UMT360 Strategic PMO Breakfast Series: Chicago

Learn How To Become a Strategic PMO

Ready to become a strategic PMO?  Join UMT360 for a breakfast session to learn principles, techniques and strategies for creating a strategic PMO powerhouse, see the tools needed to make it all happen, and discuss what’s next for PMOs in the closing roundtable session.

PMOs are being asked to master the important, yet tactical aspects of project management as well as take strategic responsibility for managing investment decisions to optimize spend and maximize return across the portfolio.  Now is the time to embrace the full spectrum of responsibility ultimately maximize ROI, and this session is the place to start learning how.

Carl, formerly of TransAlta and now Project Director at SNC Lavalin T&D, will share his proven framework for building a strategic PMO, including how to:

  • Optimize and train at the tactical, yet critical project manager level to enhance PPM governance processes
  • Establish investment planning and controls to streamline annual planning and understand economic impact of project performance 
  • Escalate the tactical and financial aspects of projects to work strategically with executives to make greater project & portfolio ROI 

After hearing about Carl’s framework for establishing a strategic PMO, Ben will show the latest in Enterprise Portfolio Management solutions that give PMOs the tools they need to succeed.  See how integrating investment planning and controls across the PPM lifecycle give you, and the business, the financial and strategic insights needed to optimize spend and maximize ROI from your project portfolios. 

Learn how the right tools:

  • Reduce reliance on Excel and standardize investment governance control across project portfolios 
  • Streamline capital planning and build stronger business cases
  • Automate financial tracking and variance analysis and move to a dynamic planning model
  • Establish a benefits realization framework to measure results

Come prepared to participate in an open discussion about what’s next for PMOs.  Where do you see your team going, and how are you planning to get there?  Engage in this lively discussions, ask questions, and network with your peers.

Join us in Chicago
on Tues. Oct 21 at the Magnificent Mile
Hilton Suites.


7:30 to 8:00       
Check-in, breakfast

8:00 to 8:15       
Welcome, introductions

8:15 to 9:00       
Learn How to Establish a Strategic PMO

9:00 to 9:45       
See How Financial Controls Can Enable the Strategic PMO

9:45 to 10:15     
Roundtable Discussion: What's Next for PMOs?

About Our Speakers

Carl Souchereau has over two decades of project management and leadership experience in a number of positions and roles including serving 20 years as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy. Most recently he has served in a number of senior project and program management positions in the private and public sectors.  Mr. Souchereau’ has lead large military equipment overhaul programs, the Project Management Office and Enterprise Program Management Office at TransAlta Corp, and currently leads the planning, development, and delivery of large Transmission and Distribution projects for SNC Lavalin, including $2.1b of electrical transmission and substation construction.

Ben Chamberlain is UMT360’s Chief Product and Marketing Officer and is responsible for the strategic direction and worldwide go-to-market activities for UMT360’s Enterprise Portfolio Management solutions.  He has  more than a decade of experience of building innovative Portfolio Management solutions that have helped global 2000 companies align investment decisions with strategic priorities and transform the way they manage their product, project, application and IT service portfolios.  

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