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2024 Virtual Keynote Speakers

There are two ways to participate in PD Days 2024: 1) Virtually - there will be thirteen virtual sessions (1 hour each) spread over the month of May, including two virtual keynote speakers; 2) In-person: there will also be an in-person full-day workshop held in Moncton on May 21st, followed by an in-person networking event. 

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Lynn Shannon, PMP, PMI-PBA, DASSM

Keynote Topic: Latest Project Management Trends
Wednesday, May 1 at 12 pm


During her session, Lynn will provide a brief PMI Status Update and then will delve into Global Megatrends, quickly touching on:

  • Labour Shifts

  • Demographic Shifts

  • Digital Disruptions

  • Economic Shifts

  • Climate Change

  • Civil, Civic and Equality Movements

She will then focus on and drive into general project management trends, including:

  • Embracing Power Skills

  • Making Agile a Priority

  • Embracing Continuous Learning, including the use of AI


A current Board of Director with PMI, Lynn Shannon will be speaking to us on the Latest Project Management Trends. 


She is a dedicated professional leader with extensive management experience leading media and digital transformation programs for large Canadian companies, including Thomson Reuters, Torstar, Rogers Communication and Sun Life Financial. Currently she is an instructor in the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto, teaching project management and leadership courses.


She has been an active PMI volunteer for more than 20 years, serving in both local and global roles. During this time, she has traveled around the world, attending and presenting at various project management conferences.

Born in Montreal, and a graduate of McGill, Ms. Shannon has a B. Ed., plus holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® and Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) certifications.

1 PDU (Business Acumen)

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Laszlo A Retfalvi P.Eng PMP PMI-RMP

Keynote Topic: Project Management Leadership: The Art of Respect Over Popularity
Monday, May 6 at 12 pm


Leadership in today's project environment is a challenge for many. Project Managers, especially those new to the position, often feel ill-equipped, overwhelmed, and stressed when dealing with the need to make tough decisions. Many of us are naturally biased towards ensuring harmony and consensus first, not on reason. This is where the challenge begins.


Leadership in a project environment requires the acceptance that difficult decisions are almost never popular with stakeholders. Respect is a solid foundation for leadership and must be earned. There is simply no way around this. Recognizing and mastering the careful balance between respect and popularity is what makes a Project Manager an outstanding leader.

Please join Laszlo as he explains how gaining respect plays a critical role in successful project management, its importance to your personal success, and how to apply proven techniques to help raise your leadership to the next level.


Laszlo is former Director of Enterprise Excellence and member of the Senior Leadership Team {SLT) at Lockheed Martin Canada, a division of Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission Systems (RMS). Laszlo's role focused on strategic program and risk transformation to drive excellence through the organization.

Previous roles include Vice-President of the Program and Risk Management Office (PRMO) at Allen Vanguard Corporation, Director of the Program Management Center of Excellence at Shared Services Canada, and Director of Integrated Sensor Systems at General Dynamics Canada. Previously, Laszlo held roles with the Irving Corporation and SED Systems.

A seasoned 35+ year veteran of engineering, project management and business in private and public sectors, Laszlo and his teams have successfully managed and delivered products, systems, and services to Military, Para-Military, Public, Government, and Private Customers. Areas of expertise include independent reviews, risk workshops, schedule and cost risk analysis, and talent development.

Laszlo is an award-winning instructor, author, and coach. With a passion to help individuals succeed, Laszlo is currently an Instructor at University of California Irvine Extension. Laszlo is also an Instructor at Oregon State University Continuing and Professional Education. Areas include Project Planning and Risk, Leadership and High-Performance Teams, Risk and Issue Management, and Project Environment and Value Delivery.

Laszlo is author of The Power of Project Management Leadership: Your Guide on How to Achieve Outstanding Results (CS Publishing March 2014) including the Project Management Leadership Model©, a framework to develop personal project management leadership excellence. Laszlo's book has been selected as one of the 100 Best Project Management Books of all Time by Book Authority.

A recognized industry speaker, Laszlo has published and delivered over 80 papers and presentations internationally, including 8 PMI Global Conferences and PMI® Risk and Leadership Community of Practice Premium on Demand webinars.

Laszlo has been happily married to Lisa for over 35 years and they have two wonderful sons, Andrew and Alexander.

1 PDU (0.5 - Power Skills, 0.5 - Business Acumen)

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