About Us

PMV helps nonprofit organizations achieve a wide range of projects and goals by facilitating the volunteer activities of professional Project Managers, and by educating nonprofits in the theory and practice of project management.

Nonprofits rely on PMV to connect them with Project Managers interested in volunteering to help improve their chances of project success. We work with nonprofits to define the specific requirements of each project, and then post them as Opportunities that Project Managers can volunteer for depending on their interests. The nonprofits are responsible for interviewing and selecting final candidates, as well as the terms of engagement. PMV offers ongoing support to both the nonprofit and the volunteer Project Manager throughout the project, and also facilitates a “Lessons Learned” session for all stakeholders at the closeout phase of the assignment.

Our Team

Atusa Aschury

Atusa is a certified Project Manager with over 13 years of experience managing cross-functional teams and engaging multiple levels of leadership across all organisations. Currently, she is a Global Project Manager responsible for leading multiple global projects within a high tech environments that engage multiple teams. She is known for leading engineering teams to ensure smooth cooperation throughout product development process, product maintenance/improvements and to implement changes. Atusa has been recognized for leadership in team management skills, remotely and locally, and has cross-cultural experience, having worked in Germany and Canada.

Camelia Kalakhi

With a strong structural engineering, construction, and project management background, Camelia has built a significant record of success managing civil, corporate, and private projects. She has demonstrated the capability to initiate cost reductions, increase
efficiencies and reduce downtime. I bring valuable experience in executing multiple projects simultaneously and managing cross-functional teams. Camelia has a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering. She started her career in Helsinki, Finland as a Structural Engineer,
and is now working as a senior project management for local and global leaders in engineering and construction.

Christopher Phillips

Christopher Phillips is a Professional Engineer and experienced Project and Program Manager. He has his B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, an MBA from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, and is a Project Management
Professional (PMP). He has more than a decade of experience in the Aerospace and Defense, Healthcare, and Oil and Gas industries.

Chris’s areas of expertise include: team management and leadership; project, program and portfolio management; merger and acquisition advisory; post-merger integration; business operating model development, conceptual infrastructure and application design, requirements gathering and business analysis; Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC); process, governance, and organizational design; and systems implementation. He has gained international experience through job placements throughout the United States and the Middle

Cyprian Libera

Cyprian has close to 18 years of experience managing projects, specializing in data analysis, planning and directing internal projects to successful completion. He uses excellent analytical, communication, leadership and organization skills to provide data and process requirements for any given project. Cyprian has worked as Volunteer Project Manager for the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House on their data management project, so he understand the relationship between project management and not-for-profits.

Dan Scherk

For more than 20 years Dan has worked with some of the most respected people and brands in Western Canada, providing strategic and creative integrated marketing communications for a wide range of clients from a wide range of industry sectors including Commercial, Public and Nonprofit. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and his work as an advertising writer and creative director has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally by numerous award shows and publications.

David Lee

David has over 15 years of leading and facilitating significant management and change initiatives with corporate, non-profit and government organizations. David’s main objectives when working with clients to create a plan of action include strategic and business planning with leadership, stakeholder engagement, and time-bound action plans with an accountability-driven process. David has an MBA in Strategic Management from UBC Sauder School of Business and a BA in Honours Business Administration from Ivey Business School at Western University.

Eric Johnson

As an experienced content strategist, Eric is helps PMV plan, develop, and manage content across multiple facets including website, social media, collateral, etc. During his career, he has worked on hundreds of projects for a diverse range of clients. Eric is a skilled copywriter, editor, and content strategist with extensive experience in documentation, copywriting, creative writing, editing, content strategy, editorial calendar management, social media, and website production.

Haydn Mellowship

Haydn has over twenty years of experience implementing change and over ten years leading change as either a project manager, program manager or in a project management office (PMO). He has experience in a variety of business sectors including Investment Banking, Government, Telecommunications, Mining, Media and Aviation both domestic and international. His focus has been system implementation projects but has also lead international multi-disciplinary implementation projects. Haydn holds a PRINCE2 certification and is a member of the Project Management Institute as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology from the University of Bristol.

Lily Nguyen

Lily has been volunteering at PMV since fall 2017. She works alongside the core PMV team to develop data reports and had contributed to operations. Lily graduated from Simon Fraser University in BC with a BBA in Management Information Systems. She currently works at Vancouver Coast Health as a business advisor focusing on stakeholder engagement, report develop, and data visualization. Outside of work and PMV, Lily strives for a balanced lifestyle, which includes art, kickboxing, and dancing.

Magdalena Blasiak

Magdalena has over 15 years of experience in project management with an expertise in the application of Project Management Methodology in the coordination, implementation, and completion of projects. She has a BA from the University of British Columbia and earned her Project Management Certificate from Royal Roads University.

As a project manager, facilitator and coach, Magdalena helps individuals and teams map out projects creatively and effectively to produce high quality and innovative results. At PMV workshops, she thrives because she is able coach individuals to strive for excellence.

Murray Clark

After a long career in a worldwide technical company, Murray has been a volunteer member of PMV since 2012. During this time, he has helped close to 30 non-profit organizations in the scoping of their projects. In addition to delivering several workshops, Murray also managed the workshop program during 2014, expanding it to several cities in British Columbia.

Peter Mulholland

With over 12 years in IT management in the natural gas sector and over 15 years of project management experience, Peter considers himself a true “generalist” project manager. He has managed several types of projects, in a variety of sectors including Resources, Research, Academics, Municipal government, Provincial government, Crown corps and Not-for-profits. Peter is most proud of project rescues where he has guided organizations through project turnarounds to recover from near disasters – this is his expertise to PMV’s no-for-profit clients. Peter is one of PMV’s client relationship managers who ensures his client’s projects are structured properly to enable successful outcomes. Peter holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and a PMP certification, and is a certified professional coach. He is a life-long learner and is currently working on his Change Management Professional certification. A sports enthusiast, Peter has reignited his love for squash and the competition and physical workout it provides.

Pietro Widmer

Pietro has over fifteen years of experience in project and operation management, acquired in the Aerospace industry. He has successfully managed projects in Canada and Germany, from the development of large proposals, to the procurement of a complete satellite-based Earth imaging system. After graduating as an electrical engineer. Pietro worked for 10 years in a technical capacity. His time is now divided between consulting professionally and coaching and mentoring young entrepreneurs and not-for-profit organizations. He enjoys learning about new domains and community based activities, while making a contribution with his extensive planning, organization and project execution experience.

Sandra Martin

Sandra Martin has over 20 years of experience consulting projects focusing on project management, change management, and implementation of large systems that support core business functions in an organization. She has worked in private and public sectors, and in a variety of industries including Health, Oil and Gas, Banking, and Insurance. Sandra has a Certificate of Project Management from the University of British Columbia and a Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.

Shawn Hawkins

Shawn has been Executive Director of PMV since February 2014 succeeding the organization’s founder Bob Prenovost. Over the course of an eclectic career he practiced law; taught as an adjunct professor at UBC law school and Kwantlen Polytechnic University business school; served in Special Advisor and Chief of Staff positions with two federal cabinet ministers; was Project Officer at the Asia Pacific Initiative; and held multiple management positions at BC Hydro. Volunteerism has been a part of his lifestyle for many years. Shawn is an avid cyclist and welcomes ride companions.