Article by: Cheryl Francis-Nurse

The Humber PMI-Toronto Student Community was officially launched during an event held on Thursday, March 1, 2018. It was a milestone for the Project Management Graduate Certificate Program, the School of Applied Technology and Humber College.  The program, in collaboration with partner PMI Toronto, launched the Community formalizing its relationship with one of the largest chapters of its standards body, the Project Management Institute (PMI). This represented the culmination of many months of collaboration among the programs faculty, students and PMI representatives.

Project Management is recognized across all industries as one of the most sought-after competencies. The PMI promotes project management best practices worldwide through a set of standards that seek to provide a framework to strengthen this discipline in private, public and not-for-profit institutions globally.  It offers a family of credentials for which the Project Management Professional (PMP) accreditation is the most popular.  Currently, there are more than 830,000 PMPs worldwide.  The launch of the student community positions Humber and the Project Management Program to strengthen relationships with the PMI and its chapters and to embark on initiatives to benefit to both institutions. The partnership is expected to provide a range of benefits for the program and other stakeholders, including the following:

  • Formalizing a relationship with an industry‐based organization
  • Access to industry events, networking, sponsorship, and various other opportunities for students
  • Increased opportunities for students to enhance their soft skills and networking activities including volunteering, capstone sponsors, events, scholarships, mentorships, job shadowing, career opportunities, internships, and access to industry‐specific job boards
  • Emphasis on practical applications of course material in real‐life experiences
  • A stepping-stone into PMI engagements for students and guidance to pursue any of the family of credentials offered by the PMI, resulting in career advancement
  • Opportunity for the student leaders of ‘The Community’ to manage their own event‐based projects, to work with industry, grow their professional networks, and potentially earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for their involvement

President March Blanchette described the partnership as groundbreaking and a model that the PMI Chapter would replicate across other educational institutions.  He also emphasized the commitment of the PMI to support the next generation of project practitioners and help them to grow personally and professionally.  

The event showcased students from Humber’s Project Management Leadership Club, which will manage the new community. It has included alumni who helped to craft the operational framework as part of an alternate Capstone Project or who were recipients of opportunities already provided to students through the PMI Partnership Outreach Program. Supporting the initiative were also members of Humber’s management team, the Program Advisory Committee, all project management students and faculty as well as representatives from various departments across Humber. 

This initiative aligns with several strategic priorities of Humber including the creation of essential linkages with industry; building and maintaining strong relationships with alumni, several of whom are PMI Toronto members and supporting creative connections with education and community partners.

The Program Coordinator, Cheryl Francis Nurse, described the response from both internal and external stakeholders as an overwhelming positive.  The students, faculty and PMI partners are highly motivated and eager to embark on this journey.  In the words of President Marc Blanchette, “Now let's get started!”

The first event of the Humber PMI Toronto-Student Community is scheduled to be an Industry Round Table on April 3, 2018 at Humber’s North Campus.