PMRise 2023 Booklet



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Our Speakers

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

Effective Project Leadership

This theme focuses on various aspects of leadership strategies and skills required for successful project delivery. It emphasizes the importance of building high-performing project teams and the role of emotional intelligence in project management. Leaders are encouraged to navigate through change and uncertainty, developing the necessary skills to guide their teams effectively. Ethical considerations are highlighted as a crucial aspect of project leadership, emphasizing the need for ethical decision-making and responsible behavior. Motivating and inspiring project teams is another key element, recognizing the significance of creating a positive and engaging work environment. Lastly, the theme emphasizes strategies for effective stakeholder management, highlighting the importance of understanding and managing the expectations and needs of different stakeholders involved in a project. In summary, this theme addresses leadership strategies and skills necessary for successful project delivery, including team building, emotional intelligence, navigating change, ethical considerations, motivation, and stakeholder management.

Innovative Project Management Practices

The theme focuses on various aspects of modern project management methodologies and practices. It emphasizes the importance of agility, lean principles, and leveraging technology to achieve project success. It also addresses the challenges and strategies associated with managing virtual and distributed project teams. Data-driven decision-making is highlighted as a crucial aspect of effective project management, enabling informed choices based on accurate analysis and insights. The theme also delves into risk management and mitigation strategies, recognizing the need to anticipate and address potential issues to ensure project success. Design thinking is identified as a valuable approach in project management, encouraging creative problem-solving and innovation. Moreover, the theme acknowledges the growing significance of sustainability in project planning and execution, emphasizing the need to incorporate environmental and social considerations into project strategies. Overall, the theme offers a comprehensive overview of key principles and practices that contribute to efficient and successful project management in today's dynamic and interconnected world.

Challenging the Status Quo in Project Management

The theme revolves around disruptive project management methodologies that challenge the traditional approach to project delivery. It emphasizes rethinking traditional project constraints and encourages the embrace of innovation and creativity in managing projects. It highlights the need to redefine project success beyond traditional metrics and to overcome resistance to change within project environments. Breaking through organizational silos is emphasized as a means to foster better project collaboration. The theme also advocates for encouraging experimentation and calculated risk-taking in projects, as well as nurturing a culture of continuous improvement in project management practices. Overall, it promotes a forward-thinking and adaptive approach to project management that prioritizes flexibility, collaboration, and innovation.

Emotional Intelligence, Diversity, and Inclusion in Project Management

This theme explores the significance of emotional intelligence in project leadership and the various aspects of fostering an inclusive and diverse project culture. It emphasizes the importance of managing diverse project teams effectively and promoting empathy and collaboration in project management. Addressing unconscious bias in project decision-making and promoting diversity and inclusivity in project planning and execution are key focal points. The theme also highlights the role of emotional intelligence in conflict resolution and negotiation, while providing strategies for creating a supportive and inclusive project environment.

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