Vijay K. Verma is an internationally-renowned speaker and a best-selling author. He has authored a three-volume series on the human aspects of project management published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), which include Organizing Projects for Success, Human Resource Skills for the Project Manager, and Managing the Project Team. One of his books has sold more copies than any other project management book in the world, second only to PMI's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK Guide). Mr. Verma received the 2009 PMI Fellow Award (one of PMI's highest and most prestigious awards), the 1999 PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award (for his book Managing the Project Team), and the 1999 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award for sustained and significant contributions to the project management profession. Mr. Verma also received an Honorary Fellow award from PMI Southern Alberta Chapter.
Mr. Verma has given numerous keynote presentations at various conferences. He has authored and presented many papers at national and international conferences on the human aspects of project management and managing cross-cultural teams. He has presented at numerous workshops on project management in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China, and India with participants from a wide range of industries. His presentations have been attended by over 4,000 professionals and have helped enhance their skills and confidence in leadership, coaching, influencing, communicating effectively, negotiating for win/win results, managing conflicts, motivating stakeholders, managing politics, and creating high-performance teams in cross-cultural, multi-generational, and virtual environments.
Mr. Verma is currently a Researcher Emeritus and has worked for over 39 years in project management at TRIUMF (TRI University Meson Facility), a federally-funded Canadian National Research Laboratory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Here he has provided project management services for projects varying in size, complexity, and diversity. He began his career as an electrical engineer and later on, developed a project-management system to effectively manage a program of research facilities and projects in the areas of technology transfer as well as fundamental and applied research in physics and nuclear medicine. He has developed and implemented various systems to manage a large number of complex and interrelated projects by using his expertise in project management, team building, interface management, systems integration, and management information systems.
Mr. Verma has served as the President (1988-1989) and as V.P. of Programmes (1986-1988) for the Project Management Institute's (PMI) West Coast BC Chapter. He is a professional engineer and holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from DalTech, Halifax and an MBA from University of British Columbia in Vancouver.