March 2019 Print

From the President's desk

PMI SWOC President's Message:

Dear PMISWOC Members & Friends, I feel humbled, while writing this message, to be able to continue to work alongside our vibrant group of volunteers who always display their infectious enthusiasm, as well as on behalf of our dedicated members with their untiring commitment and support towards the project management community.

Indeed, my own commitment as chapter president always keeps me focused and excited to bring new learning experiences to you in our PMISWOC chapter activities. 2019 has brought a fresh breeze to our chapter as we explore hosting some new and varied events for the first time ever, including a speaker evening on the “Importance of Project Management in the Field of Science”, as well as an early morning “Coffee Talk” in order to help our membership with discussions on CAPM and PMP certification requirements and exam preparation.

To all members, I invite you to provide your feedback and input in order to make our chapter’s monthly events value-added to your own career journey — we are thankful when you talk to us about your interests and needs.

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our chapter, so I would like to mention here that the Volunteer Appreciation Tea held in February (see photo above) was a beautiful event where we celebrated our commitment and our appreciation of one another’s efforts and dedication to our chapter. I felt grateful that our volunteers have this sense of togetherness and happiness that they do not hesitate to share with each other!

Additionally, I would like to share the fact that 4 enthusiastic volunteers have joined our PMISWOC family this quarter. Please join me in extending our warmest welcome to our newest volunteers.

This month, our PMISWOC Board has seen some changes occur as our VP of Membership - Jeremy Neville , and our Board Secretary - Evelyn Paixao, are stepping down due to their career commitments. Jeremy has indicated he would be happy to continue to help our chapter occasionally. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for their invaluable chapter service, and we wish them both the very best in all their future endeavours. Rupinder Mann, our incredible VP of Volunteers will be taking charge of VP of Membership duties at this time, and in the interim we are seeking another awesome volunteer to join us in the role of Board Secretary.

In anticipation of our annual events, we ask you, the members mark you calendars and plan to attend the following upcoming second quarter events :

  1. The 2019 PMISWOC Symposium on April 25th at the London Convention Centre.
  2. The PMISWOC AGM on May 29th.
  3. The PMISWOC Members Meet-and-Greet Outing on September 21st.

We are looking forward to seeing you at these events! Stay tuned for all the event updates from our PMISWOC Marketing & Communications Team.

I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to our 2019 chapter sponsors. Project World is our newest sponsor who has joined the ranks of our two committed sponsors of many years, London Life and Fanshawe College. These organizations’ commitment to the PM community is highly appreciated and we extend our warmest regards to them.

To all members, volunteers, partners and sponsors, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for being a continued vital presence in our PMISWOC family! I request you to come out to our Chapter events, join us in our PM adventures and continue to share your excitement and commitment to making PMISWOC a giving, welcoming, learned and vibrant part of our community.

Many thanks and warm wishes.

See you soon!

Yours truly,
Emily Chan, PMP
President, PMI SWOC

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2019 Symposium

The PMISWOC Annual Symposium is our largest learning event under one roof. For one day each year, we bring our community together, and a variety of industries representing Portfolio, Program & Project Management, in order to provide our attendees with a comprehensive and interactive day, filled with many opportunities to learn something new, gain fresh insights, share information and network with one another.

This is our flagship event, and we are honoured to be hosting the Iconic Symposium for the 16th consecutive year — this time on Thursday April 25, 2019, at the magnificent London Convention Center in London, Ontario, which is the geographic hub of our South Western Ontario chapter.

In keeping with our 2019 theme, “THE FUTURE IS NOW: Connecting Leaders to the Ever-Evolving Project Management” our speakers will be presenting on topics supporting the PMI Talent Triangle:

  • Leadingv(Leadership)
  • Analytics (Strategy)
  • Disruption (Technology.

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Bylaw Changes

BYLAW CHANGE Announcement to PMISWOC Membership

Bylaws are an important document that outline an organization’s key governance agreements between the organization and its members. They provide clarity on the organization’s general-purpose, its membership provisions, structure for a governing Board of Directors and procedures for conducting membership meetings.

As part of good governance, an organization’s bylaws should be reviewed and updated periodically. Over the last few months, your Board of Directors has worked with the Project Management Institute to recommend updates to PMI South Western Ontario
Chapter’s (PMISWOC) bylaws as they were last updated in 2009.

As a member of PMISWOC, you will have an opportunity to approve the proposed bylaw changes at our Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 29th at 6pm at Innovation Works, 201 King Street, London, ON N6A 1C9.

This note is published to provide 45-days advance notice of the vote on the proposed bylaw changes, as outlined in Article XVI of our existing 2009 bylaws.


If you have any QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE BYLAW CHANGES PRIOR TO THE AGM, please e-mail the PMISWOC Board of Directors at [email protected]

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Upcoming Events

This is a Joint Speaker Event between the PMI-Toronto Chapter (PMIT) and the Southwestern Ontario Chapter (SWOC) in London Ontario.

There will be a local speaker at each city and the event will be alternately webcast (live) to the remote city.

Toronto Speaker:

Christine Aykac (PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, PRINCE2 Practitioner, PRINCE2 Agile)

Christine has over 20 years of experience managing projects and assisting in effective utilization of technologies and knowledge assets. 

London Speaker:

Dr. David McKenna (DPM, PMP, CSM)

Dr. McKenna is a professional program, project and agile development consultant and professor, specializing in software, infrastructure, human resources and process improvement projects.

April 04, 2019
5:30 PM to 8:45 PM

Innovation Works London
201 King Street
London, ON N6A 1C9

Labatt Logo

PMISWOC Labatt Bewery Tour and Networking Event!

May 16 2019
 6 PM to 9 PM

Labatt Bewery: 150 Simcoe St, London ON


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