With over 25 years of managing complex systems integration and software development projects, Kevin Aguanno is known in the industry for his innovative approaches to solving common project management problems. He focuses on three project management specialty areas: agile project management, troubled project recovery, and project methodology consulting.
As a well-known keynote speaker, trainer, and executive coach in agile management methods, Aguanno has taught thousands of people how to better manage high-change projects by using techniques from Scrum, Extreme Programming, Feature-Driven Development, OpenUP and other agile methods. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and private corporate events where he delights audiences with practical advice peppered with fascinating stories from his own experiences in the trenches practicing agile project management.
He has taught for several years at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto where he won the coveted SCS Excellence in Teaching Award, and is a regular guest lecturer in software engineering and project management classes at several other universities.
Kevin Aguanno holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master's in Project Management from the School of Business and Public Management at George Washington University.
He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and his competency is certified by IBM as a Certified Executive Project Manager and by the International Project Management Association (IPMA) as a Senior Project Manager (IPMA Level B). He is also certified by the Scrum Alliance as both a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Professional (CSP). He is also certified by the Project Management Association of Canada as a Certified Agile Project Manager (Cert.APM), and holds the PMI Agile-Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) designation from the Project Management Institute. Lastly, Aguanno holds the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation from the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada).
Aguanno is an active member of the Project Management Institute (U.S.A.) including the Information Systems SIG, the Association for Project Management (U.K.), the Project Management Association of Canada where he is a founding director and the current President, the Agile Alliance, and the Scrum Alliance.
He is accredited by the International Project Management Association (founded in Switzerland) as a project management competency assessor, and he performs IPMA assessments for the ASAPM in the U.S.A. and the PMAC in Canada, for both of which the IPMA awarded him the honorary designation of First Assessor.
In 2013, the PMAC formally recognized Aguanno with its highest honor by naming him a Fellow of the Project Management Association of Canada (FPMAC) and in 2015, the UK's Association for Project Management honoured Aguanno by naming him a Fellow (FAPM). Kevin Aguanno is the author of over thirty books, audiobooks, and DVDs in addition to a number of articles published in magazines and journals worldwide.
Don Dickson, BSc.(Eng), P.Eng, MBA, PMP, is a project and portfolio management consultant with 25 years of project management experience ranging from team member to managing programs and both establishing and running project management offices (PMOs). This experience spans various industries from government, heavy construction, ship building, nuclear and information technology.
Helping companies implement and optimize their PMO governance processes, Don specializes in Demand Management, Capacity Management, Resource Management, Portfolio Management, and Project Management as supported by CA Technologies' Clarity PPM Software.
Don has a Diploma in University Teaching which he used for ten years as an instructor of undergraduate and post-graduate courses at the University of New Brunswick's Faculty of Business. He continues to use these skills now as a corporate trainer for Procept.
Darya Duma is a Senior Trainer and Consultant and member of Procept's Management Advisory Board. She has been designing and leading training courses in Project Management theory and application for 20 years and providing consulting services in project management for 15 years. She creates Project Management training for delivery by herself and others, designs PM frameworks and methodologies for clients, coaches and facilitates schedule development, Microsoft Project deployment, and scheduling template development, and facilitates the implementation of PM practices. Darya teaches at Queens University, and has designed courses for Bruce Power LP, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ontario Power Generation, National Energy Board, Vale and University of Toronto. She is one of our Microsoft Project instructor/consultants. She is Program Director for our 10-day Mechanical Contracting Project Management course for the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada. Darya is active in ISO/TC 258 on projects, programmes and portfolio management, specifically as the Canadian delegate to Working Group 2 on governance of projects, programmes and portfolios, and is the Vice-Chair of the ISO/TC 258 Canadian Mirror Committee.
Darya was a practicing Project Manager for over 10 years, first in “hard” projects managing industrial elevator installations with a mechanical contractor, and then in “soft” projects developing national and international standards with CSA International. A few of the projects that she has managed include providing elevators for Hibernia GBS, Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, Ontario Hydro, Alberta Power, and Vancouver Port. More recently, with the Canadian Standards Association, she managed the development of codes and standards for subsequent implementation in provincial regulations, as well as the development of ISO standards for the elevator industry. She has extensive international experience with clients in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Darya has been a member of PMI’s Registered Education Provider Advisory Group, and is the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Advisory Council for ISO/TC258.
Darya holds a degree in Engineering Science from University of Western Ontario, as well as additional credentials in adult education design and facilitation. She is designated as a Professional Engineer, as a Project Management Professional by PMI, as a PRINCE2 Practitioner by the APM, as a Planning and Scheduling Professional by the AACEI, and a Microsoft Certified Professional.
Keith Farndale, MBA, P.Eng, PMP, is President of Procept Associates Ltd., a premier provider of professional training programs and a niche strategic consulting firm specializing in project management, business analysis, IT service management, and business continuity management. Keith and his team have developed more than 30 project management courses, from one to 10 days long, in a variety of industries, which are regularly presented at universities, for trade and professional associations, and directly to corporate customers such as IBM Canada, Ontario Power Generation, Bank of Montreal, and CIBC. All seminars and consulting assignments are consistent with the "body of knowledge" of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
His Comprehensive Project Management Seminar was the first course in Canada to be aligned with the framework of knowledge of the PMI. Keith is an adjunct lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto, with a course in the M. Eng. program. Keith's firm regularly presents public-enrolment courses at Dalhousie University, the Universities of Waterloo and Calgary, and Simon Fraser University.
His previous career was in the PM practice area in consulting engineering firms. He was President of the Southern Ontario Chapter of PMI, receiving an Outstanding Contribution award. Keith is a member of the Ontario Society for Training and Development, and of the Ontario Construction Users Council. He has been a member of the Project Management Forum of the Conference Board of Canada, and has been on the advisory board for Project World Canada.
Daniel Fay, M.Eng, PMP, PMI-PBA, is Managing Director of BrenDaniel Productions Corp., a globally recognized provider of Leadership, Business Analysis, and Project Management programs. Dan has had the opportunity to support over 6000 managers through his consulting and training workshops worldwide, including over 500 in CAPM and PMP preparation.
Dan has facilitated programs for government, not for profit, and corporate customers in Canada, the US, throughout Africa, Europe, and spent two years full time in working with industry leaders in China, Dan has developed well over 100 unique training workshops, including Project Management Programs for 17 Chinese university Masters degrees, for the University of Geneva through the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Project Management Foundation and Business Analysis facilitation for McMaster University continuing education certificate programs.
Dan developed an online capability, providing the online Project Management Professional program with Dalhousie University, an online Project Management Fundamentals program through the College on the North Atlantic, and an International Leadership Program in Africa.
Dan has been an invited and selected speaker for international conferences in project leadership topics, and was a faculty member for PMI Seminars World and PM World.
Dan has been on the Board of Directors for PMI Chapters in Ottawa, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Phoenix, and Shanghai, a member of the advisory board for Project World Canada, and recently completed his term on the National Leadership Team for Scouts Canada.
Janice Petley, BA, BEd, MBA, PMP, is the Director of Atlantic Canada for Procept Associates. With over 20 years of project management experience, Janice teaches public and in-house project management courses on the east coast and elsewhere in Canada. Her typical assignments are definitely PM, but are anything but "typical" PM. For example in 2003, Janice played a key role on the SARS benefit concert in Toronto with the Rolling Stones. She has created and organized events for CIBC, Chrysler Canada, BMW, Telus, World Youth Day (Pope's visit to Toronto), the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Canada Games, and Special Olympics International. Drawing upon this experience, Janice provides scenarios in her training which are interesting and accessible to a wide variety of people and organizations.
Angela Scammell, B.Sc., M.Adult Ed, has 20 years experience delivering and managing organization development and training in private, public, and academic organizations. As a GE Aircraft-trained Six Sigma Black Belt, she also has significant project management experience in technical, industrial, administrative and business process domains. Angela's company, Scammell & Associates Organization Development Consulting, assists people and processes to perform effectively through group facilitation, training, change acceleration and business process improvement. She has been a Principal Instructor in the St. F. X. University Diploma in Adult Education (Training for the Trainer) program since 1991.
Ori Schibi has 23 years’ experience providing practical new ways of managing and dealing with projects, programs, business analysis and PMOs. His experience includes driving process efficiencies, software implementations, project recoveries, PMO’s, project management skills assessments and complex programs that stabilize business, create growth and value and lead sustainable change.
Ori has extensive experience working with large to mid-sized organizations in diverse industries. These industries include Telecoms, Financial Services, Pharmaceuticals and government agencies (Canada, US, the United Nations).
He is also the author of the book Managing Stakeholder Expectations for Project Success. Through his book, Ori focuses on understanding stakeholders’ needs and managing their expectations, defining success criteria tied to project constraints, and performing activities that add value to the creation of the desired result and ultimately, lead to customer satisfaction.
Ori is well-versed in several agile methods and teaches agile courses at the University of Toronto and in house for the City of Toronto.