Change Leadership for Project Management Professionals Masterclass 2019


Join us on Thursday, September 5th for the launch of our exclusive Masterclass Series! Hear from Industry Practitioners, Executives and Leading Industry Panelists.

The Change Leadership for Project Management Professionals masterclass will take a deep dive into change leadership best practices and concepts for project management.


Date: September 5th, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m
Audience: Project Management Professionals - Project Managers, Project leaders, PMO Leaders, Project Coordinators
Location : Northeastern University Toronto, First Canadian Place 100 King Street W, Toronto, Canada


This masterclass is a 2+ hour event designed in partnership with Northeastern University Toronto to cover the evolving role of project managers and the change leadership skills required, while also providing an opportunity for networking with like-minded professionals.

The masterclass will feature presentations from our in-house team, as well as expert guest speakers and executives who are responsible for project management teams and leading change in their organizations.

This masterclass will provide project professionals with a practical deep dive into change leadership as it relates to project management.




Colleen Ward

Vice President, Technology Solutions, TD

Colleen joined TD in October 2014 as an Associate Vice President and Head of TD Merchant Solutions.

Christopher Bolick

Lead Faculty, Master Of Science In Project Management, Northeastern University

Christopher Bolick, serves as Lead Faculty in the Master of Science in Project Management program.

Lilian Abu Halaga

Interim Head, Enterprise Project Management Office, Interac Corp

Lilian is a senior leader with over 20 years of experience in Project Management.


Adel A. Zadeh

Program Director And Professor, Director PMI Toronto Chapter

A project management educator and consultant with +10 years of experience, Adel is the board member at PMI Toronto chapter and program director and professor at Lambton College in Toronto, where he directs a number of post-graduate programs including "Construction Project Management" and "Enterprise Project Management and Leadership" programs.

Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta

Change Strategist & Change Management Lead, OliveBlue

Yvonne is a Change Management Strategist and Change Leadership Advocate with over 20 years of experience helping professionals and organizations to navigate and transition through change, most especially in today’s disruptive environment.

Why You Should Attend?


During the masterclass, attendees will learn:

• The evolution of your role as a project manager
• The importance of change leadership to project management
• The essential skills required to effectively lead change on your projects

As well as hear from industry experts and practitioners with change leadership and project management experience.

Get insider tips, strategies and knowledge to help you lead and drive change in today’s INCREDIBLY fast-paced business environment.


  • Create a culture of change and increase your influence

  • Learn how to respond to change better and faster

  • Hear real-life case studies on leading change and innovation

  • Better harness your teams in leading and managing resistance to change

  • Increase ROIs from change initiatives in your organization

  • Strategies and insights to stay ahead in a competitive market


  • 5:30pm - 6:00pm

    Registration, Refreshments and Networking
  • 6:00pm - 6:10pm

    Welcome, Opening Remarks and Introductions
  • 6:10pm – 6:35pm

    Session 1 and Q&A Session with Colleen Ward - VP, Technology Solutions, TD
  • 6:35pm – 6:55pm

    Session 2 with Christopher Bolick - Lead Faculty, MS Project Management, Northeastern University
  • 6:55pm – 7:15pm

    Session 3 with Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta – Change Management Lead and Strategist, OliveBlue / Change Leadership
  • 7:20pm - 8.05pm

    Change Leadership and Evolution of the Project Management Role in today’s disruptive business environment with Open Discussion and Q&A Session with Adel A. Zade, Lilian Abu Halaga, and Christopher Bolick
  • 8:10pm - 9:00pm

    Closing and Networking

Testimonials From Previous Events!


"Very thought provoking & motivational day. Change is happening so quickly yet it will never move this slowly again! Wow! A real game changer for me."
- Anne-Marie Cerasuolo, Aviva Insurance

"The focus on AI and Robotics coupled with industry leading speakers was a wake up call for CM practitioners and very timely."
- Swaroop Dogra

"This conference was brilliant. The environment and feel was perfect for the topic. The speakers each brought a uniqueness to the stage as they shared both their views and how they applied technology within their industries."
- Steve Pinkus, Pinkus Consulting Inc.


About Northeastern University Toronto, Event Lead Sponsor

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a top U.S. research university primarily located in Boston and a recognized leader in experiential learning, anchored in the world’s largest and most innovative cooperative education program. We integrate classroom studies with opportunities for professional work, research, service, and global learning in 128 countries.

Northeastern has established distinctive regional campuses in Charlotte, N.C., Seattle, and Silicon Valley offering industry-aligned graduate programs designed to help working professionals achieve their career goals.

Northeastern University’s downtown Toronto campus currently offers three online Master of Science programs that are in high demand among local employers—project management; information assurance and cyber security; and regulatory affairs for drugs, biologics, and medical devices. Tailored to Toronto’s needs as a world economic center, these degree programs offer working professionals a clear path to advancing their careers while staying with their current organizations: the flexibility of online education combined with the outstanding faculty, academic resources, and program support of a leading U.S. research institution.