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Chapter Meeting - The Key to Successful Strategic Transformation Projects
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When: Thursday, March 22, 2018
From 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: YWCA Toronto - Nancy's Auditorium
YWCA Toronto
87 Elm Str
Toronto, Ontario  M5G 0A8
Presenter: François Dion

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PMI Toronto Chapter Meeting

Title: The Key to Successful Strategic Transformation Projects

Levio Consulting specializes in delivering benefits through the delivery of complex and high visibility projects in large organizations. They will share their experience and perspective on how to transform high-risk projects into resounding successes. To demonstrate this, the speaker, Francois Dion, will refer to the major transformation program currently underway in Desjardins General Insurance Group that Levio is leading.
Like every other major insurance company in the world, Desjardins has been facing mounting pressure to digitize its service delivery model and reduce the go-to-market time to roll-out new products. As a result, Desjardins launched a major initiative to modernize its core IT systems and business processes. In 2015, Desjardins initiated the largest ever Canadian M&A in the Insurance industry: the acquisition of State Farm’s Canadian operations. In the wake of that acquisition, it quickly became apparent that integrating State Farm’s systems and business processes would be a major undertaking that would have a profound impact on Desjardins’ existing modernization program.

Mr. François Dion, the proud President of Levio, a high-growth company, specializing in transforming organizations and information technologies since 2013, is a passionate and visionary leader, recognized for being an excellent unifier. 

Mr. Dion graduated in Business Administration from the University of Laval. He started his career by creating a construction company and continued developing his entrepreneurial skills by starting a consulting company in information technology.

Mr. Dion then joined Société Conseil Groupe LGS Québec where he held multiple key positions and was ultimately promoted to Vice-President and Head of Operations of the Quebec City Branch. Since 2013, Mr. Dion has held the role of President and Head of Operations at Levio, a rapidly growing consulting firm with an enviable reputation in the technology consulting market that he proudly created. 

Simultaneously to his civilian career, Mr. Dion had been an active member in the Canadian Armed Forces for a period of 20 years. He has held several positions and was promoted to the rank of Commander of the oldest French-Canadian regiment, the Voltigeurs de Québec.

Very involved in his community, Mr. Dion contributes actively by participating on different committees and in organizations, such as Centraide (United Way) and Mon Avenir TI. He encourages his colleagues to participate in different causes to help build a better community. 


6:00 PM - Registration/Networking
6:45 PM - Announcements (meeting room doors open)
7:00 PM - Presentation
8:30 PM - Presentation ends 

Fees: (subject to HST)
PMI Toronto Members (login prior to registering) – Free/Complimentary admission 
Non-Members and Guests – $25.00

PDUs: 1.5 (0.75 Leadership/ 0.75 Strategic and Business Management)

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