Board of Directors

President, Dennis Abuan, PMP, P. Eng, CSM

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Dennis Abuan is the Manager of Innovation and Projects at the Town of Whitby as part the Technology and Information Services division. He holds a PMP, Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and as well a professional engineer (P.Eng) with the Province of Ontario. Dennis has managed large enterprise IT and web deployments for both the private and public sector over the past 17+ years and brings a wealth of practical experience to the chapter. Dennis has held a number of roles for the chapter from being the chapter's web services chair, the Director of Communications to now the president of the chapter with over 8 years of chapter involvement. His goal is to meet the needs of chapter members, promote project management in the Durham region and lead the chapter's initiatives to support the chapter's mission statement. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys long distance running and triathlons as well as web/mobile/blockchain development.

Past President, Madeleine Sanders, PMP

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Madeleine has over 20 years experience in the project management field, in a variety of organizations and capacities; recently working as an IT Management Consultant in the pharma and financial sector. Madeleine started her own IT Consulting business in 2012, with a focus on Leadership, Portfolio and Project Management and Business Planning and Processes. She also is a part owner of the family business that manages commercial and residential properties within the Durham Region. Madeleine has been a PMI DHC member since 2006 and gained her PMP in 2008 after taking the DHC-PMP PREP course. She balances her business life with spending just as much time enjoying her family, volunteering and participating in various sporting events, such as football refereeing for Durham and York Region; playing broomball/ baseball/ ball hockey and coaching broomball to 5-15-year-olds. 

VP Business Operations, Jose Lima, PMP, CISSP

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Jose is an Information Technology Professional with over 25 years experience coaching high-performance teams in IT Operations, ERP Deployments and Business Process Analysis, E-commerce Development, Infrastructure Systems Management, Systems Security Management and Cybersecurity Assessment. Jose has successfully lead teams and large enterprise projects through company mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Jose graduated in Electronics Engineering from Centennial and studied Project Management at Ryerson University. Jose holds a PMI certification for PMP and is also a Certified Information Systems Professional (CISSP) certificate holder from ISC2. In his leisure time, Jose enjoys exploring nature and spending his days at the cottage with family and friends.


VP Administration, Vacant

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VP of Finance, Delroy Trowers, PMP

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Delroy Trowers holds an MBA from Florida International University (FIU) and has held his PMP credentials since 2014. Delroy has spearheaded numerous projects over the last 10 years in the areas of Distribution, Marketing, and Government Affairs. Working in the competitive FMCG industry Delroy has also managed numerous new Brands development and launching new Brands. Working with and leading international Cross-Functional Project work teams to get the job done in a highly regulated and competitive industry. As the Project Manager for the BAT, he led a Cross-Functional Project team from Costa Rica, London, and Brasil and developed and rolled out an Alternative Distribution system, which has been adopted as a formal part of the organization.

Delroy enjoys serving and volunteers on numerous committees including the 15th Year Anniversary Committee for the Durham region and as a part of the crew that helps to set up for the monthly meeting. Delroy looks forward to continuing his service to the PMI-DHC IN THE CAPACITY OF Director. He is a sporting enthusiast and enjoys watching and playing various sports. He enjoys hanging out with friends enjoying good food and good music.

Director of Governance,  Angela Giles, PMP

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Angela is PMP certified and has her master’s certification in project and program management, which has assisted her in fulfilling her passion to deliver many projects. Angela has a keen eye for details that result in linking the vision to the plan, then execute! Angela is result driven and energetic. She thrives on getting it done right and achieving goals!

Employed with Bell Canada over the last 24 years, Angela has been accountable to deliver on multi million-dollar network projects. Currently she is a Senior Project Manager for Bell’s largest network project and responsible to lead the Engineering and Project Management support teams for SW Ontario. In her spare time, she also plans events.


Angela is grateful for all her opportunities and enjoys sharing her knowledge and mentoring others. Over the last 15 years she has enjoyed volunteering her time and serving the community to support causes promoting health, professional excellence and the youth, which she finds truly gratifying.


Angela lives with family in Durham and believes in celebrating life and creating meaningful moments to add to our explicit archive of life experiences, whilst making a positive impact socially and to the growth of our businesses and community.

Director of Membership, Laurel C. Service, PMP 

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Laurel C. Service, PMP, has worked with several reputable organizations, including North York General Hospital, Association of Ontario Health Centre, Trillium Gift of Life Network and Social Housing Services Corporation. Laurel previously served as Portfolio Manager with PMI Lakeshore Chapter, a board member of the Cadarackque Public School's Community Council and Parent Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2010) as well as a Board Member (Secretary) of Red Door Family Shelter (2007). She currently holds the position of Director of Membership, at PMI-DHC.

Laurel is committed and passionate about improving the project management profession locally with a focus on adding value to the members of the PMI Durham Highlands Chapter.

With over 10+ years of experience in Business, Administration and Support Management, Laurel brings to the position a wealth of experience managing administrative and financial management functions, managing corporate governance and strategic projects. Laurel has experience completing an evidence-based healthcare research project. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Health Service Management, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Post-Graduate Certificate in Project Management and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. A servant leader, Laurel currently serves as Director of Administration and Strategic Projects at the Regional Executive Offices of Church of God in Ontario, comprised of a network of 80 charitable organizations and 9,000 members dispersed across Eastern Canada. 

Outside of PMI, Laurel recently became a member of the Governance Professionals of Canada.

Director of Communications, Claudia Silvera, PMP

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Claudia Silvera is a professional in bringing creative vision and smart content together to get the message to the right customer and trade. Her road to success is rooted in her love of visual art and design, as it involves form, structure, planning and aesthetics. Claudia possesses more than twenty years of experience in Marketing and Advertising Communication. Claudia’s ability to adapt to newly emerging technologies, for both print and digital media, has enabled her to thrive throughout her career. Claudia’s prowess as a marketing professional is in combining all her broad-range specialties from corporate communications, social media marketing, project management, web and graphic design.

Claudia currently serves as a contract project manager for Carynx Communications Inc. Before joining Carynx, Claudia was a freelance graphic designer and marketing professional. At this time, she rendered her skills in improving the marketing and promotions business solutions of her clients to transform and translate business needs into engaging marketing materials. Claudia has played an integral role as a volunteer at PMI-DHC since 2015, on the Marketing and Communications Committee; first as a Content Editor and most recently as the Communications Chair.


Claudia graduated from George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology with a Diploma in Marketing and Advertising. Her love of project work, propelled her to study Project Management and she now holds an MCPM and a PMP designation.


When Claudia is not creating graphics communication on the computer, she channels her creative expressions through gardening, painting, sketching and interior design.

Director of Education, Kerith Hamilton Pearson

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Kerith has over 20 years experience working in the construction industry on government agency projects contributing both Project Management and Quantity Surveying experience. She has also implemented several programs in the Telemarketing Industry.

Kerith holds a Masters of Science from the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland in Construction Project Management, a BSc in Construction Management and Engineering, a Diploma in Quantity Surveying from the University of Technology, Jamaica and most recently her PMP in June 2015 after attending the chapter’s PMP Prep course in the fall of 2014.

Kerith enjoys jogging as well as planning events. She has volunteered with the Chapter for over 4 years organizing various events such as the CLIC events, Symposium and most recently was the Project Manager for the Chapter’s 15th Anniversary Gala.

Director of Volunteers, Natasha Toney, PMP

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Natasha Toney is a Project Management consultant specializing in sustainable transformations that align organizations to their vision, mission, & strategy. She has over 20 years of program & project management within medium and large fortune 500 companies such as Coca Cola, Unilever, RR Donnelley, and Cineplex Odeon. She is a certified life coach (CCP), a project management professional (PMP), a Masters Certificate in Adult Training & Development (MCATD), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). She is a season professional that fuses governance, change management, process re-engineering, training, facilitation, and keen financial acumen, with both strategic and tactical skills. She leverages leadership, critical thinking and creative problem solving to ensure successful post project transitions. She leads programs and projects that covers technology, business, construction, human resources, acquisitions, divestitures, and ERP transformations. She brings a wealth of exposure across various industries – consumer packaging goods, manufacturing, logistics & distribution, mining, financial institutions and entertainment. She has been a member of PMI, and PMI Durham Highlands Chapter since 2014, an active member volunteering as a Committee Chair overseeing the Google Docs Reboot initiative. In her spare time, Natasha enjoys cooking, traveling, volunteering, crafting, and mentoring aspiring leaders.