Board of Directors

Jennifer Read

President

Jennifer Read

President

I am President of Jennifer Read Consulting and have been a member of PMI for over 25® years and a PMP for 21 years. I have extensive experience in public and private sector project management, having been an officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 16 years, and working in the private sector as a private business owner since 2002.

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Paul Romano

Secretary

Paul Romano

Secretary

Paul is a Senior Partner and Program Management Consultant at Hubspoke Inc. a boutique consulting services firm in Ottawa, ON.

Paul is an enthusiastic volunteer who believes in giving back. A two-time graduate of the OVOC PMP Preparation Course, he now is responsible for delivering our training. Over the past two years, he has worked to expand the number of instructors and revamp the curriculum to reflect PMBOK 6th Edition. Paul is now working to help Chapter members attain additional qualifications beyond PMP. Let us know what qualification you’d like to earn next!

Paul is a Royal Military College graduate and served in the Canadian Army as a Signals Officer. Since leaving the forces, Paul has progressed through a variety of roles including R&D Program Manager, Advanced Programs Manager, Sales Executive and Business Development Manager, before working as director of Program Management.

Currently, Paul is working to enhance the defence of Canada by providing project management services to the Department of National Defence.

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Nadine Fortin

Treasurer

Nadine Fortin

Treasurer

Nadine Fortin is a business coach and international speaker, founder and owner of Projexion Coaching as well as MonCoach.TV. She recently started to publish a podcast called Leader Résilient (on iTunes and Spotify). Nadine has been a member of PMI for over 15 years and a PMP since 2004. She started her career as an aerospace engineering office in the Canadian Armed Forces serving as a project officer on various aerospace projects. After she retired from the Forces in 1994, she spent the next 11 years working as a Systems Engineer and Project Manager, mostly on large government projects. Since 2005, she has dedicated her career to coaching, as an executive coach, a trainer and an online business entrepreneur. She has trained thousands of leaders, project managers and coaches.

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Laura Paul

VP Marketing

Laura Paul

VP Marketing

Laura Paul’s wide-ranging Project Management experience encompasses multiple perspectives: Client, Designer and Contractor in the Private and Public Sectors. She is currently the Director of Operations, Real Property Advisory Services (previously a Project Manager and Team Leader) with Tiree Facility Solutions, a management consulting and professional services company focused on providing intelligent project management solutions for infrastructure, real estate, assets and workspaces through leading complex construction programs for government and Fortune 500 companies, ensuring smarter capital investments, including support for building responsible and sustainable infrastructure. Laura has extensive non-profit and board of director experience including being appointed as President of the Canada Green Building Council Ottawa Region Chapter (after serving 5+ years in various volunteer leadership positions, i.e. Board of Directors), and was instrumental in building and expanding Emerging Green Builder Groups nation-wide. Additionally, she was on the Steering Committee to establish the Women’s Infrastructure Network in Ottawa and is a Mentor with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. Currently, she is part of the Advisory Committee for Carleton University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and teaches Social Media and Personal Branding at Telfer School of Management’s MBA Program, University of Ottawa. Laura obtained her Civil Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario. She holds an MBA from Telfer and has obtained multiple industry credentials including Project Management Professional Certification.

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Violeta Samardzic

VP Membership

Violeta Samardzic

VP Membership

Violeta Samardzic is a Project Manager with Colliers Project Leaders and has been a member of PMI since 2016 and obtained her PMP certification in 2017. Violeta Samardzic has delivered strong results to her employers through effective management practices, contract negotiations, and budgeting. She is a versatile Project Management professional with experience in all core-operating functions, value engineering and problem-solving skills and the ability to make difficult decisions under challenging circumstances. Violeta has ten years of experience in construction project/cost management, working with a Real Estate Developer and General Contractor. Her credentials include progressive responsibility with documented success at various organizational levels within the Engineering Construction business. In addition, Violeta has leadership experience with projects involving Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Health and Safety and Environmental Safety.

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Jacqueline Burke

VP Partnerships

Jacqueline Burke

VP Partnerships

Jacqueline is a Senior Advisor, Quality Management and I have been a member of PMI for 10 years and a PMP for 10 years. I am currently working for Correctional Service Canada and have been since 2008 as well as having worked in the Federal Government of Canada for the past 27 years in computer systems. I also worked in New Zealand for 2 years as a systems designer for a small financial company located in Johnsonville just outside of Wellington.

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Jon Christie

VP Professional Development

Jon Christie

VP Professional Development

Jonathan Christie is the Vice President, director and founding partner of HubSpoke Inc. ® He has been a member of PMI for over 18 years, a PMP for 10 years and a PMI-ACP for the past 4 years.

The last two years he has served as both the PMI OVOC VP, Membership (1 year) and now VP, Marketing and Communications. Additionally, he continues to volunteer for the local ISC2 chapter, previously as Membership Chair and now as President.

Active in the IT community for over 25 years, his diverse career accomplishments include incubating technology start-ups and leading a number of high stake and largescale client projects as both the Project Manager and Senior Technical Lead. A past VP of Service Delivery with MindWire Inc., Jon played an instrumental role in the company’s overall success leading up to acquisition. Jon brings a world of technical depth and knowledge to any organization.

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Taiwo Abraham

VP Programs & Director of Mentoring

Taiwo Abraham

VP Programs & Director of Mentoring

With ten years as a certified PMP and a member of the PMI, Taiwo currently leads as Horizant's PM on an enterprise-wide deployment of an Integrated Workplace Management Solution at Ontario Power Generation. Prior to joining Horizant, He has led projects with a combined value of over US$20 million in different countries. He is a passionate and result-driven organization productivity specialist who combines skillsets in project/program/portfolio management and organizational change management. He has led enterprise-wide delivery PMOs in many organizations one of which is the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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Ronald Davies

VP Sponsorship

Ronald Davies

VP Sponsorship

Ronald Davies is Co-Owner of Sportfolio.ca, an Ottawa Start-up that is developing a mobile Trading Card Maker app for the Youth Sport Community. Serving member of the Organizing Committee for Agile Ottawa’s Nov 22 2019 GOAT Conference. In 2011, Ronald Davies retired from IBM Canada Ltd. While at IBM he held positions of project manager, on projects for IBM and two Canadian Banks. These projects were staffed with diverse and global resources for a suite of Application Development and Infrastructure projects. In Ron’s role as an Organizing Committee member for Agile Ottawa’s GOAT 2017, 2018 and 2019 he was responsible for working with sponsors, attending all Organizer Committee meetings and preparing and publishing newsletters. Ron’s volunteer roles with PMI include Documentation Specialist for Project Management Institute Quality COP October 2012 – August 2013 and PMI, PAL Interactive Learning Alpha Tester January 2017.

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Pete Grieve

VP Symposium

Pete Grieve

VP Symposium

Pete is an Independent Consultant and has been a member of PMI for approximately 10 years since he moved to the Ottawa Area. He has worked both for government clients and private-sector organizations.

Pete has volunteered with the OVOC chapter in many capacities over the years including the most recent 2 years as the VP Programs on the Board of Directors where he strives to bring interesting, educational, and informative speakers to the Professional Development Programs portfolio in the form of the lunches and the Saturday seminars; as well as being the 2016 Co-chair, and 2017 Chair of the annual NCPMS Symposium.

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William Read

VP Technology

William Read

VP Technology

William is currently a Senior Research Program Manager with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and has been a member of PMI and a PMP since 1999. He has 31 years of management experience in the public and private sectors, and has achieved success in diverse areas, from program management of large-scale health research initiatives, through development, global marketing, sales and support, and on-going maintenance of software products; to the planning, procurement, deployment and operations of office and scientific information systems.

William has a proven track record in building and inspiring strong, diverse project teams, providing the motivation, guidance and mentorship necessary to get the best from people. He is detail- and closure-oriented, and has earned a reputation for being a troubleshooter, dealing quickly and effectively with difficult problems and conflict, and providing firm and fair management. Through his service as the Managing Director of an international health research consortium, and as a Director in a high-technology start-up, William has acquired experience in decision-making with broad consequences and working as a member of an executive team.

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Shannon Gregory

VP Volunteers

Shannon Gregory

VP Volunteers

Shannon Gregory has been a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification holder and PMI member since 2018. With over 15 years experience in governance, project management, board director education, and program and event coordination, she brings to the table a broad range of skills and expertise that she believes will help the chapter with strategic planning and foresight, member engagement, and continuing education development. In her professional career, Shannon is a Governance Specialist with Payments Canada, and her next goal is to obtain her PMP®;she is actively working to increase her project experience in her current role. With her ongoing education in project management, and her Change Management Facilitator and Practitioner certifications, she is uniquely positioned to offera valuable perspective and help drive change.

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Shalini Nagrani

VP at Large

Shalini Nagrani

VP at Large

As a Canadian immigrant who was born and raised in Zimbabwe, I view my role in any community as something which has influence and substance. Myvalue lies in creating a team culture that perpetuates sustainable motivation through the constant pursuit of perfection. I deviate from the “typical” corporate employee as I enable those around me to reach professional goals through deliberate access of their spiritual life journeys. Currently, I am the General Manager of OpenConcept Consulting Inc. (OpenConcept) and has been a member of PMI for over 7 years and a PMP for 5 years. At this point in my life, I am looking to make a contribution to an organization that has fostered much growth and learning in my professional life, the PMI. I am in awe of the work that PMI OVOCis doing to make the world a better place, especially for PMP professionals, but there is still more to be done. I find a true connection to the work that PMI OVOC is doing and, with my expertise we can change the world one individual at a time.

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Operating Team

Tina Hughes

Event Registrar

Marion Parisien

Bookkeeper

Brenda Williamson

Technology Support

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