2019 Symposium Speakers

Day 1 and 2 of this year’s Symposium will provide project management professionals with the opportunity to learn from seasoned experts, share knowledge with their peers and grow as project managers. You will get many opportunities to network with distinguished peers, and you will be able to take back innovative, hands-on information to your organizations that will help you push your project office to new levels of performance.

Please visit this page regularly as it will be updated as speaker information becomes available.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

 
8:30 am - 9:10 am

Track 1 - Room 106 DEFG
8:30 am - 9:10 am

Track 2 - Room 106 ABC

Managing Human Resource Change over Major Change Management/Digital Transformation Projects

There are many factors to be planned during a large Change Management or Digital Transformation project or program, not the least of the consideration is the staffing component.  Best practices, demographic trends will be presented combined with normal levels of client staff change impacting major institutions creates additional challenges for Program managers leading major assignments. 

Lucas-Smith.png Lucas Smith

Lucas Smith offers the experience and expertise acquired over more than 25 years working solely in the project and program management field. Lucas has accumulated a wealth of project management, design and construction expertise on almost all types of capital projects delivering major facilities for institutional, commercial and government clients across Canada. Lucas is currently a senior Principal with Colliers Project Leaders in its Ottawa office, seconded to Algonquin College to lead delivery of a 5-year program of work.

Elephant Guns and Small Projects: Rightsizing Your Risk Management Process

The past decade had more and more projects come in over-budget, almost to crisis point. Managers need better tools to ensure timely and budgeted close-outs. Though risk management is often only a “box-checking” activity, more flexibility can give managers the process they need to manoeuvre in today's challenging environment. 

Project offices can create a scalable, adaptive model that will allow project teams to right-size the risk management that they do, based on their project complexity and the capabilities of their team.

Matt-Slowikowski-1.png Matt Slowikowski

An innovative Project Manager and Engineer, Matt Slowikowski has over 12 years of international experience in industries including clean energy, mining, R&D, and manufacturing. One of his passions is seeing large capital projects become more cost-effective through innovation, standardization, and automation. From working in Armenia building a gold mine, Chalk River on a nuclear reactor, and Oshawa building cars at General Motors, Matt knows the many challenges Canadian companies face when building large capital projects.

 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Track 1 - Room 106 DEFG
  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Track 2 - Room 106 ABC

Project Success in the Presence of Uncertainty

In today's markets characterized by rapid change, digital transformation, and disruptive forces, companies face risks from all directions that threaten the success of their mission.

In the presence of this uncertainty, many organizations execute projects to introduce needed capabilities critical to achieve mission success. For companies to succeed so must their projects and this requires effective risk management.

In this presentation, we will unpack what is meant by risk, how it has changed, and how risk-based thinking can be used to improve the probability of project and mission success.

Participants will learn about aleatory and epistemic uncertainty, which risks really matter, and methods to strengthen their defenses against threats and uncertainty.

Raimund-Laqua.png Raimund Laqua

Founder and Chief Compliance Engineer at Lean Compliance Consulting, Inc. His focus is helping ethical, ambitious companies in highly-regulated, high-risk industries improve the effectiveness of their compliance programs covering safety & security, quality, regulatory and environmental objectives.

Raimund is a professional engineer with a bachelor’s degree in electrical / computer engineering from McMaster University. He has consulted for over 25 years across North America applying his technical knowledge and strategic approach to advance critical processes within oil & gas, energy, pharmaceutical, medical device, government and technology companies.

Raimund is author of weekly blog articles and an upcoming book on effective compliance. He speaks regularly on the topics of risk, compliance, and digital transformation.

AI Tools Will Disrupt Your Project Management Methodology

Artificial Intelligence is a disruptive technology that will radically change the way we manage projects. Misconceptions and lack of preparation are huge challenges to organizations that attempt to implement machine learning tools. This presentation reviews basic guidelines for success as well as project management tools that are currently being developed.

Paul-Boudreau.png Paul Boudreau

Paul is a highly respected and influential project management professor.  In addition to developing and teaching over 70 in-class courses, he has delivered public online courses to students in over 110 countries worldwide.  With over 35 years experience in the technology industry, Paul is currently researching and developing innovative artificial intelligence concepts for project management.

 

 
1:00 am - 1:45 pm

Track 1 - Room 106 DEFG
1:00 am - 1:45 pm

Track 2 - Room 106 ABC

The Ever-Changing Project Manager - Key Competencies Desired in Today's Project Manager

As PMI celebrates its 50th Anniversary, the role a Project Manager has changed over the years and continues to change and evolve.   Industry needs are driving this change and requesting new skills and competencies from elite project managers.   To ensure today’s project managers are equipped to handle the challenges of tomorrow many major employers request courses be developed and offered to train new project managers in these new areas.  Come and listen to Connie as she speaks to these new trends being requested today and being developed for tomorrow if you want to stay competitive in the marketplace.

Connie-Emerson.png Connie Emerson

Connie is a project manager with 30 years experience. Today she largely focuses her time on the training and development of Project Managers as a Professor at Northeastern University.  She has a passion to develop today’s project leaders and ready them to succeed in their professional lives.

Creating the Perfect Podcast

In this session, producer and project manager Kevin McGowan (PMP) will explain the process of developing and delivering your own podcast series. Whether for promotional, educational, or personal purposes, developing your podcast is a lot more effort than many people realize. Kevin will run you through how to develop the concept, plan your episodes, and produce the episodes on a regular schedule. By the end of the session, you will have a pitch ready for your organization, and be ready to start recording.

Kevin-McGowan.png Kevin McGowan

Kevin is a Project Manager and Curriculum Developer with St. John Ambulance, he works with this incredible not-for-profit organization to manage educational projects that impact hundreds of thousands of Canadians per year. We are saving lives at work, home, and play.

Kevin is also a film producer, working on an independent documentary film with Side Three Media. Expected release date is October 2019.

 
1:55 pm - 2:40 pm

'Track 1 - Room 106 DEFG
1:55 pm - 2:40 pm

Track 2 - Room 106 ABC

How AI is Changing the Game: The Use of AI in Professional Sports

As each day passes, more and more things are measured than ever before. This is exemplified in professional sports, where advanced metrics for evaluating gameplay have seen unprecedented growth. In this talk, we will examine cases from sports where simple data-driven insights have led to an evolution in how the games are played.  

Michael-Rogers.png Dr Michael Rogers

Dr Michael Rogers is a senior data scientist and team lead at Lixar. Before he joined Lixar's data practice to solve big business problems that lots of people care about, he was an experimental physicist solving small problems that almost nobody cared about. That background gives him a slightly twisted view on something he loves: sports. After all, what are sports but carefully designed experiments, performed on humans, with lots of data.

The Cloud and Compliance: The Struggle is Real

The Cloud providers ensure that the environment is secure, but YOU are responsible for keeping your own data secure! Implementing a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) can easily ensure that your data is only being accessed by authorized users. The real challenge is simply finding the right partner with the expertise to know how to maintain compliance, security, and access—ultimately, all leading to success.

Bill-Dunnion.jpg   Bill Dunnion

Bill Dunnion is the Director of the Cyber Resilience Office at Calian, Ltd. as well as the Co-Founder of the Ottawa Cyber Security Meetup Group. The Ottawa Cyber Security Meetup is a not-for-profit community initiative and our primary goal is to provide an open environment to promote education and management practices that will ensure a more successful environment for business information security and for the professionals involved.

 
3:15 pm - 4:5 pm

Track 1 - Room 106 DEFG
3:15 pm - 4:5 pm

Track 2 - Room 106 ABC

Canopy Growth, the Fastest Growing Industry in Canada, Project Management Challenges

This presentation outlines entry into the fastest growing industry faced within the marketplace and the associated Project Management challenges encountered building to catch up the industry growth, more than 700,000 sq. Ft of industrial space.

Maio-Castillo.png Mario Castillo, Canopy Growth

Mario Castillo is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds a Professional Engineer designation in the Province of Ontario. Mario has been working at Canopy Growth for over two years, starting in 2017 as the General Manager for the company’s headquarters based out of Smiths Falls, ON. He’s since transitioned to become the Regional General Manager for Eastern Canada, managing 7 operational locations and one R&D facility. Within the last two years Mario has seen incredible growth within the company. The staffing numbers alone have increased globally from approximately 400 people to approximately 3500 people.

Here’s to future growth!

Scott-OHearn.jpg   Scott O'Hearn, Colliers Project Management

Scott O’Hearn has 12+ years of experience in engineering, quality assurance, estimating, and project management. Scott has worked in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Illinois (USA), as well as New Zealand. Since joining Colliers Project Leaders, Scott has led healthcare, infrastructure, fit up and cannabis projects, gaining experience with facility projects in health centres, long-term care homes, wastewater treatment, LED streetlight conversion, retail/office fit ups and cannabis production.

 

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

 
8:30 am - 9:10 am

Track 1 - Room 106 DEFG
8:30 am - 9:10 am

Track 2 - Room 106 ABC

The Impact of Technology-led Innovation and the Changing Role of the Project Manager

In 2015, Gartner dropped big data from its Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report. It does not mean that it is outdated, Big data and analytics has become more or less the norm for strategic decision-making for businesses. Since then, we have seen a tremendous push towards Innovation, and rapid changes in technology, creating complex business environments for delivering projects and measuring business outcomes. Innovation challenges the way we plan and deliver projects. We are witnessing a shift from the traditional planned and timely delivery of projects with defined outcomes to technological explorations and proof-of concepts (PoCs) that will deliver the next generation of business solutions. The roles of those who manage the projects are also changing, and this has placed additional emphasis on the Project Manager. Project Managers today must adapt rapidly to these new opportunities and challenges to manage the impact of innovative technologies.

Su-Solowy.png Su Soloway

Su Soloway is a Project Executive with 20 years of experience helping her clients in the public and private sectors develop strategies and roadmaps for implementing complex business transformation initiatives. As a Consultant and trusted Advisor to her clients, Su is committed to helping her clients navigate and manage change successfully. Throughout her career, she has always maintained a passion for continuously looking for ways to help her clients strengthen their internal project management capabilities by bringing discipline to how projects are planned and managed, and through introducing best practices.

Contrasting the PRINCE2 Methodology of Project Delivery to PMI's PMP

This presentation aims to highlight key aspects of using the PRINCE2 methodology of project delivery while implementing large multi-million programs in contrast to the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBoK), the basis of the popular PMP designation. He will also touch upon his experiences utilizing global IT teams for the delivery of large technology projects which have become commonplace in today’s organizations – government and private alike.

Rick-Ranay.png Rick Ranay

Rick is a triple-certified Project Management Professional (PMP); PRINCE2 (Practioner); and SCRUMstudy Agile Master Certified (SAMC) practioner enhancing customer and business experiences by delivering enterprise technology programs and projects for over thirteen years’. He has worked for large IT companies such as IBM and Salesforce.com.

 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Track 1 - Room 106 DEFG
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Track 2 - Room 106 ABC

Curiosity & Disruptive Change

We have entered into “a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.” So opens an article by Klaus Schwab, the head of the World Economic Forum, on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The flood of significant technological breakthroughs includes artificial intelligence and robotics, the Internet of Things, blockchain encryption & currency, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, energy storage, and quantum computing. Every one of these innovations will have enormous social implications and will result in great disruption in many fields of endeavour.

Real disruption is a fundamental challenge to the integrity of organisational identity, so real disruption requires radical adaptation: structural transformation. The question that disruption is asking is not ‘what is the problem?’ or ‘how do I survive?’ or ‘how do I make it go away’, the question that disruption is asking is ‘Who are you?’. How you navigate that question determines the path of your evolution. Will you react or respond? Will you deflect, dismiss, resist, deny or hide? Or can you recognise the challenge of disruption as a questioning that can bring you face-to-face with core values, and a process of deep renewal?

Objectives:

  • · Learn what curiosity is.
  • · Learn what disruption is.
  • · Learn the how and why of curiosity’s power to navigate disruptive situations.
Rich-Batchelor.png Rich Batchelor

Rich has been successfully delivering change for over 25 years. He has consulted, coached and educated with organizations across all parts of the globe and regularly reflect on his legacy in developing the change delivery model for UK government, He is a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) and was founding president of the Toronto Chapter for 6 years. He has also founded the Toronto Change Days conference, based on the highly successful Berlin Change Days, a hands-on weekend of fun learning about change unlike any other change conference in North America!

He has a masters in change management and is certified in Project Management, Process improvement, Facilitation, HR, Coaching, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is also a Certified Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator & Workshop Designer, Certified in facilitating organizations through uncertainty and complexity and an accredited emotional culture deck “elephant rider”!

Project Management Principles and Real-Time Innovation in Disaster Response

The presentation will give an overview of two large-scale emergency responses carried out by the Red Cross (Haiti earthquake and Fort McMurray wildfires) and highlight the applicability and limits of project management approaches in humanitarian operations. It will show how principles and best practices must be adapted to dynamic and unpredictable situations.

Jean-Pierre-Taschereau.png    Jean-Pierre (JP) Taschereau

Jean-Pierre Taschereau has been a part of the Red Cross since 1991. He has been engaged in emergency response operations in Canada and in over thirty countries. These included the Red Cross responses to the South Asian tsunami, the Haiti earthquake, the influx of Syrian refugees in Jordan and the Ebola outbreaks in Sierra Leone and Guinea. After his return to Canadian operations in 2015, he led the Fort McMurray wildfire evacuation, the asylum seekers arrival in Lacolle and the BC wildfires of 2017. He currently serves as Senior Adviser, Emergency Management and is based in Ottawa.

 
1:00 am - 1:45 pm

Track 1 - Room 106 DEFG
 1:00 am - 1:45 pm

Track 2 - Room 106 ABC

Canada Science and Technology Museum, C3 Well-Managed

Listen to the real-life construction project on the Canada Science and Technology Museum 3 year renovation and how project risks were managed.   Considered Ottawa’s most expensive fixer-upper: an $80- million renovation to the former bakery, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, located just off St. Laurent Boulevard in a cheerless industrial area. The building has reopened to the public in 2017 after being closed for three years because of mould, asbestos, a collapsing roof, and a general assessment by the museum’s own managers that the institution was “tired” and in need of a reboot.

Simon-Aubin.png  Simon Aubin

Simon Aubin oversees the facilities, building operations and is the lead on all Capital projects for the Corporation which operates the Canada Aviation Museum, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum as well as the Canada Science and Technology Museum. He has been with the Corporation for the past twenty-four years and held the position since June 2010. His role has changed significantly over the past 6 years as he has become the lead on the 2 major infrastructure projects namely the Museum Renovation and the Collection Conservation Centre. The Museum was successfully opened on time and on budget on November 17, 2017 and the Collection Conservation Center is to obtain substantial August 2019.

Caroline-Delisle1.jpeg Caroline Delisle

Caroline has 23 years of diversified experience in engineering including design, testing, sales, client support, and project management. Caroline has developed significant knowledge and experience on large-scale design and construction new build projects through the work she delivered for the University of Ottawa and Ingenium (formerly Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation). 

Implementing Mental Health Initiatives into the Workplace - Not Myself Today Campaign

Working with organizations all across North America to help align them with the National Standard for Psychological Health & Safety and provide them with a pro-active approach to mental health in their workplaces. The Not Myself Today (R) campaign offers an amazing array of evidence-informed tools and methodologies designed to transform workplace cultures and create psychologically safe and supportive work environments for those with mental health challenges.

Heather-Logan.jpg Heather Logan

Heather has spent 7+ years in the mental health support industry and is passionate about bringing needed programs to today’s workplaces with all their growing challenges. 

 
1:55 pm - 2:40 pm

Track 1 - Room 106 DEFG
1:55 pm - 2:40 pm

Track 2 - Room 106 ABC

How to Successfully Influence Others and Present and Sell Your Project/Idea

It is imperative today for a true Project Management Leader to be skilled at being able to effectively deliver their ideas to an audience to gain and influence others.   Join Germain as he delivers best practices and techniques on how to achieve this important skill.

Germain-Aoun.png Germain Aoun

Germain is a Senior Project Manager at the Canadian Border Services Agency as well as a part-time Professor at Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.   At Telfer, he teaches Case Competitions, Case Analysis, Business Presentations.

Integrating Young Professionals and Getting the Best Out of All Generations on Your Team

Today’s workplace is different than in the past with 3, approaching 4, very different generations all in the workplace at the same time. It is important to know how to integrate young professionals into your existing teams, how to motivate them and get the best results from them. While still being mindful of the very different needs of your existing (and probably older) project team members balancing their needs and development in one harmonious project team or business unit to deliver awesome results.

Jay-Gosselin.png Jay Gosselin

Jay Gosselin is a character-based career and leadership coach. He is the founder of MentorU and Co-Creator of Escape Manor for Business. Jay helps individuals and teams create significance in their lives by taking action, remaining open-minded and honouring their authentic values and strength in the service of others. He is also the founder of Discover Year – a purposeful gap year – program that helps young adults build essential career and leadership skills through experiential learning, interactive workshops, coaching and mentorship.

 

 

Thursday, October 23, 2019

 
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop 1 - Room 106 DEFG
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop 2 - Room 106 ABC

Disruption will End Your Project: Steps for Leading Digital Change with a Growth Mindset 

Within this workshop participants will learn the following through presentations and hands-on exercises:

  • How to successfully manage digital change using project Success Sliders;
  • Digital Change Maturity – Assess where your Project currently sits and what areas need improvement;
  • Toolkit for Human Design Thinking and Outcome-based delivery for projects; and
  • Completing the Innovation Growth Mindset assessment.
John-Hetherington.jpg John Hetherington

An expert in transformation and team performance, John designs organizational and technology strategies that achieve results.

Having nearly 10 years with Deloitte and Ernst & Young as a strategy consultant and 25 years in the technology industry, John brings expertise in delivering large scale, strategic transformation with the nimbleness and speed of an independent specialist.

John is known for creating realistic strategies for exponentially improving efficiencies in process and teams across industries including financial services, oil & gas and healthcare. Clients working with John appreciate his no-nonsense British approach to simplifying complexity into clear actions that drive meaningful outcomes

The Operational Layer - The Centre of Business Success: How Easy Are You to Work With?

Discover the 4 dynamic functions of leadership which drive business culture. Recognize and minimize the internal and external pressure around projects and learn what your Stakeholders, other Leaders and Team Members value most. Your projects’ success may depend on your ability to adapt your communication and approach to those around you.

Due to popular requests following last year’s Symposium where Linda gave a 30-minute brief “Ted talks”-style introduction on the 4 main work styles using the BANK method, we have invited Linda back to give a detailed workshop.

Participants will complete a self-assessment as to their own BANK category placement.  Then Linda will workshop what each category values and responds to; how to effectively interact, communicate and understand the 4 quadrants both in your professional and personal lives.

Linda-Cousineau.png Linda P. Cousineau

Linda P. Cousineau is a bilingual entrepreneur, an energetic soft skills training Expert, a dynamic speaker, a facilitator, a certified CORE Passion Coach, and an international best-selling co-author with extensive consulting, coaching and training experience with clients in Europe and North America.

 
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Workshop 3 - Room 106 DEFG
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Workshop 4 - Room 106 ABC

Developing Project Sponsor Buy-in with Lego® Serious Play® 

Whether we are a change manager, project manager or just part of the team, we are constantly challenged by senior leadership to show the value of our role to deliver successful change. Yet, recent studies have identified poor sponsorship as one (if not the) biggest failing in successful delivery. Before we can discuss the right approach, we need to get leadership embracing their role and sponsoring the change effectively with conviction. This workshop will use Lego® Serious Play® to show how being part of the change creation will engage the leadership and connect them to the successful change delivery. Photographs, discussion and play will be encouraged as part of the learning journey. All attendees will receive a Lego exploration pack to take away.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the power of Lego® Serious Play® as a tool for buy-in, engagement and understanding change
  • Discover how to influence senior leadership through their use of Lego® Serious Play® through analogy and representations
  • Realise the benefits of having leadership own the change and personally relate to the changes ahead through their own Lego® Serious Play® creations.
Rich-Batchelor.png Rich Batchelor

Rich has been successfully delivering change for over 25 years. He has consulted, coached and educated with organizations across all parts of the globe and regularly reflect on his legacy in developing the change delivery model for UK government, He is a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) and was founding president of the Toronto Chapter for 6 years. He has also founded the Toronto Change Days conference, based on the highly successful Berlin Change Days, a hands-on weekend of fun learning about change unlike any other change conference in North America!

He has a masters in change management and is certified in Project Management, Process improvement, Facilitation, HR, Coaching, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is also a Certified Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator & Workshop Designer, Certified in facilitating organizations through uncertainty and complexity and an accredited emotional culture deck “elephant rider”!

How "Play" Can Benefit in Project Team Development - Escape Manor for Business

We all know that games, simulations and other learning activities have changed the way teams have learned and progressed over the last two decades. With the impact of immersive entertainment, we are starting to see a new evolution of “Escaping Ordinary Team Building” with experiential learning experiences.

Join us for an afternoon of fun and learning with Jay Gosselin as he takes us through one of Escape Manor's fun and challenging virtual rooms. A successful escape requires a shared purpose, effective leadership, good communication, mutual trust and group synergy. These are the defining characteristics of high performing teams in today’s economy.

We will do the "Escape Room for Professionals” live exercise.  We will race to beat the clock and solve the puzzle.

Jay will walk the team through discussion-based findings from the live exercise and what commonly mirrors the occurrences in our real-life project teams.  We will walk away with lessons learned on how we can be better team members and promote a positive team environment.

What escape rooms can teach us about leadership and high-performance. 

Note:  Attendance is limited to 100 participants, please register early to avoid disappointment.

Jay-Gosselin.png Jay Gosselin

Jay Gosselin is a character-based career and leadership coach.  He is the founder of MentorU and Co-Creator of Escape Manor for Business.  Jay helps individuals and teams create significance in their lives by taking action, remaining open-minded and honouring their authentic values and strength in the service of others.  He is also the founder of Discover Year – a purposeful gap year – program that helps young adults build essential career and leadership skills through experiential learning, interactive workshops, coaching and mentorship.