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Gayraj Acharya

Gayraj Acharya is a Project Manager with Alberta Infrastructure. He is a Civil Engineer, holds a PMP certification since 2008. He has successfully managed several Health projects, including recently completed Edson Healthcare Centre, Orthopedic Surgery Centre, Sturgeon Hospital Expansion Project, Alberta Hospital Food Service depot etc. He is interested to share the lesson and good practices learned from his project among ... Read More

Darby Allen

In emergency situations, you need a calm, cool, and collected man with a plan-someone like Darby Allen. After decades of fighting fires, first in his native England before immigrating to Canada, he’s climbed the ranks to become the Regional Fire Chief at Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. As the Chief, he recently earned international attention and praise for his handling of the Fort McMurray wildfire, where he ... Read More

Jack Ashton

Jack Ashton was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has spent the majority of his life raising his family and enjoying the city he loves. A graduate of both the University of Alberta and NAIT, Jack has had the opportunity throughout his career to combine his passions for architecture, sport, and wildlife ecology into his roles at the City of Edmonton. Early on in his career, after an unsuccessful pursuit of a career in Zoology, ... Read More

Denise Bagnell

Denise is an entrepreneur and leader in the IT and Management Consulting industry. She has worked within Alberta and across Canada for over 25 years. She is a leader in Project Portfolio Management and provides key advisory services to many organizations. Denise’s accomplishments include successful collaborations on strategic initiatives with organizations, including the Canadian and US government, Land Development, ... Read More

Brian Bettis

Brian Bettis leads TELUS Communications as the General Manager for Northern Alberta. With over a decade of experience in telecommunications, Brian’s cross functional experience and people first approach have driven significant improvements in TELUS’ ability to deliver our Future Friendly promise. Brian supported the TELUS response to the Fort McMurray wildfires with a mix of enthusiastic inspiration and strategic haste. ... Read More

Bob Black

Born in Yellowknife, NWT, Bob is a graduate of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law and practiced law as a senior partner with the respected Alberta law firm, Brownlee LLP, where he served on the firm’s management committee for many years. During his legal career of 25 years, Bob appeared in all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. In October, 2009, Bob assumed the position of Executive Vice ... Read More

Stephen Bull

Originally from the UK, Stephen Bull immigrated to Canada in 1996 where and worked in the private industry for 12 years with Saville Systems, initially as a software tester, then as an R&D Project Manager and finally as a director with responsibility for software quality assurance across the world. In January of 2008, Stephen accepted a position with Alberta Justice where he led multiple programs that consistently ... Read More

Colum Cavilla

Detective Colum Cavilla is a 18 year member of the Calgary Police Service. He has been a member of the homicide unit for the past 5 years during which time he has investigated over 100 homicides. In the 7 years prior to his time in the Homicide Unit, Colum was an Organized Crime investigator and specialized in targeting and investigating high- level organized crime. Over the past 11 years Colum has had the opportunity to ... Read More

Michael Cavilla

Detective Michael Cavilla is a 22 year member of the Calgary Police Service and has been a member of the homicide unit for over 7 years. During his time in the homicide unit Michael has investigated over 170 homicides and led a number of high profile murder investigations. Michael has a vast amount of experience in leading complex investigations. During his time as an investigator Michael has used strong management and ... Read More

Stephane Contre

Stephane Contre is the City of Edmonton’s Chief Analytics Officer. He leads the City’s Analytics Centre of Excellence whose mission is to assist the Corporation in understanding and leveraging analytics to improve business outcomes. Stephane has gained international recognition for unique analytics projects such as the innovative development of advanced analytics tools which utilize open data to look at indicators of ... Read More

Debra deWaal

Debra deWaal is a former Calgary Police Officer and is now the owner of Safe & Sound Safety Training & Consulting Ltd. Debra’s 10 year career with CPS included 3 years undercover work in auto theft, stolen property and vice. Debra also spent numerous years working on the street as a uniformed officer. Debra is a professional member of Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and has been developing and ... Read More

Mave Dhariwal

Mave gained 15 years of project engineering and manufacturing experience in the UK and Canada before joining NAIT. At NAIT he has worked as an Instructor & Chair in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program; as Quality Coordinator, in the President’s Office; as Program Design Specialist in the Dean’s Office; and as a Program Consultant in Ecuador, China and Cuba on behalf of NAIT and the Canadian Government. He ... Read More

Steve Fleck

As an Executive Vice President and senior professional with more than 33 years of experience in engineering,project management, and business management, Steve has a corporate responsibility for Stantec’s Project Delivery Office. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, along with a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver British ... Read More

Mike Griffiths

Mike is an award-winning project manager focussed on delivering exceptional results. In addition to executing projects, Mike trains project managers and is a successful project management author. He is a contributor to the PMBOK Guide V3-v6. Co-wrote the Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide and is currently chair of the PMI Agile Practice Guide publication. He also helped create the PMI-ACP certification and wrote RMC’s ... Read More

Daniel Haight

Daniel Haight is an award-winning sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta and the President and co-founder of Darkhorse Analytics. He is a Certified Analytics Professional and has spoken at numerous conferences across North America. These include the keynote at the Rocky Mountain Business Seminar, workshop sessions at the national Chain of Survival EMS conference, the Analytics, Big Data, and the Cloud conference, ... Read More

Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt became a self-made millionaire by building two highly successful tech firms valued in the hundreds of millions. Today, Michael ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, is a celebrated “Dragon” on CBC’s online sensation Next Gen Den, and is a weekly business commentator on The Exchange, On the Money, and The Business Panel. He is also an active investor and philanthropist. Speaking on leadership, ... Read More

Shimi Kang

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the keys people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace, the classroom, and at home. With over fifteen years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind motivation and wellness, Dr. Kang shows people how to cultivate the important 21st century skills needed to flourish both ... Read More

Michael Kryton

Michael Kryton is a creative communications Writer-Producer-Director (37 yrs) and Ideation Expert applying his skill set for clients in media (radio, television, web). He is also the author of A Brilliant Idea Every 60 Seconds, published by Gildan Media and available on,, iTunes, and In the 90s, Michael published his first book, 101 Telephone Answering Messages, which sold over ... Read More

Mark Lines

Mark Lines is an Enterprise Agile Coach for Scott Ambler + Associates.  He is co-creator of the Disciplined Agile delivery (DAD) framework and co-author with Scott Ambler of several books on the framework.  Mark is a frequent speaker at agile conferences around the world and blogs about Disciplined Agile at  He is also President and Founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC), ... Read More

Shaun Mason

Shaun Mason is Vice President for ICON Venue Group, a Denver, Colorado-based Owner’s Representative specializing in project management for sports facility developments. ICON has demonstrated expertise in designing, constructing, commissioning, and operating projects for NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS franchises totaling over $6 billion. ICON is a division of leading entertainment and sports agency, Creative Artists Agency ... Read More

Neil McFarlane

Neil’s career in project management and construction has spanned more than 37 years with experience in both the public and private sectors; as an Owner, a Contractor, and a project management Consultant. The majority of his experience has been with the Alberta Government on a wide variety of projects using various project delivery methods, including Design-Bid-Build, Construction Management, and Design-Build. Active on ... Read More

Mark Mullaly

Mark Mullaly’s entire career has been dedicated to a relentless mission of helping his customers to effectively execute strategy and manage change. His purpose is to help organizations, teams and individuals to realize their highest potential by seeing a range of possible futures, not one predetermined outcome. Mark Mullaly is a well-respected facilitator, speaker, consultant and researcher – one of the foremost experts ... Read More

Daryle Niedermayer

Daryle Niedermayer is an accomplished speaker, teacher, and project manager. He has taught Project Management at the college level in both Canada, and in Qatar. During his employment as a Senior Consultant with CGI, he managed the conversion of the Saskatchewan Government’s Public Employees’ Pension Plan. This project not only included converting almost $4 billion of assets for each of 60,000 members, but also required ... Read More

Terry O’Reilly

Terry began his career as Copy Chief for FM108 Radio in Burlington, Ontario, where he discovered that with meticulous planning and attention to detail, you can still fall flat on your face. With that learning, he went on to become an award-winning copywriter for Toronto advertising agencies Campbell-Ewald, Doyle Dane Bernbach and Chiat/Day.  He created campaigns for many of the top brands in the country, including Labatt, ... Read More

Mike Roper

In 2014, Mike Roper was appointed Regional Manager for Ledcor Construction in Edmonton. Mike Joined Ledcor in 1993 and since then has held various field and management positions. He has occupied a leadership role on such notable projects as EPCOR Tower and the Royal Alberta Museum. Both of these projects were built under highly collaborative delivery models befitting Mike’s communication skills and ability to develop and ... Read More

Geoff Ryan

Geoff Ryan is an Albertan Journeyman Pipefitter, Project Management Professional and an Advanced Work Packaging Evangelist. After 14 years in construction Ryan founded Insight-wfp in 2006, to specialise in the application of Advanced Work Packaging. His first publication, Schedule for Sale published in 2009, has sold more than 3500 copies across five continents. The book documents the principles of Advanced Work Packaging ... Read More

Rhonda Scharf

Insightful… humorous… entertaining… even contagious… words that are often used to describe Rhonda Scharf. A speaker with the uncanny ability to look at the normal and see something quite different. Rhonda will share some things she has learned to help you thrive in your work environment, emerging at the end of the day with a smile and a sense of accomplishment. Audiences far and wide sing her praises for her relevant and ... Read More

Jesse Smith

Jesse is a technology adviser and entrepreneur who provides business transformation and project portfolio management services to industry. He works with business leaders to identify key business imperatives and manage initiatives. Jesse’s expertise lies in identifying viable products, services, and partnerships, which provide significant value to businesses. He provides advice to various clients on how information ... Read More

Christopher Spasoff

Christopher Spasoff is one of only a handful of lawyers with experience on both sides of the OH&S regulatory regime, having spent time as both an OH&S Crown Prosecutor and OH&S Defence Lawyer. Don’t let the suit and tie fool you though. Sure, he knows his way around the courtroom, but it’s his experience in the field – ranging from the design and implementation of risk management plans, to ... Read More

Jeremy Teeuwsen

Jeremy Teeuwsen is an Operations leader with global experience in the mining industry. Having responsibility for building and leading teams situated in Africa, Canada, and Central America. Jeremy joined Sherritt International Corporation in 2005 and is currently Manager of Operational Excellence within the Metals division. In his current assignment, he is responsible for moving forward the organizations Operational ... Read More

Razina Visram

Razina Visram, MBA, PMP, CMA, CEC, is a Senior Organizational Change Management Professional with more than 20 years of Management Consulting experience attained in senior leadership roles at EDS, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, IBM and, since 2003, as the Founder and Principal of Cocentric Solutions. Her experiences as a Project/Program Manager for multi-million dollar initiatives enables her to understand the pressures of ... Read More

Cheryl Walker

Cheryl Walker is a Senior Consultant with CGI. With over 10 years of experience in process design, analysis, improvement and articulation, Cheryl has worked in the area of business architecture and enterprise architecture development and articulation, process improvement, measurement and automation since 2005.  Cheryl is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Practitioner, and a Software AG Certified Professional. ... Read More

Saby Waraich

Saby Waraich is an International Speaker & mentor with over 18 years of experience in Information Technology, Project Management and Leadership Development. Saby is currently heading the PMO Division at City of Portland, and is an adjunct Professor at Portland Community of College and University of Phoenix. Saby has been serving PMI Portland Chapter as a Volunteer for the last 9 years and is currently leading the ... Read More

Erika Washington

Erika Washington is one of four Project Delivery Directors for the Province of Alberta that specialize in the delivery of healthcare projects valued over $5 million. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Science from University of Colorado Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science from Texas Tech University Mechanical Engineering, Erika has gained a wide range of project management experience including healthcare ... Read More