Parvez came to Calgary in 1996 from his native India, where he had a degree in psychology. Not finding any work in his field, he went on to earn his diploma in Computer Science at SAIT. He started his career as a software developer in 2000, working in IT for Shaw Communications for five years and for four years in corporate sales in South Africa.
Since 2008 Parvez has been an IT consultant in oil and gas, with a client list that includes Nexen, Transcanada Pipelines, Digital Oilfield Solutions and Cenovus Energy. He is currently heading a major IT project for the City of Calgary.
During his spare time Parvez, his wife and two children have embraced Calgary’s great outdoor activities like camping, hiking and skiing.
In the spring of 2014, Parvez decided to take MRU’s Project Management Extension Certificate. He is finishing up his Final Assessment Paper, presenting the City of Calgary IT project. The next step in becoming a Project Management Professional is to write the Project Management Institute’s exam, which he will be doing in the near future.
“I heard great things about Mount Royal University before I joined. It has a reputation for helping people meet their goals,” Parvez says.
He appreciated the flexibility to take courses while working full-time. “Mount Royal offers great options for professionals — I couldn’t just put aside my projects to come to class. Working downtown and coming here two evenings a week worked very well for my schedule,” he says.
Parvez appreciated the theoretical knowledge that the program gave him to complement his years of practical project management experience. “The instructors are highly educated, currently working in the field and PMI certified,” he says. “They have a wealth of experience and knowledge which helped me learn the theory side of things.”
“The team here has a great support structure,” Parvez notes. And now he will be part of that support team. In the spring Parvez was invited to sit on the Project Management Advisory Committee as a student representative, having been recommended by one of his instructors.
The Advisory Committee is a volunteer group of industry experts — plus one student and one graduate — who meet regularly to help ensure that Mount Royal’s Project Management curriculum is current and relevant. They also develop new programs like the Project Management in Construction Extension Certificate to meet training needs in Calgary and beyond.
— by Karen McCarthy