Board of Directors

WEF is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors from the business and professional communities. The Board plays an active role in ensuring WEF’s success by providing leadership, setting strategic priorities, developing long-term plans, and approving resources and budgets.

Li Yang
President

Always enjoying new challenges and striving on the dynamic nature of project management, Li has been managing projects for 15 years in Health Care, Banking, Not-for-Profit sectors. Her recent professional work focuses more on business analysis and liaises between the business stakeholders and IT specialists. Li is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP). Li was the past Vice President of Membership of PMI West Coast BC and the president of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Society. Passionate about project management as a career option for young people is what has drawn Li to WEF.

Contact Li at: president@widemaneducationfoundation.org

Tina Chahal
Vice President

tina Tina is currently working at Lululemon Athletica as a Senior Project Manager. As an IT transformation leader, Tina has held internal and client-facing roles in a breadth of industries including financial management, consulting, forestry, biopharmaceutical, construction, insurance, and government. Tina takes a collaborative approach to IT leadership, with the interpersonal skills to build long-lasting client relationships and serve as a “translator” between IT and business units. 

In addition to IT leadership, Tina has served as a Business Strategist, Project Manager, Business Analyst and Consultant. This broad experience has given her a holistic view of business practices and strategy and allows her to provide mission-critical input into the decision-making process. Senior executives have repeatedly informed Tina that her IT knowledge, coupled with political awareness and business acumen, have been crucial to informing their mission-critical decisions. 

One of Tina’s greatest strengths is an ability to drive process improvement. She has led transformation projects related to industry best practices, digital mobility, and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) strategy. As a Project Management Professional (PMP), she has managed complex, mission-critical projects, and she is particularly effective in gaining widespread stakeholder buy-in and collaboration. Tina brings a highly energetic and enthusiastic presence to project leadership. 

Tina has presented at a number of conferences on topics spanning web project implementation, the benefits of mobility (an interactive webinar with Apple and CDW Canada), attracting and retaining women into the IT sector, and building partnerships to encourage collaboration and increase efficiency. She has also participated in World eGovernments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO)—the international cooperative body of cities and local governments worldwide that pursues sustainable city development based on e-governance (held in Barcelona, Spain).

 Mike Klein
Secretary & Treasurer

Mike hmk1as over 30 years of IT experience in the local Vancouver market, working both in private and public sector.  For the last 16 years, he has been working at BC Housing as their Chief Information Officer, delivering on some significant business system initiatives that improve the level of service provided to a wide range of stakeholders, including low income families, seniors, the homeless, and non-profit housing providers.

Mike has always looked for opportunities to give back which is why  he joined the Wideman Education Foundation board of directors.  As Mike manages large IT project portfolios, which deliver better service to the most vulnerable British Columbians, having project management excellence in place is a significant key to successful delivery.  For him, having the opportunity to provide insight and education to young people on what successful project management is all about, allows the organizations they work for to meet their objectives and deliver significant return on investment.

Harry Wong
Director of Communications

Harry Wong is a Business Analyst with the University of British Columbia. He brings over 9 years of experience in leading and supporting various IT project implementations within the higher education, Government, healthcare, and call centre industries. 

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As an advocate of effective project management practice, Harry is a candidate for the PMP designation and has earned his Certificate in Project Management from UBC, specializing in business analysis.

Harry is a member of the Project Management Institute, International Institute of Business Analysis, and BC Human Resources Management Association. His certifications include being a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), and a Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) through McGill University.

In addition to serving on WEF’s Board of Directors, Harry serves on the board of directors for the IIBA Vancouver Chapter and has held volunteer positions with the Canadian Diabetes Association, Kids Help Phone, and Providence Health Care.

 Mitra Kiamanesh
Director at Large
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In 2000, Mitra was elected as the first Chair of the McRae Institute of International Management, where she trained Canadian managers to function effectively in Asia and Latin America. She went on to serve as the Director of External Relations at McRae prior to teaching in the Capilano School of Business.

Mitra has over 30 years of international experience, including practicing as an architect in Spain and Algeria. For over 20 years, Mitra ran her international consulting firm in Vancouver which assisted Canadian companies in expanding to Asian and Latin American markets.

Currently Mitra teaches a wide range of business courses at both Capilano and Simon Fraser University. Mitra has a Masters of Architecture and Urban Design from the National University of Iran and a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture from the University of British Columbia. Her studies continued with international business and project management courses at UBC. She has also completed her Certificate of Intercultural Studies at UBC and a Certificate of Mediation from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She has a Project Management Professional designation and is an active member of the Vancouver international and local business community, as well as a number of professional associations.

Julian Rengifo
Director at Large

WEF Board of Directors - Julian RengifoJulian brings over 25 years of Project Management experience in Information Technology (IT) with multi-national companies, private health providers and government organizations. He has led large multi-year and multi-site ERP implementations, software development teams, and multiple concurrent IT infrastructure projects.

Julian is a Systems Engineer with a Masters degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, and a certified PMP who works as a Senior Technology Adviser for an international consulting firm.

He has served on boards of software development companies, non-profit organizations and educational programs in BC and his native Colombia. He also volunteers as a Career Mentor with MOSAIC.

Julian is an advocate of Continuous Improvement and Project Management, which led him to serve on WEF’s Board of Directors.

Iraj Riahi
Director at Large

irajIraj Riahi has been an IT Leader and a certified Project Manager in public, private and non-profit organizations for over 30 years. He is a certified and hands on Project Manager with a strong track record on ERP implementation and custom software development for medium to large corporations in Asia, North America and Europe.  He has gained a broad understanding and has practical experience in a host of processes and industries including business transformation, change management, software product development, sustainment, release management, vendor management, education, automotive, housing, insurance, utility, construction, safety, BC government practices and business environment.

Iraj has a reputation for saving troubled projects by managing stakeholders’ expectations, establishing project governance and focusing on project benefits realization.

Familiar with both the waterfall and agile methodologies, he is passionate about sharing his extensive project management knowledge with others.

Iraj is very active in the soccer community as both a player and a coach, leading his team to league victory many times.

Keegan Wong
Director At Large

Keegan Wkeeganong has been in several leadership roles over his last 5 years. Most recently, he is an Operations Manager for an on-demand food-tech company optimizing production flow and developing new processes while ensuring smooth change management.  

Keegan was first introduced to WEF when he competed in the Wideman Prize Competition in the spring of 2015. As a strong believer of utilizing PM principles in all parts of business and experiencing the benefits gained from WEF’s competition first hand, Keegan continues to support the organizations efforts in providing effective tools, applications, and professional insight to student groups who strive for project management careers.

Muratcan Zor
Director at Large

muratcan1Muratcan Zor is a 2010 Marketing and International Business graduate from the University of British Columbia. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as being certified as a Lean Yellow Belt. He has worked in consumer financing and telecommunications industries with experience in product management, project management and product development. 

In the last few years he has had a wide range of responsibilities that highlighted managing multiple product rollouts to grow revenues. He worked on research, planning and execution of new product launches.

Muratcan has joined WEF’s Board of Directors in early 2016 to develop future project managers through practice of project management principles and skills.

 

Board Liasons

Joan Vincent
Immediate Past President

Business owner (1988), career educator, project manager, consultant and specialist in workplace communication. 17 years PM/Service Provider, Federal Government contracts. BA and BCTC UBC. Founder, Chairman Vancouver Food Bank. Founder, Executive Director, Centre for Non-Traditional Unemployed. Past President, VP Education West Coast BC Chapter PMI, past Instructor SFU. Conference Presenter, guest on local and national radio and TV on issues of employment. Personal Motivation: “Passion about how respect, values, integrity, knowledge, reward and opportunity integrate with the expectations/requirements of our changing workplace culture”.