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Nancy Akitt

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Steven Armstrong

Steve is a Calgary based speaker, educator & consultant and expert at developing followers into leaders and building dedicated, loyal, and remarkable teams. Through the lessons learned from 35 years as a leader, soldier, and humanitarian Steve has honed his insights and leadership skills and his unique ability to inspire and teach others to lead. Steve has Masters Degree in Public Policy & Management and lives ... Read More

Ken Bainey

Ken Bainey, MBA, PMP, is a retired Chief Information Officer (CIO) with the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. He is an author of two highly recognized textbooks “Integrated IT Project Management” (2004) and “Integrated IT Performance Management” (2016), published by internationally acclaimed publishers. He is an author, speaker, researcher and lecturer in IT ... Read More

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Young Baker is a curriculum developer and adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California and has been managing projects, programs, portfolios and PMOs for nearly 30 years for Fortune 500 companies in many different industry sectors. As an educator, she has also taught at Northeastern University, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University and been a guest lecturer at several other institutions. ... Read More

Lisa Belanger

Dr. Lisa Belanger is CEO of ConsciousWorks, a consulting firm that shows how insights from behavioural science can strategically improve habits of both corporate leaders and their employees. Lisa has a PhD in Behavioural Medicine and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist. She is founder of a national charity, Knight’s Cabin, which offers wellness programming to cancer survivors and the author of Inspire Me Well: Finding ... Read More

Julianna Cantwell

Julianna Cantwell is the President of JUNA Consulting Inc., a strategic human resources consulting practice that helps organizations improve individual and group performance. Specializing in learning & development for 20 years and communications for more than 15 years, Julianna logs over 100 days a year speaking and facilitating learning. Julianna is a graduate from the University of Alberta, NAIT, and MacEwan ... Read More

Shakil Choudhury

Shakil Choudhury is an award-winning educator and consultant with more than 20 years experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion. Co-founder of Anima Leadership, he has trained senior leaders across sectors and developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve their diversity outcomes. Internationally, Shakil has designed and led peace-building projects for communities in conflict, specifically ... Read More

Jeffrey Cullen

Jeff Cullen is the driving force behind Basecamp4 and is dedicated to changing the lives of business owners and leaders for the better. Since 2002 Jeff has had the privilege of helping close to 100 private sector businesses ranging from single-person enterprises to multi-million dollar businesses and has peered behind the curtain to see what makes them successful (or not). Building on these experiences along with his work ... Read More

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson is one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs. As CEO of Venture Communications, her creative and strategic approach has turned the company into a powerhouse with a blue chip client list. She is also the CEO of District Ventures Capital a fund investing in Canadian companies in the food and health sectors. Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture ... Read More

Sami Fahmy

Dr. Sami Fahmy is Founder and President of the Performance Excellence Institute, a consulting firm dedicated to teaching and supporting the latest and most advanced approaches to Project and Construction Management. Dr. Fahmy is a Civil Engineer by education and a Project Manager by education and training. He has 40+ years of PM practical experience covering a wide range of Project Management and technical areas, ... Read More

Adriana Lopez Forero

Adriana is lifelong learner and the President of Onlea Corporation, an Edmonton based eLearning company with the mission to craft unique digital learning experiences. Adriana brings more than 17 years of leadership and management expertise to Onlea, previously as Practice Lead, Business Technology Management and Applications at Long View Systems. During her time at Long View Systems, one achievement she is especially ... Read More

Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve

Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve is a Council member to the Association for Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, (APEGA), and has been a PMP since 2004. For nearly 16 years, she was a Project Engineer and then Supervisor for Enbridge, managing pipeline projects and portfolios from $50K to $100M. Claudia is now a consultant, teaching engineering and project management across North America in English and Spanish. ... Read More

David Green

David has more than 33 years of global construction project management, and building commissioning experience, having been involved in projects in Europe, Australasia, and North America. David’s specialties include commissioning project management, building services engineering, and business 0wneship. David moved to Canada 9 years ago, after a successful career in Europe, and has been instrumental in starting up and ... Read More

Anne Harding

Anne Harding is a DP Associate based in Calgary with a passion for collaboration with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. She has worked with over 60 Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada since 2005.  Her experience spans from consultation with Elders about traditional land use to development of capacity building and education programs for youth and entrepreneurs to the creation and implementation of strategies ... Read More

Spencer Horn

Businesses across the country look to Spencer as an enthusiastic, insightful source for counsel and advice on developing productive and focused corporate cultures. Spencer is able to draw upon his 26 years of executive experience to reenergize seasoned and emerging professionals and increase organizational effectiveness. He inspires change, to develop: a powerful culture, effective communication, high performing teams and ... Read More

Kindra Howard

Kindra Howard has a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Business Relationship Management Professional (BRMP). Kindra has been consulting for over 9 years and has led several multi-million dollar, international projects for a variety of clients in BC and Alberta. She is the Principal of Hooligan ... Read More

Kim Hyshka

Kim Hyshka, based on Edmonton AB, is a Principal with Dialogue Partners Inc. With over 10 years working in the field of engagement, she has developed a passion for designing and facilitating conversations that matter and creating engagement experiences where participants feel valued, relationships are built and initiatives and projects move forward. Experienced in both large and small-scale projects, she has facilitated ... Read More

John Jones

John Jones is an “Army brat” who spent his formative years in Germany, moving to California at 21. He began his professional career in technology as a help desk technician in the private sector in the early 90’s. John has developed a specialized skillset for technology-related projects in the public sector which include networking, data center expansions, application development, migration, integration and adoption, ... Read More

Laura Kennett

Laura Kennett knows who holds the power over a project… The Sponsor! She was a Project Sponsor of the 2016 PMINAC Project of the year: Enbridge’s Deadhorse Creek Phase 2, and has been at the leading edge of sponsoring unique, multi-million dollar liquid pipeline projects throughout Canada and the United States on behalf of Enbridge Inc. Laura is presently the Supervisor of Pipeline Asset Integrity Projects at Enbridge in ... Read More

Joshua Kerievsky

Joshua is the founder and CEO of Industrial Logic, a pioneering Modern Agile consultancy that improves the software development capabilities of organizations around the globe. In the mid-1990s, Joshua was among a small community of “lightweight methods” practitioners experimenting with better ways of developing software. Since then, he’s helped thousands of people across hundreds of organizations learn better ways of ... Read More

Randy Ludwar

Randy’s experience spans the four western provinces with over 30 years’ experience related to the construction industry. He has owned, operated and partnered in three private enterprises including building consulting and construction management operations holding positions of CEO and President. He has also led teams and operations in organizations such as the Modus Group of Companies, Dominion Construction, Vice President ... Read More

Ken MacDonald

Ken is a Partner and senior consultant with Elevate, with over 20 years of consulting experience, working primarily in the Edmonton market. He has his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, along with certifications in Change Management (Prosci) and Business Process Reengineering (Hammer). Ken’s work career has included stints in the public sector (WCB), private sector (Telus) and the non-profit (YMCA). ... Read More

Lisa Makar

Lisa is a senior consultant and Partner with Elevate. Lisa draws from over 15 years of executive management experience leading organizations across a wide variety of industries. Lisa’s predominant areas of focus include planning, communications and change management. In working with organizations on significant transformation initiatives, Lisa focuses on a collaborative approach, believing that engaging all stakeholders ... Read More

John McCarron

John McCarron is a familiar face in the Edmonton IT Project Management community. He’s a recruiter, sales executive, networker, and fitness enthusiast. John has interviewed and counselled hundreds of project managers on both sides of the deal, as candidates and hiring managers, so he knows a bit about what it takes to build high caliber teams. He’s led successful teams himself, having received the Award of Excellence for ... Read More

Kari Mirabal

Kari Mirabal is an international networking speaker and coach who helps audiences learn how to “Network SMARTER.” She is compelling figure who speaks about business networking across both social and traditional platforms. Kari shares her insights and commentary with others through keynote presentations, corporate workshops and personal coaching. As a speaker, Kari aims to inspire, teach, and empower individuals to reach ... Read More

Kevin Monroe

Kevin Monroe believes that people who find the higher purpose for their life and leadership have more fun, experience greater fulfillment, and make the world better and brighter for everyone else.   Since founding X Factor Consulting in 2005, Kevin has worked as a Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach, and Keynote Speaker. He hosts the Higher Purpose Podcast, a weekly show inspiring encouraging, and equipping people to ... Read More

Brinda Narayan

Brinda Narayan is a Director of Consulting Services at CGI in Edmonton, one of the largest I.T. companies in Canada. She is a technically sophisticated and integrity-driven Information Technology professional, with over eighteen years of I.T. experience in roles such as project lead, executive consultant, strategy and change management consultant, client relationship manager, business analyst, and business consultant. ... Read More

Bakhtawar Pastakia

Bakhtawar Pastakia is a visionary professional with 12+ years of expertise spanning project management, business analysis, stakeholder management and process improvement with proven track record in influencing large-scale corporate projects — executing six sigma strategies to slash costs, abolish inefficiencies and drive bottom-line profits. Highly efficient in supporting full project life cycle she engages with ... Read More

Brian Smith

Brian Smith, management consultant, author and speaker, is an award winning entrepreneur and former college professor with more than 40 years of experience teaching, managing and leading others. With a strong background in working with people as general manager for a world class retailer, Brian understands the challenges facing managers and business leaders today. Brian specializes in soft skills training and leadership ... Read More

James Snyder

Mr. Snyder is a founder of the Project Management Institute, Fellow of the Institute, volunteer executive director for 13 years, first president, and past chair of the Board. He continues to be an active participant in the activities of the Institute. He was been awarded the PMI Person of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute. He received the 2010 James J. O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award from ... Read More

Kevin Whelan

Kevin is an adult educator, engineering technologist and project manager who has spent over 25 years working within the petroleum, automotive and power generation industries. His experience and skills have afforded him the opportunity to work throughout Canada, United States as well as Central and South America. Kevin is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) engineering design program as well ... Read More

Blaine Zuk

Blaine Zuk is a Project Manager in Health Informatics that began his career as a biomedical specialist and diagnostic equipment technician which includes complex equipment installation projects and working with diverse project teams comprising healthcare professionals, IT specialists and construction workers. In his personal life Blaine grew up farming and raised a blended family while living on a small ranch for the past ... Read More