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Dates for PGCS 2019 have been announced and a preliminary program has been released. Please check back regularly for further updates and confirmed speakers.

Our 2019 program is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

Keynote presentations.

We have a great mix of Australian and international keynote speakers scheduled for Tuesday morning, Wednesday morning
and a locknote on Wednesday afternoon. Several have already been announced, with more exciting announcements to come soon.

Stream presentations

This year we will be running five parallel streams, timed to allow delegates to change streams at each break. The only issue is deciding which stream you will be attending.

Defence Project Management
For the first time we are streaming presentations from various elements of the defence community. The selected and
invited speakers in this stream will be focusing on the challenges of delivering major high-tech projects. Speakers include: Mr Stephen McDonald, Mr Kym Henderson (PGCS), Ms Chloe Kempster (CASG), Mr Andrew Goodwin (CASG), Ms Clair Willette -
CEO DIA EVM, Mr Adrian Pitman (CASG)

Engineering and Infrastructure
Australia is at the start of a major infrastructure boom. Speakers in this stream from both the government and private sector will focus on public infrastructure projects, their challenges and how governance is delivered at each tier of Government.
Speakers include: Prof. Kerry London (Western Sydney University), Mr Ben Du Bois (DIRDC), Mr Stephen Flynn (Verstand Group), Mr Simon Vaux (TfNSW) with more to be announced shortly

Systems Engineering
Projects are becoming larger and more complex requiring new approaches to achieve successful delivery. This stream focuses on the interface between systems engineering and project management with a significant IT component.
Speakers include: Prof. Charles Keating (USA), Mr Glen Alleman (USA), Mr James Bawtree (PMLogic), Mr Mahmoud Efatmaneshni (SESA), Dr Keith Joiner, Dr Rani Yesudas, and an Internatioal Panel Session. More to be announced shortly

Academic stream
Advances in the discipline of project and program governance, management and control. Speakers include: Prof. Vernon Ireland, Mr Collin Smith (ICCPM), Mr Raymond Young, Dr Li Qiao and selected finalists in the Walt Lipke awards.

Education stream
A regular fixture in our program, the education stream is designed for give project professional’s an insight to aspects of the overall discipline that sits outside of their normal work – these sessions help you grow your overall knowledge of the discipline. A series of ‘double sessions’ will cover:

*Controlling Agile

*Implementing AS/ISO 21508 Earned Value in project and programme management

*Deriving Certainty from Uncertainty - value from project risk and contingency management

Day 1  Day 2  Day 3  Full Program

Tuesday 20th August, 2019

8:00am - 5:00pm


8:45am - 8:50am

Symposium Introduction

MC: Mr Tim Gavel

8:50am - 9:00am

Welcome Address

Mr Patrick Weaver, PGCS Chair

9:00am - 10:00am

Opening Keynote Address

Presenter: Invited Speaker

10:00am - 10:30am

Morning Tea - Grand Ballroom

10:30am - 11:20am

Keynote 2 - International Presenter

Presenter: Mr Glen Alleman, USA

Integrating Systems Engineering and Program Performance Management creates a Match Made in Heaven

11:20am - 12:10pm

Keynote 3

Presenter: Invited Defence Speaker

12:10pm - 1:10pm

Lunch - Grand Ballroom



Systems Engineering

Engineering and Infrastructure

Defence Project Management


1:11pm - 1:50pm

Presenter: Mr Glen Alleman, USA
Presenter: Mr Simon Vaux,
Director of Digital Engineering, Transport for NSW

Transforming Infrastructure with Digital Engineering

Mr Stephen McDonald

A View from the Defence Project Management Head of Function Lead


1:55pm - 2:35pm

Presenter: Mr Stephen Flynn, Verstand Group

Providing Effective Governance for Extension of Time Analysis

Joint session with the defence stream

2:35pm - 3:05pm

Afternoon Tea - Grand Ballroom

3:05pm - 3:45pm

Presenter: Mr Shankar Sankaran

A Model for Organizational Project Management (OPM)

Joint session with the defence stream

3:50pm - 4:30pm

Walt Lipke Award Winner presentation


4:30pm - 4:45pm

Day 1 Closing Remarks


4:45pm - 6:15pm

Welcome Networking Drinks

Walt Lipke Award

Short listed finalists announced in July 2019.
Please click here for more details regarding entry.


Bronze Partner

EPM Partners


Symposium Supporter

Chartered Institute of Building

Systems Engineering Society of Australia

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