Keynote Speakers

Michel THIRY, PhD, FAPM, PMI Fellow

Managing Partner, Valense Ltd. Organizational Consultants
Adjunct Professor: UTS, Sydney, Australia & Mundiapolis Business School, Morocco

Chair of the PMI UK Corporate Council

Michel has over 35 years worldwide professional experience and has worked in many cultural environments. He graduated as an architect in Montréal and has worked on a number of major construction projects in Canada for over 20 years. He moved in the UK in 1996 and for the last 15 years, he has combined his Value, Project and Program Management expertise to organizational issues. He is recognized worldwide as an expert for strategic applications of the value of projects and programs at the organizational level and has developed and implemented several strategic programs in large international companies.

Michel is a regular guest speaker for major international events. He has written and presented at numerous international forums , both on an academic and practitioner level . In addition to his book " Value Management Practice " published by the PMI and reissued this year, he wrote several chapters on value management , programs and portfolios in recognized works such as " The Handbook of Project Management" Gower , 3rd and 4th editions and " The Wiley Guide to Project , Program and Portfolio Management ", published by Wiley . His most recent book, " Program Management " (2010 ) received a merit award from the Canadian Association of Project Management. Most recently, he was named " Significant Contributor " in the 3rd edition of the PMI standard for program management ( 2013).

In 2006, he was named a Fellow of PMI for its ongoing management and project contribution in 2007 , he was named a Fellow of the Association for Project Management (UK) . In 2008 he was awarded the career recognition with the Canadian Society of Value Analysis.

Click here to see the slides that Michel Thiry presented at the conference CSVA Montreal.





Keppel Bharath, P Eng, DAA, Senior Manager and Fellow, Pratt & Whitney Canada

Keppel has been with Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) for over 35 years.  He started his career in 1978 as a Test Engineer in Experimental Test.  He went on to do Flight Testing, Industrial and Marine Applications, Performance and then Project Engineering. In this discipline, he worked on all engine centre lines that PWC produces. 

In 2002, he assumed the responsibility of the Program Manager for the PW600 (Very Light Jet Program).  In 2008, he assumed the role and responsibility as the General Manager of Mississauga Operations.  He is currently the Quality Manager responsible for developing a process for producing a Zero Non-Conformance process for the PW800 new engine development program.


Keppel emigrated from Trinidad in 1973 and attended Carleton University where he obtained degrees in Engineering and Computer Science.

Présentation: Dreams Today Technology Tomorrow

Bernard Buteau, ing.
CEO goverance of infastructure projects
Undersecretariat of public infrastructure

Bernard Buteau, Eng. working with the Government of Quebec for over 12 years in various management positions in the telecommunications, IT and project management sectors. Previously, he worked ten years in the private sector with project estimating and business development. 

In 2009, the office of the governance of infrastructure projects within the Treasury Board Secretariat. This office evolved into a branch today with 15 professionals, including engineers, architects and financiers. Their mission includes: 

  • Ensure the implementation of the Framework Policy for the Governance of major public infrastructure projects. This policy covers all public bodies in planning their projects (highway, bridge, hospital, museum, detention center, ferry, etc.) whose estimated cost is more than $ 40 million; 
  • Provide strategic guidance to departments and agencies in developing their business case required by the policy framework;
  • To evaluate and analyze business records when making recommendations to the Treasury Board for approval to the Council of Ministers. 



U.S. Federal Regulations pertaining to Value Engineering


Value Engineering regulations appear in several laws and acts across the U.S. Federal Government and many States. What are the drivers for these rules and is it valuable to Government and the taxpayer to regulate the use of Value Engineering? Here is one perspective on that topic.


Mary Ann W. Lewis

Mary Ann W. Lewis, FSAVE is SAVE International’s executive vice president and US Government liaison. She has assisted with the revisions to OMB Circular No. A-131, Value Engineering; several Congressional Education Receptions hosted by SAVE’s National Capital Chapter; and meetings with US Federal Government agencies and Members of Congress to advocate for Value Engineering. Ms. Lewis manages the Water Construction Managers for Black & Veatch, a global engineering and construction company.

Presentation: US Federal Regulations & Value Engineering