Marc Blanchette, PMP
Marc currently serves as your PMI Toronto Chapter Continuing Education portfolio director and is the immediate past president. Prior to being Chapter President from 2016-2018, he was Secretary-treasurer for PMI Toronto, after having served as President for PMI Canada’s Technology Triangle (PMI-CTT) chapter for the previous 5 years. He is also a member of the Region 3 Leader Summit Organizing Committee and serves on the Board of Advisors for Project World. Marc was recently asked by PMI to co-present at the upcoming Leadership Institute Meeting in Los Angeles and has been accepted to the PMI Leadership Institute Master class for 2019.
Marc is a persuasive communicator and is fluent in both English and French as well as 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. This is key in leading in a volunteer environment.
Marc 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. He currently works for IBM Watson Health.
Vera currently serves as your PMI Toronto Chapter Communication portfolio director. She is PMP certified and Toronto Chapter member and volunteer since 2004. Last 10 years actively mentoring through Chapter Career Accelerator Program.
Started her career as Consultant at Canadian Government in 1998. Since 2001 she worked for well-known global companies Epsilon/Alliance Data and Salesforce performing various leadership roles. In the last 5+ years focused on system integration and delivery, digital transformation and technology innovations in various industry verticals. Currently part of Deloitte Canada Consulting team.
Seasoned professional with career history of leading cross functional teams to top levels of productivity, project quality, cost savings and revenue generation. Cross-discipline communicator who garners team unity and singularity of purpose toward goal attainment. Motivating leader who takes teams to levels of achievement far beyond original expectations, yielding strong customer satisfaction, profitability and business growth.
Claire Dobbin is a Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager with a background in technology and consumer goods at start-ups and growth companies. She is currently at Spin Master, fulfilling a passion to create and innovate through product development. Since 2013, she has been an active volunteer for her alma matter and numerous other organizations within Toronto, including Engineers of Tomorrow and the Chief Information Officers Association of Canada.
Claire previously served as the Vice President of PMI Toronto’s Branches and Communities, and now the Board of Director for the Portfolio leveraging this past experience. She is keen to grow the local and international Project Management community and is committed to catering to the diverse needs of each branch, community volunteer and member!
As part of the Next Gen of the Chapter's Board of Directors, Claire brings a fresh perspective and drive for instilling the value of professional development early in the careers of other young professionals. The sense of community and diverse network of PMI Toronto has been an important asset to Claire’s career and she is eager to share those same opportunities and collaborative power with our members.
Claire is a strong advocate for using project management to effectively and efficiently drive success across multi-disciplinary teams. She believes in the change that PMI Toronto can bring and is enthusiastic to contribute achieve the Chapters mission and goals!
Mitchell R. Fong, PMP, P.Eng
Mitchell Fong, PMP, P.Eng. has worked with a number of the world’s most reputable companies including Apple, Boeing, Comcast, Johnson & Johnson, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, NASDAQ and Verizon. He serves as a Board Member for Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) at Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) - East Toronto (Director) & PMI Toronto (President). Mitchell has worked in online gaming, healthcare, aviation, digital media, telecommunications, network performance, cyber security & financial institutions.
Mitchell is involved with the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF: the philanthropic arm of the PMI) and collaborates with the Wideman Education Foundation (WEF) to host a Project Management Competition within Academia. He is committed to improving the project management profession globally and locally with a focus the Chapter's members. He helped launch the Marketing and Construction Communities, engaged Young Professionals, introduced Networking Events as an integral component to the Chapter, brought PMI Founder to Toronto and continues to be mainstay at the Chapter.
Mitchell is a Management Consultant with 10+ years in Business, Strategy & Technology with degrees in Software Engineering and Political Science. He is currently a Project Management Consultant with the Bank of Montreal in Capital Markets. Outside of PMI, Mitchell volunteers with the Chief Information Officers Association of Canada (CIOCAN), Gilda's Club, his Alma Mater and previously for the Pan Am Games and Invictus Games.
Dinara has 10+ years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. She is a certified Project Management Professional, with a MHSc degree in Family and Community Medicine from the University of Toronto, who turned her passion for managing projects into profession. She has been volunteering for the PMI Toronto Chapter since 2014, and in her current role as a Vice President of the Membership Portfolio she is looking for creative opportunities to improve the experience of new and existing members. She also enjoys volunteering for a variety of cultural events throughout the year.
Ricardo Mäcorin, PMP, MBA, COBIT, ITIL
Ricardo is Portfolio Manager with more than 20 years of professional experience in technology and innovation. He has been a Project Management Professor, Entrepreneurship Mentor, Financial Guru and Administration Adviser for both universities and non-profit organizations. Founding his first company in 2003, he has been expanding his entrepreneurial and business consultancy ever since. Through managing large and small projects and portfolios; and developing leaders and business plans for organizations, Ricardo's passion for learning and sharing knowledge has inspired his pursuit of further educational qualifications in Project Management, IT Management, Financial Management and Entrepreneurship.
Currently enrolled in Centennial College's Financial Services program with his past education includes prestigious institutions such as: IFSP, FIAP, SENAC, Babson College and MIT. Ricardo, a native to Brazil is fluent in both English and Portuguese, has been a dedicated PMI member since 2012 previously volunteering for PMI Sao Paulo. He believes strongly that PMI has been critical to his career success and energized to contribute to the PMI Toronto Board of Directors.
Victoria Nguyen, PMP, PRINCE2, CSM, SAFe SPC
Victoria Nguyen is an accomplished business executive and transformation professional. She is currently Vice President, Enterprise Project Delivery Excellence at TD Bank Financial Group. Victoria’s career spans over 20 years leading large scale change in many of North America’s best-known brands. Her strong delivery track record enabled successes in financial merger-integration, corporate restructuring, and global business and technology transformations. She is recognized for her honest, pragmatic leadership style that is engaging while ensures the delivery of the right business outcomes.
Since re-joining TD Bank in 2014, Victoria has led key business transformations in the insurance segment and spearheaded the adoption of Agile. Victoria is the Delivery Executive accountable for the Risk Marketplace program within Delivery Transformation. This critical component enables the full benefits of Agile while ensuring businesses operate within the bank's risk appetite. Prior to accepting her executive role, Victoria operated her own management consulting firm, partnering with financial services companies to achieve their transformation goals.
Victoria is an active member and volunteer for the project delivery communities along with various local charities. She has an eye for talent and is passionate about creating diverse, high-achieving teams. Victoria is an advocate for greater learning, diversity & inclusion, women in leadership and visible minority causes.
Bola Otaraki, PMP, MBA, ITIL, CSM
Bola Otaraki, a Senior Project/Program/Portfolio Manager, Management Consultant and Chemical Engineer has over 17 years’ experience working in the Banking/Financial services, Public sector and Telecommunications sectors, focusing on Infrastructure and Application development projects both locally and internationally.
She is not only passionate about state-of-the-art Project, Program and Portfolio Management success, but also about impacting people around her positively in helping to transform organizations and communities around the world by successfully leading and directing project excellence! Her drive, passion, focus and energy are contagious!
Bola is a firm believer in giving back positively to society with her skills, time and energy. She is able to touch lives positively; constantly leaving a lasting legacy.
Volunteering is a way of life for Bola. Since coming to Canada in 2006 and before then, she consistently volunteers her time, energy and expertise in different communities, areas of interest and her profession and has volunteered at senior levels (including the Board level) with The PMI Toronto Chapter, the Toronto Board of Trade, Agincourt Community Services Agency, TDSB, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, YCC 93 and her local church.
Bola consistently uses Project/Program/Portfolio management expertise to positively impact and lead and drive staff to achieve organizational strategic objectives and excellent execution.
Jeffrey Thompson, DBA, PMP
Jeffrey Thompson currently serves as your Director, Technology and Analytics and previously held the role of Vice President, Career Development. Jeffrey has been a volunteer with PMI Toronto since 2000 and held many positions within the Career Accelerator Program (CAP) since 2008.
Jeffrey is an accomplished and dynamic Certified Project Manager, Six Sigma Green Belt, MS Project Trainer, Agile, and ITIL professional. He has over 30 years of experience and proven effectiveness with successful implementations in the financial, pharmaceutical, brewing, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries, and government (Ontario Lottery and Gaming). He currently works at TD Bank in the role of Agile Scrum Master in Infrastructure Technology Solutions (ITS).
Jeffrey holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in General Business from Northcentral University (NCU), Arizona.
Adel Abdollahzadeh (A. Zadeh)- Ph.D., PMP
A project management educator and consultant with +10 years of experience, Adel is a seasoned construction professional with experience managing complex public/private construction projects and serves as the director of Academia/Social Good with PMI Toronto Chapter.
Adel's proactive management and organizational skills, along with a hands-on approach, allow him to strategically lead projects while creating a positive, team-oriented environment.
Adel holds a PhD. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cambridge (UK), is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and accredited LEED BD+C.