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.

Michael Wortman
President

MichaelMichael 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.

Li Yang
Immediate Past 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

Mike Klein
Secretary & Treasurer

Mike hmk1as 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.

In addition to his role on the Wideman Education Foundation board of directors, Mike also serves 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.

Jette Helin
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

Iraj Riahi
Director of Programs

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.

Muratcan Zor
Director of Communications

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.