Project Managers As Innovative Leaders | November Chapter Event & AGM 2022

Business Acumen




"Project management is all about breaking new ground—doing things that have never been done before. This places innovation right at the heart of what we do as project managers. In fact, innovation has become a core competency, essential to success in a rapidly shifting strategic environment." - Galagher, S. (2015)

Innovation can be described as the process of creating something new or improving something existing, which leads to new or positive value creation. Innovation is a mindset that can be taught and developed over time, with the right tools and practices.

In traditional project management models, the focus for project managers have been primarily on the achievement of a result. However, modern project management models identified a need for project managers to do more than managing the scope and deliverables. It requires them to be part tactician and part strategist with problem solving. Innovation not only improves execution and operations, it centralises problem solving hence why it is recognized as a core competency skill for project managers.

For the last chapter event of the year, PMIQ is bringing you Rene Plamenac, the National Innovation Lead for BDO Australia. Learn from Rene on how project managers can utilise right tools and harvest inner innovation, leverage an innovative mindset and capitalise on internal delivery. Rene will be sharing a case study of innovation with Dr Conan Wang, The UQ Ignite showcase; a BDO collaboration with IMB (UQ).

Following the presentation is the PMIQ Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2022.



  • Defining innovation approach and mindset (design thinking, agile, lean and others)
  • Role of project managers in innovation
  • Importance of corporate ecosystem
  • Learn from innovation in practice: Case study UQ Molecular Biology with pharmaceutical researcher, Dr Conan Wang


Speaker Introduction


Rene Plamenac

Innovation Lead BDO Australia


Rene Plamenac is the National Innovation Lead for BDO in Australia.

Rene has over 20 years of experience in the disciplines of information technology, and finance and has a diverse background across the business and professional services arena. Rene is a high-performing innovation and digital technology leader with expertise in building, optimising, and transforming organisational processes to maximise business value through implementation of innovative solutions.

Prior to joining BDO Rene served in several business leadership roles across Australia and the UK and has experience leading large scale international IT delivery programs across Australia, New Zealand, India, and the Philippines.

Outside of BDO Rene has a specific interest in raising awareness of issues facing women in technology and is interested in encouraging the next generation of female technology leaders by battling gender biased stereotypes through grass roots mentoring programs and engagements



Dr Conan Wang

Senior Research Officer At Institute for Molecular Bioscience


Dr Conan Wang’s research is aimed towards the development of peptides and proteins for human benefit. He is a Senior Research Officer at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, at the University of Queensland, and of the Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science. He is a recent recipient of a prestigious Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. He obtained his PhD in biomolecular science from the University of Queensland with Prof David Craik on an APA scholarship in 2009, and then was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral studies with Prof Mingjie Zhang at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and with A/Prof Andreas Hofmann at Griffith University Eskitis Institute. He returned to the University of Queensland in 2012 to join and lead multinational industry collaborations, which have resulted in two patents. He has authored over 80 publications in peer-reviewed international journals, which have received over 4500 citations from 87 countries, demonstrating reach and impact. His scientific achievements have been recognised by 25 national and international prizes and travel awards, including from the Griffith University and the Australian Society for Medical Research, and presented at over 30 national and international conferences.




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545 PM | Chapter Starts

600 PM | Speaker Presentation

730 PM | Chapter Event Closes

745 PM | AGM Starts

845 PM | AGM Closes

Note: The AGM is only exclusive to members of PMIQ and PMIQ Executive Team. We ask for all non-members to please leave the venue by 7:30 PM.



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