PM Volunteers Panel

PM Volunteers Panel

PM-Volunteers has been extraordinarily successful with 200 active and completed projects with nonprofits since 2010. This will be a panel discussion with 2 volunteer PM’s and 2 non-profit leaders sharing their experiences. We will explore some opportunities and perhaps dispell some myths. The differences between working in the private sector and with nonprofits can be….interesting. The benefits can be ….amazing, both for the PM and the nonprofit. Whether you already have experience working with a nonprofit and want to hear from others, or have considered volunteering but always said “not right now”, join us for a lively and personal discussion. Knowledge philanthropy is hot right now. 

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.
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.
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.
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).
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