An Evening with Jim Snyder (Founder of PMI)

Thursday April 20th 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Courtyard Marriot Toronto, 475 Yonge Street, M4Y 1X7

It began during a dinner meeting in early 1969 among three men at a small, intimate restaurant, named the Three Threes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The dinner represented the culmination of several months of discussions between two of the men, Jim Snyder and Gordon Davis. By the conclusion of this meal, the three decided that a new organization should be created to provide a means for project managers to associate, share information and discuss common challenges. Shortly thereafter, articles of incorporation were filed in Pennsylvania by the five founding members of PMI – James Snyder, Eric Jenett, Gordon Davis, A.E. “Ned” Engman and Susan Gallagher.

Mr. Snyder is a founder of the Project Management Institute, a Fellow of the Institute, and a past Volunteer Executive Director, President and Chairman of the Board. He remains active with the Institute, serving on the Board of Directors of the PMI Educational Foundation, Treasurer of the Delaware Valley Chapter, and a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Project Management Journal. Mr. Snyder, who is casually referred to as the “Father of PMI,” has been awarded the PMI Man of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute.

PMI Toronto Chapter and the Canada’s Technology Triangle Chapter are proud to present “An Evening with Jim Snyder”.  Please join us in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario on April 19th or in Toronto on April 20th for an interactive discussion with Jim and special guest Peter Monkhouse (past-PMI Chair) to understand PMI’s beginnings, current trends in the profession, as well as the future direction of the profession from Jim’s and Peter’s perspectives.

Please come prepared to pose questions and participate by offering your own perspective to the discussion!

PMI-SOC Members (login prior to registering): $20.00
Non-Members and Guests: $25.00


Mr. Snyder is a founder of the Project Management Institute, Fellow of the Institute, volunteer executive director for 13 years, first president, and past chair of the Board. He continues to be an active participant in the activities of the Institute.

He has been awarded the PMI Person of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute. He received the 2010 James J. O’Brien Lifetime Achievement Award from the PMI College of Scheduling. Mr. Snyder is a founding member of the PMI Delaware Valley Chapter (DVC).

The James R. Snyder Knowledge and Wisdom Center at PMI Global Operations Center is named in his honour. He has served as a member of the PMI Educational Foundation Board of Directors and in January of 2006 he was recognized as Chairman Emeritus of the Educational Foundation. The PMIEF Student Paper Award is name in his honour.

He has developed, and is leading, programs to implement project management programs in K-12 using project learning techniques to teach 21st century skills and project management. Mr. Snyder is now serving as advisor and administrator to the PMI Delaware Valley Chapter.

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