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Marion Grobb Finkelstein

Marion Grobb Finkelstein (www.MarionSpeaks.com) helps Project Managers gain powerful strategies to connect with employees, bosses, clients and colleagues, even the difficult ones. She has earned many honours including the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada “Award for Leadership in Service Innovation”.

Marion has overseen communication, media, and marketing initiatives at national museums, international airports, and Canadian government organizations and brings you these real-life strategies to change how you communicate so you can change your results.

Living in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Marion works with clients across Canada to help business leaders hone their communication and resiliency skills.

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Stephanie Staples

Stephanie Staples

As a multi-titled author with eclectic qualifications that combine learnings from her background in healthcare, journalism, fitness, and communications - Steph has some unique insights and tools to share that will positively impact your work and home life.

Pre-COVID this reWired nurse traveled from the Mayo Clinic to the Middle East as a keynote speaker delivering idea-packed programs proven to increase feelings of hope, happiness, empowerment and the ability to apply the actionable positive change for busy healthcare professionals. This proud, life-long Manitoban and previous SHAW TV & CJOB host is helping from her Vancouver Island home these days.

She’s graced the PMI MB stages in person and hopefully one day we will get to hear her in person again but for our virtual event, remote rules! Buckle up for a learning adventure you won’t soon forget.

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Suzanne F. Stevens (CSP)

Suzanne F. Stevens, CSP (www.youmewe.cais a multi-award-winning social entrepreneur. Suzanne works with leaders and entrepreneurs to maximize their meaning and resilience by making their contrition count for them, their organization, and the community. As a result, leaders are empowered to ignite an inclusive culture while having a social impact. Strategies attract, engage, and retain colleagues, customers, and collaborators — sustainably.

Suzanne is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), web-tv and podcast host, moderator, event producer, community builder, author (Make your contribution count for you, me, we), and founder of YouMeWe Social Impact Group YouMeWe.ca, YouMeWe Movement (youmewe.ca/youmewe-movement/WisdomExchangetv.com and YouMeWeFoundation.org

As an adventure traveler, and conscious leader she is curious by nature. Suzanne enjoys exploring how diverse people make their contributions count.  

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Kevin Aguanno

Kevin Aguanno, BA, CMC, CSPM(IPMA-B), PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, Cert.APM, MCPM, FPMAC, FAPM President

Kevin Aguanno is currently the president of Procept Associates Ltd. and its two subsidiaries: Procept USA LLC and TidalShift Inc. 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

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.

Bill Scott

Bill Scott is an innovative facilitator with a unique blend of strength-based change, social services, and business training. He is a practitioner of appreciative processes that enhance organizational and individual effectiveness while emphasizing what organizations want for their futures.

Bill has taught in-person and remotely at university business schools including Simon Fraser University and Georgetown University.

Bill is focused on helping leaders find ways of Valuing People, Creating Magnetic Workplaces (with colleague, Kathy Archer)and working with groups interested in engaging in Strategic Collaboration™. With IPI colleague, Christine Whitney Sanchez, Bill was asked to contribute a chapter to the Collaborative Change Global Library that’s currently in press.

His recent clients have included The United States Merchant Marine Academy, The Salvation Army, the Federation of Community Social Services of British Columbia, chapters of the Project Management Institute in Maine, Winnipeg and Regina and numerous health, education and social service agencies across Canada.

Bill has a BSW, an MBA and extensive training in Appreciative Inquiry, strengths assessments, negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution. He is based in Surrey BC, a suburb of Vancouver, where he can be found with his wife Cindy, his daughter Keely and their mild-mannered rescue dog, Jessie.

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John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a pioneer in the field of Targeted Neuroplastic Training (TNT). After 20 years developing innovative outside the box solutions for businesses in diverse industries he was contracted by the US Marines in 2006 to develop a program to reduce casualties in combat primarily from IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) by improving focus and intuition (“sixth sense”) and accelerating executive function under stress. Combining the latest research into neuroplasticity with his proprietary process and project management methodologies, he created the PACE™ – Progressively Accelerated Cognitive Exertion™ brain training program targeting the Foundational thinking process: “Break it down, Think it thru, Execute!” Just a few hours of PACETM physically changes the brain to be more focused and think faster by increasing post synaptic receptors.

To date well over 2500 people have experienced PACE and 100% report significant improvement in performance in all areas of their lives. Trainees include Marines, Snipers, Special Operations forces and their instructors, pilots, professional athletes, business people, traders, students, children and those suffering from brain trauma including TBI, PTSD and concussions. All have had their lives positively changed by the program. John is the author of the forthcoming book Zombie Thinking – why we do what we do and how to improve it.

Mark Swiderski

Mark Swiderski has a long history of entrepreneurial experience. Praxilient is an enterprise specializing in improving project and strategic performance in organizations from $10m to $100b.

He has trained more than 10,000 students worldwide, including commercial clients, universities, conferences, and professional organization chapters. He has delivered more than 100 lectures, covering a wide span of 30 course days, and have authored a number of articles and blogs.

Here are some short videos on the topics

Thank you and introduction

Keynote: Avoiding the Project Management Self-destruct button

Effective meetings begin with better Facilitation Skills

Better Projects Start with a Better Business Case

The Benefits of Defining Project Governance and Roles

Improving Project Benefits Realization using Project Line of Sight

Spencer Horn, MS, CTPC, CSP

Spencer Horn, MS, CTPC, CSP

Businesses internationally look to Spencer as an enthusiastic, insightful source for counsel and advice on developing productive and focused corporate cultures. Spencer is able to draw upon his 29 years of executive experience to reenergize seasoned and emerging professionals and increase organizational effectiveness. He inspires change, to develop: a powerful culture, effective communication, high-performing teams, and engagement. 

Spencer is the President of Altium Leadership. He has previously been the CEO of a leadership development company and Vice President of a NASDAQ company, which developed IMAX theaters in tourist destinations. There he worked with major organizations such as IMAX Corp., National Geographic Television, Radio City Productions, Disney Films, and more. He has been speaking professionally since 2009. He has been speaking and presenting at PMI chapter development conferences since 2010 and has been a regular speaker at the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) North America Conference, since 2014. He is consistently one of the highest-rated speakers for the year-long, PMI Leadership Institute Master Class (LIMC) since 2015.

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Scott Welle

Outperformers are not born; they’re made. We ALL have the capacity to “raise our game,” and Scott Welle has spent more than 15 years helping people do this, personally and professionally. Scott’s 8 best-selling books, articles, videos, podcasts, and online programs inspire hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

He has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology, is an adjunct professor at St. Olaf University, and regularly consults with top-performing executives, sales professionals, and project managers, as well as elite athletes, all with one common goal: to OUTPERFORM.

Fox 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul has called him a “Motivational Expert.” and he was recently named the 2021 Midwest Motivational Speaker of the Year. For “fun” (and because he’s a little crazy!), Scott has completed 29 marathons, 5 Ironman triathlons, a 100-mile ultra-marathon, and serves others by showing them how to tap into the mindset of challenging their self-limiting beliefs and aspiring to be their best every day. 

Please visit him at ScottWelle.com.