Program

8:30 am to 9:15 am Registration Opens / Breakfast Provided
9:15 am to 9:30 am OPENING REMARKS
9:30 am to 10:30 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Roger Haskett

The Age of Engage: How to Create Engagement
Engagement means active participation in your desired company culture, a greater buy-in to your brand, and improved bottom-line results. It is the secret sauce that makes your work and your life magic. Roger Haskett utilizes an innovative session format that ties stories, theory, and application together in a team-based game to prime every participant to learn and create engagement in the room for everyone to experience and benefit from. His unique insight and forward-thinking approach to workplace dynamics and culture at large will challenge participants to re-think their attitudes and discover new and exciting ways to deliver more value to their clients and those around them. Participants will walk away with tangible tools that will inspire them to be more productive, creative, and successful in their work.
10:30 am to 10:45 am NETWORKING / MORNING BREAK
10:45 am to 11:45 am BREAKOUT SESSION:           
Mohamed Hammoud

Bridging the Generational Gap through Emotional Intelligence
Bridging the Gen Gap through Emotional Intelligence is a 1-hour break-out session. The objective will be to engage the audience in exploring creative ways we can better navigate generational stereotypes and realities by leveraging emotional intelligence, technology and reciprocal mentorship.   The session will focus on how organizations can foster a strength-based value-driven workplace culture and develop better relationships by: learning to use the basics of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) through the 4 Ds and 4 Ls approach; embracing a workplace culture based on a common set of shared values; using technology as a common platform to communicate and introduce consistent best practices; and supporting a reciprocal mentorship program
BREAKOUT SESSION:           
Toufik Taibi

How Agile Transformed a Project From Failure to Success
Using the waterfall method of project management, a medium-sized IT project had spent two years and half of its budget but had completed less than a third of the required scope. This presentation covers the steps taken to complete the project on time, on budget, and within a realistic scope by transitioning to agile project management. It will cover technical, leadership, and strategic techniques to transition a failed waterfall project into agile.
BREAKOUT SESSION:           
Tarek Moharram
The Young PM: How To Overcome Your Youth (Without Losing It!)
Building legitimacy in any industry as a younger professional can be challenging.  Doing so in a sector that is, by definition, focused on leading groups of (oftentimes more professionally-established) people can be even more difficult.  What is the best way for a younger PM to approach difficult performance management conversations, create a new/complement an existing culture, and/or inspire team members towards successful project completion?  How does one even become considered to take on such opportunities before they are deemed to be ‘old enough’ to do so?
11:45 am to 12:45 pm LUNCH BREAK
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Joe Pusz

The Purpose Driven PMO, Empowering Resources to Deliver Results.We’ve all seen the statistics that the average lifespan of a PMO is between 2-4 years.  Why are these PMOs failing?  Research points to several factors including Insufficient Authority, Unclear Scope, Self-serving rather than Supporting, and Overly Bureaucratic processes and governance.  How do we overcome these challenges and build PMOs which provide value and stand the test of time?   The Purpose Driven PMO addresses factors which lead to failure in traditional PMOs by starting with Business Alignment rather than Project Management needs.  Research indicates that having a Purpose leads to higher success rates and long-term commitment. The PMO of the future must have a clear, well-defined Purpose which can be Measured and Optimized. We see in our everyday life the results of living with Purpose.  Whether with our faith, family or friends we are surrounded by Purpose.  I’ll explore the Power of Purpose and show how leveraging this power within the PMO can lead to long-term personal and organizational success for you and your PMO.
1:45 pm to 2:00 pm NETWORKING / AFTERNOON BREAK
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm BREAKOUT SESSION:
Rhonda Scharf

Invisible Influence
Your job as a PM requires you to influence people all the time. Management position or not, you need to gain support, inspire others, work well with others, get things done without support and improve your relationships. Without the ability to influence in your business analyst role, you will be ineffective.   Whatever form it takes, being an excellent influencer makes your job easier. We all want to have influence with the people we work with, but are willing to be manipulated, or be a manipulator. Invisible Influence explores the science of influence – by maximizing our own personal strengths.
BREAKOUT SESSION:
Julia Bloom
Organizational Agility
With many organizations undergoing digitization and agile transformation at the present time, this presentation will engage the audience and provide an insight into the change in mindset and key behaviours required for project managers and their stakeholders and teams to be successful and grow as a part of this journey.
BREAKOUT SESSION:
Hussain Bandukwala
The First Thing To Do When Setting Up A PMO
This presentation touches upon Simon Sinek’s approach of asking the fuzzy “Why” question as the first step PMO Leaders should take when setting up a PMO. The session addresses why this makes business sense, and shares the exact steps PMO Leaders can apply immediately to their own PMOs.
3:00 pm to 3:15 pm NETWORKING SESSION
3:15 pm to 4:15 pm KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Devinder Kumar
What Managers need to Know for AI Projects! Strategies to identify and overcome pitfalls
in AI projects

In recent years, we have seen tremendous success in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Some of the recent famous examples of these successes can be seen in the field of self-driving cars, voice activated systems for answering questions, trading algorithms, AI algorithms making art and writing songs and even defeating human champions at Go. Because of this, most of the industries are moving their traditional computational approaches and projects to involve AI component. In my talk I will introduce the key components involved in the planning, execution and deployment of AI project and the common pitfalls to avoid during processes.  The talk will also include some of the best practices and tools for successful complication of AI project.
4:15 pm to 4:30 pm CLOSING REMARKS