P.M.I. – Project Management Institute

January 2011 – Lunch and Learn: Project Management in the Not for Profit Sector – Panel Discussion and Q&A

January 12th, 2011 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver – Chartwell Room, 791 West Georgia Street


Ever thought about contributing your time and valuable project management skills to community organizations?
Want to learn more about the benefits of being a skilled volunteer project manager?
You will learn:
  • How volunteering for community organizations can support your career growth and future job opportunities
  • How your project management skills and experience  can be applied in the NFP sector
  • How you can earn PDUs though volunteer project management work and giving back to the community
You will get:
  • A diverse panel of speakers from the  project management & NFP sectors
  • Networking opportunities with leaders from the NFP sector
  • 1 PDU

The panel will feature:

Bob Prenovost – Program Director, PM-Volunteers.org
Bob is the Founder and Program Director of PM-Volunteers.org, a grassroots initiative linking skilled, volunteer project managers with not for profit organizations seeking to enhance their project management practices and effectiveness. Bob works with organizations and their senior leaders, enabling them to translate business strategy into successful projects and programs. He enjoys working with public, private and not for profit sector organizations to assist them with strategic planning and a broad scope of project and risk management issues. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he has successfully delivered projects on time and on budget in the not for profit, educational, hospitality and commercial real estate sectors. Bob currently serves as Senior Principal, Project & Risk Management with The Osborne Group, a national Management Consulting services practice.
Colleen Kelly – Executive Director, Vantage Point
Colleen Kelly is the Executive Director of Vantage Point. She has been in this position since 1999 and leads a team of 10 employees and (in 2009) 204 talented external resources who deliver nine programs including goVolunteer.ca, a full program of workshops on organizational development, Board Development training, Executive Director Institutes, Board Chair Academies, Leadership Learning Circles and a five day course in Engaging ALL the People.  Colleen is the author of the paper, “A People Lens” and Vantage Point is the author of a book by the same name. She has worked with many talented people to develop resources, tools and programs to offer other Not-for-Profit organizations. Colleen has a specific focus on working with organizations to effectively deliver their missions by engaging the talents of all the people – both those paid with money and those paid in other ways.
Ruth Hoffman – Director of Development, EMBERS
Ruth Hoffman is Director of Development for EMBERS, a nonprofit organization which provides wrap-around supports, training and mentoring to help people launch and grow small businesses. Ruth holds degrees and over 25 years experience in accounting, business, education and microfinance and has worked overseas in Europe, India and Africa, as well as in the States and Canada.
Brad Shannon – Facilitator/Coach, Vancity
Brad Shannon has worked at Vancity for 15 years, most recently as a Facilitator/Coach responsible for implementing a new accountability based management system. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who participated in the establishment of project management practices and principles at Vancity, along with managed a variety of projects from regulatory, to technology, to branch openings and mergers. Brad oversaw the development and planning of a social finance initiative with the goal to provide financial services to Non-Profits across Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on Economics from Simon Fraser University and most recently volunteered his Project Management expertise to support the United Way in a project to assess the training needs of volunteers. Through his project management knowledge, he assists leaders in managing teams through the transition of change.
Tickets are $40 for PMI members, $50 for non-members and $55 for walk-ups.


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