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PDU claim code: 4397QKWPQB.  Provider is Solutions Network #4397
2 PDUs – 1 Leadership and 1 Strategic 

PDFs of presentations: (click to view)
Burke – Agile
Haddad-Albina – Change
Barrett – The Strategic Mindset
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
8:30am – 10:30am

Sheraton Hotel Ottawa
150 Albert Street, Ottawa 

Sharon Burke

Nancy Haddad-Albina – Program Executive Director, Telus Corporation

Paul Boudreau, Algonquin College

David Barrett, Solutions Network / ProjectTalks

$45.00 per person (group rates available for 10 or more)
$ 40.00 for PMI members – use reg. code <PMI>

We are really excited to be hosting out first ProjectTalks event in Ottawa. 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

Being Agile Even When Your Organization’s Not
Sharon Burke

Managing Projects Through Organizational Change
Nancy Haddad-Albina – Program Executive Director, Telus Corporation

Artificial Intelligence for Project Management: Hero or Villain?
Paul Boudreau, Algonquin College

The Strategic Mindset – For Your Organization, Your Career and Your Life
David Barrett, Solutions Network Ltd. ProjectTalks

Program Details

Being Agile Even When Your Organization’s Not
Sharon Burke
How do you introduce agile into an environment for whom this is completely foreign?  How do you personally work in an agile methodology if the organization doesn’t have the tools and processes in place to support you?  During this talk, we’ll talk about how to introduce agile methodologies in baby steps to organizations that don’t even know they need it.


Managing Projects Through Organizational Change
Nancy Haddad-Albina – Program Executive Director, Telus Corporation

Organizational changes are becoming more frequent as organizations need to be more agile and they have a direct impact on projects in flight. Nancy will provide some of the key things PMs should do to minimize any risks to project success.



Artificial Intelligence for Project Management: Hero or Villain?
Paul Boudreau, Algonquin College

AI will disrupt our project management methodology and no one really understands if this wave of new technology will be beneficial or detrimental.  This presentation starts with a brief review of the current myths and misconceptions about using artificial intelligence for project management.  Next, is a thought-provoking preview of the machine learning tools being developed by my research team.  These new tools will either scare you or excite you (or perhaps both).  Regardless, being knowledgeable about AI is the only option for successful implementation.


The Strategic Mindset – For Your Organization, Your Career and Your Life
David Barrett
Strategic planning is now a part of the PMI’s Talent Triangle – now identified as a critical component to our current and future roles.   However, reading and hearing is one thing but how many of us are in a position to practice strategic planning and execution?  ALL OF US.  This session will show us how strategic planning is a key to our success at work but, as well, to our careers and our lives.   We will learn how to create a solid plan for any of the three legs and we will leave with the start to our own Professional Strategic Plans.

Speaker Details

Sharon Burke
As a Senior IT Leader, Sharon has more than 20 years experience leading teams and initiatives in both software and infrastructure environments.  She has worked as lead consultant on numerous large engagements including system integrations for a variety of large clients, facilitating the re-engineering of business processes, and leading strategic planning exercises as well as creating work plans for the fulfillment of those strategic plans.  
As a leader and mentor, she has managed teams of more than 25 direct reports, as well as global project teams in excess of 200 disbursed personnel.  Through her years of consulting, she has built a reputation for her ability to rescue failing initiatives.  As a result, she is frequently called upon to oversee initiatives and teams that are at risk of missing delivery targets. Through a combination of identification of waste, process improvement, and team motivation, she has redirected initiatives to successful completion or helped clients decide when priorities needed to change.


Nancy Haddad-Albina, M.Sc., MBA , MSC Information Systems, Program Executive Director, Telus Corporation
Nancy Haddad-Albina is a TELUS Program Executive supporting the Government of Canada technology evolution with 20 years’ of experience in large complex multi-million dollar Infrastructure and telecommunication service development and delivery. Nancy has strong marketing knowledge and experience in enterprise products and solutions development with deep knowledge of WAN/LAN Connectivity, VoIP, Call Center and Software Information services within the Government, Health, Education and the financial sector. Nancy successfully manages cross-functional teams in a matrix environment of over 120 members including 50 direct reports for service delivery and product development including introduction of new technology.
Nancy also enjoys supporting community programs with Junior Achievement Canada for 6 years and was the recent recipient of the 2013 TELUS Presidents Club Award for the successful delivery of the Converged Network contract to the Government of Canada.


Paul Boudreau
Paul Boudreau is a highly respected and influential project management professor.  In addition to developing and teaching over 70 in-class courses, he has delivered public online courses to students in 110 countries worldwide.  With over 35 years of experience in the technology industry, Paul is currently researching and developing innovative artificial intelligence tools for project management.  He is a dynamic speaker who brings energy, excitement and incredible insights to his presentations.



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. 





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