I have been working for the last 20 years mainly in the Financial Services sector, as a senior leader managing projects, programs and portfolios in Canada and International. I started my career as a Project Coordinator working in the newly formed PMO at Scotiabank. I grew my skills as a Delivery Manager and then Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, and ultimately Director of Mobile Application Development. I started using the agile ways of working in 2012 and I continued to use iterative and incremental work approaches throughout my entire career. I have been an active member of the Toronto Agile Community, board member and speaker, and organizer of the Toronto Agile Conference (1,000+ attendees) in 2018 and 2019.
In recent years, I have been consulting for various institutions in the Oil and Gas and Financial industries. The focus of the advisory has been on business agility and agile product development. In my recent engagement with Bank of Montreal, I have established a solid ‘customer-first’ culture, with business and technology teams aligned to deliver small increments of value for customers, every two weeks.
I started teaching at the University of Toronto in 2009. I am very passionate about teaching and sharing my experience as well as leadership and working styles with learners. My mission is to motivate students to learn and apply the learnings in work and life situations. I use a variety of learner engagement methods, from practical simulation exercises, to discussion boards. Classes are highly interactive, with real life examples, to allow for applicability of concepts.