May 2012

KMIC Special Presentation Event, June 7, 2012

 In our ongoing efforts to provide the best learning opportunities for both our members and our students, we are excited to announce a very special presentation by Mohamed F. Bhyat on June 7, 2012 :

“Knowledge Management in the South African Public Sector: A Systems Approach”

40 Mohamed Bhyat, is the former CIO for Department of the Premier in the Gauteng Provincial Government in South Africa where he developed and implemented the vision and strategy for the "Role of Information Technology in Building a Globally Competitive Smart Province”.  Mohamed played a lead role in developing the business case for the creation and development of the Gauteng Shared Services Centre. Mohamed developed the  efficiency strategy for the Electricity Supply Commission of South Africa (ESKOM).

On June 7th ONLY, Mohamed will be at KMIC offices to discuss his experiences and lessons learned from his time implementing knowledge driven strategies with the South African government.


$149.00 CAD per person + HST for non-members

$95.00 CAD per person  + HST for members and students currently enrolled in the June CKM Program


Date / Time / Location:

June 7, 2012, 8:30 am

KMIC Offices, 235 McRae Drive, Toronto, Ontario

We have limited space available for the event. To ensure you don’t miss out on this rare opportunity, please reserve you space now.


KMIC is pleased to announce the list of Guest Speakers for our June 4th CKM Program

Michelle Branigan, Executive Director of the Electricity Sector Council of Canada

Michelle has been with the Council since 2007, starting as Senior Project Manager for several key initiatives including labour market research, succession planning, knowledge management and ESC’s Aboriginal project.    Michelle was appointed Executive Director in July 2010, and oversees all Council operations and strategic planning.  With over 15 years of experience in project management and human resources development, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role. Hailing from the Irish State Development Agency (Enterprise Ireland) in Dublin, Michelle holds a Masters degree in Training and Performance Management from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom and is a certified Project Management Professional.


Lyne Parent-Garvey, Chief Human Resources Officer for Hydro Ottawa

As Chief Human Resources Officer for the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies, Lyne is responsible for leading the development of strategic human resources programs and initiatives which include human resources services, labour relations, safety, environment and business continuity management.

A seasoned human resources professional, Lyne has over 20 years of experience in both human resources and labour relations, where she has held various management positions in the municipal, health care and not-for profit sectors.

Lyne is fluently bilingual and holds a Master of Industrial Relations from Queen's University, as well as a Bachelor of Public Administration from Carleton University. Lyne has been trained in human resources governance practices through the Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University and holds certifications in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Leadership Development.

Lyne is a member of the Canadian Electricity Association’s Human Resources Committee, a member of the Electricity Distributors Association’s Human Resources Council, and a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association


Lance Jefferies, Director, Distribution Operations, Hydro Ottawa

Lance Jefferies has over 20 years experience in the electricity industry in the areas of electrical distribution systems and project management.

Prior to his role as Director, Construction and Maintenance, Mr. Jefferies held a number of positions at Ottawa Hydro including Manager, Construction and Maintenance, and Manager of Project Administration, where he designed and managed overhead, underground, and civil, and streetlight projects.

 Mr. Jefferies is certified by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists as an Engineering Technician and is also a certified Journeyman Power Line Maintainer.


Bob Menard - Chair, Knowledge Management and Transfer Steering Committee with the Electricity Sector Council ; Executive Managing Director, Power Workers' Union Training Inc. (PWUTI) 

Bob has worked in the electricity sector for the past 38 years, focusing on labour education, communications, advertising, policy development and government relations.  He's been employed with the Power Workers' Union since the early 1980's where he now holds the title of Managing Director for PWU Training Inc.  This PWU subsidiary facilitates apprenticeship training and other educational services for electricity workers.  Bob recently completed an MBA at Royal Roads University.  He was the Vice-Chair of the ESC's Succession Planning Steering Committee.

We are delighted that Ms Parent-Garvey, Mr. Jefferies and Mr. Menard and Ms Branigan have accepted our invitation to join us at our June Certified Knowledge Manager Specialist Program. Their collective experience in the Electricity / Energy sector is extraordinary.

According to Blake Melnick, KMIC’s CKO and Instructor for this program:

“This is a rare opportunity for our students to hear about the challenges, solutions and best practices being employed by leading subject matter experts in an intimate setting and to engage with them in exploring some of the deep level knowledge issues facing not just energy sector organizations, but organizations of every kind”

To learn more about the presentations and the CKM program and reserve your space for this exciting event, please click on the link below:



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