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Member of the Month - Bernie Crawford

Member of the Month

About Myself

I’m a tech geek at heart. I have spent the better part of the last 15+ years in IT while working in the manufacturing sector. I’ve held just about every role that you can from level one helpdesk to Telecom Administrator all the way to Technical Services Manager. From dealing with Users and issues all the way to helping guide IT policy and new technology acquisition. I have always enjoyed ‘playing’ with new tech and determining how it can be leveraged to provide value to the company. There’s nothing like getting hands-on with systems and software because the best way to learn is to get in and start playing with it. As my career has continued to evolve I have found myself moving away from being a ‘do-er’ and more towards leading. With a new career in consulting I’ve found the challenges, I’ve been craving and the satisfaction of being able to deliver projects in a variety of environments.

Current Occupation

I am currently working as a Senior Consultant (Project Manager) focusing on Implementations.

Experience and Education

I had been managing various IT projects throughout my career, but never with any formal PM training. I started in Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University before realizing that this was not where I was supposed to be. A love of computers and technology led me to Information and Technology Management after my first full year of engineering and I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in IT Management (2002). I followed that with various technical certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA while staying current on developing technologies and VoIP. When a leadership change occurred, it was evident that in to properly manage the number of new projects and initiatives, some formal education would be required. I completed a Masters Certificate in Project Management in 2018 to meet that need.  

Why did I join PMI Toronto Chapter

I joined PMI Toronto to expand my network of Project Managers. Having learned that PMs come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences I wanted to leverage all these different perspectives to help me broaden my own PM toolbox.

PMI Member since:  January 2018

Why did I obtain my PMP certification

Originally, the PMP was a condition of completing my Masters Certificate in Project Management (Schulich) placed upon me by my employer. A challenge set out by my sponsor to complete what I was about to start. As I progressed through the course absorbing the teaching of a host of experienced PMs they reinforced that if we were seeking a PMP, then completing it as soon as we finished the program was the way to go. The preparation was the most difficult I have ever done and I had been through some of the tech industry’s toughest exams.  The feeling of having earned the PMP designation is also one of my proudest moments.

Greatest learning from PMP/CAPM

Know what you know and know what you don’t. You can’t be an SME in everything, but you need to have a foundational understanding of what you are trying to deliver and why. Have a solid understanding of project management principles and best practices and never be afraid to ask questions.

More About Me

Work Passions: Delivering on time and on budget while being able to provide value to our customers and the firm.

Personal Passions: I am a fitness junkie and former CrossFit L1 certified trainer. I enjoy movies, The Office, walks with my family and travel with my Wife.

Something interesting about me: After a lifelong hatred of running, I lost over 100lbs, trained like crazy and completed the 2017 Chicago Marathon.

Contact Information: bernie.crawford@pmitoronto.ca

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