Board of Directors
Michael Becker, PMP
Since joining PMI Toronto, Michael has been an active member and volunteer in the Community. He has worked to evolve recruitment, engagement, and recognition of our incredible volunteers. He has spoken at organizations around the city and played a crucial role in the operations of the Chapter!
The Project Management profession found Michael while working at Bell, where he led the overhaul and modernization of training programs for retail employees across Canada. He later joined Scotiabank's International Banking Project Management Office (PMO) and is currently proud to be working in an Agile space as a Technical Project Manager at Wattpad, one of Toronto’s successful tech startups boasting 80 million monthly active users World Wide.
Michael completed his education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He has truly internalized the aim of his alma mater, "Lifelong Service and Learning". Being purposely involved in service throughout his life, he has volunteered in various programs including Distress Centres, Hospitals, and Crisis Lines. Giving back, mentorship, coaching, and lifelong learning are at the core of who he is and what he does.
A passionate Project Management Professional who subscribes to servant leadership philosophy, Michael is people-focused and cares deeply about individuals and our community. He strives to help fellow global citizens feel equal, included, supported, and empowered.
Marc Blanchette, PMP
Marc currently serves as a PMI Toronto Chapter director. 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.
Since Bernie joined PMI Toronto, he has been volunteering north of the downtown core. He served as the Chair of the York Simcoe Branch of PMI Toronto, helping to revive this dormant community with a group of dedicated Volunteers. Together this team hosted learning and networking events for those Project Managers who live and work north of the city.
With a life-long love of computers and technology, Bernie found himself working in IT in just about every role there was to be found. Working his way up from a helpdesk role, Bernie has found himself working with Telecommunications, Networking, Hardware and Security. After spending 15 years managing various projects with a manufacturing firm as their Technical Services Manager, Bernie finally made the move to full time Project Management in 2019. Now a Senior Consultant (Project Manager), Bernie focuses his attention on software implementation projects while still learning about emerging technologies and business strategies.
Bernie graduated from Ryerson University with a B.Comm in Information Technology Management, but it wasn’t until he completed a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Schulich that he found his calling. Learning from some truly outstanding Project Managers, Bernie was able to increase the tools at his disposal to help deliver value to his customers. He hopes to be able to bring those same tools to this role to deliver to the Members of PMI Toronto.
In his spare time Bernie is very active, running, cycling and cross training. He completed the 2017 Chicago Marathon, has ridden a bicycle up Mount Ventoux and recently retired as a CrossFit Coach. He also loves to travel and to spend as much time as possible with his family.
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. 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!
Dinara Khalitova, PMP
Dinara Khalitova is a certified PMP, with a Master of Health Science degree in Family and Community Medicine from the University of Toronto and more than 10 years of experience in the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industry. Dinara started volunteering for the PMI Toronto Chapter in 2014 and later turned her interest in managing the projects into profession. In her previous role, Dinara was a Director of the Continuing Education Portfolio and currently she holds a position of the PMIT Secretary-Treasurer. Dinara is also volunteering for a variety of cultural city events throughout the year.
Ricardo Mäcorin, MBA, PfMP, PMP, DALSM, COBIT, ITIL
Ricardo Macorin is a Professional Portfolio/Project Manager with 10+ years of professional experience in technology, innovation and finances. He has been a Project Management Professor, Entrepreneurship Mentor, Financial Guru and Administration Advisor for both universities and non-profit organizations. Experienced in traditional, hybrid and agile methods; founding his first company in 2003; Ricardo has experienced successful project deliveries for some of the most important companies of Fortune 100, such as P&G, Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, among others.
Through managing large and small projects and portfolios; and developing leaders and business plans for profit and non-profit organizations, Ricardo’s passion for learning and sharing knowledge has inspired his pursuit of further educational qualifications in IT Management, ERP systems (SAP and Microsoft Dynamics), Financial Management and Entrepreneurship on prestigious institutions such as: IFSP, FIAP, SENAC, Babson College, and MIT. Ricardo has an MBA, and is certified PfMP, PMP, DALSM, COBIT and ITIL.
Ricardo’s path at PMI is driven on delivering value to members and volunteers. He is passionate on giving back to the Project Managers’ community and strongly believes that PMI has been critical to his career success.
Jeffrey Thompson, DBA, PMP
Jeffrey Thompson formally served as Director, Technology and Analytics. Jeffrey has been a volunteer with PMI Toronto since 2000 and held many positions within the Career Accelerator Program (CAP) since 2008 before joining the board in 2019.
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 as an Agile Scrum Master in Infrastructure Technology Solutions (ITS).
He also gives back to the community as a volunteer in his church and as a board member with the York Region Alliance of African Canadian Communities (YRAACC).
Jeffrey holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in General Business from Northcentral University (NCU), Arizona.
Osmary Torres is a seasoned certified Change Agent and Project Manager with over 12 years of Canadian and international experience managing, developing, and delivering complex transformation projects. She’s a proactive leader focused on leveraging people’s strengths and passions towards common goals, building strong, collaborative and resilient teams that deliver beyond expectations.
Osmary is known for her qualitative researcher and entrepreneurial background, her impact as an activist, philanthropist, business consultant and coach. She is a founding member of the Young Professional Network, a group affiliated to Amnesty International Canada, and has supported many other organizations such as Project Managers Without Borders and Cuso International.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of PMI Toronto and she is one the Advisors for the Ontario Project Management Competition, ecstatic to continue to serve the community, volunteers and members.
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 a Director with the 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.