Leading Strategic Initiatives with Project Management


January 14, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Innovation Works London | 201 King Street
London, ON N6A 1C9

Please join us for the inaugural joint event between PMI’s Canada’s Technology Triangle (CTT) Chapter and South Western Ontario Chapter (SWOC). PMI-CTT and -SWOC will host live events in Kitchener and London, respectively, and share their respective live stream for participants in the other location. The evening will consist of two engaging 1-hour sessions:

Topic 1: A Data-Driven Approach to Deliver Strategic Projects (PMI-SWOC)

In today’s organizations, the desires of business units for new products and enhancements, and the appetites of senior leadership to approve more and more projects for those products and services, far outstrips the PMO’s ability to realistically deliver on everything.  For many organizations, this bottleneck grows and grows to the point of total apathy and acceptance as a ‘necessary evil’.  Instead, we will look at how organizations already in this position can bring governance to it, manage the backlog as well as intake, and ensure that the projects that are being delivered are delivering real business value.  

In this presentation we will explore project management maturity and satisfaction data from over 500 companies and discuss best practices to improve those scores by delivering high impact projects.

Topic 2: Practical Leadership Concepts for Turning Strategic Intent into Action (PMI-CTT)

Hoshin kanri (also known as Strategic Alignment, Policy Deployment or Catch Ball) is a method for ensuring that the purpose and
strategy of an organization connects with the work happening at the front line. This eliminates the waste that comes from inconsistent
direction and poor communication at all levels. This TOYOTA’S hidden and most powerful methodology through which everyone in
the organization is connected to one purpose and everyone pulls in the same direction at the same time, everyday and everywhere.
Through two case studies participants will learn about Hosin Kanri and will be able to create a Strategic Alignment for their own
organization, department, division or section.


 18:15   Registration
 18:30   Welcome and Introductions
 18:45   Topic 1: A Data-Driven Approach to Deliver Strategic Projects (PMI-SWOC)
 19:50   Topic 2: Practical Leadership Concepts for Turning Strategic Intent into Action (PMI-CTT)
20:50   Networking


Sean Burkett, VP of Strategy   

Sean Burkett

Sean Burkett is the Vice President of Strategy at Info-Tech Research Group, where he leads strategic analysis, planning, and project execution. Sean has been with Info-Tech since 2013 and has held positions in research, project management, product development, and corporate strategy.

As Vice President of Strategy, he manages the strategic planning process and works with department heads across the organization to ensure strategic initiatives are aligned and corporate goals are achieved.  A firm believer in making decisions based on data, Sean drives Info-Tech’s business analysis efforts and delivers powerful insights and actionable recommendations.  He’s also responsible for delivering company-wide communications and facilitating monthly town-hall meetings.  Prior to joining Info-Tech, Sean lectured at the University of Western Ontario on topics such as corporate finance, strategic marketing, business operations, organizational behavior, and general management.  He is a certified Project Management Professional and received his Honors degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.


Charanjit (CJ) Singh Bawa, Public Speaker

Charanjit (CJ) Singh Bawa

Charanjit (CJ) is a passionate, results-driven professional and an enthusiastic public speaker. 

He has 24 plus years of experience in transforming numerous organizations.  He gained Lean knowledge while working for HONDA.  Since then he has trained 7000 individuals and coached 150 project teams from 60 different organizations across all sectors.  He is a certified ADKAR Change management professional from Prosci, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from ASQ and a Project Management Professional from PMI.  He believes that “people are limitless” if engaged in a positive manner and can do wonders. He regularly speaks at ASQ Toronto, ASQ Kitchener, PMI Lakeshore, soon for PMI Toronto, APICS Toronto, APICS London, CITT, Canadian Institute and many other forums.



$15.00 PMI SWOC members

$20.00 Non PMI SWOC member