April 2018 Monthly Meeting

April 19, 2018
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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McLean Community Centre, Banquet Hall
95 Magill Dr.
Ajax, ON L1T 3K7

Topic: The Simple art of Complex Thinking- An Integrative approach to Motivating Project Teams


The Simple Art of Complex Thinking is a lecture series that focuses on the intersection of social justice, education and business practices – In this session, the seminar explores the challenges of motivating project teams utilizing an integrative approach that draws upon the theoretical frameworks of leadership, project management, and game theory. We utilize an outcome-based approach to team motivation that balances the principles of Rational Self Interest (RSI) with the organizational need to demonstrate a Return on Investment (ROI).  

The seminar critically examines the organizational landscape through the lens of game theory to situate personal motivation in the project environment. It seeks to juxtaposition how the individual is reflected in the process and outcome of the project with the organizational need to manage deliverables. Through this seminar, we seek to contribute to the discourse on fostering healthy and productive work environments.

PDU: Strategic 1, Leadership 0.5. 

Speaker Bio:   

Neil Gonsalves is the owner of GCS that provides custom training solution, seminars, and educational consulting services. Outside of operating his business, Neil Gonsalves is a member of the faculty at Durham College for the past twelve years. He teaches a variety of subjects from Leadership & Operations Management to Law Enforcement Officer Safety & Situational Control. He is a past nominee for the TVO Best Lecturer in Ontario award, was a contributing committee member on the National Advisory Board funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada working on improving literacy in the private law enforcement sector. - Prior to joining the education sector, Neil Gonsalves was the Senior Manager of Staffing and Development for the Toronto branch of a publicly traded security integrator, with 1400 employees, delivering 40,000 hours of security coverage weekly. - His educational background includes Sociology, Project Management, Adult Education and Educational Leadership. - Most recently Neil delivered seminars from his The Simple Art of Complex Thinking series at the Whitby Public Library as part of a community outreach program and at the Regional Municipality of Durham’s Policy Forum.

Dr. Michael Bruder is the CEO and Director of Research at Aristos Education Services which provides evidence-based curriculum for private business and executive function support for individuals.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Trent University, specializing in Ancient Greek Philosophy and Applied Ethics.  Prior to Trent, Michael taught Ethics of Homeland Security at Pennsylvania State University to military and security personnel.  He has over eight years of experience managing a chain of private education centers and remains passionate about all aspects of education.  Michael received his Ph.D. in 2011 from McMaster University.

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  • $17.70 PMI-DHC Members
  • $22.12 Guests/Non-Members
  • $13.27 Guest Students (Student ID required at door)


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