"Buy Canadian" is a distant memory in the face of deregulation, free
trade and the global marketplace. Canada has mature industries and a Federal
Government that has had long experience in the management of international projects.
Although institutionalized project management has been practiced in Canadian
Government and Industry for over 35 years, there is no formal movement towards
integration of professional project management organizations into Canadian Society.
Current Canadian initiatives are:
- Agreements to Cooperate with Canadian Universities
- Incorporation of PMI Canada
- Canadian Government Project Management Forum
- PMP Certification Program
- Canadian PM Professional Certification Project
These illustrate an integration with Canadian Society on a broad, but uncoordinated
Other international project management organizations have fully developed Certification
Programs. Canada has not and will not until a PMI Canada equivalent is firmly
established as a national and sovereign Canadian entity. Much work is necessary
before Canada has a certification program that represents a Canadian viewpoint,
unfettered by the policies and legal framework of a foreign country.
PMI Canada has been represented at the last three Global Project Management
Forums. Country Reports, submitted by national representatives, have been collated
and published each year as "The Global Status of the Project Management
Profession". The 1996 Canada Country Report emphasized that Canada has been
practicing formal project management for some time and is a repository for project
management practice in the Federal Government, Aerospace, Shipbuilding, Construction
and Telecommunications Industries. GPMF Canada Country Reports have been posted
to the Global Project Management Web Site.
The goal of the PMI Canada Certification Project is "a Canadian professional
certification process that encompasses the broad universe of project management
that is governed and administered by a Canadian national authority in concert
with provincial authorities ... and is widely acknowledged by industry, government,
academe and the general public as a professional certification process."
Canada Country Report, 1998