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On May 8th, 2018 the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, Master of Business in Complex Project Leadership (MBCPL) program will be hosting the second of an annual series of one-day seminars dedicated to complex project leadership.

Not only a resource for the Master’s candidates, the seminar is also an informative and educational event for government and industry leaders, providing the opportunity to hear from other accomplished leaders as they discuss how they have adapted their decision-making abilities and knowledge of global best practices to help them tackle some of the most dynamic and interesting complex projects in Canada. 

This year’s seminar will be one of the premiere public events in the complex project education field. It will be an ideal place to gain insight into the importance of professionalizing complex project leadership as well as learn how others have delivered large, complex and inherently risky projects in the Infrastructure, Information Management, Health and Defence sectors. The seminar provides attendees with the rare opportunity to network with a wide array of illustrious peers from across the public and private work spaces.

The seminar will feature examinations of complex Information Management, Infrastructure, and Equipment Capitalization projects as well as the UK experience in major project delivery. The second year MBCPL participants will host, introduce, moderate and summarize the discussion on each case study.

Speakers include the Chief of Defense Staff, General Jonathan Vance, who will open the seminar with remarks on the relevance of improved complex project leadership to the implementation of Canada’s Defence Policy and to the operational success of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Eglinton Crosstown LRT


Mr. Rob Pattison, the Senior Vice President of Light Rail Transit for Infrastructure Ontario will be the first of four main presenters. Mr. Pattison leads a team of project management, legal, finance, communications and strategic sourcing professionals who procure and support the delivery of Infrastructure Ontario's portfolio of light rail transit projects through public private partnerships. He provides strategic direction, leadership and support to Project Directors and their teams. Mr. Pattison will be discussing Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement and Output Specification practices in relation to the Eglinton Light Rail Transit development.

Mr. Tim Banfield, the Director of the Nichols Group and former Director of Portfolio Oversight, Initiation and Intervention for the Major Projects Authority, Cabinet Office within the UK government, will be speaking about the efforts to improve the delivery of the UK Government’s major projects.

The Comptroller General, Mr. Roch Huppé, will speak on the Treasury Board Secretariat’s perspective on current and future priorities and initiatives to improve the delivery of Canadian Government major projects.

HMCS Regina


Mr. Dave Monahan, the Project Manager of the Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) Frigate Life Extension project for the Department of National Defense and Mr. Bob Pask, the Program Manager for the Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) CSI DAB project at Lockheed Martin Canada, Rotary and Mission Systems.

Mr. Monahan is a Program Engineering Manager with a background in Combat System Engineering projects related to the introduction, integration, maintenance and support of sensors and weapons in Naval Vessels. He has worked in small and large project teams involving Canadian Military, Industrial and International partners. The HCM-FELEX project he manages has made significant progress to date. All 12 ships have undergone midlife refits, First Article Acceptance has been accomplished and several ships have been deployed internationally with their complement of modernized equipment.

Mr. Pask joined Lockheed Martin Canada in 2003, working on various major pursuits and projects before joining the HCM Proposal team in 2006. During the HCM proposal, Mr. Pask held many responsibilities, including development of the Program Management Plan, which were critical to influencing the company’s strategies and infrastructure for program execution. When HCM was awarded in 2008, Mr. Pask assumed the role of Deputy Program Manager – Production and Delivery, which he held until he was promoted to the Program Manager in 2015. As the Program Manager, Mr. Pask has successfully managed the delivery of ships 7 to 12, spares and land based training systems. Throughout his time on HCM, Mr. Pask worked closely with both the customer and suppliers to ensure all parties were focused on completing a successful program.

The pair will highlight key takeaways on the methodology and project management processes that successfully delivered an extremely complex information management system including Combat System sensors as part of the Halifax Class Frigate modernization project, on time and on budget.

The Ottawa Hospital


Ms. Michelle Leafloor, the Director of Hospital Information Systems and Clinical Solutions Delivery and the Program Director of Project Fusion for The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). As Director Ms. Leafloor has accountability for corporate clinical information systems delivery and associated change management. Her team of project managers, clinical and business analysts, trainers and support staff are instrumental in facilitating implementations which are foundational to The Ottawa Hospitals journey to the Top 10 in Patient Safety and Quality. In addition she has been involved in many regional and multi-LHIN initiatives such as the DI-r repository and other LHIN-eHealth partner projects. Currently Ms. Leafloor’s primary focus is as the Program Director for the new Hospital Information System procurement and implementation within TOH and across 6 current regional partners.

Ms. Leafloor will be discussing the procurement approach to the common Hospital Information System  The Ottawa Hospital and Partners purchased in 2017. She’ll sharing insight into change management and governance gained from the first 6 months of the planned 20 month implementation.

Rounding out the day will be a plenary discussion between MBCPL participants and presenters followed by closing remarks from Telfer’s Dean, Mr. François Julien. The end of the evening will have a reception for networking and discussion on a more personal level between attendees, MBCPL participants, speakers and guests.

There will be no cost to attend the seminar, and is open for those working in the project or program environments.

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