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Innovate and Adapt

This theme focuses on embracing change and fostering innovation within project management practices. In an ever-evolving business landscape, the ability to adapt to new technologies, methodologies, and market conditions is crucial. For project managers, this theme encourages the exploration of creative solutions and the adoption of agile approaches, ensuring that projects can pivot when necessary and stay ahead of the curve. By nurturing an innovative mindset, teams become more resilient and capable of handling unexpected challenges, ultimately leading to more successful project outcomes. In today's fast-paced world, where change is the only constant, the ability to innovate and adapt is more relevant than ever, ensuring organizations remain competitive and forward-thinking.

Grow and Excel

This theme emphasizes the continuous development and professional growth of project managers and their teams. It highlights the importance of acquiring new skills, enhancing competencies, and striving for excellence in project execution. For project managers, focusing on growth means staying updated with the latest industry trends, certifications, and best practices, thereby improving their leadership capabilities and project delivery performance. Teams that prioritize growth and excellence are more motivated, efficient, and capable of achieving higher levels of productivity and quality. In the context of today's rapidly advancing technological and business environments, the commitment to growth ensures that project managers and their teams can meet the increasing demands and complexities of modern projects.

Inspire and Transform

This theme is about leveraging the power of inspiration to drive transformational change within projects and organizations. It underscores the role of visionary leadership and the ability to inspire teams to achieve extraordinary results. For project managers, inspiring others means fostering a culture of collaboration, motivation, and shared purpose, which can lead to heightened team morale and greater project success. Transformational leadership and inspiration help projects move beyond mere execution to creating lasting impacts and driving strategic initiatives. In today's world, where innovation and disruption are constant, the capacity to inspire and transform is essential for leading projects that not only meet their objectives but also contribute to the broader goals and aspirations of the organization.

PMRise 2023 Booklet



PMRise 2023 Speakers

Speakers List

Spencer Horn

President - Altium Leadership

Keynote Speaker & Panelist

Diane Alsing

Board of Directors / International Speaker - Project Management Institute

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Leslie

Lieutenant-General (Retired) and the Honourable

Keynote Speaker

Erin Leslie

Leadership Coach & Chief Emotional Intelligence Officer

Keynote Speaker & Panelist

Kevin McGowan

Program Manager (BizOps), Pinax and Chair, Voicefound


Heidi Hauver

Chief People Officer & Director, CHEO Board of Directors


Paul Boudreau

President, Stonemeadow Consulting


Mehnaz Tabassum

IT Project Manager - Government of Canada


Kevin Judge

CEO and Founder, inobl


Deanna Davies

Program Coordinator and Professor - Project Management Graduate Certificate Program, St. Lawrence College


Bryon McConnell

Project Leader, and Section Head - Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


Achille Ubalijoro

Project & Program Executive Consultant and Managing Director, Kabera Consulting Inc


André Onana

Chef de département ESMT Management, Ecole Superieure Multinationale des Telecommunications (ESMT Dakar)


James Lauber

President, GraftOn-SST - Success Strategies Training


Dr Jeffrey Thompson

Release Train Engineer, TD Bank Financial Group


Martin Callsen

Professor, Algonquin College


Rita Chahine

Directrice infrastructures et projets, Ville de Gatineau


Tahirou Assane

Director, Brightline Initiative at PMI


Dr Charles Igwe

Section Head, D&ER Canadian Nuclear Laboratories & Vice President Professional Development. PMI Ottawa Valley Outaouais Chapter


George Al Haddad

Director, Program Integration - Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


Patrick Egbunonu

Dean, Faculty of Business & Community Services


Simon Ellison

Complex Project/Program Management Consultant


Temisan Sagay

Program Manager - Analytics - Thrive Digital & Director, Mentoring - PMI Ottawa Valley Outaouais Chapter


Jonathan Shriqui

Senior Project Control Specialist - EVM - Department of National Defence


Bola Adesope

Senior Consultant, Business Agility at Deloitte


Toye Akinwunmi

Project Manager & Scrum Master​, Teacher & Consultant


Maggie Ionescu-Hryhorenko

Chief Executive, Megabyte Consulting Limited & Lead Instructor at National Project Management


Germain Aoun

Senior Program Manager at Public Services and Procurement Canada


Shannon Doyle d’Avout



Monique Aubry

Professor, École des sciences de la gestion (ESG UQAM)


Mariama Zhouri, PMP, RPM, CISM, CRISC, M.Sc., CAMS

Managing Partner @ HSCG


Daniel Solorio Cruz, MBA

Project Manager, SPARK Communications, St. Lawrence College


Jethro Patrocinio

Project Manager, Innovation and Business Engagement, St. Lawrence College Director of Operations



You will be eligible for 18 PDUs for attending both days of PMRise 2023.

Power Skills = 6 PDUs

Business Acumen = 6 PDUs

Ways of Working = 6 PDUs

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