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"No organization can afford to stand still in today’s warp-speed world. And all that change? It’s happening through projects."

Pulse of the Profession, PMI, February 2020


I work very hard to engage, scrutinize, hold accountable—and make better.



Open to Project Management Support and Oversight Work—as an Employee, Contractor or Subcontractor

I really enjoy supporting people and organizations who strive to optimize their delivery of business change; improvements, enhancements, new ideas and innovation.

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

Well-trained & accredited, having earned PMP® - Project Management Professional, MoP® - Portfolio Management Practitioner, PRINCE2® Project Management Practitioner and ITIL® IT Service Management-Foundation certifications.

I`d prefer working with private enterprise over government organizations.



A Project's Success

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

I can help to strike a balance, to find and deliver to your organization's "sweet spot".



My Ideal Work Environment

I like an environment where tasks and projects can be followed through to completion, and especially excel in specialized or technical tasks due to my attention to detail. I feel most safe when there is procedure and routine, and when given instructions and reassurance that I am doing what is expected of me. I desire independence and autonomy, but also a controlled and organized work environment.


I`d Prefer to Work With Private Enterprise Over Government Organizations

So what makes government organizations different from private enterprise, and how do those differences influence project management?


Here are a few things I consider:

  • increased probability of dysfunctional/toxic workplaces with three things in abundance: chaos and confusion; group-think; apathy
  • entrenched silos
  • tenured employment status
  • failure without repercussions
  • mistaking activity with achievement
  • form over function, process over outcome
  • everything is political
  • a cultural propensity to keep secrets or lie about project delivery failure to "keep the peace"  
  • true success is hard to achieve
  • comprehensive definition for a project's success undefined from the onset
  • success criteria for product and project quality, timeliness, budget compliance, and degree of customer satisfaction are often purposely ambiguous



Personal Characteristics

Because I focus on the details and often see what many others do not, I tend to be a good problem solver and very creative. I think very analytically and systematically, and make decisions carefully with plenty of research and information to back it up.

Adaptable, trainable and trustworthy—with a very good knowledge-base of tactical and strategic project management theory, frameworks, techniques, methodologies, foundational standards, practice standards and good/approved best practices.

I take great pride in doing my work accurately and am excellent at analyzing, researching, or testing information.

I ask important questions and talk about problems that could hold up projects. Speaking "truth to power" is important to me.

An instinctive organizer, who can both create and maintain systems. Precise, detail-oriented and conscientious—I take great pride in being accurate and correct. I am a "do it yourself" manager who maintains focus on tasks and will see something through until it's finished.

I emphasize quality, think logically, and strive for a diplomatic approach and consensus within groups. 

I have very high standards for both myself and others. I bring perspective to groups and tend to be the "anchor of reality" in team thought. When something is proposed, I will think through every detail of how it works and the process.

I will make realistic estimates and will voice the problems that I see with the plan or already existing system.

I am conscientious and even-tempered. I will complete tasks I've committed to and will be very thorough.



Work Experience, Education, Security Clearance & Language Skills

Fifteen+ years of diverse work experience—with both private and public-sector organizations. Project offices, business projects with information and communication technology, relationship marketing, print related and software services, systems research databases and reporting, procedures analysis, electronics manufacturing/supply chain, and customer service.

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).

GC Level II (SECRET) clearance | Proficient in both official languages ─ Bilingual English/French GC Level CBB




An individual of refreshing candor, an exceptionally conscientious practitioner/specialist who works honorably and with dedication.

I believe that effective project, program, project portfolio and enterprise/corporate-level governance (oversight and decision-making) require me to be candid, transparent, honest and fair at all times.

Servant leadership is my philosophy—sharing power (influence & authority), considering the needs of workers and helping people develop and perform as highly as possible.

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!

Continuous learning and putting knowledge into action are hallmarks of my work!

Growing stakeholders' 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.


Mark E. Geres | Ph: 1.819.827.2558

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