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----- Project and Program Management Symposium 2021 -----

Hybrid Event

Theme: Delivering project success in the next decade
Venue: The Canberra Rex Hotel

Foresight is more valuable than hindsight! PGCS 2021 is designed to help project and program managers, and their sponsors and senior managers, develop the skills and understanding needed to deliver projects success in the next decade.

Creating the organisational capability needed to underpin the consistent delivery of successful projects in the 2020's starts at the top. Leadership and a sustained focus are required to build a culture of excellence that can: balance innovation with surveillance and accountability, encourage learning, and manage knowledge effectively. All three elements need to work in unison to solve the unique challenges and complex problems that arise with every project.

Now in its 8th year, PGCS 2021 will focus on ways to build the foundations needed to create project and program success including creating:

You are invited to be part of this journey, by sharing your knowledge and expertise by:

Previous PGCS presentations and papers are available for free download from the PGCS library

Through its history, Australia has been built on projects like the original Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme, national highways and railroads, and Defence projects worth billions of dollars.

Effective project management has been critical to our success as a nation and this is just as important in the decade ahead.

A highlight of the symposium is its access to thought leaders from the USA and Europe. Each year, selected speakers from overseas are brought to the symposium to share knowledge and provide an international perspective on project and portfolio management.

More than anything else, the symposium is about connection. This is perhaps the only symposium that actively engages practitioners with the academic community. It fosters a strong private and public sector attendance, with industry, and with project governance and controls specialists. It doesn't matter which professional body you belong to - this symposium is non-tribal from the opening address through to conclusion - it truly is about sharing knowledge and improving project outcomes.

How will the hybrid conference work?

Depending on the COVID restrictions at the time of the conference, delegates will have the option of attending the conference in Canberra or participating virtually.

Face-to-face delegates will have access to all of the content live in the venue as well as the virtual on demand content.

Virtual delegates will have access to and be able to participate in the live plenary sessions, and view the content on demand.

PGCS COVID19 Safety Plan

The PGCS organizing committee is committed to delivering a COVID Safe event. PGCS2021 will be conducted in the Rex Canberra Hotel and is therefore subject to the provisions of the Canberra Rex Hotel COVID-19 Safety Plan. The Rex maintains high levels of cleaning and sanitization, has COVID trained staff, and has opted not to participate in the ACT Government Directorates quarantine program to accommodate those who were required to isolate. We consider these arrangements provide a sound foundation for a COVID Safe symposium.

Particular provisions for PGCS delegates include:
- Compulsory check-in using the ACT CBR app
- A minimum of 2sqm per patron – seating will be arranged to comply with this obligation
- Single serve menu options for all catering breaks, tea and coffee will be served to each individual
- Patrons can now stand whilst eating and drinking, delegates can purchase alcohol without a meal
- 1.5m physical distancing is required.

Note: The Rex COVID-19 Safety Plan and these provisions are subject to change based on decisions made by the ACT Government. The event will be conducted in compliance with the rules in place in August.

For more information, download the Canberra Rex Hotel COVID-19 Safety Plan: Download the full plan.

Keynote Speakers

Glen Alleman
Mr Glen Alleman
Oliver Baker
Mr Oliver Baker
Loretta Bayliss
Ms Loretta Bayliss
Shane Fairweather
Mr Shane Fairweather
Mandy Hill
Ms Mandy Hill
Jonathan Jacobs
Jonathan Jacobs
Ciril Karo
Mr Ciril Karo
Ralf Müller
Prof Dr Ralf Müller
Mark Purcell
Mr Mark Purcell

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