Joanne Gumaer, PMP is President of IlliniaQ Inc, a project management, consulting and training firm since 1995. During this time she has facilitated the planning and development of project plans for NORTEL, The Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General, and The Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services, Lichtman's Books, Sun Life, and William M. Mercer Ltd.

She has developed and delivered project management courses addressing topics ranging from fundamental tools and techniques to advanced topics in time, cost scheduling and multiple project management.

Her training experiences ranges from seminars with group exercises, to hands-on MS Project courses to tailored in house training. She has led these sessions across Canada and the United States for NORTEL, Penske Logistics, Ministry of Solicitor General and Correctional Services, and Bell ActiMedia.

In addition to her training and consulting business, she is an active member of Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Ontario Society of Training and Development (OSTD). Her volunteer work includes serving as VP of Projects for the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter and Education and Training SIG technical track chair for the 2000 and 2001 PMI Symposium.

Joanne Gumaer holds a Masters in Recreation Management from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Mathematics and Education from Houghton College. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI and a Certified Microsoft Project Product Specialist. Joanne Gumaer has presented a paper at the PMI Symposium in 1999 and publishes articles for Project Times.

Recent Experience

Nortel 1994 - 1995
Financial Services Excellence (FSE) Project:
Mission - The Company will reduce workflow and improve services for its financial services globally. Each project manager will manage one of three categories of projects: software development, customizing packaged software or consolidating and migrating existing data to new systems.
Goal: All project managers will use Microsoft Project for tracking their project progress.
Service: Template project plans and reports developed for each of the three types of Projects. All project managers receive training in Microsoft Project combining instruction in project management theory with templates and reports developed.

Nortel 1995 - 1996
Product Development Project:
Mission - to design, develop and implement a product to meet regulatory features impacting various communication products.
Goal: Monitor and control the project to ensure that there are no forgotten tasks, to identify bottlenecks early and to communicate project data effectively.
Service: Worked with project team members over an intensive ten-day period to train in formal project management theory and to develop the draft of their project plan.

Ministry of Solicitor General and Correctional Services, 1996 - 1999
Establish a Project Management Office:
there are from 80 - 120 project in progress at any given time. There is a need to ensure that all the projects are managed in a comprehensive, effective and efficient manner.
Goal: Design and implement an integrated project information and control system, which manages the progress of all the projects, coordinated by the Change Management Coordinator.
Service: Set up a Project Management Office by designing standard project methodologies and templates. Provided training and support for the Project Office team, Project Managers and team members.

Ministry of Solicitor General and Correctional Services, 1998 - 1999
Justice Y2000 Tracking Project -
There is a need to develop a system for gathering, organizing and distributing the schedule status of over 300 Y2K projects to Senior Management and Management Board Secretariat.
Goal: To develop a project tracking system that reports the schedule status and variance of each Y2K project, by project phase within each of the 43 business units to Senior Management and Management Board Secretariat.
Service: Implemented a project tracking process by designing and developing templates and then providing training and support for the project managers and project administrators.

Additional Project Management and Training
Project Manager: 
Nine years of experience in the management of numerous training projects. Analyzed users' skills, designed, planned, implemented and evaluated software-training programs resulting in increased user productivity.
Training: Comprehensive courses taught in Project Management, that covered the skills and concepts for effectively managing projects. Courses offered from the Introductory through Advance levels. The courses include the appropriate project management body of knowledge for the specific software skills. Some companies that have received courses are Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services, Sun Life, Nortel, Tele-Direct, and William Mercer Limited.

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