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Conference on New Challenges in "Hi-Tech Project Management"


This event is produced in collaboration with OCRI, NCIT and University Quebec at Outaouais and pre- registration is required.  

Date: 12 December 2003

Time: 7:30 am to 8 am continental breakfast, presentations 8 am until 12 noon. 

Location : Sheraton Hotel, Ottawa

Distinguished Speakers

Imran Mirza     PWGSC  

Bio         A former Navy Commander, specializing in combat systems engineering, Imran held various shipboard positions. He was a chief instructor at Halifax’s Canadian Forces Naval School, and performed key systems management roles during the Gulf conflict, the Canadian Patrol Frigate program, in the Defence Information services organization and during joint USA, NATO, and Pacific Rim Allies exercises. After 23 years in the Navy, he has spent several years in industry, managing  commercial and government projects. He is currently the Project Executive for Secure Channel as the Director General for E-Government Infrastructure Development with Telecommunication Informatics Program TIP/PWGSC Imran holds degrees from Carleton (Mathematics and Psychology), the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Electrical Engineering Naval Combat Systems) and Boston University (Masters in Software Systems Engineering).

Abstract: This presentation will provide a unique perspective on project management and the intricacies of managing software projects with multiple stakeholders. Experiences from the Canadian Patrol Frigate (CPF) project and lessons learned on the Secure Channel Project (SCP) will provide context for a review of the significant issues surrounding the delivery of a horizontal managed project in a vertically managed accountability structure. Specific issues will include the challenges of Governance, performance measurements, and the impact of organizational culture. A continuous improvement model to actively manage such projects and risk will be suggested.  Secure Channel is a critical infrastructure component of the Government On-Line (GOL) initiative to provide Canadians with secure electronic access to federal government departments.


Michael Appleton               DAMA Consulting                  

Bio         Michael Appleton, BEng, MBA, is the Managing Director of DAMA Consulting, a professional services firm specializing in project management consulting services. DAMA Consulting has assisted client organizations in a wide variety of areas, from establishing and operating central project management offices to assistance with the management of individual projects to the provision of project management training, among others.  Clients have included Nortel Networks, Mitel Networks, Spectracom Technologies, and Sybron Corporation, as well as several federal government departments.Michael is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and also holds a Master Certificate in Project Management (The George Washington University).  He also chairs the High Technology Committee of the Eastern Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and is a member of the Program/Portfolio Management team with the Project Management Institute. Michael also teaches the Project Management course in the University of Ottawa’s Executive MBA Program.

Abstract This presentation will outline some of the recent and emerging project management industry best practices.In many areas during the past decade, there have been significant strides made in improving project operations. Many organizations have embraced leading project management best practices, while others have struggled to meet customer demands in a competitive time-to-market environment. As the ‘profession’ of project management matures both in industry and in academia, thought leaders have addressed innovation in several areas, such as forecasting techniques, organizational project management maturity and program/portfolio management.


Doug Lloyd     TBS                 

Bio:   Mr. Douglas Lloyd is an experienced IT professional with over 25 years in the industry. He specializes in program management and management consulting, and is presently the senior director of Service Delivery and Client Engagement at the Chief Information Officer Branch of Treasury Board Secretariat. He has a keen interest in shared accountability project management, and has successfully completed a number of these new and challenging projects with the Federal Government.Mr. Lloyd is a PMP, a member of the Institute on Public Administration, and holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa. He is presently working towards a PhD in Business Administration, and is a frequent presenter at public and academic forums.

Abstract:   The presentation will focus on issues relating to the role of standards in Project Management. His review will cover the differing opinions about what the advantages and disadvantages of such standards are. He will then discuss the application of these standards to the new project types and classification now emerging in the public sector. In his concluding remarks he will present real life examples of how standards can assist with the success these new types of projects.


Dave Brown    MKC Networks 

Bio:    David Brown is Vice President and General Manager of Terry Matthews’ MKC Networks Corporation. During his 29 year R&D career in Ottawa’s high-technology industry he has held increasingly senior positions in the Silicon Technology division of Bell-Northern Research, with Mitel Corporation’s in Integrated Circuit product development, President and CEO with West End Systems, a Newbridge affiliate, and managing the Canadian business of Cadence Design Services (a.k.a. Tality).David holds an Electronic Engineering Technologist Diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Abstract: This presentation will explore the differences encountered while managing successful projects in small companies vs. managing those in a large company. It will also explore whether project management is a requirement or only a necessary evil in such small companies. Causes of project success and failure will be reviewed in the context of successful and not-so-successful projects in companies of 6 to 100 people.


Christoper Hamad                enTyre Networks  

Bio:    Christopher Hamad is the president of a network engineering consulting firm called enTyre Networks. He has more than 11 years of experience in Network Engineering, Network Security, System Management, Electronic Commerce, and Capacity Planning. He is currently on contract at a large federal department, and is an adjunct professor at UQO.He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Project Management from the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO). Additionally, he has professional designations from Novell, Microsoft, Cisco, Entrust, and ITIL.

Abstract:  PMI and ITIL, interdependencies This presentation will highlight the main characteristics of PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) methodology and the Information Technology Information Library (ITIL) framework, and the potential interdependencies between the two. It will also ask, “How could ITIL leverage organizational project management to achieve its goals?”PMI’s PMBOK methodology provides project managers with detailed outlines of processes that guide them in their quest to manage successful projects. This PMI methodology could be applied in small and large projects and is not specific to any environment.  The ITIL framework is a collection of best practices observed in the IT service industry. Even though the IT environments have been undergoing continuous change over the years, the methods to manage and deliver IT services have essentially remained constant. ITIL offers organizations a framework that enables them to provide and run effective and efficient IT services.


Tom Hodge    CATSA 

Bio         Tom Hodge has over twenty-five years of experience in business development, project management, training and certification fields. He has worked in the not for profit, private and public sectors both nationally and internationally.  Tom is currently the Director, Certification & Training for the Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority (CATSA) and has been responsible for the development of their National Training and Certification Program. He holds a Master’s of Project Management and currently is an Adjunct  Professor at University of Quebec. In September of this year, he was a speaker at the Ninth Global TRAINAIR Training Symposium and Conference in Morocco.

Abstract Forging a High-Performance Training Program through Continuous Improvement Process The presentation will offer an approach for ensuring that an organization’s training program achieves high quality results. He will suggest that the application of project management methodologies is a simple and effective way to implement continuous improvement processes. Incorporating these processes into the development and delivery of training will ensure the discovery and elimination of the root causes of problems while avoiding a culture of individual blame. In so doing the resulting team approach to problem solving encourages process improvement through reduced variation, removal of valueless activities, and improved customer satisfaction. After all is has often been said that process accounts for 80% of all problems while people account for the remaining 20%."



Guy Vézina    DRDC    -  

Bio         Guy Vézina is Director, Science and Technology C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) at Defence R& D Canada where he manages and coordinates the Joint C4ISR program. During his career he has directed several projects in partnership with academia and industry. He is a NATO Research and Technology Organization panel member, President of the CRIM Scientific Review Board, CSA Technical Advisory board member, and an Adjunct Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Laval. Dr. Vézina holds a Ph.D (Australian National University, Canberra Centre for Information Science Research), an M.S.E.E. (University of Massachussets, and degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering Communications and Control Systems (Amherst), and a B.SC. in Electrical Engineering (University of Laval).

Abstract Project Management in a Defence R&D EnvironmentThis presentation will provide an overview of the Defence R&D Program and will discuss the challenges associated with Integrated Project Teams composed of multiple military clients, multiple DRDC centres, international allies and industry. Case studies will be offered to show how these challenges are being addressed.

 Registration: Christine Renaud, Conference Administrator Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) 36 Steacie Drive, Kanata ON K2K 2A9 Phone (613) 592-8160 ext. 249 Fax: (613) 592-5130 E-mail:

NOTE:  Engineers in Transition (EiT) and students can register for half the cost ($30) IEEE members are offered the same as OCRI members.

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(Modified:18 Oct  2003)