Vancouver DPM’s First Cross-industry PM Panel

Vancouver Digital Project Managers


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Suite #420
Vancouver, BC V6B Canada

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Want to know how project managers client whisper in different worlds? Want to know how the acronym PM means different things across industries, teams, and roles in Vancouver? Join us for pizza, beer, and fantastic conversation at our first ever project management panel on Wed, Oct 4th and find out.

Price: $5.00

Featuring a cool mix of big-name agency PMs, technical leads, PMPs, product managers, and internal facing PMs from companies like DDB, Appnovation, PMI group, STEMcell Technologies and more, you’ll mingle with your PM folks and we’ll set the stage for a real conversation about what it’s like to manage chaos in the tangly project jungle. 

You’ll find out how these PMs face demanding requests, how their projects prosper and fail, and how they each champion their teams as they continuously learn new technologies and new approaches while facing daily demands for faster, better, more. You better make room for this on your schedule and plan to bring along your work pals, too: sharing the PM world elevates us all, and this event is going to give you a new eye into how it all works.

Pssst: There might be one more special guest and a great sponsor, so keep an eye out for updates in your inbox. You don’t want to miss this!

This is a volunteer-run event. Thanks for helping us put on great events every month. Tell your pals to come.

Event details:

6:00 pm: FREE pizza & beer and good convos with fellow attendees

6:45–7:30 pm: 45 minute PM Panel

7:30–7:45 pm:  Audience question period

7:45–8:45 pm: Tidy up, more mingling and head to the Kingston Taphouse for food/drinks (optional)

Meet your host and panelists…


Justin Watt
Operations & Resourcing Manager, MetaLab

Justin manages Operations at MetaLab after having worked in both project and product management roles at MetaLab and IBM. He has shipped products with Amazon, Uber, and the FBI. He’s a big fan of building products and believes Agile is a buzzword and that most people practice it poorly, including him. When not nitpicking project management terms, you’ll find him searching out Vancouver for the best hiking, brunch, and concert spots. Justin will be hosting our panel and asking our fantastic PMs just the right amount of tough questions.


Tony Nguyen
Product Manager, Appnovation

Tony’s been in the ‘Project Delivery’ space for a decade, spending much of it as a Business Analyst, Project Management, and more recently, a Product Manager at Appnovation. Being a contractor for 90% of his career has allowed him to work in many different companies and industries, delving into a multitude project delivery methods. Tony’s mantra about project management and life, in general, is ‘punch up, not down.’

Ritika Rakshit
Programs Coordinator, Operations at STEMCELL Technologies

Ritika spent the first years of her career creating and managing programs that are core to a company’s product & services. Her diversity in teamwork ranges from a remote 3–person healthcare startup, the provincial government and currently in Operations for Canada’s biggest biotechnology company, STEMCELL Technologies. She is also the Vancouver City Director for ProtoHack which enables non-technical entrepreneurs to build solutions for their ideas. Her roles all include developing streamlined workflows, maintaining a high attention to detail and managing expectations. She enjoys taking good coffee and good weather seriously and identifies as Third Culture Kid.

Natasha Lakhani
Senior Project Manager / Producer DDB

Natasha has touched almost every aspect of production from documentary filmmaking to short format post-production and lastly digital content and product development. In her current role as a senior producer on an integrated team at DDB, Natasha is fortunate enough to combine her passion for production across broadcast and digital projects.

Marilyn Andersen
Consultant, Focused View Solutions, PMI

Marilyn Andersen is a seasoned management consultant with over 20 years of experience in Project, Program and Portfolio Management focused on delivering large-scale, complex Business Transformation and Information Technology initiatives.

Marilyn has led project and program teams across industries, including Biotech, Financial, Insurance, Health and Information Technology. Prior to consulting, Marilyn grew her career in project management to include establishing Project Management Offices and working in a leadership capacity.

Marilyn has a Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Honours from UBC, is a certified Project Management Professional (, has completed Saunders Executive Education, Project Management Certificate Program, and is certified in PROSCI Change Management.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Price: 5.00 CAD