Project Management Certificate

Project Management Instructor Bios

Biyi Adeniran | Saad Ahmed | Roti Akinsanmi | Debasis Bhaumik | Mervyn Brice | Valerie Carson | Vincent Chiew | Candice Davis | Blanka Evanson | Gary Gillan | Rob Johnson | John Lethaby | Matt Luik | Michelle den Ouden | Emil Tarka | Sarah vanGilst | Kelly Yagelniski

CE Bio - PM - AdeniranBiyi Adeniran PMP, B.Eng, CISA, CISM, CGEIT

Biyi has been involved in project management for over 16 years with experience spanning engineering, IT and finance projects across oil and gas, health services and aviation industries. Biyi enjoys taking on challenging roles and assisting organizations optimize their business processes.

Biyi has been involved in curriculum development for MRU's Applied Project Management Extension Certificate, and currently teaches the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep and Training course and the Project Management Extension Certificate courses.

Biyi has a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in Electrical Engineering.


Saad Ahmed - BSC, PMPce_img_ahmed_mgmt

Saad Ahmed brings over 17 years experience in municipal government and has many years of project management experience. Currently, Saad is Program Manager at the City of Calgary implementing business technology programs and projects. Saad holds a Bachelor of Computer Science majoring in Information Systems and has been Project Management Professional (PMP) and active member of PMI since 2006. He also provides Project Management Methodology training at the City of Calgary and at S.A.I.T in the School of Construction.

Saad has numerous training in project management principles and he has been mentoring, training, supporting delivery managers, project managers and business analysts in using PM tools and Methodologies. Saad strongly promote a culture of disciplined project management process to delivery groups.

CE Bio - Project Management - AkinsamniRoti Akinsanmi

Roti is an enterprising professional with two decades of successful business and technology experience. He brings real-world experience to the classroom to create a unique learning opportunity for his students.

His portfolio includes Cenovus Energy, Optimal Payments (formerly Neteller), Shaw Communications and The City of Calgary.

As co-founder of mobileXcetera, a pioneer in mobile technology, he led multiple engagements for international brands like Coca-Cola, Unilever, Chevron, Ladybird, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, MTN Communications, Globacom and Airtel.

Roti is a certified PMI Project Management Professional, with BS in Computer Science and MBA from Cornell University and Queen's University.

CE Bio - Project Management - BhaumikDebasis Bhaumik MBA, MSc, PMP, CRISC

Debasis specializes in driving transformation, implementing change and running operations 'like a machine.' Debasis is a result oriented leader who enjoys driving transformation, coaching talent and running operations. Debasis has a proven ability to identify and solve complex business problems to achieve desired outcome through innovative solutions and people engagement. Debasis has more than 20+ years of experience in operational management, solution delivery, professional teaching and business development for various industries.

Debasis held senior roles with global corporations in various geographies including the USA, Canada and Asia Pacific and have a unique combination of experience in consulting and industry. Debasis has a MBA with specialization in Finance and a Master of Science in Physics. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is also certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) and Organization Change Management (Prosci).

Debasis loves teaching. He has post-graduate and professional-level teaching experience in software engineering, financial management, marketing, BPR, ERP and technical subjects such as project management, OCM and CMM. He has been a visiting faculty member with several universities and institutes.

Valerie Carson BSc, PMP

ce_bio_pm_valerie_carsonValerie started her career in information technology in Winnipeg. Her move to Calgary in 1994 marked the beginning of her work in project management. She has her bachelor's degree in computer science and been providing project management consulting services for twenty years, most recently with KPMG, where she is a Senior Manager in the IT Advisory Practice.

Valerie achieved her PMP® designation in 2004 and credits that process with a renewed interest in her chosen profession and a dedication to continuous improvement in the tools and techniques she uses to practise it. It launched her association with Mount Royal University as an instructor in the Project Management Professional PMP® Certification Exam Preparation Workshop. Valerie has a particular interest in project management office models and processes and a strong belief in effective risk management as a cornerstone of successful project delivery.

Vincent Chiewce_bio_pm_vincent_chiew M.Sc., MACM, SMIEEE, FFCP, ITIL, CISSP, CSSLP, I.S.P., ITCP, PMP, P.Eng.

Vincent has over 15 years of experience in managing projects, programs and portfolios. He enjoys providing project management presentations as well as setting up project management offices and improving their quality, capability and maturity.

Vincent has been teaching at Mount Royal University since 2008. He volunteers on Mount Royal's Project Management Advisory Committees for the Project Management, Business Analysis and Business Process Management certificates. He helped to review the Project Management courses and seminars to ensure compliance to PMI® standard.

Vincent currently serves as the Alberta president of Canada's Association of IT Professionals. He is a past Vice President of Professional Development with PMI® Southern Alberta Chapter and Past Chair of APEGGA Calgary Branch Executive Committee.

Vincent received his formal education at the University of Calgary in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Mount Royal Instructor Bio - Continuing Education - PM - DavisCandice L. Davis

Candice Davis is passionate about project management. She has held various project management leadership roles in the legal and oil and gas industry. Over the last 10 years Candice has created and led three Project Management Offices that have supported the development and delivery of over $1.5 billion in capital projects.

Candice has instructed at a number of universities. She currently teaches at Mount Royal University and chairs the Project Management Advisory Committee. As well, Candice led the curriculum development of the Applied Project Management and Project Management in Construction certificates at MRU.

She completed her Bachelor of Management at the University of Lethbridge and is a graduate of Stanford University in Strategic Decision Analysis and Risk Management. Candice holds her Project Management Professional designation as well as a Change Management Certification. She is also a graduate of the Canadian Board Diversity Council Get on Board program.

Candice has received a Distinguished Teaching Award from Mount Royal University and was an Award Finalist, Distinguished Individual Excellence in Project Management with the Project Management Institute Southern Alberta Chapter. She was named a Top 100 Protégée in the Women's Top 100 Most Powerful Mentoring Program by the Women's Executive Network in 2012.

Blanka EvansonBlanka Evanson BPE, PMP

Blanka Evanson has consistently been commended for her strong leadership and communication skills as a project and program manager. She is known for her willingness to take on and successfully deliver complex projects involving significant technical risks and cross-cultural challenges.

A PMP®-certified Project Manager since 2005, a significant portion of Blanka's project experience comes from ten years leading manufacturing operations and outsource projects and programs spanning North America, Europe, and Asia for a global telecommunications company. There, she also formalized project management processes for a divisional Project Management Office, alongside of establishing critical cross-cultural relationships throughout the organization's supply chain. Her participation in the executive leadership training program with that organization led her towards management consulting, where her project and business experience now spans government, non-profit sector, and most recently, solar energy. Blanka has also worked extensively in special event management, as well as communications and media relations. Blanka served a three-year term as Communications Director of a national sport organization.

Blanka has been teaching and providing curriculum development services to the MRU Project Management program since 2006. Additionally, Blanka has delivered PMP exam prep courses for PMI-SAC. She teaches most classroom and on-line courses at MRU, and also marks final assessment papers. Her greatest enjoyment comes from interacting with the students, who bring a wide range of field experience and perspectives, from an ever-changing industry.

Gary Gillan BSc (Hons), MPhil, PMP

ce_bio_pm_gary_gillanGary has been involved in project management for over 19 years and currently works as an independent consulting project manager within the construction industry. He has been an instructor at MRU since 2008.

Gary finished his bachelor's degree in Construction Management with first-class honours, winning top student and best dissertation awards from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. Gary's master's degree, also in Construction Management, formed part of an important health and safety study into safe working at height on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive in the UK (the equivalent of OH&S), which is published on HSE's website. It was during his master's degree that Gary discovered his passion for education.

Gary has been involved in curriculum development for MRU's Applied Project Management Extension Certificate, the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep and Training Course and the Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate. He also teaches for MRU's Corporate Training department.

Gary also works with the Project Management Institute Southern Alberta Chapter (PMI®-SAC), having written their PMP®/CAPM® Exam Preparation Workshop Course, and was elected as Vice President for Professional Development; a role which he will serve from January 2014 - December 2015.

Apart from spending time with his son, Leo, Gary's main interest is supporting football (soccer); his favourite team being Glasgow Rangers Football Club. He is currently President of the Rangers Supporters Club of Calgary (RSCC), and President of the North American Rangers Supporters Association (NARSA).

ce_bio_pm_rob_johnsonRob Johnson B.Comm., PMP

Rob Johnson has been working as a project manager for 13 years, starting at Critical Mass delivering world-class websites and business value for Mercedes-Benz, Hyatt and Dell. He has continued working as a project management consultant for clients focusing on pushing teams to deliver results.

Rob considers the re-launch of the Calgary Flames' new website as one of his most notable achievements. The template design and key features were subsequently used by the NHL for all 30 teams.

Rob received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary in 1999 and earned his PMP® designation in 2003. He teaches project management at Mount Royal University where he has developed his presentation and facilitation skills. When Rob is not working or teaching, he enjoys an active lifestyle outside, skiing in the winter and enjoying a nice patio in the summer.

ce_bio_pm_john_lethabyJohn Lethaby P.Eng., M. Eng., PMP

John Lethaby is an information technology / geomatics professional with more than 20 years of experience in the information technology (IT) and geomatics engineering disciplines. He has worked in the public and private sectors both within Canada and in several countries overseas. He has served in project, development and operational capacities in a variety of roles.

His strengths include project management, analytical, interpersonal, communication, facilitation, presentation, organizational, supervisory and technical skills. John has been developing and facilitating project management and information systems workshops in adult education programs since 1995.

John has a Master of Engineering in Geomatics as well as the Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional designation. John has taught Project Management courses at Mount Royal University since 2001.

CE Bio - PM - LuikMatt Luik MBA, M.Eng, P.Eng, PMP, LEED AP ND

Matt holds a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham (UK) and an MBA (Finance) from Queen's University. Matt earned his PMP in 2011 and has been teaching Project Management at MRU since 2012. Currently Matt works as an Engineering Manager at WSP but still acts as a Project Manager for some large scale construction projects.






Emil TarkaEmil Tarka MA, PMP

Emil Tarka is the founder and owner of Tarka Consulting Inc. He has close to ten years of industry experience as a practicing manager and instructor. As an instructor Emil has trained thousands of industry professionals and aspiring project managers. Emil is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and has developed, adapted and applied project management techniques within a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, education, and health care.

Emil is a project management instructor at Mount Royal University, University of Calgary and Red Deer College as well as the Project Management Institute (PMI®-SAC).

He has as strong track record in providing project management consulting services to a wide variety of corporate clients including Parkland Fuel Corporation, Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society, ATCO Gas, Enbridge, LG Chemical, TESCO Engineering, Laricina Energy, Agricultural Financial Services Corporation (AFSC), Blackjack Investments and Alberta Health Services just to name a few.

Emil holds an undergraduate degree in International Studies and earned his graduate degree in European Studies. He currently develops and carries out customized workshops and seminars to corporate clients and existing PMP® holders.

CE Bio - Project Management - vanGilstSarah vanGilst PMP

Sarah moved back to Calgary after working in Holland, England and Scotland in the IT and transportation industries. She has been working in the construction industry since 2005. Her construction experience began on civil projects and most recently she has worked in general contracting. Some of her project highlights are LDS Temple (Rocky Ridge), The River (Mission) and Southbank (Inglewood).

Sarah graduated from the Mount Royal Project Management in Construction program and received her PMP designation in 2013. In her free time, Sarah serves as Chair of the Springbank Airshow and fosters dogs through AARCS.



CE Bio - Project Management - YagelniskiKelly Yagelniski

Kelly graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina in 1991 and began his career at SaskTel as a Project Manager in Financial Systems. After spending 10 years at SaskTel and SaskTel International, Kelly moved to Calgary in 2001.

Kelly has been managing projects and programs for the last 24 years and has worked in a number of industries including telecommunications, information technology, software development, supply chain management and, most recently, electric power systems. Kelly's work experience has included working on International infrastructure projects, through which he had the privilege of living and working in Asia and Africa.

Kelly is currently working at the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). As a Director in Transmission, Kelly is responsible for the current build of the two High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power transmission facilities and manages the Transmission Program Management Office (PMO). Kelly has been a member of PMI since 2004 and has been an instructor at Mount Royal University since 2005. Kelly recently became certified in Prosci's Change Management Program.