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Project Management Essentials

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One of the most important challenges in our jobs today is the management of various projects. Some of these challenges include managing internal and external clients, research projects, marketing campaigns, and a new product launch (to name a few).

Project Management Essentials provides you with an introduction to the key elements that leaders or team members working on projects need to know in order to be successful. This program is offered completely online and provides a total of 21 PMI PDUs.

Learning objectives

Introduction and PM Context

  • Portfolios, programs, projects
  • Project success, project life cycles
  • Workshops: Project priorities, project success

Initiating the Project

  • Stakeholders and requirements
  • Project team, working in a matrix
  • Workshops: Project stakeholders, project charter

Planning the Project

  • Work breakdown structure
  • Project change control
  • Communications planning
  • Estimating
  • Project risk management
  • Critical path scheduling
  • Workshops: WBS, critical path scheduling, change control, project communications plan, risk management, project schedule

Project Execution

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Scope management
  • Conflict management
  • Leadership and motivation
  • Schedule control
  • Cost control
  • Workshops: roles and responsibilities, conflict management, schedule updates, reporting and control

Project Closure

  • Closing and lessons learned

Who should attend?

This seminar is suitable for individuals who are responsible for managing smaller projects, or those on a project team of any size, especially those who have not yet been exposed to the tools, techniques and terminology of formal project management.

Program details

Fall 2022

Date/Time: Sept. 26, 27, 28 & Oct. 3, 4, 5, 2022
Nov. 14, 15, 16 & Nov. 21, 22, 23, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Atlantic)
Delivery method: Virtual blended format (learn more)
Price: $1395 +HST
Instructors: Janice Petley & Braden Johnson

Register for Sept/Oct 2022
Register for Nov 2022

Winter 2023

Date/Time: April 17, 18, 19 & April 24, 25, 26, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Atlantic)
Delivery method: Virtual blended format (learn more)
Price: $1395 +HST
Instructors: Janice Petley

Register for April 2023

Summer 2023

Date/Time: May 23, 24, 25 & May 30, 31 & June 1, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Atlantic)
Delivery method: Virtual blended format (learn more)
Price: $1395 +HST
Instructors: Janice Petley

Register for May/June 2023


Amber Howard

Amber Howard has over 15 years of experience in the technology and business fields. Her extensive consulting experience has allowed Amber to perform business analysis, project management and organizational change management for companies of various sizes in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. This experience includes engagements in the aviation, cooperative housing, finance, government, retail, risk management, and construction industries.

Amber holds a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP®) designation from the International Institute of Business Analyst, a Change Management Practitioner™ (CMP) designation from APMG International, a Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI), is a Certified Coach Practitioner™ through the Certified Coaches Federation, and is a Certified Personal Resilience Practitioner through Resilience Alliance. Amber holds an Honours BA in Bioethics and Political Science from the University of Toronto.

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Janice Petley

Janice Petley has over 20 years of project management experience. Her typical assignments are definitely project management, but are anything but "typical". Her experience spans a wide range of projects: from classical theatre at the Stratford Festival and symphony concerts in the United States, to stadium and arena opera productions in cities such as Tokyo, Munich, and Brussels. Whether it was a large sporting event at the Rogers Centre or an opera with a cast of 1000 in a bull ring in Madrid, Janice has worked on high risk, innovative, challenging projects. As many of her events were broadcast live-to-air both nationally and internationally, she fully understands the necessity of flawless project execution.

Janice has extensive experience with projects whose core deliverables focused on marketing, corporate communications, employee rewards, team building, and training and education. She has managed projects for many high profile corporate clients including CIBC, Chrysler Canada, Telus, and BMW. The not-for-profit client list includes the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Canada Games, and Special Olympics International.

She holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, a BEd from Queen’s University, an MBA, and is designated as a Project Management Professional and a Certified Agile Project Manager.

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Braden Johnson

Braden Johnson's experience comes from working as a Building Science Technical Consultant and Project Manager. In the capacity of an Employee or Consultant he has worked for a range of institutional clients which include York Region, Ryerson University, Brock University, Peel Region, York University, University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus), Toronto Transit Commission, as well as various Corporate Condominium and Commercial building owners throughout Canada, Caribbean and Asia.

Working as a Project Manager in a University Institution Braden has the unique experience of knowing the construction and financial constraints that Universities must work within. Within these constraints and challenges he has extensive experience solving the many problems involved with implementing large scale capital projects from concept to completion.

Typical tasks which Braden has been responsible for successfully delivering include: the planning of complex work scope; selecting qualified consultant teams through competitive RFSQ, RFP and / RFQ procurement; engaging construction teams in various CCDC construction contract types, facilitating the construction phases of work; completing commissioning; closing out building permits and managing operational readiness for the newly constructed space prior to occupancy.

Braden is a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T), Project Management Professional (PMP) and has a Masters in Building Science (MBSc). He has developed College Course programs in Building Science and Construction Project Control and continues to teach part time at George Brown College Continuing Education as a way to keep up to date and engaged with best practices in the construction industry. He is also an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces currently serving in the capacity of an Officer with 32 Brigade Combat Engineer Regiment.

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Methods of delivery

Live instructor

We are pleased to offer the very popular, Project Management Essentials, in 6 virtual sessions of 3 hours each with a live instructor.

The instructor will present a tool or concept and then there will be large group discussion, small group exercises, exercise debrief, and time to discuss how the project management tools can be used in a work environment.

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This adapted format will consist of two weeks of self-directed, online learning and six online live sessions (lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes each) with the same instructor who teaches the classroom version.

During the live sessions, the instructor will critique submitted homework assignments, address challenges, and discuss how the project management tools can be applied in the work environment. Participants can complete the course modules on their own schedule, but the instructor will suggest completion milestones for the asynchronous modules.

Between the live sessions, course participants will be able to communicate with the instructor if they have any questions regarding the exercises or course material.

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