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Michael Becker, PMP

Director

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.

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Marc Blanchette, PMP

Director

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.

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Claire Dobbin

Director

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!

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Mitchell R. Fong, PMP, P.Eng, DALSM

Past President

Mitchell Fong, PMP, P.Eng, DALSM 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 is an accomplished Business Leader with 15+ years in Program/ Project Management, Management Consulting and Coaching in the following verticals: Financial Services/ Banking, Cyber Security, Performance Management, Telecommunications, Communications/ Public Relations, Aviation, Healthcare, Online Gaming & Global Media. Mitchell is persistent, a servant leader and a Board of Director at the PMI Toronto Chapter and the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) - East Toronto.

He has lead Application, Business, Infrastructure, Product, Strategy and Technology mostly recently in Capital Markets, Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities (FICC), Enterprise Risk Management Portfolio and Wealth Management.

Mitchell is committed to giving back to PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF: the philanthropic arm of the PMI), Chief Information Officers Association of Canada (CIOCAN), Gilda's Club, his Alma Mater and previously for the Pan Am & Invictus Games. He has obtained Executive Education through Columbia Business School and the Schulich School of Business. Mitchell holds degrees in Software Engineering and Political Science from Western University.

Dinara Khalitova

Secretary-Treasurer

Dinara is a certified Project Management Professional, 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. She turned her interest in managing the projects into profession and started volunteering for the PMI Toronto Chapter in 2014. Dinara currently serves as a Director for PMI Toronto, providing the members with multiple opportunities to advance their career in project management. Dinara is also volunteering for a variety of cultural city events throughout the year.

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Ricardo Mäcorin, PMP, MBA, COBIT, ITIL, PfMP, DALSM

Director

Ricardo Mäcorin is a Professional Portfolio/Project 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 Advisor for both universities and non-profit organizations. Founding his first company in 2003, he has been expanding his entrepreneurial and business consultancy ever since, managing successful projects for renowned companies such as P&G, Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Cargill, 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 Portfolio and Project Management, IT Management, Enterprise Resource Planning systems (SAP and Microsoft Dynamics), Financial Management and Entrepreneurship on prestigious institutions such as: IFSP, FIAP, SENAC, Babson College, Centennial 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.

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Bola Otaraki, PMP, MBA, ITIL, CSM

Director

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. 

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Jeffrey Thompson, DBA, PMP

President

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.

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Osmary Torres

Director

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.

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Adel Abdollahzadeh (A. Zadeh)- Ph.D., PMP

Director

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.