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2021 PMI-SWOC Board of Directors Election

Sep. 28, 2020

Dear PMI Member,

South Western Ontario Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) is holding a Board of Directors election for six positions. The positions open are:

  • Secretary – 2 years commitment (2021, 2022)
  • Vice President, Finance - 2 years commitment (2020, 2021)
  • Vice President, Marketing and Communications - 2 years term commitment (2021, 2022)
  • Vice President, Membership - 2 years term commitment (2020, 2021)
  • Vice President, Volunteers - 2 years term commitment (2021, 2022)
  • Vice President, Professional Development - 2 years commitment (2021, 2022)

The governance of PMI-SWOC is done by a volunteer board of directors elected by valued members like you. We need your invaluable support again to elect the capable members to the vacant positions to serve on the Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 term except the Vice President, Professional Development position which is for 2021-2022 term. Your vote and your say are very important to us and it has a direct influence on the performance and uplift of our Institute. Take part in this excellent opportunity and govern the future of PMI.

Position description and Nomination forms are attached below;

2021 PMISWOC Board Nominee Form - Click Here

2021 PMISWOC Board Position Description - Click Here

Benefits of serving on PMI SWOC Board of Directors

  • Sharpen your skills in leadership, strategic thinking and diplomacy
  • Build your business acumen skills
  • Contribute to your community and the project management profession
  • Earn PDUs while serving the board to meet the evolving needs of your profession.
  • Make key contacts within the project management community & expand your professional network
  • Have fun working with inspiring, exhilarating team members


Any member of the PMI South Western Ontario Chapter in good standing is eligible to be a candidate for election and become a Director of the Chapter.  Nominations require a Proposer and a Seconder, who must also be Chapter’s member in good standing.

Should you wish to be nominated for a Board role:

  • Arrange for an email to be sent to the Nominating Committee as follows:
    • Proposer to send email to the Committee, proposing your nomination;
    • Seconder who agrees with the proposal, to be copied on the email;
    • Candidate who agrees with the nomination, also to be copied.
    • Email to include PMI Member Numbers for Proposer, Seconder, Candidate.
    • As the Candidate, send a separate email with the completed Nomination Form to the Committee ([email protected]) by Monday, October, 12th, 2020 midnight, copied to the Proposer and Seconder, including your consent to seek election, meet with the Committee to discuss interests, and to serve if so elected
    • Schedule (subject to candidate interviews and any required PMI services)

The timeline for the election process is given below:

  • September 29th (Tuesday) - Nominations open
  • October 12th (Monday midnight) - Final deadline to submit the nomination
  • October 23rd (Friday) - Open electronic voting, to be led by PMI
  • November 5th (Thursday) - Finalize electronic voting by Members
  • November 6th (Friday) - Announcement of any elected Board members

The election is conducted electronically in a secure environment. The election will start on October 23rd (Friday), 2020 and the voting will remain open until November 5th (Thursday), 2020. Personalized electronic ballots will be emailed to eligible members in the week of October 23rd, 2020. Completed ballots will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. EST on November 5th (Thursday), 2020.

When you receive your ballot, please take a moment to participate in the election of your Board. Make your vote count.


Thank you very much for your help and support.


Nominating Committee [email protected]

James Adedi, Joao Henrique Freitas Andrade and Priya Unnithan

Return to Normalcy – One step at a time!

Sep. 10, 2020

Dear PMI SWOC Members, Volunteers and Partners,

I hope this message finds you in good health and spirits. These are extraordinary times, as we are all experiencing changes very rapidly. As we continue to adjust to what has become our new normal, it is important to recognize how much has been done to adapt, to pivot and to overcome. Every day, I am inspired by the good I see personally. Despite multiple challenges, we as Canadians have done what we do best. We have come together as a united country and have shown our resiliency. I thank all our front-line workers and their families for their sacrifice. And now is the time for returning to normalcy, one step at a time. I’m sure we all eagerly await recovery and to begin the rebuilding of our community. But we must make only thoughtful, incremental steps in order to move forward safely and sustainably. Since the establishment of our chapter, we have been coming together across various cultures to make this an all-inclusive community. Rest assured; we will continue to honor the individual differences that enrich our chapter. I am proud as the president of this chapter to lead a truly diverse Board of Directors, as well as Ontario’s South Western project management community.

We continue to march forward with our 2020 goals. This includes adapting to the trends in the industry, business agility and market disruptions. Our team has been diligently working on various programs such as, offering virtual events, online courses and maintain our chapter’s digital presence. We have also rebranded the PMISWOC website and were able to create more vibrancy, youthfulness and a better member engagement experience. Over the past few months, we have offered several events covering a plethora of topics including mental health, disciplined agile and business analysis. We are also providing an additional virtual online PMP courses as part of a joint Ontario chapters initiative. There are several other exciting events and opportunities planned for the rest of the year, including the much-anticipated Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September! The year will then be wrapped up by offering a joint Ontario chapters professional development in November. So, stay tuned!

This chapter will continue to strive to bring the best offerings to our members in close collaboration with our academic, non-profit, corporate partners and sponsors. We hope to educate members on the global and local value of what a PMI membership provides. One of the greatest strengths of our chapter as an organization, is our network of volunteers. Many kudos go out to our volunteers! They continue to make a significant impact with their passion, dedication, commitment and heart in order to pay it forward to their community. Well done!

On behalf of PMI SWOC, I want to take this opportunity to thank you—the members, for your perseverance and your support of one another, as well as the many contributions you continue to make to the entire PM community. These are indeed challenging and uncertain times, but I feel confident that together we will get through this difficult period and come out even stronger, healthier and safer. Be amazing!

Stay Blessed!

Ajit Unnithan

President, PMISWOC