Chapter History

OVOC History (Present – 1985)

The PMI Ottawa Valley Outaouais Chapter can trace its beginnings to 1984. In 1981 there were 43 PMI members in the National Capital Region and neighbouring centres represented by Don Chutter, a director on the PMI Montreal Chapter’s Board.  The first initial meeting of PMI in Ottawa was in 1981, in the form of a joint venture with the Ottawa Section of the American Association of Cost Engineers. This first presentation was about the overall management of Ottawa’s $200 million Rideau Centre Development and attracted an audience of 125. Other sessions were held in 1982-1984.

In August 1984, Don Chutter proposed creating a new PMI Chapter to PMI members in and around the National Capital Region. The first meeting of the Proposed Ottawa Valley Outaouais Chapter took place on October 29, 1984. The interim executive for organizing the Chapter consisted of David Curling, Chair; Scott Smith, Secretary/Treasurer; Blayne McCrum, Membership/Marketing; Don Chutter, Chapter By-laws/Goals; and Lois Curling, Meeting Arrangements. The Chapter was officially chartered by PMI in 1985.

The 30th anniversary of PMI OVOC was in 2015. In 2020 PMI OVOC will be celebrating their 35th anniversary.

Chapter Awards and Milestones

 Year  Awards and Milestones
2015   Celebrating Chapter's 30th Anniversary
2014   PMI OVOC hosted the Region3 Summit in Ottawa
2013   PMI OVOC at Facebook and Twitter
2010   Celebrating Chapter's 25th Anniversary
2005   Celebrated Chapter's 20th Anniversary
2004   Launch of PMI OVOC Mentoring Program
2003   Chapter Five Year Strategic Plan
2002   PMI Professional Development Award
2001   First Annual PMI OVOC Golf Tournament
2000   Celebrated Chapter's 15th Anniversary
1999   New Chapter website
1998   PMI award for Chapter superior performance
1997   Arts & Science Conference at Algonquin
1996   PMI award for Chapter superior performance
1995   First PMI Canada Symposium
1994   Chapter of the Year award for Region 1
1993   Chapter of the Year award
1992   First PMP Certification Exam Preparation
1991   Initiation of sponsorship benefits package
1990   Practical Project Management:  Lessons Learned
1989   Honing your PM Skills
1988   Contract Claims Management
1985   Inaugural General Meeting