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Monday, April 8, 2019
8:30am – 10:30am
The Parkside Hotel, 810 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8V 5B1

Amber McMillan, PMP, CMC, CVA, PMI-Vancouver Island Chapter

Daniel Shereck, PwC Canada

Rachelle Grant, TELUS Communications 

David Barrett, Solutions Network / ProjectTalks

$45.00 per person (group rates available for 10 or more)
$40.00 for all PMI members – Use <PMI> discount code
Free to all TELUS Employees – use <telus> discount code 

We are really excited to be hosting the second edition of ProjectTalks in Victoria. These are TedTalk-like sessions from local and international experts. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with others from different industries and project structures while hearing innovative ideas affecting your project environment today. Tell your colleagues, share with your local project teams… and don’t forget those PDUs.
See you there!
David Barrett, Director, ProjectTalks

4 Speakers – 20 Minutes Each
Delivering Unique, Cutting-Edge Ideas and Thoughts


This event awards 2 PDU’s: Leadership/Strategy  


Doors open at 7:30am – Registration and Networking
8:20am – Start
8:30am – first speaker
10:20am – close
10:30am – all done

Game-Changing Project Leadership
Amber McMillan, PMP, CMC, CVA  President, PMI-Vancouver Island Chapter

5 Lessons From an Agile Pragmatist
Daniel Shereck, management Consultant, PwC Canada

Common Pitfalls Even Experienced PMs Make & How to Avoid Them
Rachelle Grant, National Business Solutions Program Management Office, TELUS Communications

Project Leadership and Organizational Leadership are NOT the Same Thing
David Barrett, President, Solutions Network Ltd.

Program Details

Game-Changing Project Leadership
Amber McMillan, PMI-Vancouver Island Chapter

In times of change, the innovations necessary to facilitate new ideas can wreak havoc on project scope, schedule and budget. As PM professionals, we have tools and techniques at our disposal to adjust, amend and create space to control change. But, as PM’s who lead teams, we must also consider the people in the midst of those changes. What can we do to positively influence the attitudes of the people we lead on projects? This session will drill down on 3 game-changing leadership techniques to eliminate dissension and the destruction of project teams.


5 Lessons From an Agile Pragmatist
Daniel Shereck, PwC Canada

Implementing agile is hard, scaling agile across the organization is even harder. In this session, Daniel will discuss 5 lessons  learned from leading projects and implementing agile in public and private organizations. By being mindful of the context of the individual, team and the organizational environment, taking a pragmatic approach to agile enables individuals, teams and organizations to focus on delivering value while incrementally transforming into a more agile-ready environment. 



Common Pitfalls Even Experienced PMs Make & How to Avoid Them
Rachelle Grant, TELUS Communications

Project Managers are (or should be) always looking for ways to improve as professionals.  Looking for better ways to manage client expectations, scope creep, stakeholder communications, constant change and more. This session will take 27 years of experience at TELUS and deliver five critical lessons learned that we can all take away and consider as we strive for that desired improvement.


Project Leadership and Organizational Leadership are NOT the Same Thing
David Barrett, Solutions Network Ltd.

All project managers are leaders, but our type of leadership is not easy.  We get thrown (or eased) into an environment that is fast moving, typically stressful, ever changing and continually challenging.  Oh, and we have no real authority!  Let’s talk about the ways we can better project leaders

Speaker Details

Amber McMillan, PMP
Amber is a diversely skilled professional with a unique approach for innovating and leading projects in various environments. With experience in all aspects of project, change and people management as well as operations and organizational strategy, she is committed to the highest of standards, works diligently to create positive working environments and is motivated by her own contagious enthusiasm. With over 25 years of experience in both profit and not-for-profit environments, she is well equipped to share her skill set in complex organizations. She is currently President of PMI-Vancouver Island, Executive Director of a local not-for-profit and an Executive Educator.


Daniel Shereck, PMP
Daniel Shereck, B.Eng, PMP, is a management consultant, advisor, technology strategist, enterprise architect and project manager. His goal is to empower organizations by enabling business strategy through technology, where he leverages leading practices in portfolio and project management. Daniel has worked with leading consulting firms Deloitte and PWC and has led engagements with public and private companies in over 30 countries including Germany, India, Czech Republic, the US and Canada. Daniel is a resident of Victoria and chair of the Association of Enterprise Architects of BC.

Rachelle Grant, PMP
Rachelle is the National Director of the Business Solutions Program Management Office at TELUS Communications. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Business Relationship Management Professional (BRMP) skilled in Business Process, Transformational Change, Team leadership, Management, Project Portfolio Management, and Leadership. She currently leads a team of program/project management professionals who are accountable driving positive business outcomes for their customers & for deal profitability.



David Barrett, Solutions Network Ltd., ProjectTalks
David Barrett is a professional speaker, regular blogger, podcast host, author of 5 books and education advisor.   He specializes in helping people and organizations Manage the Uncertainty by creating healthy projects and strategies. 
David’s career includes the creation and directing of a conference business, training company, software development firm, speaker bureau, and most recently, ProjectTalks. 

ProjectTalks is owned and operated by Solutions Network Ltd.