PMI-VI 2019 Professional Development Conference: Project Management in the Era of Digital Transformation and Disruption May 6-7, 2019, Victoria, BC

General Information

We are the Vancouver Island Chapter of PMI (PMI-VI). PMI (Project Management Institute) is the leading, non-profit international organization dedicated to promoting professionalism in the practice of Project Management.

Our main goals are:

  • To support the professional development of our members, and
  • To advance the discipline of Project Management on Vancouver Island, both in the workplace and community.

PMI-VI was founded in 1996 by a small group of 46 dedicated individuals and has grown at a steady rate to about 700 members currently.

Over 50% of our members are certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs). We are fortunate to have dedicated members who are very active in the local community and continue to contribute to our profession year after year.

Why Delegates Attend the PD Conference

• To share knowledge and learn relevant and applicable project management skills
• Expand your toolbox and learn behaviour you need to make a difference as Project Managers
• Challenge yourself to embrace the change and disruption that is being faced by many industries and organizations today
• Learn from other Project Managers and Industry experts
• Earn up to 15 PDUs  (Go to then click on “I have a claim code” and enter the PDU claim code of C085C7NLC8)

Conference Rates

May 6th Only
(includes gala dinner)
May 7th Only
Full Conference
Member Price $300.00 CAD (plus GST)
($250 early bird*)
$250.00 CAD (plus GST)
($200 early bird*)
$450.00 CAD (plus GST)
($400 early bird*)
Non-Member Price $400.00 CAD (plus GST)
($350 early bird*)
$350.00 CAD (plus GST)
($300 early bird*)
$650.00 CAD (plus GST)
($550 early bird*)
*Early bird registration ends April 5, 2019


Full Conference Registration Fees Include

  • 2 plated lunches
  • All coffee breaks
  • All keynotes, panel sessions and breakout sessions
  • Access to networking lounges
  • Gala dinner Monday evening
  • Conference materials
  • On-line access to presentations post-event

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Keynote Speakers

Corrie Barclay

Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Sector IM/IT, Ministry of Health, Province of BC

Martin Castellani

Senior Coach, Compassionate Warrior Coaching

Laurie Desautels

Managing Director, Strategy& (part of the PwC network)

Jimmy Goddard

Program, Change, and Service Delivery Manager, Bank of America

Jacy Imilkowski

Expert Resilience Trainer and Speaker

Eric Kulikowski

Leader Development Coach, Facilitator, Speaker and Chaos Commander, Dare To Be Amazing

Ron Lees

Director – Western Canada Practice Lead, Digital Transformation, CGI

Craig Wallace

Global Digital Transformation Practice Lead, CGI


Ian Bailey

Assistant Deputy Minister and Ministry CIO, Ministry of Attorney General and Public Safety Sector, Province of BC

Corrie Barclay

Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Sector IM/IT, Ministry of Health, Province of BC

Nav Bassi

Director, Academic & Administrative Services, University Systems, UVic

Colum Cavilla

Detective, Calgary Police Service

Michael Cavilla

Detective, Calgary Police Service

Raj Easwaran

Sr. Project Manager, Health IT Strategy Branch, Ministry of Health, Province of BC

Ian Frazer

Consultant, IPF Consulting

Derek Harnanansingh

Director, Product Management, Workday

Jacy Imilkowski

Expert Resilience Trainer and Speaker

Ash Johnston

Executive Director, Information Systems Branch, Management Services, Province of British Columbia

Shannon Malovec

Principal, Patient Engagement, TELUS Health

Erwin Martinez

Chief Information Officer, BC Ferries

Kristen McKeracher

Communications Director, PMI Vancouver Island Chapter

Amber McMillan

President, PMI Vancouver Island Chapter

Zachy Olorunojowon

Professional Development Director, Project Management Institute Vancouver Island

Brent Reed

Founder & President, Tactec Strategic Solutions

Ivan Rincon

Executive Director, Project Management, Information Communication Technologies, Province of BC

Amanda Scarbro

Secretary, PMI Vancouver Island Chapter

Craig Wallace

Global Digital Transformation Practice Lead, CGI
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Monday, May 6, 2019

7:45am - 8:45am Arbutus Foyer

Registration & Networking Break

8:45am – 8:55am Arbutus AB Room

Call To Conference

8:55am – 9:55am Arbutus AB Room Presentation Files Craig Wallace

Keynote Presentation by CGI: So What is Digital Transformation Anyway?

Organisational demand for digital transformation initiatives continues to grow along with increasing expectations to demonstrate benefits. This session will explore digital transformation trends and examples from both a global and local perspective.

Becoming digital is about more than technology. It involves a fundamental change to the DNA of an organization, including how it listens to customers, how it innovates, how it collaborates with partners, and how it delivers new products and services.

Leverage the perspective gained by CGI Vice-President and Global Digital Transformation Lead, Craig Wallace, who brings more than three decades of transformation expertise, driving digitalization of cross-channel customer experience, customer satisfaction and organic growth in consumer goods, manufacturing, oil and gas, financial services, high tech and transportation sectors across North America, Southern Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East.

Bringing it back to the local level, Ron Lees, Digital Transformation Lead for Western Canada will join Craig to discuss the challenges and successes from projects within the BC Government.

Presentation Files Craig Wallace

9:55am – 11:10am Arbutus AB Room Presentation Files Day 1 Panel

Panel Session: Leading the Charge on Disruption

Disruptive technologies are the new reality for every organization across every sector. AI, Machine Learning, Cloud, IOT, Blockchain, AR among others offer up endless opportunities for organizations to transform themselves and their industries. These rapid advances in digital technologies are fundamentally changing our world. Successful organizations, including the Project Leaders of the future cannot simply respond to disruption. They must lead it!

Our Executive Panel of thought leaders and digital transformation champions will explore impacts of these disruptive technologies on organizations and how to lead through disruption.

Presentation Files Day 1 Panel

11:10am – 11:30am Arbutus Foyer

Networking Break

11:30am – 12:30pm Arbutus A Room

Concurrent Breakout Session A: Project Managers & Cybersecurity Risks: Closing the Gap

In the era of digital transformation and disruption, unmanaged cybersecurity risks can derail projects and prevent benefits realization. Cybersecurity is not a technical issue, it’s a risk and people issue. Project managers are in a unique position to identify and manage cybersecurity risks. This session will discuss where cybersecurity risks come from and how to prevent and manage them as part of your project – and how to resist “bolt-on” security in favour of security-by-design.

11:30am – 12:30pm Arbutus B Room Presentation Files Brent Reed

Concurrent Breakout Session B: Project Management & DevOps

Presentation Files Brent Reed

11:30am – 12:30pm Arbutus C Room Presentation Files Derek Harnanansingh

Concurrent Breakout Session C: Agile Product Management: The Workday Media Cloud Approach

The role of a Product Manager in large organizations is often ill-defined and misunderstood. Product Managers, as a hub within the company, manage strategy, prospects, analysts, products, and customers, among other stakeholders, but the breadth and depth required to manage these groups throughout the product life cycle have made the role difficult to manage. As a result, the responsibilities of a Product Manager are often split across multiple distinct roles such as business analyst, project manager, product owner or engineering lead. This can result in gaps in product vision, disjointed customer research, misaligned engineering, and a lack of end-user empathy. One solution is to divide product responsibilities across the product life cycle to create small product management-led autonomous teams designed to collaborate with product strategy, engineering, design and end users, and ultimately own their vision. The result is tighter team focus, increased development productivity and quality, a deeper understanding of customers and their needs, and lower risk than traditional approaches can achieve.

Presentation Files Derek Harnanansingh

12:30pm – 1:30pm Arbutus AB Room

Networking Luncheon

1:45pm –2:30pm Arbutus AB Room Presentation Files Corrie Barclay

Keynote Presentation: Portfolio Approach to Digital Transformation - BC Ministry of Health Experience

Corrie Barclay will review the Ministry of Health’s journey to date with its health sector partners in co-creating a provincial digital health strategy. The strategy being developed is looking to harness the power of people and digital technology to transform health care delivery in the province. The strategy focuses on the advancement of a portfolio of initiatives organized under five strategic pillars: 1. Empower patients; 2. accelerate primary and community care transformation; 3. transform acute and hospital based care; 4. advance analytics capabilities; and, 5. enhance foundational clinical systems. Taking a portfolio approach to realize the digital health strategy will enable coordination and collaboration across these five strategic pillars, ensuring alignment and engagement throughout this transformation journey.

Presentation Files Corrie Barclay

2:35pm – 3:30pm Arbutus A Room Presentation Files Amber McMillan

Concurrent Breakout Session A: Managing the Human Side of Projects for Stakeholder Satisfaction

As PM professionals, we have the tools and techniques at our disposal to manage stakeholders. In fact, we’ve got an entire knowledge area in our professions dedicated to it. . . but, as PM’s who recognize both the power and the politics that can surround stakeholder relationships, we must consider that they are just people in the midst of a project and no amount of brute force can ensure they agree with our every more.

What can we do to positively influence their attitudes? Can we avoid power struggles and project politics to gain their buy-in and support? This session will propose game-changing leadership techniques that focus on building authentic relationships, collaborating and increasing Stakeholder's interests for project success.

Presentation Files Amber McMillan

2:35pm – 3:30pm Arbutus B Room Presentation Files Ian Frazer

Concurrent Breakout Session B: The Enterprise Project Life Cycle

This seminar will look at the life cycle of projects within an organization from beginning to end, or rather Concept to Operation. The various phases outside the PMI Five (Initiate, Plan, Execution, Monitoring & Control, Closing) that actually drive projects, the options and decision points, and possible variations of project / program management within a PMO or PMO-like structure. Examples of these variations will be presented with comments regarding limitations and suitability.

Presentation Files Ian Frazer

2:35pm – 3:30pm Arbutus C Room Presentation Files Amanda Scarbro

Concurrent Breakout Session C: Design Thinking: What does it Have to do with Project Management?

The growth of digital transformation and innovation means that the tools and techniques used by project managers and teams are evolving and changing. Needs may not be fully understood at the onset of an innovative or transformative initiative, meaning traditional techniques of gathering requirements may no longer be adequate. At the same time, teams are becoming more fluid and iterative in their design and development. Design Thinking uses an empathetic approach to solve problems and develop solutions that have high value and, at the same time, can complement project management methodologies.

Presentation Files Amanda Scarbro

3:30pm – 3:45pm Arbutus Foyer

Networking Break

3:45pm – 4:30pm Arbutus AB Room

Keynote Presentation: Dare To Be Amazing: Inspiring the Journey Towards You 2.0

The Comfort Zone - quite an easy place to hang out and coast for a while. Not really the place to make change Dare to be Amazing. To be amazing you must find the boundaries of the comfort zone and crash through with vigor and a dream. To be amazing you must act amazing.

Have you ever noticed that two people can confront the same circumstances with very different reactions? This is a matter of attitude and nothing else. Freedom is being able to say, "Rich or poor, alone or with a mate, physically healthy or not, employed or laid off, I believe that peace of mind is possible."

Are you more motivated to get something that you really want ... something that would be sooo amazing ... or are you motivated to protect what you already have, fearing failure or loss of what is yours today? Think about it. Where are you? This is not an altruistic question implying that you should 100% throw caution to the wind and be daring and unafraid in every aspect of your life. That could be a bit foolish. No ... it means that it is OK to give yourself permission to STEP OVER THE LINE once and a while ... or maybe even twice or three times and a while!! To be amazing ... to dare to leave the past behind and be a better you ... requires that you take the first step ... that you get in motion ... that you prove to yourself that you are alive!! And that you refuse to settle. YOU REFUSE TO SETTLE...

In this talk, participants will be inspired to Dare to be curious, Dare to step over the boundaries of comfort, Dare to be in motion and stay in motion, and to Dare to be refined by their experiences.

Go Ahead, Dare to be Amazing - What have you got to lose?

4:30pm – 4:45pm Arbutus AB Room

Day 1 Closing Remarks / Q&A

5:00pm – 5:45pm Harbour Room


5:45pm – 7:30pm Arbutus Ballroom

Gala Dinner

7:30pm – 8:15pm Arbutus Ballroom

Keynote Presentation: The Language Dygital Dysruption

8:15pm - 10:00pm Arbutus Ballroom

Gala Dance: Rotten Little Kings

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

8:00am Arbutus Foyer

Registration & Networking Break

9:00am – 9:10am Arbutus AB Room

Call to Conference

9:10am – 9:55am Arbutus AB Room Presentation Files Laurie Desautels

Keynote Presentation: Digital Transformation for Humans: How Enabling Your People Leads to Better ROI

Digital transformation is a common topic in organizations today. But how successful have these transformations been? This talk focuses on why digital transformations fail and how people are at the heart of your success. Laurie will use PwC’s Digital transformation story as a backdrop to her talk.

Presentation Files Laurie Desautels

9:55am – 11:10am Arbutus AB Room

Panel Session: Women in Project Management: Opportunities, Challenges and Advice

Women as project management leaders have positively influenced the field over a number of decades. Women are leading projects worldwide as proven leaders, advocates for advancement of project management in their organizations and are represented in many global industries such as information technology, healthcare, aerospace, construction and as entrepreneurial consultants.

Our Panel of seasoned Executive, Project Leaders, and Entrepreneur will share their insights into the huge opportunities opening up for more women project leaders, challenges women face in this profession, and advice on how to overcome these obstacles and become more empowered.

11:10am – 11:30am Arbutus Foyer

Networking Break

11:30am – 12:30pm Arbutus A Room

Concurrent Breakout Session A: Project Management Through the Lens of a Homicide Investigation

Agile methods continue to gain popularity for use in non-IT projects. This presentation illustrates an interesting case study that displays how the basic principles of Project Management methods are widely transferable and easily adaptable to non-IT projects such as a Homicide investigation. The presentation will showcase a variety of agile techniques applied in the world of Homicide Investigation that project managers can consider when undertaking other projects that possess high rates of requirements change.

11:30am – 12:30pm Arbutus B Room Presentation Files Amber McMillan

Concurrent Breakout Session B: See Good In Everyone

Motivating People through Projects and Change.

Presentation Files Amber McMillan

11:30am – 12:30pm Arbutus C Room Presentation Files Jacy Imilkowski

Concurrent Breakout Session C: Core Values Based Project Management

What it the number one most crucial project management skill? If you said “communication”, you’re right! Core Values Based Project Management takes communication to the next level by teaching how to hear more than just the words people say. Participants will learn to identify the core values of clients, stakeholders, and team members, then apply them to in specific project phases to run more efficient, effective, and successful projects. This knowledge can be used immediately to:

• Discern the true needs of your clients
• Create more relevant plans, charters, and requirements
• Assign resources and tasks more effectively
• Gauge and manage risks based on what’s truly important to your clients

Presentation Files Jacy Imilkowski

12:30pm – 1:30pm Arbutus AB Room

Networking Luncheon

1:45pm –2:30pm Arbutus AB Room Presentation Files Jacy Imilkowski

Keynote Presentation: The Brilliance of Resilience: Beating Burnout in the Digital Age

The burnout crisis is real, and the numbers are staggering. 23% of employees are chronically burned out, and 47% more are headed in that direction. Interpersonal connection is one of the primary tools to battle burnout, however, technology can make that difficult. So how do you keep your team together and moving forward amid digital transformation?

Answer: Be a strong, adaptable team leader that cultivates resilient teams.

This open, honest, and funny program looks at how to embrace resilience and growth over burnout and frustration. Resilience is the capacity to recover from difficulties. It’s foundational to embracing growth and beating burnout in the face of challenge. This session teaches key skills to create psychologically safe spaces that support resilience in our teams and ourselves. Participants will learn to:

• Explore personal relationships with challenge, resilience, and growth
• Generate powerful conversations that shatter stigmas around challenge and burnout
• Create psychologically safe spaces for those experiencing challenges
• Utilize tools and strategies to stop fighting and start growing from challenges

Presentation Files Jacy Imilkowski

2:35pm – 3:30pm Arbutus A Room Presentation Files Ivan Rincon

Concurrent Breakout Session A: Creating a Project Culture: The Untold Story

Have you ever wondered why even after applying best practices, creating complex methodologies, or deploying a PMO, an organization is still incapable of delivering projects? This presentation will provide a framework to understand projects in the context of organizational culture under the concept of a “project culture.” It will walk through different elements that make or break project delivery. You will walk away with two tools that can be used to assess the degree of maturity of project culture in the context of a specific organization.

Presentation Files Ivan Rincon

2:35pm – 3:30pm Arbutus B Room Presentation Files Jimmy Goddard

Concurrent Breakout Session B: Move “It” Forward With 360° Thinking

A thriving organization compels their leadership to think resourcefully and innovatively and encourages them to embrace 360° Thinking. 360° Thinking invalidates the “this is the way we always do things” notion. It requires the ability to think globally on both large and small scales, in the long and short term and in the past as well as the present. This session teaches business leaders how to utilize 360° Thinking to hone their strategy and guide the direction of their teams to implement solutions to key problems.

Presentation Files Jimmy Goddard

2:35pm – 3:30pm Arbutus C Room Presentation Files Raj Easwaran

Concurrent Breakout Session C: PMO: A Partner in Achieving Project and Business Outcomes

We'll focus on the change in PM philosophy from Scope/Schedule/Cost ‘triple constraint’ to meeting business needs and achieving desired business outcomes. This incorporates an Organizational Change Management mindset, and an agile approach.

Presentation Files Raj Easwaran

3:30pm – 3:45pm Arbutus Foyer

Networking Break

3:45pm – 4:30pm Arbutus AB Room Presentation Files Jimmy Goddard

Keynote Presentation: Big Data and Project Management, There Is a Point!

Big Data is a game changer. From employees’ generated data to machine generated data, organizations have to deal with new streams of data that come their way. This is a new era of data-driven insights in all industries. Many consider big data as a revolution that requires all of our attention, program, and project managers are not immune.

Interested in leading the change? Join this presentation to understand the role of big data program/project managers, the required skills, what the team structure looks like, how to define the program direction, and milestones. This presentation will also provide an overview of resources, tools, and techniques to better understand the basic of big data analytics, how you can meticulously plan and then actively manage your big data projects successfully.


- What makes a good big-data program manager?
- Impact of Big Data/Automation on future of work
- Understanding the basics of Big Data and Analytics
- Familiarity with components such as Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS)
- Get started with your big data project
- Big data program milestones

Presentation Files Jimmy Goddard

4:30pm – 4:45pm Arbutus AB Room

Day 2 Closing Remarks / Q&A

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