Manager in the Coaching and Learning PMO at TELUS Communications and is an instructor of Project Management at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) and the New York Institute of Technology. Mehran graduated with a Master’s degree in System Management and Productivity (Industrial Engineering) after he had earned a Bachelor’s in Computer Software Engineering. His experience as a Project Manager and Operations Manager as well as having a successful background in teaching and instructing at academic environments during the last 20 years, has made Mehran a leader in Education, IT, Telecommunications and Business areas.
Brendon Chin, PMP, CSP, CSM, CSD
Brendon is Global Head of PPM at HSBC, Commercial E-Channels, managing a large team of Programme & Project Managers and Business Analysts dispersed across 7 countries. He has 23+ years experience leading the delivery of IT Projects, including 19 years of Financial and Banking experience working in the Retail, Commercial and Asset Management Business functions. Mr Chin has 14 years experience successfully managing Multi-Milliion dollar Programmes and Projects through Global delivery teams. Brendon has a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Science & a Graduate Diploma in Marketing from Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand, and is a Certified Project Management Professional, Certified Scrum Professional, Scrum Master and Scrum Developer.

Enterprise Agile

Gary Wagner, PMP, SPC4, POPM
Gary Wagner is an agile change agent with project and program design and execution experience gained from a diverse International background. Having collaborated with teams and their leadership in the public and private sectors, Gary has rich cross cultural experience in implementing framework and business process change at all levels of the organization. His engagements have ranged from consulting for technology driven Organizational Redesign efforts, to project managing New Product and Service Introductions, to currently working full-time at TELUS on a multi-year cross-functional implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) for cloud software development. For the last 12 years, Gary has lived and worked in Vancouver Canada having previously lived in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Henriette Koning
Henriette Koning has extensive Portfolio, Program, and Project management experience including PMO management, with both waterfall and agile methodologies for over 15 years on projects of increasing scope and complexity. Certified scrum master (CSM); currently delivering airplane maintenance solutions with machine learning based prognostic alerting following the Scaled Agile methodology.
Sarah McKinnon
Sarah McKinnon is the Director of Coaching & Learning Solutions at TELUS. Over the past 9 years at TELUS she has worked in Procurement, Process Improvement, People & Culture, and now Broadband Networks. She has ran large-scale transformation programs as well as teams of project managers. Prior to TELUS, Sarah worked for Accenture in their Change Management Consulting Division and supported a variety of programs including mergers & acquisitions, large scale systems implementations, workforce transformations, supply chain optimizations and HR transformations. Although she has held a variety of roles throughout her career, she continues to leverage her change management skills each and every day.
John Rauser
John Rauser is currently the Director of Information Security at a Vancouver-based HR Tech company and formerly the IT Manager at a global software company. He serves as the VP Operations with the PMI Canadian West Coast Chapter, and writes regularly for Infoworld. John has a deep passion for putting project management theory into practice.

Social Good

Adam Simpson
Dr. Adam Simpson is an experienced advisor for development and peacebuilding initiatives. As Manager of Global Programmes for UN Women, he provides strategic guidance and oversight for the Programme Directorate's global portfolio. Adam is also an advisor to the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment, which has brought together influential leaders to launch a shared global agenda that accelerates women’s economic empowerment in support of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Adam previously worked for the United Nations Office for Project Services, overseeing projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He also worked with the Aga Khan Foundation and NATO in Afghanistan, managing a suite of healthcare infrastructure projects in the northern provinces. He spent several years in the private sector as a management consultant with Vancouver-based AMBiT Consulting, where he worked on an award-winning project to establish Canada’s first distributed medical learning education programme, in partnership with the health sector, government, and academia.
Jason Hanley, B.Math, Computer Science, MBA
As a hands-on CTO coming from a Computer Science background, Jason Hanley focuses heavily on Software Development, Project Management, and Product Management. The Rumie Initiative is a registered charity working to bring a wealth of free information to underprivileged children worldwide.
Tom Wanklin
Tom Wanklin is Senior Planner for the DTES Planning Group with the Community Planning Division, in the Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department at City of Vancouver. He holds a degree in Planning from the University of Witwatersrand, and is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has worked for many years in senior level planning positions in municipal and provincial government where he has grappled with complex planning and development issues related to housing affordability for low-income citizens and community economic development. Tom also has extensive experience in private sector planning environments as a consultant and a part time lecturer in tourism development planning and events management.
Wes Regan
Wes Regan is the City of Vancouver's Social Planner Responsible for Community Economic Development (CED) and Poverty Reduction Initiatives and Director Emeritus of Simon Fraser University's Community Economic Development Program. Wes has worked in CED, communications, and community engagement since 2009 in the private sector and in various non-profit and government roles. Wes holds a Masters in Urban Studies (M.Urb) from SFU where he also completed his undergraduate degree in Human Geography. Keeping a foot in academia Wes is a current Faculty Member in the Department of Geography and Geology at Langara College and an Instructor at SFU’s CED Program specializing in public policy and social enterprise. Wes has served on the executive and advisory boards of several organizations including Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED BC), LOCO BC (Past Chair), and the BC Partners for Social Impact, a Provincial policy think tank examining ways to support and enable social innovation in communities and regions in British Columbia. In 2015 he was appointed Critic for Urban Affairs and Housing for the Green Party of Canada by Elizabeth May and continues to serve in this role developing urban policy at the federal level. When not working or volunteering or ruminating on policy Wes enjoys trail running, hiking, and cycling and is a devoted Whitecaps season ticket holder with the RainCity Brigade Supporter Group.
Shawn Hawkins, PMP, LLB, CDR
Shawn Hawkins, PMP, LLB, CDRExecutive Director, PM Volunteers
Panel Moderator Shawn has been Executive Director of PMV since February 2014 succeeding the organization’s founder Bob Prenovost. Over the course of an eclectic career he practiced law; taught as an adjunct professor at UBC law school and Kwantlen Polytechnic University business school; served in Special Advisor and Chief of Staff positions with two federal cabinet ministers; was Project Officer at the Asia Pacific Initiative; and held multiple management positions at BC Hydro. Volunteerism has been a part of his lifestyle for many years. Shawn is an avid cyclist and welcomes ride companions.
Dr. Eamonn O'Laocha, PH.D, MBA, B.Ed, PMP
Panel Moderator Dr. Eamonn O'Laocha holds a Ph.D. in business from Warwick Business School in the UK, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP and Prince2 Practitioner). He is a high-level leader who is committed to organizational excellence in the delivery of community-focused services. He is a highly versatile and well-rounded professional leader and manager with extensive experience in strategy formulation and implementation, innovation and technology transfer, multi-party initiatives, financial management and reporting, operations management and organizational and individual capability development. He is a supportive and enabling manager whose approach is based upon positive regard towards others, mutual respect, transparency and clarity. Dr. O'Laocha's research interests include; innovation and technology transfer, professional practice in complex and dynamic contexts, governance in complex organizational and inter-organizational contexts, information systems strategy and operations, and innovative engaged approaches to organizational design , development, leadership and management.

Social Factors

Monica Semeniuk, MA. Eng, PMP
A dynamic leader with strong organizational skills, Monica is currently a doctoral candidate at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Her research integrates her compelling interest in international business with her passion for diverse cultures. Monica’s dissertation examines the perceptions of potential employees of international firms. Prior to returning to student life, she worked as a consultant with clients of varying size and organizational complexity in multiple industries, ranging from insurance and healthcare, to petrochemicals and telecommunications. Her effective communication skills supported her forte of working with stakeholders to develop consistency in expectations, and build alignment between project tasks and business objectives. The scope of Monica’s endeavours has encompassed the improvement of a firm’s corporate climate during business expansion, as well as developing and delivering project management training for business clients within Asia, Australia and Europe.
Ariel Landau, MA
Ariel is Director of Training Development for Boeing Training & Professional Services, leading an international team that develops aviation training programs for Boeing commercial and defense aircraft. In this role, Ariel oversees the curriculum, courseware, and training technologies that are used throughout many of Boeing’s flight, maintenance, and air crew training programs. Prior to joining Boeing, Ariel was eLearning Operations Manager at FlightSafety International where responsibilities also included management of Specialty & Enrichment Training, and courseware development for Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. Prior to entering the world of aviation, Ariel was a professional web developer with the government of Ontario, Canada, working in areas of tourism, justice, and financial regulation. Ariel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mass Communications, and a Master of Arts in Political Science (International Relations) from York University in Toronto.
Sabahat Naureen, P.Eng, PMP
Sabahat Naureen is a project manager, an engineer and a certified executive coach. While working in the construction sector across BC and Alberta, she has gained invaluable experience in stakeholder management, ranging from business owners and municipalities to contractors and consultants. Through strong communication, leadership, and forward thinking, Sabahat is able to evaluate multiple perspectives, manage risk and facilitate positive collaboration between parties to achieve project goals. She is passionate about improving the professional world around her by not only delivering financially viable projects but also focusing on businesses' biggest assets: the people. As part of her executive coaching repertoire, Sabahat has developed a proprietary 4-step Self-Leadership Model.
Stephen Bailey, PMP
Stephen Bailey, PMP (since 2014). Stephen is a Project Manager in the BC Hydro Capital Projects PMO fulfilling the roles of Project Management Practice Advisor and Chair of the Project & Portfolio Management (PPM) Development & Review Committee. While the work varies from day to day, his primary focus is on Continuous Improvement Projects and Initiatives related to PPM Tools, Practices, and Learning that supports our Corporate Priority of “Continuing to Improve the Way We Operate”. Stephen has a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Stephen Mason, PMP
Stephen Mason, PMP (since 2006). Stephen is Manager of Project Services and in this role leads the scheduling practice and a group of Schedulers and Cost Analysts that support the projects delivered by the Capital Infrastructure Project Delivery group. His team’s work helps ensure that we can meet our Corporate Priority of “Delivering Capital Projects On Time and On Budget”. Stephen has a Bachelor of Computer Information Systems.


Robyn Roscoe, PMP
Robyn Roscoe is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 15 years of experience in the management of large health research projects, and nearly 25 years experience in project management in the scientific and technical fields. She is currently Director of Management and Administration for the BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre, responsible for project, finance and operations management. Since 2004, Robyn has been delivering training workshops and presentations throughout Canada, reaching more than 2,000 trainees and professionals looking to develop and expand their management and leadership skills. In 2016, Robyn received the Research Management Excellence Award from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, and in 2017 she was awarded the CARA Innovation Award. In 2011, Robyn started Lyric Management, a consulting in research management and leadership training. Robyn is committed to expanding knowledge and interest in the field of research administration and contributing to excellence in research management in BC and Canada.
Michael Nir, MA.Eng, PMP
Michael Nir, President Sapir Consulting US, is an enterprise lean-agile expert; known for his passion, creativity and innovation; known for his passion, creativity and innovation. His Masters in Engineering, certification in Project Management and training in Gestalt balance his technical know-how with emotional intelligence. He inspires people and teams to change, experientially and emotionally, while climbing the hill AND reaching the summit. The author of ten books on influence, consumer experience, and Agile project management, Michael delivers practical skills gained from eighteen years of experience leading change at global organizations in diverse industries such as: Intel, Philips Healthcare, United Healthcare, DnB, Volvo, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Unilever and many others. He is masterful at connecting the dots between human behavior, business systems and work environment to drive highly productive teams and lead individuals to communicate effectively. Michael draws on unique personal experiences that provide him with valuable insight. During college in Israel, he led groups of adolescents on excursions through the desert, observing natural leadership behaviors in team settings. Later, on a hike to Alaska, he had to face down a 250 lb Grizzly Bear – giving him a dramatic taste of what it’s like to influence a powerful and threatening personality using wits alone. Michael was born in Los Angeles and resides in Boston. He travels extensively to Europe and East Asia providing consulting and facilitating training. He understands people, organizations and cultures and is comfortable leading cross-functional and cross-cultural workshops.
Susan Lim
Susan Lim, BA, is a project manager with the Regional Primary Care Program at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Currently, Susan is supporting VCH primary care clinics as they optimize interdisciplinary teams. These teams provide care to the top 5% most complex patients in Vancouver. Since 2012, Susan has been managing initiatives focused on the integration of primary and community care.
Andy Day, MSc, RSW
Andy Day, MSc. (Oxon), RSW, is a passionate leader with over 20 years’ experience in the delivery of health care services in the UK and Canada. He is currently an Operations Director with Vancouver Coastal Health overseeing a diverse portfolio of community health services in Vancouver.
Sarah Farina, MA, MCIP, RPP, CE
Sarah Farina, MA, MCIP, RPP, CEPrincipal, Broadleaf Consulting
Sarah Farina, MA, MCIP, RPP, CE, Principal Consultant at Broadleaf Consulting, is a planning, evaluation & governance specialist helping clients to create healthy, vibrant, prosperous communities. She is Past President of the Canadian Evaluation Society of BC and Yukon, past Director with the Board of Urban Diggers and the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC and Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, co-founder and member of the Brewery Creek Community Garden.
Christina Thomas, BA, CHRP
Christina Thomas, BA, CHRP, is a Program Coordinator at Doctors of BC Community Practice Quality and Integration.
James Voth
James Voth is the Founder and Director of Intogrey Research and Development Inc., an agile research and development company with a focus on developing innovative software, systems, and technologies to meet the needs of healthcare and academic research contexts. James’ passion is for collaboration on interdisciplinary teams and for the recognition of sincere end-user engagement and partnership as foundational components of successful technology and process development.

Community Engagement

Shawn Hawkins, PMP, LLB, CDR
Shawn Hawkins, PMP, LLB, CDRExecutive Director, PM Volunteers
Panel Moderator Shawn has been Executive Director of PMV since February 2014 succeeding the organization’s founder Bob Prenovost. Over the course of an eclectic career he practiced law; taught as an adjunct professor at UBC law school and Kwantlen Polytechnic University business school; served in Special Advisor and Chief of Staff positions with two federal cabinet ministers; was Project Officer at the Asia Pacific Initiative; and held multiple management positions at BC Hydro. Volunteerism has been a part of his lifestyle for many years. Shawn is an avid cyclist and welcomes ride companions.
Klaudia Budniak, MBA
Klaudia Budniak, MBAPM Volunteers Panel
Klaudia Budniak is a Project Manager at TELUS. She has experience in Project Management, Communications and Public Relations. Her industry experience spans telecommunication, culture and entertainment, and nonprofit organizations. Klaudia is fluent in four languages and holds a Master's Degree in Communication from Louvain University in Belgium. She is currently undertaking a Project Management program at BCIT and has been a volunteer Project Manager with the YMCA through PM-V and has helped organize a major annual fundraising event, part of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
Carol Neuman, MA
Carol Neuman, MAPM Volunteers Panel
Since 1989, ONE TO ONE Literacy has offered a tutoring program backed by a mission to help children develop lifelong literacy skills. ONE TO ONE’s program is free to all parents and schools and is available to any elementary school student whose teacher believes they need a reading-skills boost. Today, we are in more than 125 schools across the Lower Mainland, serving over 1700 students annually. Each student meets two to four times a week with a ONE TO ONE volunteer tutor. For 30 minutes at a time, they read in an environment where it is okay to take risks, make mistakes, and learn at their own pace.
Nick Cheung, CSM
Nick Cheung, CSMPM Volunteers Panel
Nick Cheung has been an independent business and project management consultant for investment banking, education, and counseling clients in Vancouver, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. After 3 years of consulting, he decided to switch to sales and marketing to explore new career experiences while managing projects using waterfall and agile frameworks on a volunteer basis. His passion for education and mental health has led him to be involved with tech-based projects that can help non-profits grow. He also volunteers at Room to Read Vancouver, Canadian Mental Health Association and Supporting Families. Nick has a Joint Major in Psychology and Management Information System (MIS) along with a Business Technology Management (BTM) Certificate from Simon Fraser University. He is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and pursuing his Project Management Professional (PMP).
Sharookh Daroowala
Sharookh DaroowalaToastmasters Panel
Distinguished Toastmaster, Certified World Class Speaking Coach, and Principal of the Canadian Academy of Public Speaking, is an internationally renowned, award-winning speaker and speaker coach. For over 20 years, Sharookh has coached, motivated and inspired thousands of people of all ages and walks of life to become more confident through the power of public speaking. His worldwide clients include entrepreneurs, business professionals, corporate executives, community leaders, public figures, TEDx Talk speakers, aspiring and professional speakers and yes, Project Managers! In the 80-year history of Toastmasters International in B. C. nobody has won more Provincial level speaking contests in more categories than Sharookh (prepared speech, extempore and speech evaluation). In 2014, Sharookh ranked among the Top 9 Speakers in the world by reaching the Finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur.
Stefano Cossalter
Stefano CossalterToastmasters Panel
Stefano Cossalter has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur starting in the restaurant industry and moving into marketing and product creation. He has created several products from idea to market including bringing the first breath mint strip to North America. Stefano is now a Public Speaking Coach and is co-writing his first book titled the F.E.A.R.L.E.S.S Speaker’s System. Stefano is a two-time distinguished toastmaster, two-time district public speaking champion and multiple time contest top 3 finalist.
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