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2016-2017 PMI Toronto Board of Directors


 

Marc Blanchette, PMP
President

Marc Blanchette is a results-oriented Project Management Professional with a sales and marketing background and more than 15 years in managing international, high-priority software & hardware projects and programs. In a volunteer role, most recently, he has served as Secretary-treasurer for PMI Toronto, following being President of PMI Canada’s Technology Triangle (PMI-CTT) for the previous 5 years. Marc is also a member of the Region 3 Leader Summit project team and serves on the Board of Advisors for ProjectWorld.

He is a persuasive communicator fluent in English and French, a resourceful and innovative leader who is skilled in engaging, developing and motivating team members, mentoring volunteers and providing an inclusive environment for all stakeholders.

The Chapter theme for this year is “We Are One” and Marc’s intent is to help bring the chapter together by increasing the sense of belonging to our community via the multitude of activities the chapter has to offer. He will also continue to work closely with the Board to understand the pain point(s) and use his leadership skills to help focus our effort towards maintaining our enviable position of one of the largest chapters in the world keeping in mind the needs of all stakeholders – members, sponsors, volunteers, board of directors and any interested parties.



For more information on Marc's background please visit his LinkedIn profile.



 

Simi Ahluwalia, PMP
Secretary / Treasurer

With over 10 years of experience in implementing best practices towards project, program and portfolio management in a variety of industries, Simi has successfully delivered business transformation projects with complexities spanning across multiple business streams and information systems. He currently extends his expertise in the financial services industry leading teams to deliver on strategic business initiatives.

Simi has been volunteering with the PMI Toronto for the past 6 years. After his first assignment on the chapter's 35th anniversary in 2010, he soon joined and was an original member of the Marketing and Communication Committee. After working on a number of key initiatives for the chapter, Simi became VP of Marketing in 2012 where he developed a team focusing on marketing campaigns and maintaining the chapter's brand through marketing materials and communication vehicles...leading to his call to the Board of Directors in 2014. In his current role as Director of Public Relations he has accountability towards all chapter communication and brand management and oversees activity on Social Media, Weekly Scope, Newsletter and Website. Over the years Simi has made significant contributions and has had a great influence towards how the chapter communicates today.

In setting an objective for the chapter, Simi will look to the entire Board of Directors to establish a closer relationship with its members…providing a unique experience that is personalized to each individual. Over the last 40 years the Board has learned a lot from its members and should leverage those learnings to improve the members’ experience. His vision is to enable a tightly knit community where we all are able to leverage one another towards their individual development and improve the Project Management community as a whole.


For more information on Simi's background please visit his LinkedIn profile.



Carol Donohue, PMP
Director - Technology

Carol has over 30 years project management experience. She has a B.S. in Systems Planning and Management and a M.E. in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Her speciality is large, complex enterprise-wide initiatives involving business transformation.

She has volunteered with the Toronto since 2012 in a variety of roles including Newsletter Editor, VP Communications, VP Branches & Communities, and VP Volunteers.  Her prior experience volunteering for other organizations includes  Lieutenant Governor of Marketing District 60 Toastmasters International (2011-2012) and Executive Board member for the New Jersey Division of the United States Fencing Association (1997-2005).

As a Director for SOC, her vision is to help the chapter develop a robust professional development series based upon market segmentation of interests of the Branches and Communities while also encompassing the needs of all members for a formalized education plan.  Her objective is to ensure that product offerings are of the optimum mix of event type, time and location in order to maximize member participation.


For more information on Carol's background please visit her LinkedIn profile.



Joseph Fernandes, PMP
Director - Public Relations

Joseph has been a Project Manager, Business Analyst, Systems Application Trainer, Human Resources Consultants, Benefits Advisor and Payroll Officer in his professional career. He is a people-person and thrives on building and sustaining relationships.



For more information on Joseph's background please visit his LinkedIn profile.



Tony Josevski, PMP
Director - Professional Development

Tony is a senior consultant with close to 20 years of extensive experience in project management and designing enterprise infrastructure solutions. Throughout his career, Tony has worked with different sectors; including financial, retail, public, manufacturing, and media. While starting his career with IT, he has in recent years shifted his emphasis to troubled project recovery, business strategy and cloud computing.

He is a passionate practitioner who thrives on continuous learning opportunities and sharing knowledge amongst colleagues. Tony believes that every opportunity is a chance to make a difference at work and in life in general.

Tony believes strongly in helping others and giving back to the community, and has been active in many volunteer organizations including: Ryerson University Business Alumni Association, Pickering Hockey Association, School Community Councils and PMI.

He joined the Durham Highlands Chapter of PMI in 2006; shortly after earning his PMP certification. During his six years on the board, Tony organized the monthly meetings, Project Management workshops and professional development days.

For the last three years, Tony has volunteered at PMI SOC in the Corporate Outreach portfolio, and in 2015 began serving in the role of VP of Professional Development.

Tony’s vision and objectives for the chapter includes:

  • Continuous improvement and expansion of Professional Development offerings
  • Raising the profile and value of project management within the business community
  • Increased networking opportunities for our members

His passions outside of work include travel, blogging, photography and sports with his boys.


For more information on Tony's background please visit his LinkedIn profile.



Jesus Lagunas, PMP
Director - Social Responsibility

Jesus Lagunas is an Industrial Engineer and Project Manager with 10+ years of experience in the Manufacturing Industry. Passionate about manufacturing processes, Jesus currently works as a Production Engineer for Tonolli Canada, a Battery Recycler/Lead Smelter facility, where he is in charge of projects to improve processes and operations. Jesus is also involved presently as a VP of Social Responsibility of the PMI Toronto, interacting mainly with students and recent graduates from different educational institutions in the GTA, promoting Project Management, creating awareness and building relationships between the student community and Toronto.  If elected, Jesus will be putting all his effort in promoting Project Management as a profession. Bringing Project Management not only to Educational Institutions but also to any Organization interested in Project  Management concepts and methodology, increasing the value of our profession and building a stronger name for PMI and Toronto.

Jesus holds a BSc. in Industrial Engineering from La Salle University and is as certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is trained as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, He also holds a Project Management certificate from Centennial College, an International Business Management certificate from Fanshawe College and Project Management training from U of T Mississauga.


For more information on Jesus's background please visit his LinkedIn profile.



Winnie Liem, PMP
Director - Branches and Communities

Winnie Liem is a strategic and visionary leader who will promote excellence as the Director of Branches and Communities.

Winnie’s has 15+ years of experience in Project, Program and Portfolio Management in Government and Technology industries, providing consultation and leadership in adopting project management best practices and in leading organizational transformations.

Winnie has been a PMI volunteer since 2012 beginning as the Community Manager for the Government Community of Practice growing its membership from 2,000 to 16,000+ members globally. In 2014, Winnie launched Toronto’s Government Community and built a vibrant Government community within the Toronto of like-minded project professionals.

Winnie brings to the chapter her proven leadership skills and strategic perspectives to fulfill its vision to be a focal point in the project management practice to its members.


For more information on Winnie's background please visit her LinkedIn profile.


Felix Moshkovich, PMP
Director

Felix Moshkovich, PMP, is a senior practitioner with over 25 years of experience in program management and business consulting.

Since joining PMI SOC in 1996, Felix was involved in many volunteering assignments. Felix was one of the initiators and then managed the highly successful Professional Mentoring and Career Development Mentoring programs.

Since 2007 Felix served on the PMI SOC BOD as Director of Professional Development, Secretary/Treasurer, President and Past-President. Some of Felix BOD responsibilities included promotion of the processes to streamline the continuity and succession planning; expansion of the communication channels with organizations and implementation of the central documents repository. In addition, Felix has represented the SOC by presenting at numerous LIMs and Region 3 summits.


For more information on Felix's background please visit his LinkedIn profile.


Parveen Nath, PMP
Director - Member Services

Parveen Nath is a Managing Director and a Senior Management Consultant specializing in Portfolio, Program and Project Management. He has volunteered his time with various organizations and presented at different venues on topics ranging from Implementation of Portfolio Management, setting up a PMO, and to Risk Management. He excels in utilizing industries best practices frameworks, and combined with his personal experiences to identify, develop, design and implement solutions which meet client requirements.

As an active PMI volunteer since 2006, Parveen has held progressive roles within Toronto (SOC), including the Chair of PMO Branch from 2010. As a Director of Member Services Portfolio, Parveen’s objective is – “Fulfill the needs of PMI SOC members” - focusing on implementing solutions for improved member satisfaction and growth.

Mr. Nath has published various white papers on Portfolio and Program Management implementation and optimization. He also has been involved in various case studies and joint ventures with other senior industry leaders.


For more information on Parveen's background please visit his LinkedIn profile.



Sladjana (Jane) Sekulic, PMP
Director - Corporate Partnerships

Sladjana-Jane Sekulic has more than 20 years of management and leadership experience in program and project management, market research, marketing, operations, product development and management, business strategy and management consulting. Her projects extend across Business and Technology primarily in the Financial industry. Sladjana’s experience blends well with Project management consulting roles where not only technical Project Management know-how, but also stakeholder management, corporate cultural sensitivity, cross-functional leadership, change management and business understanding play a significant role.

Sladjana has been volunteering with PMI SOC as a VP, Corporate Partnership since June 2014. Her vision for PMI SOC includes improving Chapter exposure in the Business communities based on increased awareness of the strategic advantage that well rounded project managers bring to organizations through applying best practices within the realities and culture of organizations they serve. Sladjana’s goal is to connect Business, PMI SOC’s members, and PMO’s Leaders through partnerships, networks, events, and forums. To increase opportunities for members, and respond to growing business needs for well-rounded project managers, she wants to see project management expertise well wrapped up with business, strategic, change management, coaching, networking, and leadership knowledge and skills for entire PMI SOC membership.

Sladjana has Economics degree from the University of Belgrade and MBA from the University of Ottawa. She is a PMP, and a Certified Master Coach. Sladjana has also acquired Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation from the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists, and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation from the CMC-Canada.



For more information on Sladjana's background please visit her LinkedIn profile.



Ben Torres, PMP
Director - Volunteer Services

Ben is a PMP certified project manager and SOC member who brings over 20yrs of progressive senior project, program, practice group, delivery and overall engagement management experience to the table. This experience has been both local and international with Ben managing onshore and offshore teams with Program budgets in the Multi-Millon dollar range.

Ben has volunteered on many occasions as a PMI SOC Mentor and is involved in the current 3 month volunteer cycle.

Ben also holds a Masters. Degree in International Law and has volunteered over the last 6 years on The Board of Willowdale Community Legal Services. This is a community legal services organisation affiliated with Legal Aid Ontario. Ben is currently Chairman of the Board. This organisation provides legal services support and advice to individuals and groups that may be in some way marginalized in the society.


For more information on Ben's background please visit his LinkedIn profile.



Steve Wong, PMP
Director - Finance

Steve is a Consultant, specializing in the risk management of mega projects. He had held the position of Director, Strategic Projects of Amec Foster Wheeler from 2008 to 2015, and he is currently a Senior Advisor of Amec Foster Wheeler. Steve has been working in projects for the past 30 years.  The list of organizations Steve has been successfully managing projects includes Arthur Andersen (Accenture), Bruce Power, Bank of Montreal, CIBC, Cisco Canada, the Government of Canada, the Government of China, the Government of Hong Kong, IBM, JP Morgan, McDonald’s, Ontario Power Generation, Royal Bank of Canada, Rogers Communication, and the United Nations.


For more information on Steve's background please visit his LinkedIn profile.



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