25 November at 08:00AM
PMI Toronto Member of the Month - Jeffrey Thompson
About yourself: I am an accomplished and dynamic Certified Project Manager, Six Sigma Green Belt practitioner, MS Project Trainer, Agile, and ITIL certified professional , experienced in multiple sectors including end-to-end project management, change management, and continuous process improvement execution. I led transformation projects and initiatives by applying Lean Six Sigma, including process maps to optimize processes, improve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), generate annual savings, reducing waste and lessen the time for critical functions, and in the sale of finished products. I have proven effectiveness in successful implementations in the financial (TD Bank), pharmaceutical (Apotex, Inc.), brewing (Red Stripe Brewery) and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries (Maple Leaf Foods and Canada Bread) and government (Ontario Lottery and Gaming) using methodologies like Project Management, Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
I led various successful cross-functional project teams in diverse industries with a solid understanding of the operations, including engineering, information technology and construction of manufacturing facilities (capital projects), government regulatory compliance, sales and marketing, SKU transfers, maintenance departments and industrialized (including packaging equipment) operations. I successfully managed multiple strategic projects from project charter to improved financial results within approved budgets through providing communication, program reporting, team building, training and providing coaching to engage groups.
Current Occupation: I currently work at TD Bank in the role of Agile Scrum Master in the Infrastructure Technology Solutions (ITS)
Experience and Education: I am a graduate from the University of the West Indies (UWI) with a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering, St Augustine, Trinidad. I achieved my Master of Science (MSc.) in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix (UoP), Arizona. Then I completed my Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in General Business, Northcentral University (NCU), Arizona.
PMI Member since: Sept 1999
Why did I join PMI Toronto Chapter: I started my career in project management as an ‘accidental’ project manager working at a Red Stripe brewery in Kingston, Jamaica. After gaining 10 years of experience in Jamaica, I decided the emigrate to Canada. When I reviewed the descriptions for my target roles, I realized that I needed to be affiliated with a chapter and obtain my PMP. PMI Toronto was my best choice. I have gained many benefits since I became more active in the chapter and hoped to continue to add value.
Why did I do the PMP/CAPM Certification: I achieved my Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI), in Nov 1999.
Greatest learning from PMP/CAPM: I took my PMP exam back in 1999. In my LinkedIn article, My Proposed Approach to PMP Preparation, I recommend that each person should consider their learning styles as they prepared to take the exam. My most significant learning was that I needed to use multiple approaches to understand and retain the information from different knowledge areas. For my own plan, I took a PMP prep course, read the PMBOK (numerous times), reviewed the material in other books, used a study group, and practiced exam questions.
Work Passions: my passion includes working on different things so that I will be learning something new every day. I believe in mentoring the next generation of professionals and promoting racial diversity in the workplace.
Personal Passions: I am married to Jannette and have 2 children Shane and Zoë. My non-vocational interests include volunteering at church, volunteering in the community, reading, networking, hiking, and scouting.
Something interesting about me: I have been a house lead soccer coach, rep soccer team manager and Federation of North American Explorer (FNE) leader
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