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.
- Michael Wortman
- Mike Klein
- Jette Helin
- Muratcan Zor
- Audrey Bai
- Fernanda Maximo
- Jack Goihman
- Gillian Harnell
Michael brings 20 years of experience in Information Technology as a Developer, Team Manager, and Project and Program Manager. He returned to Canada after spending 6 years in Asia in the high-pressure global Energy Trading market.
Michael is PMP certified and known for his structured approach, stakeholder management skills, and keen focus on enabling commercial strategy through technology, thanks in part to adding a Technical Program from SAIT to his Economics Degree from the University of Calgary.
He brings marketing and educational institution partnership experience gained while helping to establish a corporate Intern and Graduate Program in Singapore.
Michael is a passionate mentor who is always looking for an opportunity to give back, and joined the board so he can put his relevant skills to work for a worthwhile cause.
Vice President & Treasurer
Mike has over 30 years of IT experience in the local Vancouver market, working both in private and public sector. Since 2001, 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.
Mike has also previously served on the board of directors for the CIO Association of Canada – Vancouver Chapter as their Director of Mentorship Programs, a program dedicated to growing and supporting current and emerging IT leaders.
Director of Sponsorship
Jette Helin, PMP, is a senior project manager with over 30 years of experience in the field who consistently achieves excellent results in her projects. Starting her career with BC TEL (now TELUS) in information technology, she has branched out to include other sectors in her portfolio.
Since 2012, Jette has been working on a variety of projects with Lizette Parsons Bell & Associates. Prior to that, she worked on several key projects for TransLink for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. She was responsible for the Transportation Demand Management project, which exceeded its targets of reducing traffic into the city of Vancouver during the games.
While her work has primarily been on large, complex projects with multiple stakeholders and diverse teams, she also has considerable experience managing small projects for not-for-profit organizations. Having worked overseas for several years, she is adept at and enjoys working with diverse cultures. In 2009 working with Rajand Dhungana, she started a small not-for profit organization in Nepal, which focuses on helping schools in the village of Khalte.
Specialties: Project Management, Project Management Consulting, Technical Writing, Training
Director of Communications
Muratcan 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.
Director of Volunteers
Coming from a diverse not-for-profit background, Audrey’s experience ranges from leading and supporting projects in international trade, small business, primary care, and mental health. She currently works at Small Business BC on projects to grow small and medium sized businesses across the province.
Like many project managers, Audrey did not intend to go into this field. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria and was lucky to secure a position in a growing health care organization. When she later realized her “accidental profession” was really project management, she pursued a Certificate in Advanced Project Management from Langara College and applies her learning to her day-to-day work.
Supporting volunteers and personal growth is a core part of Audrey’s own volunteer experience. She’s organized the volunteer program for summer camps, fundraising events, and hospitals and is excited to grow the opportunities at the Wideman Education Foundation.
Feel free to contact Audrey at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to volunteer with WEF.
Director of Programs
Fernanda brings to the table over 14 years of experience in software development and project management with a focus on managing CRM implementations, business process re-engineering, application maintenance, and enhancements. She is currently working as a Quality Assurance Project Manager at Electronic Arts, where she is accountable for the end-to-end quality of games.
Fernanda has been promoting the project management knowledge and providing relevant learning opportunities to students since she landed in Canada two years ago. She is the founder of Langara Project Management Club, and now she is taking part in the Wideman Education Foundation board. She strongly believes in learning through challenges and changes and that we should nurture ideas and empower the minds of future leaders.
Director of Development
Jack Goihman has over 8 years of business operations and project management experience in strategic business transformation, which span through South, Central, and North America; For large and small organizations across the food processing, retail, and public sectors.
Originally an Agriculture Engineer from Venezuela, today Jack is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certified Professional (ACP). As well as an MBA from the Sauder School of Business.
Rooted in the believe, that project management principles, tools, and practices are essential to develop stronger, smarter, and more ethical new generations; Jack joined the Wideman Education Foundation Board, to contribute spreading the knowledge and wisdom within the project management practice. So needed in this ever-changing environment.
Gillian is an accountant with a passion for project management. She has several years of experience in event management in the not for profit sector, and has recently transitioned her career with the ambition to attain both her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and her PMP over the next three years.
Gillian is a former finalist in the Wideman Prize Competition and considers the event to be a catalyst in her desire to obtain her PMP designation as well as to help make a difference in the community through volunteer work. She is looking forward to watching future participants of the competition endeavor to grow their project management skills and make an impact on the community.
She has served on several boards and committees over the years for causes that she cares about, such as literary festivals and regional civic affairs. Joining the board in February 2019, she is glad to take a part in encouraging future Project Managers to develop their skills and find their passion as well.