Project Management students excel at competition

Durham College (DC) continues to graduate some of the best Project Management students in the province.

That was proven once again at the Ontario Project Management Competition (OPMC) on May 6 at the Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto. Up against tough competition in a field of 11 colleges and universities, DC’s team of five students and two faculty members finished third.

It was another stellar showing for DC at the event, after finishing first in 2021 and 2022.

“It’s really a feather in the cap of DC, because it’s saying that we are one of the top project management programs province-wide,” said Mark Lewis, a faculty member who served as a coach for the team. “It’s a good selling point for our program.”

The OPMC challenges students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to be successful project managers. They are tasked with shepherding a project from beginning to end and then presenting it to a panel of industry judges.

“The students get to showcase their work and what they have learned at DC. It’s a great confidence builder,” said Lewis. “And an excellent opportunity for them to network and meet other people in the project management business.”

The projects must align with two or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. DC’s project, a website prototype called ‘DC Food Matters,’ addresses food insecurity and provides information on key initiatives like food literacy, sustainable urban agriculture, food bank access and health and wellness.

The DC team consisted of international students from India, the Philippines and the United States.

“We recognized food insecurity as one of the biggest challenges our generation faces today,” explained one member of the team, Manuel de Guzman.

The students credited Lewis, as well as program coordinator Sylvie Edwards and professor Elaine Catell for guiding them to success, both at the competition and in the classroom.

“We’re grateful for our professors. We have really learned a lot from them and we’re thankful for their support and guidance,” said Christine Wage, another team member. “We would recommend the Project Management graduate certificate program for aspiring project managers. It’s a great way to learn and provides an opportunity to jumpstart your career.”