President & Board Chair

Henry Hamud

Henry Hamud, President, is responsible for leading the creation and development of the overall vision and strategy execution of the PMI-CTT chapter and is jointly accountable with the Board of Directors for its oversight..

Mr. Hamud began volunteering with PMI-CTT in January 2020 as VP, Certification, he led the

certification team to review, develop, and continuously improve educational training, workshops, webinars, and courses for the advancement of project management knowledge, and the preparation for PMI certification. In November 2020 Mr. Hamud accepted the role of Disciplined Agile Chapter Champion (DACC) to serve as an advocate and the primary link between the PMI-CTT chapter and Disciplined Agile. In September 2021, he was elected to the Board as Director, Professional Development. After a year in this role, he was elected as President-Elect.

Mr. Hamud has been a PMI member since 2009, achieving his Project Management Professional (PMP) and Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) designations in 2012.

Mr. Hamud currently works with BWXT Canada, with 16+ years of Canadian and International

experience in project and risk management, including infrastructure, Oil & amp; Gas, and Nuclear Energy. Mr. Hamud is also a part-time professor at the school of Business in Conestoga College.

Mr. Hamud holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and is a member in good standing of Professional Engineers Ontario. He also has credentials in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Mr. Hamud and his family live in Cambridge, Ontario.

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Director, Events

Alex Letona

Alex Letona, Director of Events, is responsible for PMI-CTT’s annual calendar of events, including the chapter’s flagship event, the Symposium, and jointly accountable for the oversight of the PMI-CTT chapter. This role reports directly to the President of the Board.

Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Letona held the positions of Communications Manager, and, most recently, VP, Web Administration. As VP, he managed a team of four which developed and maintained the chapter’s information technology needs. Under Mr. Letona’s leadership, the chapter’s website underwent a complete redesign and email migration, among other initiatives. He also actively participated in Chapter Leadership team meetings and contributed to the annual strategic plan. He achieved his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in 2015 and has been volunteering with PMI-CTT since 2013.
Mr. Letona is the PMO Manager, with the University of Guelph. He is currently responsible for the strategy and leadership of the University's PMO at the University. Other initiatives he has worked on include spearheading the Institutional Change Management at the University.
Mr. Letona graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Computer Science College and Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala. Mr. Letona, his wife, and two sons live in Cambridge, Ontario.
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Director, Communication, Marketing & PMO

Brent Peckover

Brent Peckover, Director, Communication, Marketing and PMO, is responsible for all chapter communications activities including social media, newsletters, sponsorship, etc. He also provides coordinated PMO oversight and is responsible for developing, enhancing, and compliance with the chapter's agile PMO best practices which are used to select, prioritize, track, and manage operational and strategic projects. This role reports directly to the President of the Board. 
 This is Mr. Peckover's first board position with PMI-CTT. However, he has previously held positions on the CMC (Certified Management Consultant) GTA board as well as volunteer positions at PMI-CTT (VP-PMO) as well as Leadership Waterloo Region (curriculum planning and development). 
 Mr. Peckover currently works at Christie Digital with 20+ years of Canadian and International experience in project management, product development, and business. Mr. Peckover holds a Bachelors of Applied Science (Aerospace) from University of Toronto, a professional engineering designation (P. Eng), a MBA from Laurier, a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from PMI, and a Chartered Professional Accounting designation (CPA) from CPA Ontario. Mr. Peckover and his family live in Ontario.
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Director, Technology

Anshita Kumar

Anshita Kumar, Director, Technology, is responsible for the strategy and execution of all activities within the chapter’s Technology portfolio and is jointly accountable for the oversight of the PMI-CTT chapter. This role reports directly to the President of the Board. 
This is Ms. Kumar’s first board position with PMI-CTT. Prior to this role, Ms.Kumar held various roles in the governance and events team. She started out with the chapter as an office/governance manager and then led Symposium planning for a few years. As VP of Events, she led the events team during the pandemic. She has been a part of the chapter since 2015. 
Ms Kumar currently works as a senior business analyst at airboss of America. She works on ERP/System implementations and supports the business to meet their operational needs. Ms Kumar graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Management Science and currently lives in Waterloo.

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Director, Finance & Volunteer Management

Rick Black

Rick Black, Director, Membership & Volunteer Management, oversees the strategy and execution of all activities within the Membership and Volunteer portfolios. This role reports directly to the President of the Board.

Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Black served as the VP, Finance & Controller from September 2007 and served as the CFO on the PMI-CTT Chapter Board between September 2007 and August 2015. Since 2007, he has been responsible for the Financial Management of the Chapter, including all banking, cheques, deposits and GIC investments, the Chapter's bookkeeping and accounting, preparing quarterly and annual financial reports and assisting with the annual budget process. In addition, he actively participated in Chapter Leadership team meetings, the Chapter’s Symposium, and contributed to the annual strategic plan. He achieved his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in June 2007 and has been actively volunteering with PMI-CTT since 2007.

Mr. Black is a Project Manager/Director with his own independent consulting business, Blackstone Consulting Group Inc. He manages ERP projects for clients using PeopleSoft HCM, Finance & Supply Chain, ELM and CRM applications. Most of his clients are in Western Canada and include organizations such as TELUS, Province of BC, City of Calgary, City of Richmond, and the Vancouver School Board.

Mr. Black is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours degree in Bachelor of Business Administration and is also a Certified Management Accountant (CPA CMA) with CPA Canada. Mr. Black lives in Waterloo, Ontario with his recently retired wife.

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Director, Membership and Governance

Hanan Awaad

Hanan Awaad, Director, Membership and Governance, and jointly accountable for the oversight of the PMI-CTT chapter. This role reports directly to the President of the Board.

Hanan Awaad-Mohamed is a Board Member at PMI-CTT, leading the Membership, Governance, and PMO portfolio. In this role, she manages member activities, enforces governance rules, and provides PMO oversight. Hanan is dedicated to advancing the chapter's agile PMO best practices, which guide project selection, prioritization, and management. Her vision for the portfolio emphasizes community ties, mutual respect, and professional growth, reflecting her commitment to the field. She reports directly to the President of the Board.

While this is her inaugural board position with PMI-CTT after serving as Certification Manager, Hanan's leadership spans various organizations. She has served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Council for the Dissemination of Science and Culture, Director of Operations of LexiMondo Communications, and VP of Research and Innovation at Windsor University, USA. Additionally, she has volunteered with Leadership Waterloo Region and Junior Achievement of Canada.

Hanan's academic journey is rich and diverse. She obtained her Mechanical Engineering degree from Ain Shams University in Egypt and followed it with an MBA in Corporate Leadership from the University of Liverpool, UK. She also holds a Master's in Planning from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). Her various accredited certificates, especially in Project Management, Risk Management and Business Analysis, amplify her breadth of expertise.

Residing in Canada with her family, Hanan's Egyptian-Canadian heritage deeply influences her endeavours. She combines her multicultural background with her engineering, business, and academic expertise to offer unique insights and promote professional growth. Hanan is passionate about connecting academic principles with real-world business challenges, aspiring for a future where both realms prosper together.

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Director, Special Programs

Mohamed Abdalla

Mohamed Abdalla, Director, Special Programs, and jointly accountable for the oversight of the PMI-CTT chapter. This role reports directly to the President of the Board.

Mohamed has been a volunteer with PMI since 2015 and has been serving the PMI community under more than one chapter. 

He Joined PMI-CTT as a sponsorship manager in 2021 and was nominated VP sponsorship in 2022. 

During this time, Mohamed focused on building the sponsorship portfolio and successfully acquired sponsors to the PMI-CTT chapter. 

Appointed as director of special programs, Mohamed will set up long term outreach initiatives focusing on high school students and young professionals aiming to raise the awareness about the importance of project management practice in professional and personal life. 

Mohamed will also keep working on the sponsorship program to connect organizations of different disciplines to PMI and explore collaboration opportunities with those organizations. 

Mohamed is passionate about volunteering and believes  in the noble role of PMI as a life changer to young and experienced professionals of project management practice in different industries.

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Director, Professional Development

Emily Petroff

Emily Petroff, Director, Professional Development, and jointly accountable for the oversight of the PMI-CTT chapter. This role reports directly to the President of the Board.

Dr. Emily Petroff joined the Board of PMI-CTT in Fall 2023, having previously volunteered with the chapter as VP, Academic Outreach, responsible for connecting PMI-CTT to local colleges and universities. She has been a member of PMI since 2021 and joined PMI-CTT in 2022. Dr. Petroff achieved her Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) designation in 2020 when she made the switch from academic research to project management. 

Dr. Petroff currently works at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics as Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships, Grants and Awards. She is responsible for stakeholder management and strategic direction for the Institute's external affairs portfolio including government funding and reporting. Prior to joining Perimeter in February 2023, Dr. Petroff was the project manager for the CHIME/FRB scientific collaboration, a consortium of 70+ researchers across Canada and the United States using the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope in British Columbia. Before making the switch to project management in 2020, Dr. Petroff was a world-leading scientific researcher in the study of fast radio bursts, having written several invited reviews of the field.

Dr. Petroff graduated with a bachelor's degree in Physics and Astronomy from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and holds a PhD in Astrophysics from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. She is originally from Portland, Oregon in the United states and currently lives with her partner and corgi in Kitchener, Ontario.