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Employee, Contractor or Subcontractor | Project Management Specialist

Located in Canada's National Capital Region, Ottawa-Gatineau

Well Trained & Accredited in Project Management

I have an affinity for business projects—delivering new capabilities such as business processes, new assets, systems, functions, services or sets of working practices.

Profile Summary | Mark E. Geres

My knowledge, training and positive dispositions can help reduce risk exposure and increase the probability of project success!


Four years of post-secondary studies, including Project Management—PMI® PMBOK-based; Marketing Management; Business Administration; Computer Programming and Networks; and the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM®) formerly APICS®, CPIM Production & Inventory Management at Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology and CÉGEP (collège d'enseignement général et professionnel).


Growing  employees' commitment and engagement? Delivering projects on time and within budget and scope requires more than the ability to apply project management processes and techniques. It also takes soft skills which address the human side of projects. After all, it’s the people who deliver the work, not the tools.


Servant leadership is my leadership philosophy—sharing power, putting the needs of employees first and helping people develop and perform as highly as possible.


A project's success is measured by product and project quality, timeliness, budget compliance, and degree of customer & stakeholders' satisfaction.


My value propositions? The three Es can be a starting point: economic, effectiveness and efficiency benefits.


For example, client retention and generating repeat revenue, profitability—making sure that revenue stays ahead of the costs of doing business, and reduction in employee turnover costs—maintaining a productive and positive workplace environment that improves employee retention!


An individual of refreshing candor, an exceptionally conscientious practitioner/specialist who works honorably and with dedication; I foster project management success—by design. Continuous learning and putting  knowledge into action are hallmarks of my work! Speaking "truth to power" is important to me. I believe that effective enterprise/corporate-level management oversight and governance requires me to be transparent, honest and fair at all times.


Adaptable, trainable and trustworthy, I am a well-trained and accredited Project Management practitioner/specialist. Having earned PMP®, MoP® - Portfolio Management Practitioner, PRINCE2® Project Management Practitioner and ITIL® IT Service Management, Foundation accreditation—I have a good knowledge-base of tactical and strategic project management theory, frameworks, techniques, methodologies, foundational standards, practice standards and good/approved best practices.

What Am I Looking for in My Next Job or Work Assignment?

Teamwork / Delivering Business Projects with an IT Component

  • Project Control or Project Administrator role.  To support a project, program or project portfolio manager to take over some of the routine administrative tasks that need to be done.

  • Project Manager or Delivery Lead responsible for successful execution of assigned business and IT-enabled projects.

  • Advisor or Analyst (within a Project Portfolio Office). Capacity management, capacity planning, supply and demand management, supply and demand optimization, capability assessment, capability development, performance reporting and analytics. E.g. CA PPM (formerly CA Clarity™ PPM) and/or Microsoft Project Server enterprise project portfolio management tools. 

NB (1): Employee or Independent Contractor? I much prefer an Employee designation but, if required, I have an              incorporated company, "PM by Design Canada Inc." in place for Independent Contractor scenarios.

NB (2)Read and discover more about the representative functions/processes of project management for which I              am knowledgeable & well-trained.

Where Work Opportunities Have Taken Me over the past 10+ Years! 

Project Offices—Providing Advice, Counsel, Governance and Oversight Support


Project management infrastructure.  Building an organizational structure and practices that supports and furthers project management success. Implementing project management offices. Policies and procedures. Forms. Methodology. Best practices. Assistance for troubled projects. Mentoring and coaching. PM Aid and assistance. Advice on project management throughout the organization. Lessons learned repository. Benchmarking information. Training for PMs. Project specific documentation. Project-specific processes, forms etc..


"There is no such thing as an ‘IT project’. There are only business projects with an IT component."

- June Drewry, CIO of Chubb Corp., InfoWorld, 2006

Many project challenges and failures catch executives by surprise. But not all such surprises are truly unforeseeable—if you know where to look!


Earned accreditations—PMP® Project Management Professional, MoP® Portfolio Management Practitioner, PRINCE2® Project Management Practitioner and ITIL® IT Service Management, Foundation.


It's important to note that being a certified project manager doesn't necessarily make you better than any other project manager. It just indicates that you have a certain level of knowledge and expertise, and that you can work proficiently in a project environment. Organizations are increasingly looking for certified project managers because the presence of a certified project manager on a project will increase the odds of project success. The assumption is that someone who has devoted thousands of hours to preparing for his/her certification exams plus ongoing participation in professional development activities, for instance, has learned something that will help keep the project running on time and on budget. Maintaining certification keeps you relevant and helps you better position yourself as the answer to what companies’ demand.

"The ultimate purpose of project management is to create a continuous stream of project successes. This can happen provided that a good definition of "success" is available on each project."

- Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. Project Management Metrics, KPIs, and Dashboards: A Guide to Measuring and Monitoring Project Performance

My knowledge and training can help reduce risk exposure and increase the probability of project success!


Careful to not mistake activity with achievement, I am vigilant in routing out and discouraging busywork. I encourage & applaud dragon-slaying stories! dragon-slaying story focuses on achievement and has three parts; problem, solution and impact. Busywork is work that keeps project resources busy but has little value-in-itself.


Representative functions/processes of project management?


Read and discover more about the representative functions/processes of project management for which I am knowledgeable & well-trained.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Project Management Infrastructure
  • Procedures and Tools
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Client Focus
  • Values and Ethics & Professional Conduct
  • Creative Thinking
  • Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
  • Project Management
  • Project Administration
  • Project Control
  • IT Service Management
  • Information and Communication Technology Management
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Business Systems and Processes
  • Marketing Management

What's in a name? "PM by Design Canada Inc." 


By design—according to plan: by intention.

Delivering project management success-by design!

Innovation is my strength; it’s my way of working!


It’s an attitude of enthusiasm and curiosity. It’s about observing what we currently do and wondering how it can be done better.

I Foster Project Management Success—by Design


Delivering Successful Projects Is Important to Me

Project resources—people, money and material goods, etc.—are precious. Reducing waste, improving organizational performance and fostering customer service excellence are entrenched in my personal values. The ultimate purpose of effective project management is to create a continuous stream of project successes.


Speaking "Truth to Power" Is Important

I believe that effective enterprise / corporate-level management oversight and governance requires me to be transparent, honest and fair at all times. An individual of refreshing candor, an exceptionally conscientious employee who works honorably and with dedication; I foster project management success—by design.


Bringing Together Project Stakeholders, Technologies, Ideas, and Information

I simplify project management through the application of tools and techniques and the application of international standards. It's all about PM success by design—simple is better—bringing together project stakeholders, technologies, ideas, and information.


Creating a Project-wide Culture of Workplace Wellness & Health

Promoting and encouraging stakeholder happiness and work life balance—reducing chronic worry and emotional stress.


Organizational Standards Are Important

A standard is a document, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body, which provides for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context. Developed under a process based on the concepts of consensus, openness, due process, and balance. Standards provide guidelines for achieving specific project, program and portfolio management results.

Competencies That Often Underlie My Successful Performance at Work



Procedures and Tools

Ability to understand and apply established policies and procedures, tools and technical requirements to the project.


Strategic Thinking

Ability to analyze the future impact of decisions by taking a big-picture approach, and to strategically position the project within the business to relate to short and long-term objectives.


Client Focus

Understand who the client is and what the client's current & future needs are; be able to provide realistic expectations and to reach agreement with the client from the project's outset.

Values, Ethics, & Professional Conduct

Fostering and supporting the principles and values of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).


Creative Thinking

Questioning conventional approaches, exploring alternatives and responding to challenges with innovative solutions or services, using intuition, experimentation and fresh perspectives.

Located in Canada's National Capital Region | Ottawa-Gatineau


Mark E. Geres

Phone (Canada): 1.819.827.2558

Mailing Address: 28 Rue des Framboisiers, Cantley, Quebec, Canada  J8V 2V7

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