PMI Canadian West Coast Chapter Elections
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Statement of Service
I would be honored to be considered for the role of Board of Directors. I had the pleasure to serve the CWCC Chapter in the Programs and Volunteers Portfolio over 5 years including 2 years in Board as a VP of volunteers. During this period, I was responsible for leading 6 to 8 volunteer team, conducting meetings, keeping track of the budget, addressing the needs of our volunteers, and contributing to the strategic decision-making process to achieve the Chapter’s goals by actively participating in board meetings.
Since I began as a board member I have not only successfully implementing new tool and process recruiting, managing volunteers but also improving volunteers onboard, offboard process and maintaining volunteers service history. Furthermore, managed PMAP program, where have 7 students graduated last year. As a Project Manager at BCHydro, I was honored on several occasions with “Leadership Awards” in recognition of excellent leadership, good initiatives and mentorship.
PMI has an incredible legacy and I want to contribute to its growth from the frontlines by taking new initiatives and build strong relationship with other Board Directors to develop policies and procedures for governing the Chapter. As a start, my focus will be continuing to work with the board to manage strategic roadmap and performance of the Chapter and nurture new volunteers that show promise, talent and commitment to our PMI CWCC association.
Afroza is a certified Project Management Professional, with over 13 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 project teams and is presently leading 5 Capital Infrastructure projects, rage 5M to 20M. She was also a part of BCHydro team that won PMI “PMO of the Year 2016” award.
Afroza began volunteering for the Chapter in 2015 and is presently as a VP of Volunteers. She oversees all aspects of event implementation and leads 6-8 persons volunteer team. She is very passionate about organizing events among professional and local communities 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 to 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.
My experience as a board member will help me to manage the Volunteers portfolio and lead the other major initiatives.
Statement of Service
To me, serving as a PMI CWCC Board Member means contribution to Mainland BC’s project management community and beyond. It is a prestigious opportunity to demonstrate my care to the cause, promote and institutionalize PMI values, and make a difference in the lives of those who love project management.
I would dedicatedly and passionately bring expertise and experience to the Board’s strategic‐level decision‐making, in fulfilling CWCC’s mission and towards the realization of its vision. As a current CWCC volunteer, I am very much ready to make a loyal commitment to the Board and to broaden the horizons of my experience, by collaborating closely with professionals, and play a part in shaping the future of the profession.
Azin is a Project Management Professional working as part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, specializing in Project Procurement. Her passion for adventure prompted her to join an international Energy company, Eni, at the very start of her career. This provided her with the opportunity to gather 10+ years’ experience working in multicultural Capital Projects environment in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She believes the value of her professional experience is having been part ofthe greatestteams and having met so many amazing people from whom she learned a lot, and to whom she is always grateful.
Azin is a member of the Executive Team of the PMI Canadian West Coast Chapter (Director of Process Improvement) and is mainly responsible for:
• Utilizing internal performance data and external feedback to identify opportunities to improve quality, service, and cost.
• Leading Process Improvement projects directly related to the achievement of goals and objectives.
• Monitoring the execution of process quality plans. Her extreme passion for Project Management is the primary driver for expanding new horizons by promoting PMI initiatives, training, providing consulting services, and managing complex projects.
She 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.
Statement of Service
It would be my honor to serve as a Board Member of the PMI CWCC chapter.
I have had the pleasure of serving the chapter since Aug-2019. As the Director of Social Media, I consistently upheld the brand of PMI CWCC on social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Volunteering at PMI CWCC gave me a sense of ownership and gratitude. I am grateful for getting an opportunity to give back to the project management community.
I ran several campaigns to gain more audience engagement wherein followers on LinkedIn surpassed 9000+ count. I created professional graphics and promoted various chapter events such as dinner events, webinars, conference, etc. This process made me feel more connected with PMI CWCC which in turn, has fueled my urge to make PMI CWCC chapter the best amongst other PMI chapters by leading strategic initiatives.
Thus, if I get elected as a Board Member, I would love to lead various chapter initiatives including organizing events, conference, professional development programs, coaching volunteers and promote the chapter. Being part of the marketing portfolio, I can readily start the implementation of marketing campaigns through our website, email and social media.
Moreover, being an effective communicator, I can lead and support chapter volunteers to carry out day-to-day operations.
I would really appreciate this opportunity to make a stepping stone for our chapter to reach new heights.
Bhavik Patel began his career in 2007 while running a tech-Startup alongside his study of a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Through his decade-long personal and professional experience he drives business revenue goals and delivers strategic initiatives in project management, process optimization and technology.
He is currently working as Advanced Mechanical Engineer III at Honeywell Process Solutions in North Vancouver. Along with delivering revenue targets, Bhavik also drives several research, continuation and growth initiatives to make business processes leaner and cost-effective. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company and operates it's business in diverse areas such as aerospace, building and performance materials technologies.
Prior to Honeywell, Bhavik worked at Linde Engineering India, a subsidiary of Linde AG. Linde AG is the world’s largest industrial gas company by market share and revenue. Bhavik joined Linde in 2011 as a Mechanical Engineer. Since then, he moved up into successive roles towards project management till 2018. Over the span of 7 years, he delivered various multi-million-dollar projects and led global teams and customers across Europe, the Americas, Russia and South-east Asia.
Bhavik holds a passion to deliver back to the Project Management community and thus have been actively volunteering at PMI Canadian West Coast Chapter. He initially served as Social Media Manager in 2019 and later was promoted to the Director of Social Media. Through strategic marketing campaigns, Bhavik promotes the chapter events and initiatives on all major social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Being an avid graphic-designer, Bhavik also fulfills the graphic needs of the chapter such as posters, banners, videos, annual reports, etc.
He received his education at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds an active Project Management Professional PMP® certification since 2018. Bhavik holds a deep passion for Global history, politics, business, art and technology. He currently lives with his family in Vancouver, Canada.
Statement of Service
I am interested in serving on the PMI CWCC Board for several reasons. First, I think it would provide me with the opportunity to give back to the project management profession in British Columbia through sharing the experiences and learnings that I have had both at BC Hydro and in other organizations.
Second, I think it would allow me to support an organization that aligns with my passion for project management. Thirdly, it would allow me to continue to learn and grow as a project management professional by understanding different perspectives and experience from fellow Board members, PMI, and others.
I am an experienced leader with diversified, progressive work experience built on a solid educational foundation. My core strengths are adaptability to change, creativity, a positive attitude, ability to get things done, and my open management style.
I am currently the Director, Off-Dam Site and Project Controls, Risk and Services for the Site C Project at BC Hydro. I joined the Site C Project in 2018 and prior to that was the Director, Project, Program and Portfolio Services for the Project Delivery business unit at BC Hydro, which I joined in 2010. Concurrent with these duties I was the Principal Lead for Project Management from 2016 to 2019 where I led the Project Management Practice. Outside of work I have been involved in two Boards of non-profit organizations. Since 2012 I have been on the Board of Hollyburn Family Services Society.
From 2006 to 2010 I was on the Board of the West Vancouver Family Place Society. I have also had the opportunity to be involved with PMI through presenting at several conferences, both locally and in the United States; participating in the PMO of the Year Evaluation Committee for several years, and serving as a subject matter expert reviewing presentations for the 2019 PMO Symposium.
I have a BSc, MBA, Project Management Professional and am a Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant).
Statement of Service
I would like to serve as a Director of the Board of PMI CWCC for a 2-year term 2021/2023 to continue working on social good initiatives to improve our project management community at large during the pandemic years with our volunteers. I would also like to mentor and recruit a new generation of project managers to join our Chapter and Board by engaging and innovating programs.
Lastly, I am interested in our Chapter’s academic outreach to join with academic institutions to provide scholarship to students who show promise and interest in PMI. This is an initiative which is already being implemented by CWCC and should continue in the coming years. As of late 2020, our Chapter bylaws have been updated to meet the New BC Societies Act and the challenge will be during the Covid pandemic years to innovate and improve our programs to bring extra value and educational knowledge to PMI CWCC Members. My experience on the CWCC Board has been engaging and rewarding and I have more time and ideas to contribute to the Chapter’s strategic objectives.
Rosmary Conte is the PMI CWCC Past President, her tenure as President ran from Feb 2018-2020. She began volunteering for the Chapter in 2013 and in 2017 she was accepted in the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class Program, LIMC2018, with 35 other international Chapter Leaders and wishes to continue building relationships of value and respect with other global Chapter leaders.
In 2020, she continued as a Chapter advisor and PMIef liaison working on social good initiatives such as raising funds for a GVFB virtual food drive and engaged in academic outreach programs for joint partnerships. Presently, she works at BGIS, as a Project Manager on Construction and Energy Sustainability projects for the Pacific Region on Federal Government Buildings.