Session Speakers

Kofi Adasi

Worked as Disease Vector Research Specialist for the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, U. S. A. Expertise in Global Health with interest in Health Care Innovation and Systems Performance. Experience in working as guest researcher at the South African Institute of Medical Research in Johannesburg and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Worked on numerous ... Read More

Mina Afshar

Mina Afshar holds a BSc. Architectural engineering and has worked as research assistant in several international applied research project such as; development of the interactive data base of the silk road project in collaboration with UNESCO and several academic research along silk roads. Currently Mina he is completing a masters degree in Architecture in within university of western Australia (UWA). Mina main research ... Read More

Steve Armstrong

Steve is a Calgary based speaker, educator and 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. He is one of only a handful of people in Canada who has led teams ... Read More

Laura Bechard

Laura Bechard is a lifelong mentor. Every day, she uses her background in business and communication to help fellow consultants, practice or business owners face make-or-break issues head on – so they can focus on their expertise. Starting by instructing wanna-be entrepreneurs as a business educator, then supporting professionals during career transitions and now advising independent consultants and firm owners in the gig ... 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 in Canada, US and Europe. Julianna supports learning in business and leadership ... Read More

Jacqueline Carter

The world is facing a global leadership crisis. 77% of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88% percent of employees say their leaders don’t engage enough, and 35% percent of employees would forgo a pay raise to see their leaders fired. Leadership and mindfulness expert Jacqueline Carter explains how organizations can confront and solve this crisis by putting their people at the center of ... Read More

Jeffrey Cullen

As the driving force behind Basecamp4 Jeff Cullen 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 multimillion dollar businesses and has gained insight by peering behind the curtain to see what makes them successful (or not). Building on these experiences along ... Read More

Craig Curran-Morton

Craig Curran-Morton, MA, PMP is the Chief Facilitation Officer of Flip Chart Collaboration. He has been working in project management for the last 20 years and has been preparing people to write the PMP course for the last 12 years. He is passionate about project management particularly engaging stakeholders. Curran-Morton sees himself as a facilitator, translator and interpreter bringing clarity and perspective to the ... Read More

David Davis

Dave Davis, PMP, PgMP, & PBA is a practitioner of project and program management and a recognized professional in the field of helping businesses implement change. With over 30 years experience in private enterprise as a manager, project manager, program manager, business analyst, and knowledge manager. Dave holds 3 masters degrees including an MBA and eBusiness Project Management. He has published many articles and ... Read More

Sheila Diduck

Demonstrating a lifelong commitment to education, Sheila obtained her MBA in 2003 and is currently working on her Doctorate in Business Administration. She has been working with the Government of Alberta for the past 15 years in many roles, including business consultant, business analyst and project manager. Sheila has a passion for data and its role in business decision making. Managers are faced with overwhelming ... Read More

Fab Dolan

Fab Dolan is the Head of Marketing at Google Canada. Fab Dolan teaches Fortune 500 business leaders how emerging technologies can redefine the way they do business. We are all in the business of tech now, he says: it’s time to let go of the passive consumerism that has defined much of our relationship with computers. From startups that acquire millions of users overnight to global corporations embracing an exponential ... Read More

Jeremy Furzer

A senior manager with over 30 years of owner and EPC experience. Manager of Core Projects Canada, Enbridge Pipelines. Since joining LP Canadian projects in 2009 the team executed over $2 Billion in small capital and maintenance across Canada with team of 150 professionals based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Prior to joining Enbridge Jeremy spent the previous third of his career with an international EPC executing hydrocarbon ... Read More

Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve

Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve is the founder of the first ever Women in Engineering Summits in Edmonton and Calgary, with the mission to find solutions to increase the level of career satisfaction for women in engineering and increase their numbers in the profession. She is a professional engineer, and project management professional who worked for nearly 16 years in the design and construction of petroleum pipelines. Claudia ... Read More

Roger Grove

Roger has spent the past 13 years working for the Government of Alberta in Director and Executive Director roles. He is currently the Executive Director of Motor Vehicles and Registries Administration, and a Deputy Registrar of Motor Vehicles for the Province of Alberta. He oversees a branch of more than sixty individuals with responsibility for the motor vehicles registry as well as the service delivery of all government ... Read More

Ahmed Hammad

Dr. Ahmed Hammad recently joined University of Alberta as an Associate Professor in Construction Engineering and Management after 2 years at University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Prior to joining academia, Dr. Hammad spent 25 years in construction industry as Project Planning & Control Manager. His responsibilities included project scope management using WBS & work packages, planning & scheduling, ... Read More

Luli Hoxha

Dr. Luli Hoxha is an accomplished practitioner in the field of project management. He has over 15 years of experience managing projects all across Canada for Future 100 companies. Some of the projects managed were even in remote areas in the Arctic circle – a very challenging environment. Furthermore, he has managed projects in the USA, and in Germany. In Kosovo, he managed projects for the EU and UN. Besides field ... Read More

Derek Hudson

Derek Hudson is CEO of Edmonton Economic Development (EEDC). Derek has been with EEDC for over five years, and in that time has served in a number of roles; most recently, before becoming CEO, Derek served as Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary. Derek’s professional passion is improving the performance of people and organizations and growing the prosperity of the Edmonton region. Derek is a graduate of the ... 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

Gagandeep Issar

Gagandeep Singh’s research interest lies in improving productivity and competitiveness of energy companies. He has held positions of increasing responsibilities with various companies including Indian Oil Corp. Ltd., Syncrude Canada, Shell Canada, Nova Chemicals, Howe Sound Pulp and Paper, Enerflex and Gibson Energy. He earned his MBA from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Advanced Project Management ... Read More

David Jones

David Jones works for a Microsoft Gold PPM Partner.  He has years of experience with Microsoft Project and other PPM tools.  In his current role, he helps customers by learning about their needs and recommending business processes and technology that business teams can use to optimize their use of limited budgets and resources to maximize alignment with their business strategy. Sponsored by:

Wayne Karpoff

Wayne Karpoff, a serial entrepreneur, is President of Willowglen Systems Inc., an Edmonton based company that provides a wide range of SCADA technology that powers pipelines, subway systems, heavy rail systems and other mission-critical infrastructure  the world. Previously, Wayne founded YottaYotta Inc. (now part of Dell/EMC), developer of advanced distributed storage solutions. Prior to YottaYotta, Wayne was president ... Read More

Mustafa Khalid

Mustafa is Co-Founder of tenfour Consulting. tenfour has adopted the concepts of behavioural economics, design thinking, and nextgen project management practices. tenfour is an agile, forward-thinking, capital projects and infrastructure firm; they work alongside their clients to create value and impact that other traditional project participants may miss or ignore. Experienced capital projects and infrastructure delivery ... Read More

Hemant Kumar

Hemant is the President and Principal Consultant at Engage First Management Consultants Inc. Hemant is a well-respected management consultant, a trusted advisor to senior government officers and corporate executives, and a thought leader who has practiced extensively locally and internationally for the past twenty years. Prior to starting Engage First, Hemant held senior roles in global consulting firms like IBM and ... Read More

Marguerite LeBlanc

Marguerite LeBlanc is an experienced speaker who dynamically engages her audience with stories, activities and dialogue. Marguerite is also a business owner, project manager, change leader who is successful because she is accountable to herself, to others and targeted results. To her, being accountable reflects her value of integrity. Marguerite supports others to be accountable too so that they can co-create strong ... Read More

Linda Maul

Linda is an experienced senior leader and a professional coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation and brings ten years of experience coaching leaders at all levels. She coaches leaders like you to live and lead accountability so you bring your best to your role as you contribute to the growth of others. Linda will walk alongside you to ignite conversations that matter; conversations that lead to solutions to ... 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

Edmund Metera

Ed’s core project management competencies include results orientation, effective communication and teamwork with all stakeholders, a strong grasp of project inter-relationships, risk management and decision making, vendor management, and enterprise change management. Ed is well experienced in the practical applications of his multiple project management, service management, and change management certifications. Ed ... Read More

Shahab Moeini

Shahab Moeini has over 25 years of experience in leading complex engineering, research and development (R&D), also unmanned autonomous systems projects with various stakeholders in both national and international level. Shahab holds an engineering and geospatial science degree. Shahab is also completing a doctorate degree with a focus on integration of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) into organizational management ... Read More

Facilitator: 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 exploring and encouraging the pursuit of purpose ... Read More

Somayeh Mostafavi

Somayeh is an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer with ONEC group of companies. She has more than 14 year of experience and engineering and project management in oil & gas industry.

Stephen Nielsen

Stephen leads the team of Engineers, Computer Scientists and Project Managers who develop our products and deliver our projects. Prior to joining Willowglen, Mr. Nielsen held C-level leadership and executive positions in various organizations including Fujitsu, BHP, and various governments with lead responsibility for a full range of information technology and software development functions as well as tier 1 consulting ... Read More

Azzeddine Oudjehane

Dr. Azzeddine Oudjehane has over 20 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary projects in R&D, business innovation and market development working with various stakeholders from Academia, Government and Industry. Azzeddine holds graduate degrees in both Applied Science and Business Administration. In 2012, he joined the first undergraduate BSc in Construction Project Management in Canada. Azzeddine strives through ... Read More

Paul Pelletier

Paul is a professional speaker, business executive, technology/corporate lawyer, and project manager. A pioneer in the legal profession, Paul fused his law career with project management and has over 15 years in senior management, leading transformational projects and teams. A recognized leader in the project management profession, Paul is a top influencer in a variety of topics on PMI’s portal,, ... Read More

Rebecca Plomp

Rebecca graduated from MacEwan University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2011 and shortly after began her career with the Government of Alberta. She is currently in the role of Team Lead of Motor Vehicles and has more than 10 years of motor vehicle registry experience. Within her role with Motor Vehicles, she has had the opportunity to work on a number of key project initiatives and it sparked an interest and passion ... Read More

Camille Poulin

Camille is a senior leader with extensive delivery and innovation experience. She works with organizations to assess the strategic and operational fit of emerging technologies as they seek to evolve their business models and services. Camille facilitates discussions and discovery workshops for complicated topics such as digital transformation and intelligent automation. In this ‘messy’ environment, Camille focuses on ... Read More

Joel Robinson

Joel has been a Project Manager for the last 8 years in a telecom company, delivering ICT, and communication solutions to enterprise clients. He has been PMP certified from May 2012, and aiming to achieve PgMP certification in early 2019. Working as a Project Manager in the service delivery industry has given him the opportunity to deal with clients from diverse industrial backgrounds, with unique needs and expectations. ... Read More

Tracey Scarlett

Tracey Scarlett is the President of BioQuest Ventures Inc., providing consulting services for entrepreneurial companies looking to develop and expand their businesses as well as for organizations looking to build more effective and inclusive programs for innovators and entrepreneurs. Ms. Scarlett is a Director of the Business Development Bank of Canada, and Alberta Enterprise Corporation, is a Trustee of the Sawridge ... Read More

Gordon Sheppard

During his 30+ years of work experience Gord has facilitated, run and participated in more than 2000 meetings! He is a Professional Development Trainer, Speaker, Meeting Facilitator and Consultant who combines a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama, and Prosci Change Management Certification, to deliver a unique, people-centred approach that will help you and your organization to ... Read More

Angela Trego

Dr. Angela Trego, PE, PMP, FHEA was in technical and senior leadership roles at fortune 500 companies before realizing her passion for teaching, coaching, and mentoring. Through her presentations, she inspires organizations and individuals to better themselves. Her dynamic and engaged teaching style means you won’t be sitting and listening to a lecture but rather interacting and learning how to apply the topic at hand. ... Read More

Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam, a Philadelphia-area journalist, is an expert on time management who shares her techniques for getting the most out of each day with audiences of busy people everywhere. She’s written numerous books on the subject of productivity, including 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think (Portfolio, 2010), and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Portfolio, 2013). She is also the author of I ... Read More

JY Vanier

Jean-Yves (JY) is a P.Eng, MBA and Six Sigma Black Belt certified. His career spans technical, operational and leadership roles for over 20 years at a multinational, multi-industry $60B firm. Currently, he is site leader for a petrochemical facility where he deals with the challenges and successes of constantly balancing big company structure and mindsets with team and individual dynamics to influence workplace culture. ... Read More

Crys Vanier

Crys is a PMP and holds a masters in business innovation. For over two decades, she has been a catalyst for teams and leaders, small and large organizations, in Canada and abroad, in the public and private sector and community. Currently, she is completing her doctorate on citizen involvement and government transformation while working with municipalities. Crys’ experience includes leading investor relations and strategic ... Read More

Denis Wiart

Denis is the President/CEO of the ONEC Group of Companies and has been one of the founding partners since 2001. He is a mechanical engineer and has 23 years of experience in project management, engineering, quality assurance, and design. Denis’ specific industry specialties include utilities (water, power generation, and chemicals) as well as general piping design for industrial and pipeline projects.