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When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
From 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

2.5 PDUs

Where: Twenty Toronto Street - Salon 3
Twenty Toronto Street
20 Toronto Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5C 2B8
Presenter: Makael Kakakhel; Deidra Murphy; Marilyn Spink

Online registration is available until: 2017-11-06
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Event Type: Government Community

Event Topic: Project Management 101

Effective and successful Project Management is both an art and a science. This first-of-its-kind session will focus on numerous aspects of Project Management while highlighting areas of interest for aspiring Project Coordinators and Project Managers.  In a Project Manager’s world, the subject-matter expert draws from his/her emotional intelligence and logic to manage projects, while mastering the knowledge areas mandated by the PMBOK. 
However, how does one navigate through legions of project management processes, methodologies, and practices while delivering a project in the real world? Attend this event and learn all about this and more.  The event will decode project management in a plain and simplistic language. It will provide an overview of the project management cycles and focus on what you need to know to succeed as an efficient and valuable project manager in the workplace.  You will learn the core skills that every Project Manager should master to be contemporary in 2017. 
Key Learning Points: 

What are the basic principles of being an effective Project Manager? 
What core skills should a Project Manager master to perform in the real world in 2017? 
How can Project Managers apply their PMBOK knowledge in the workplace? 
Which tools, tips, and tricks should ever Project Manager know? 

All these key learnings will help answer the question, Is Project Management for me? 

Speaker Bio:

Makael Kakakhel, M.Eng,P.Eng, PMP. is currently working as Manager - Civil Infrastructure, for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (HuLRT) at Metrolinx, Makael manages all issues related to civil works, MTO and 407 infrastructure and technical management advice. This role will continue until the construction of the project is completed and the project is commissioned for operations phase. 

Prior to working with Metrolinx, Mikael performed as the Area Manager for Niagara Hamilton Section at Ministry of Transportation (MTO), Provincial Highway Management Division. At MTO, he was responsible for the delivery of Highway Rehab/Expansion program and managed a budget of $500M. 
During his spare time, Makael likes to travel and experience various cultures/food. Recently he's taken a keen interest in Crossfit.  

Deidra Murphy is a Director of Portfolio Management in the Personal & Commercial Banking group at RBC where she has responsibility for managing the project portfolios of Business Financial Services, Canadian Private Banking and Digital Services.  She supports the strategic priorities of these lines of businesses by leading a group of project professionals to ensure delivery of both programs and projects in support of these priorities.
Deidra has held progressively senior roles in Project Management in the Financial Services Industry for over 19 years and has a broad range of both Technology and Business Project Management experience implementing large scale, complex and transformational initiatives.

Ms. Murphy truly understands the keys to being a successful Project Manager in today’s complex, fast paced and ever changing landscape and is seen by her peers as someone who is innovative, outcome focused, and has the ability to adapt quickly as change occurs. She is also an individual who understands the importance of driving to impact. Most significantly however, Deidra appreciates the importance of people and has been helping to unlock “people potential” as a coach and mentor for many years – starting in University as a “Big Sister” to her current role as a formal mentor at RBC.

Creativity and innovation is not contained to Deidra’s work in Project Management within the Financial Services industry, it’s in her DNA, and in her spare time you can find her volunteering for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, at her children’s school or as party planner extraordinaire for friends and family. 

Deidra holds an HBA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University’s Schulich School of Business 

Marilyn Spink began her career in Northern Ontario’s Mining and Pulp & Paper industries in mechanical design. After specializing in Materials & Metallurgical Engineering at Queen’s University, she joined Dofasco, working in both their Hamilton and Kentucky operations.  Her proven aptitude for project engineering took her to Hatch where Marilyn executed projects globally. While at SNC-Lavalin, she managed both the basic engineering phase for the Nickel Refinery and then the detailed design for the Processing Plant, the US$7+ billion Ambatovy Nickel laterite project located in Madagascar. Marilyn offers more than twenty-five years of multi-discipline project execution experience, covering the entire project life cycle - from feasibility studies through to basic & detailed engineering, construction, and commissioning. 

Currently, Marilyn is part of the “Grey Hair Team” at Isherwood Geostructural Engineers – mining in downtown Toronto. She has a strong interest in good corporate governance and volunteers her time with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) as a Lieutenant Governor Appointee to PEO Council. She is appointed Vice-President and a member of PEO’s Executive Committee and sits on PEO’s Complaints Committees in addition to chairing PEO’s Public Information Campaign Task Force whose goal it is to solidify PEO’s brand as the Regulator of Engineering in the province of Ontario. For the past 9 years, she has been a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and takes advantage of the many Director’s continuing education programs. 

Marilyn’s passion for technology, engineering, and science education stems from her engineering career and past teaching positions at Queen’s, Humber College and as a presenter for “Scientists in School”. Marilyn and her husband, Jamie Gerson (another Engineer), live in Etobicoke, with their 3 children, who are also passionate about math and science! 

5:30 PM - Registration, light meal & Networking
6:00 PM - Presentation starts
8:30 PM - Event closes


Fees: (subject to HST)
PMI Toronto Members (login before registering) - $45
Non-Members and Guests - $50

PDU: 2.5 (1.0 Strategic, 1.0 Technical and 0.5 Leadership)


Cancellations must be received by 5:00 pm, 5 business days before the event and must be sent in writing by email to There will be a 20% administration fee charged for cancellations, subtracted from the refund. Cancellation/refund requests will not be accepted less than 5 business days before the event. However, substitutions are welcome. Please let us know by 12:00 noon the day before the event of the person you wish to substitute by emailing

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