Rob loves helping people to learn. His undergraduate degree is in Adult Education, with a focus on workplace learning and instructional design. Rob designs and delivers training courses, both for online and classroom use. His courses cover management, technical, and specialty training, and for over 25 years, Rob has helped thousands of students gain valuable work related skills. He currently helps people learn practical management and leadership skills at a number of colleges, universities and other organizations of varying size.
Rob is also a business person. He has comprehensive business experience and has worked at all levels of management. He has been fortunate enough to work and manage projects in a wide variety of industries. When he started managing projects, Rob was like everyone else – doing his best just to get the job done. He then decided that there must be a more effective way to work. This realization led him to complete his Master’s degree in project management with a specialty in organizational learning and performance, and to gain his PMP® credential. “Since then,” he says, “project management has been a wonderful learning experience.”
Rob founded the Applied Management Centre because he saw that many management courses were too focused on theory, when students really wanted to learn practical skills. By combining his training experience and business experience, he set out to develop management courses that are directly relevant to the work his students will do.
Sherry is a professional project manager who consistently achieves successful results. She has earned a reputation for providing expert project management guidance, both in real-life projects and through her teaching. Over the last 25 years she has gained broad business experience in increasingly senior positions.
Sherry has extensive experience developing and presenting both technical and applied training programs to non-technical students. She is also experienced in project management, risk management, and in advanced data management and processing techniques.
Sherry is an ardent believer in the benefits of project management. She is also committed to continual improvement and lifelong learning. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she earned a combined Honours B.Sc. in Forestry and Biology and a Master’s degree in Soil Science.
Tim is a seasoned project manager with skills that range from managing multimillion dollar projects in IT, Bioinformatics and Health Care to using Agile frameworks such as SCRUM. He is also experienced in applying LEAN process theory and in continuous improvement (i.e. Kaizen, 5S). Tim is currently a Project Manager in the healthcare industry. On top of his extensive work experience he holds three degrees: a B.Sc. in Genetics, a B.Sc. in Computer Science and an M.Sc. in Computer Science.
Like many project managers Tim got into project management accidentally. After being recruited as a Bioinformatics and Database Manager, he found himself managing large-scale, million-dollar projects without any training. Once he recovered from the shock he realized that in future he would need better project management skills, so he took the Applied Project Management Certificate Program and gained his PMP® credential. This gave him a solid foundation in project management and an appreciation of standard project management principles.
Tim is passionate about teaching. He started teaching music theory at the age of 10, and has taught both classical guitar and piano for over 20 years. He has also tutored students in Science and Math, and instructed university-level computer business courses.
Richard gained a M.Sc. in Biogeochemistry and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential from the Project Management Institute®. His academic experience includes serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, a post-doctoral scientist at the University of New Hampshire, USA, and a post-doctoral research associate with the Institute of Environment Sciences at the University of Quebec.
Richard’s academic qualifications are supported by extensive practical experience in high-level project management. Since 1998 he has managed projects funded by numerous government agencies including the USDA, NASA, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the European Union, and the Canadian government. He is currently a Project Manager/Senior Scientist advising on environmental assessment projects.
Richard believes that successful project management requires a blend of sound process management, expertise in business management, good people skills and a sense of humour.
Anca has an undergraduate degree in Science and an MSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering. She has lived and worked on three continents, serving a variety of industries. After five years as a project and operations manager with a successful start-up science, technology and innovation company, she recently decided to take on a new challenge with a multinational asset management organization. Anca also sits on the Board of Directors of a non-profit community-based organization that operates 11 child care centers in the city.
Anca sees managing projects as a continuous learning experience, with each project presenting its own challenges. As a strong believer that challenges should be embraced as opportunities, she took naturally to project management, and has gained the Project Management Professional® credential with the Project Management Institute®. She is also passionate about education, so teaching project management skills is her perfect role.
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