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Married, 2 children.
Fluent: English, Hungarian
B. Sc. (Honors Physics) McGill University, Montreal, 1968.
M. Sc. (Computer Science) University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ont., 1969.
- Book entitled Software Project Management, for Small to Medium Sized Projects, 1990, Prentice-Hall.
- Book entitled, The Practical Guide to Project Management Documentation, Wiley, 2004
Conference Papers and Proceedings
- PMI Project Management Symposium, 2009: “Automated Multi Project Planning and Control Systems”
- PMI Global Region Project Management Symposium (also gave the paper) 2008: “Information Technology Project Management”
- PMIOVOC, 2008, “How to teach Project Management at the Post Secondary Level”
- I collaborated with Dr. A. Potworowski and Dr. T. Brzowski to publish a research paper on Reducing Green House Gas Emissions, published at http://transitiontosustainability.blogspot.com/.
- I did extensive research for my books.
As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), I sat on the board of the Information Systems Specific Interest Group of the Project Management Institute in 2001-2002, as well as on the board of the Project Management Institute in 2002. In this role I was responsible for professional development, which includes providing training and advancement for the organization. I was also responsible for interfacing these associations with academic and public organizations.
I am also on the Board of Directors as Treasurer of the Association of Part Time Professors of the University of Ottawa.
- Having extensive knowledge of Microsoft Project, I specialize in automated multi-project roll-up systems. Recently I developed such systems for the Office of the Auditor General where we roll up dozens of Audit projects, at CRA where we roll up 15 Provincial, Territorial and headquarters projects from across a Canada-wide network. The system includes extensive automation, macros, custom reports, commands and screens.
- At Health Canada I developed processes, procedures and plans to optimize the approval of drugs.
- I consulted to the RCMP on the DNA Database Project.
- In 2001 I developed a set of core competencies for Project Managers in the Federal Government.
- In the role of “Project Management Mentor” on a large PWGSC project, I was responsible for implementing proper project management practices according to PMI standards. I implemented a development methodology, risk management, cost control using earned value, and general team work techniques.
I teach Project Management (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced), Information Technology Project Management, Software Project Management, Risk Management, Microsoft Project (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) and any other aspect of project management.
I can develop courseware, curriculum and provide training on any aspect of project management. Recently I provided customized Project Management courses at Iogen corporation, emphasizing research and development projects. Also at Environment Canada emphasizing stakeholder communications, at CRA emphasizing Balanced Scorecard, at RCMP emphasizing risk management and Health Canada emphasizing legal and regulatory projects. Please see www.rakos.com for more detail.
International Training and Consulting
I designed and developed customized project management training courses in many parts of the world:
- In 2008 I provided custom course development to International Development and Research Centre as well as the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. These courses emphasized managing projects funded in different parts of the world.
- In 2008 I designed and provided consulting and training in Project Management to Romastru, an international pharmaceutical company headquartered in Bucharest, Romania.
- In 2007-2008 I consulted and provided training in Warsaw, Budapest and Bucharest to Stamford Global, an international training and conference provider.
- In 2000 I designed an Information Technology Project Management course for the Vietnam-Canada Information Technology (VCIT) project. This is a project to assist the government of Vietnam implement a comprehensive information technology policy for the country. I met with a delegation from Vietnam (including the Minister of Computer Education) to obtain the requirements for this course. Subsequently I designed and developed the course, and had the opportunity to delivered this course in Vietnam. This was a train the trainer course: the attendees were 25 teachers. These teachers will be responsible to provide my course in schools across the country.
As a Professor at the University of Ottawa, I developed and teach Project Management to the Masters of Business Administration class as well as at the undergraduate level. This course is extremely well received by the students. I also teach basic Microsoft Project in this class because the students have 12 assignments which use MSProject as the basic tool.
References supplied upon request
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Paul S. Adler is a certified Project Management Professional (P.M.P.) with over thirty years of IT-related business experience. He has managed numerous software and course development projects and has been involved in all aspects of the systems development life cycle. He is particularly experienced with establishing Project Management Offices in which project management tools and techniques are utilized on a consistent basis to plan, monitor and report on systems integration and IT-related projects. He also specializes in project management software tools, specifically Microsoft Project.
He has participated in the establishment of Project Management Offices (PMOs) at Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, NetManage Inc., Corning Inc. and Public Works and Government Services Canada. The methodology for the PMOs consisted of Practical Project Management and Microsoft Project workshops followed by the creation of Project Charters, Work Breakdown Structures, Project Plans, Schedules with Gantt Charts, Networks Diagrams (PERT Charts), Status Reports, Risk Analysis, Change Control and Project Evaluation and Closeout documents and templates.
In addition, Mr. Adler has presented over 500 practical project management and Microsoft Project workshops to more than 6000 professionals during the past 20 years. His courses are based on the internationally recognized standard known as the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) developed by the Project Management Institute. Mr. Adler has provided on-site Project Management and Microsoft Project training to project managers at Lockheed-Martin Astronautics and Analex Inc. (NASA contractors) at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
He consistently applies a logical, systematic approach to project management consulting & training that is based on his scientific background and training experience. His techniques are derived from his expertise in managing software development, course design and delivery projects as well as from his excellent communications skills and sense of humour.
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Marko Wolf-Pany, P.Eng.
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SEI CMM SCE Lead Evaluator Candidate
Program / Project / Process Improvement Manager
Marko Wolf-Pany is a Systems Engineer specializing in Software Engineering and Information Technology (IT) Program, Project, and Process Improvement Management. He has expertise in software development using standard Life Cycle (SDLC) Management in order to deliver reliable, maintainable, and portable software systems, within scope, time and budget. He has used standards based on the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Models (CMMs), the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK), and the IEEE Software Engineering Standards.
He has extensive knowledge of software engineering methodologies and experience in the management of teams of professionals, including systems engineers, hardware engineers, communications engineers, software engineers, and computer scientists (including database experts). He is thoroughly familiar with the application of international systems and software engineering standards such as SEI CMMs, IEEE and DoD military specifications to software development, maintenance and to overall systems engineering management.
Marko Wolf-Pany is a Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Software Capability Evaluation (SCE) Lead Evaluator Candidate, and a Certified ISO 9000 Internal Auditor.
Director, Software Engineering Management
- Program Manager – SEI CMM based Software Process Improvement (SPI) Programs
- Member of the company’s Baldrige National Quality Program Steering Council
Process Improvement Management Consultant
Director, Systems Engineering – Technical Authority responsible for all Information Technology (IT) Projects in Latin America
Project Manager / Technical Manager, Land (Army) Software Engineering Centre (LSEC), Department of National Defence (DND); Member of the Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG)
Project Leader and Senior Systems Analyst, National Energy Board
Professor, Algonquin College, School of Technology
Senior Systems Analyst, Administrative Systems, Health Protection Branch
Chief and Systems Analyst, Compliance Research, Tax Model, & Operations Research, Revenue Canada
Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), Ontario
B.Eng. Honours, Electrical Engineering, Carleton University
Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Software Capability Evaluation (SCE) Lead Evaluator Candidate
Certified ISO 9000 Internal Auditor
Professional Certification: Client / Server Systems; Inter-Networking; Local Area Networks (LANs); Wide Area Networks (WANs); Open Systems; and PC Service and Support
Fluent in English and Spanish
Functional capability in French and German
SECRET level for over 18 years
CURRENT CMM PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Director, Software Engineering Management, OAO Technology Solutions, Inc. (OAOT), (www.oaot.com), a global provider of information technology and e-Business solutions. Managed the SEI SW-CMM based Software Process Improvement (SPI) Programs (defining and institutionalizing Software Project Management Best Practices) for Applications Development & Maintenance (ADM). He has also provided SPI consulting services to other organizational groups and external clients. He was instrumental in achieving SW-CMM Level 2 at the OAOT e-Business Solution Centres, in Moncton, NB, and in Toronto, ON.
Mr. Wolf-Pany was member of OAOT’s Baldrige National Quality Program Steering Council, a Senior Management Advisory Group reporting directly to the President of the company. The company received the 2001 Bronze level in the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Awards program, which honours organizations that make significant progress in quality and productivity improvement.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Currently Marko is a Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Software Capability Evaluation (SCE) Lead Evaluator Candidate. He has successfully completed the SEI Certified Lead Evaluator Training Program for the SW-CMM, (“Introduction to the Capability Maturity Model”, for Software, v1.1; “Software Capability Evaluation (SCE) Training, Version 3.0”, (both conducted by Abacus Technology Corporation), and the “SEI Certified SCE Lead Evaluator Training”; conducted at the SEI at Carnegie Mellon University. He has also participated as a full member in two SEIrecognized SCEs, (one SW-CMM Level 3 and the other Level 4).
Mr Wolf-Pany received SEI CMM formal training with OAO Corporation (www.oao.com), Greenbelt, MD, and practical experience helping their Software Engineering Centre achieve SW-CMM Level 3 (1998) and Level 4 (2000).
Fully qualified to lead Software Process Improvement (SPI) Programs based on the SEI SW-CMM, Marko has only to Lead an SCE under the supervision of a fully Certified SCE Lead Evaluator in order to achieve the status of Lead Evaluator. Once completed, he will be fully Certified to Lead SCEs, one of only three Canadians in the field of sixty Lead Evaluators worldwide.
Mr. Wolf-Pany completed the “Introduction to Capability Maturity Model-Integrated (CMMI)” course – the new CMM from the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Toronto (April 2002), and the “Intermediate Concepts of Capability Maturity Model -Integrated (CMMI)” course at the University Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), (July 2002).
He holds an honours degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa. (1977)
Engineering Training at PHILIPS, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in Computer Aided Design (CAD) of power supplies for oscilloscopes, (digital simulations of analogue systems).
He is currently pursuing Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
He has also obtained professional certification from Learning Tree International in the following six areas: Client / Server Systems; Inter-Networking; Local Area Networks (LANs); Wide Area Networks (WANs); Open Systems; and PC Service and Support; (30 courses). He completed the course work for professional certification from Learning Tree International in the following three areas: UNIX Systems; C and C++ Programming; and Software Development; (15 courses). (1994)
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- Gaining knowledge in computer hardware and software, particularly relating to real-time systems and telecommunication systems.
- Becoming an upper-level system designer and programmer within five years.
Since 2003 employed by the University of Ottawa as support and help engineer. This involves everything from installing new software, hardware, systems and helping with day-to-day problerms.
Innovance Networks Inc.
August 2001 to September 2002
- Team member of the Base Software and BSP (Board Support Package) groups.
- Implemented hardware testing routines, as well as low-level hardware device drivers for several Motorola 8260-based fiber optic switching devices, using C under VxWorks.
Blackline Systems Corp.
October 1999 to August 2001
- Team member on contract projects for Mitel Corp. and IQ-Max Corp.
- Ported a hardware driver library to PalmOS.
- Implemented and tested new functionality for microcontroller-based telephone switches, using Cand C++under VxWorks. Included creating a hardware device driver.
- Added several user interface screens to a system configuration utility written in Visual C++.
- Assisted in writing software design documents.
Ingenia Communications Corporation and Software Kinetics Ltd.
October 1997 to February 1999
- Team member for an activity tracking system, written in Visual Basic. Work included documentation, Microsoft Word macro programming, user interface prototyping.
June 1995 to September 1997; March 1999 to October 1999
- Developer of ProjectPlus, a user interface front end for Microsoft Project, written in Microsoft Project macro language.
- Corporate Web Page Designer
System Administrator (Volunteer)
The Aurora Research Project
January 1995 to February 1998
- Web Page creation and maintenance
- User account administration
- PC hardware installation
- Programming languages, especially C and C++.
- Real-time systems programming using VxWorks and PalmOS
- Development environments such as Tornado, Visual C++ and Visual Basic
- Assembly language and hardware architecture for Intel and Motorola-based systems.
- Object oriented design and programming using Rational Rose (UML) and ObjecTime (ROOM).
- Rapid software prototyping using HTML, Visual Basic, PowerPoint and other authoring tools.
- Audio and video encoding technologies including MPEG
- 1 year of experience coordinating teams of 2 to 6 people.
- Able to properly schedule and plan a project.
- 5 years of experience working on projects with 2 to 6 people
- Able to work alone or in collaboration with other team members
Computer Systems Engineering at Carleton University, class of 1997.
- Design and programming of a real-time communication system in C++ and ObjecTime.
- Software engineering using Rapid Prototyping and Visual Basic, including a 50-page written report.
- Technology: computers, audio, photography, automobiles
- Music: modern and classic rock, electronic music
- Outdoor activities: Skiing, bicycling, inline skating, hiking, camping
References provided upon request.
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DAVID COLE CD, B.Eng, M.Eng, P.Eng, PMP
Royal Military College M.Eng. Nuclear Engineering (1989)
Royal Military College B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering (1986)
Mr Cole is currently an independent contractor providing specialized radiation safety and radiation protection services. He has been responsible for successful completion of a wide range of projects in the areas of health physics, radio-ecology and radiation science. He has managed projects valued at up to approximately $2M and project staff of up to 22 individuals.
He has experience in all aspects of the licensing, acquisition, storage, use and disposal of radioactive material. He has extensive hands-on experience working in areas contaminated with radioactive material; both for characterization and decontamination. He is experienced in the acquisition, calibration and use of a variety of radiation detection instruments, such as hand-held instruments, laboratory spectrometers and vehicle portal monitors.
David Cole and Associates
(2007 – present)
Mr Cole has been involved in a number of projects related to radiation safety, radiation protection, and health physics. These projects are typically related to demonstrating that facilities meet regulatory requirements for hazards during normal operations, upset conditions and accidents and emergencies. Examples of these facilities include liquid waste storage and hot cells.
Additional specific projects include: delivery of radiation safety training for uranium exploration crews; evaluation of CT scan doses; criticality safety assessment of liquid waste; and a long term safety assessment of engineered facilities to store uranium-contaminated soil.
Mr Cole has also planned and performed radiation surveys to detect and characterize near-background quantities of radioactive material.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC Canada)
(1994 – 2007)
As the Program Manager for SAIC Canada’s Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program, he was responsible for all aspects of the Program, including business development, contract award and execution, and quality assurance. His Program had annual sales of approximately $1M and an impeccable record of on-time and on-budget project completion.
Mr Cole managed a number of projects in the field of radiation safety and radiation protection. He has extensive experience in the use of field survey instruments to detect, identify and quantify surface contamination. He has developed a detailed set of plans and procedures that cover all aspects of radiological decommissioning including surveying, sampling and analysis. He oversaw the decommissioning and decontamination of approximately 100 facilities.
Mr Cole also has experience in performing safety analyses of nuclear facilities seeking licensing from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Examples of these facilities include the low-level radioactive waste facility in Port Hope, Ontario; the modular above-ground storage facility in Chalk River, Ontario and the NRU research reactor at Chalk River.
He has extensive experience in the collection and analysis of environmental samples to identify and characterize trace levels of radioactive contaminants in the environment. Skills include the development and implementation of environmental monitoring programs, collection and preparation of environmental samples (food, water, soil, etc.), analysis of samples by gamma spectroscopy and reporting results. He has also been involved in a number of projects related to airborne gamma spectroscopy.
Mr Cole also provided program management support for a $20M project to manufacture and install vehicle radiation portal monitors for the Exploranium division.
Mr Cole initially developed and implemented SAIC Canada’s ISO 9001-registerd quality management system.
Director General Nuclear Safety (Dept of National Defence) (1991 – 1994)
Mr Cole conducted a number of technical studies related to the safety of radioactive material within DND. Mr. Cole also performed regulatory inspections of licensed users of radioactive material to ensure compliance with license conditions and applicable regulations.
Naval Officer (Dept of National Defence) (1989 – 1991)
Completed the qualifications to act as the Chief Engineer on a Canadian Naval vessel. Served as Assistant Chief Engineer inHMCS Protecteur, including while deployed to the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War. Oversaw the operation, repair and maintenance of all systems associated with a steam boiler plant including: feedwater, fuel management; HVAC; power generation and distribution (normal and emergency); main and auxiliary steam systems, cooling systems and lubricating oil. Conducted various machinery tests and trials. Supervised approximately 30 mechanics and technicians, including training activities. Developed and participated in numerous shipboard emergency exercises and responded to a number of actual emergencies (fire and flood).
- “Radiation Protection Issues Related to Canadian Museum Operations”, EJ Waller, D Cole and TJ Jamieson,Health Physics, 2008.
- “Release Limits and Decontamination Efficacy for Tritium: Lessons Learned Outside Nuclear Power Operations”, EJ Waller, D Cole and TJ Jamieson, Health Physics, 2007.
- “Project Management: An Engineering Contractor’s Perspective”, D Cole, presented at the Project Management Institute (Ottawa Valley Chapter) Annual Symposium, November 2006.
- “Decontamination Issues Related to Museum Operations”, EJ Waller, D Cole and TJ Jamieson, Canadian Nuclear Society annual conference, 2005.
- “Experimental and Computational Determination of Neutron Dose Equivalent around Radiotherapy Accelerator”, EJ Waller, TJ Jamieson, D Cole, et al Rad. Prot. Dos., 2003.
- “Effectiveness of Custom Neutron Shielding in the Maze of Radiotherapy Accelerators”, EJ Waller, TJ Jamieson, D Cole et al, Rad. Prot. Dos., 2003.
- “A Five Year Summary of Radiological Decommissioning Activities at Canadian Military Facilities”, EJ Waller and D Cole, Proc. of the ANS, Spokane, WA, September 2000.
- “Chernobyl-4 Post Accident Radiation Monitoring in the Exclusion Zone”, EJ Waller and D Cole, CNS Bulletin, 2000.
- “An Environmental Radionuclide Baseline Study (ERBS) Near Three Canadian Naval Ports”, EJ Waller and D Cole, Health Physics, 1999.
- “Reliability Prediction for the SLOWPOKE Demonstration Reactor Building Heating Demonstration”, DJ Winfield, D Cole et al, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 1991.
- European Centre for Technogenic Safety (Kiev and Chornobyl, Ukraine): Post-Accident Radiation Monitoring (1999).
- KPMG (Ottawa, Ontario): Internal Auditing (1998).
- Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, USA): Planning for Nuclear Emergencies (1991).
- Royal Naval Engineering College (Plymouth, UK): Marine Engineering Applications Course (1987).
STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS
Experienced at the interpretation and implementation of standards and regulations, including:
- ISO 9001 “Quality Management Systems Requirements”.
- CSA N286 “Design Quality Assurance for Nuclear Power Plants”.
- Nuclear Safety and Control Act, Regulations, Policies, Standards, Guides and related regulatory documents.
- CSA N-288.2 “Guidelines for Calculating Radiation Doses to the Public from a Release of Airborne Radioactive Material under Hypothetical Accident Conditions in Nuclear Reactors”.
- IEC 61508 “Functional Safety of Electrical / Electronic / Programmable Electronic Safety-Related Systems”.
- Health Canada “Good Manufacturing Practices”.
- Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations.
- ASTM standards for environmental sampling.
- NUREG-1575 “Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM)”.
- IAEA-TECDOC-1092 “Generic Procedures for Monitoring in a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency”.
- Federal Standard 205E and ISO 14644 “Cleanroom Monitoring”.
COMPUTER MODELLING CODES
Experienced in the use of the following:
- ADDAM (atmospheric dispersion and dose analysis method).
- RESRAD-OFFSITE (release pathway modelling and dose prediction).
- MicroShield (shielding and dose assessment).
- CAFTA (computer aided fault tree analysis).
- FaultTree+ (fault tree analysis).
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Licensed Professional Engineer, Province of Ontario (1993 – present). Holder of a PEO Certificate of Authorization.
- Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute (2005 – present).
- Member, Health Physics Society.
- Certified Quality Engineer, American Society for Quality (2001 – 2004).
- Certified Internal Auditor (1999).
- Marine Engineering Officer Head-of-Department Qualification (1991).
- Functional ability in French (reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension).
- Recipient of the Kuwait Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait; Gulf and Kuwait Medal; and Canadian Forces Decoration.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Level II (Secret)
- Running: completed two sub-four-hour marathons.
- Sailing: have sailed in Canada, the US, Caribbean and Mediterranean.
- Cycle touring: independent bicycle tours in Canada, the US and Europe.
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[toggle title=”About Jenny Morawska-Ahearn”]
Jenny has extensive experience in executive leadership and management. Her experience has been gained in various executive roles in a number of large complex domestic and international organisations, in multiple industries, and in both private and public sectors including:
Chief Executive Officer, Research Infrastructure Support Services Limited; Non Executive Director NAPCAN Foundation (National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect); General Manager, People and Performance, Westpac Banking Corporation, Australasia; Deputy Secretary, Commonwealth Departments of Finance, Industry, Science and Resources; Director, Ernst and Young; Executive Director, Price Waterhouse.
Prior to this, Jenny held various senior executive roles in Government and CSIRO, and also undertook University lecturing (ANU, University of Canberra, Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney), postgraduate studies, teaching and research.
She is advisor to the Swedish Foreign Ministry and the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden, and advisor to the United Nations General Assembly regarding establishment of dialogues for peace.
Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts (Sciences), a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Graduate Diploma in Science, a Master of Science and a Master of Business Administration.
She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, member of the Advisory Board International Management Institute Doctor of Business Leadership, past secretary of the Australasian Evaluation Society and past Executive Council Member of the Australian Institute of Management Consultants.
As a leader with extensive commercial and government experience, the focus of her career has been on delivering tangible commercial results in challenging, complex and fast-paced environments. These have been achieved through a business performance mindset, coupled with excellent transformational change skills, requiring support of diverse stakeholder groups. She brings a pragmatic focus to the delivery of high-end outcomes and has a deep understanding and experience of the extremely complex issues involved in multi-faceted organisations.
Jenny specialises in moving organisations through difficult times to optimise business performance, inspiring stakeholders to leverage opportunities and to live the organisation’s vision.
Her passion is for building a sustainable future for organisations and individuals.
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