February 2020 Monthly Meeting


February 18, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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McLean Community Centre, Banquet Hall | 95 Magill Dr.,
Ajax, ON L1T 4M5



Dinner Presentation

Variations on a PMO —
All Project Management Offices (PMOs)
are not created equal

It is clear to see, if you go from one organization to another, that not all PMOs are created or established equally. There is no cookie-cutter template for the establishment of a PMO. There have been several attempts at developing guidelines, but it seems that each organization does it their way.

Every Project Management Office (PMO) is unique because it serves the unique needs of your organization. It needs to be a perfectly tailored type of PMO to support your strategies and your staff.

Through the course of this presentation we will review what elements are needed to have a PMO, some of the naming conventions that exist out there and we will also discuss structure and maturity of the PMO entity.

PMOs are not a new concept to project management but they have become more and more crucial to project management success as the need for better ways to consolidate and look at projects over organizations change. Most organizations now run more than 100 projects a year consistently and the PMO has become key to get these projects off the ground and successful in shorter periods of time.

About the Presenter

Sylvie Edwards

Sylvie Edwards, PMP®, CMP, MCPM, STDC

Sylvie has been involved in Project Management in several industries for the past 25 years. Sylvie previously worked for a top 5 Consulting Firm, where she oversaw projects in the IT, Banking, Health, Government and Securities sectors as well as a Manager in the Risk Management practice.

Sylvie established her own consulting practice assisting organizations in developing processes, strategies and implementing methodologies. Sylvie was instrumental in the development of methodologies for the creation of PMOs as well as for the evaluation, assessment and review of projects in peril. Sylvie also worked on the establishment of a Project Maturity model for both practitioner and organization.

Sylvie’s involvement with PMI® is long standing including over 12 years on the Board of Directors of a local Chapter where she led initiatives in education, mentoring and held the role of President for two terms.

Sylvie is teaching at both Durham College and the University of Toronto. Always looking for her next challenge, she is a continuous learner of all aspects of Project Management including knowledge management, change management, risk management and ethical practices for the profession. She is a frequent lecturer, presenter and blogger on all things related to project management.


McLean Community Centre
95 Magill Drive
Ajax, ON L1T 4M5


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