October 2018

PMI Belgium Annual Congress

PM Fair 2018


The project manager’s mission has evolved and facilitation skills have become ever more important and key to the success of the challenging nature of the projects we manage today. The theme of the PM Fair 2018 therefore is aptly:

Facilitation: the Ultimate PM Skill?

If project managers were often coming from the technical and specialised world in the past, they tend now to be more generic, less linked with a product or a technique and be able to change industry while still being competent as project manager.

But what is actually a facilitating project manager?

The facilitating project manager is a complete manager, being able to communicate adequately to every audience, listen and understand stakeholders. He is serious but he also can be playful if the mood changes. He knows the rules and can go beyond them if necessary. He can improvise, reach a decision in a group without imposing his point of view, create solutions while associating different points of view, adapt if things change. He knows that people can grow, he identifies the gaps and help filling them. The facilitating project manager use different techniques like games to help his team grow as a whole and individually.


About the PM Fair

The PMI Belgium Chapter has a long-standing tradition of organizing an Annual Congress, now known as the PM Fair, in the beginning of October each year.

The event will be set up like a Fair and will offer a fertile ground for professional interaction, networking and knowledge sharing. It will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, opinions, values and best practices with professionals from different industries/organizations in an informal environment. It will encourage active participation in various PM roles at special booths. It will also allow sponsors/authors to demonstrate their products or services to a targeted group of professionals. In nutshell, it will be a very special, very dynamic and a very friendly “Market” of Project Management.

As Project Management is not limited to any particular business segment or industry, we want to broaden our horizon with this concept to welcome practitioners, academicians, speakers, writers, lecturers, recruiters as well as sponsors from different organizations, industries, professions, universities, etc.
The Market Place consists of making our event a big fair. At the same place, it groups the sponsors, speakers, the persons who are looking for a job and the persons who can share some opportunities. The Market Place must be the central point of our event, the whole day, we must organize animations, entertainment, content, networking. The purpose is to have people the all day long and not just during coffee breaks or lunch. It’s the place to be.

The objective of the PM Fair is to make visible the PMI Belgium Chapter during one full day. The PM Fair must be the reference in the world of the project management in Belgium.

The objective is to regroup the professionals active in project/program/portfolio management in one place where they can share their experience with the others.

At the end of the day, it’s important that each attendee has learnt something, still convinces in his choice of career and still be motivated by the project management. Everybody must be happy at the end of the day and has just one idea: to attend the event of next year.

And icing on the cake, this year, we’ll also celebrate during the PM Fair the 20th Anniversary of the PMI Belgium Chapter.

You can earn 7 PDUs (Professional Development Units) by attending PM Fair 2018.

Applicable to attendees who hold one of the PMI certificates before attending the conference.


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FacilitationLars Sudman

Lars Sudmann, Keynote Session

Innovation that sticks!

FacilitationCarsten Wendt

Carsten Wendt, Keynote Session

Speak up and step back: Communication is more than information. Be a master of energy

Harlye lovegrove

Harley Lovegrove, Masterclass

Solving tough Problems

Richard Moret

Richard Moret, Workshop

Gamify your project management with board games, computer games and augmented reality

Annette Vendelbo

Annette Vendelbo, Workshop

Prioritizing customer value using Kanban: making the most with scarce resources


Marysia Lachowicz and Kamil Tyburski, Workshop

Design Thinking: why you should start adopting it in your projects?

Jean Debrosse

Jean Debrosse, Workshop

Leadership Presence-A Leader in every chair @ work in Project Management

Erik van Hurck

Erik van Hurck, Workshop

Virtual Reality and AI will maximize the impact of the Project Manager

DenamingNader K. Rad

Nader K. Rad, Presentation

Improve Reasoning and Communication with the Denaming Technique

Thomas Hijl

Thomas Hijl, Presentation

Your best performed project - manage it like a light switch - ON | OFF

benoit schmitt

Benoit Schmitt, Presentation

Research Portfolio Dynamics & Management in a Fast-Changing Biotech Setting


Marysia Lachowicz, Presentation

Design Thinking: why you should start adopting it in your projects?

Katia van belle

Katia Van Belle, Presentation

Breakthrough or waste of time? Lessons learned from project facilitation

frank habermann

Frank Habermann, Presentation

Wanna be agile? First, tell me how you handle coffee


Kamil Mroz, Presentation

SOARing into your Project Kick-off


Michèle Longpre, Presentation

About this presentation: Stakeholder Engagement: Facilitating the Transition and Making it Stick


Inspiration Hall

As the talks in the main hall are ongoing, the Inspiration Hall will be opened for business with complementary content. It is hard to capture the idea of the Inspiration Hall, but we have tried in the following paragraph:

The inspiration hall is not a common marketplace.
It is the place to encounter new ideas.

The inspiration hall is not just a collection of informative stands.
It offers the opportunity to engage in new concepts.

The Inspiration Hall doesn’t follow a script.
It is meant for the adventurous, the curious and the rebels,
Seeking new skills and surprising practices.

It is a ship sailing for new shores in search of the one thing:
A new and better version of you

For PMI Belgium, the concept of the Inspiration Hall is key to its identity. The members of PMI Belgium and the attendees of the PM Fair are very much 21st century minded professionals, where critical thinking, creativity and collaboration are important values. Therefore, to cater for these adventurous, curious and even rebellious attendees of the PM Fair, we have a place for them where they can make their own way through all the content available. Every visitor of the Inspiration Hall will travel an individual journey collecting the specific value they are looking for.

Inspiration Hall Speakers

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Karen Schmidt

PROJECT CANVAS - A visual tool for customer-oriented project design

Friederike Abitz

Friederike Abitz

Visual Techniques

Friederike Abitz

Friederike Abitz

Dragon Dreaming

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frank habermann

Karen Schmidt and Frank Habermann, Workshop

Hey, not so fast – Workshop for agile thinking 

FacilitationCarsten Wendt

Carsten Wendt, Workshop

Dealing with difficult communication moments


Organizing the PMI Belgium National Congress is challenging without sponsors. This event is made possible by the sponsorship of the following organizations:


Call for Sponsors

The PM Fair is a recurring initiative, thanks to the contribution of our esteemed sponsors! Become yourself a partner of the PM Fair and benefit of a direct visibility to over 3000 Professional Project Managers. Discover our flexible sponsor packages, which include logo sponsoring, booth, sponsor session, coffee break sponsor, booklet sponsor, and conference bag sponsor.

Consult the Call for sponsors for all the detail. If you wish to take advantage of this unique opportunity or need further information, please contact andree-anne.marsan@pmi-belgium.be. We look forward to seeing you among our PM Fair 2018 sponsors!

Organization Team

The organization of the PM Fair is a huge project with varied tasks that requires many skilled hands from start to finish, in order to deliver a high class congress. This important annual event is realized with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers. We are looking for more volunteers to join our passionate PM Fair 2018 team.

Volunteering with PMI can provide you with opportunities that enable you to share your knowledge and experience with other professionals. It will give you a global perspective of how project managers work in various industries. It will also help you to further strengthen your project management skills.

If you wish to join our enthusiastic team, please contact info@pmfair.org.



Category Fee
Student* €50 (€60.50)
PMI Belgium Chapter €165 (€199.65)
PMI EU Passport €165 (€199.65)
Other participants €350 (€423.50)

* Ask your student voucher at events@pmi-belgium.be

Special price for corporate group registration:

  • 10% discount for minimum 5 participants
  • 15% discount for minimum 10 participants
  • 20% discount for minimum 15 participants

Please complete this corporate group registration form and send it to events@pmi-belgium.be.

Cancellation Policy

Online registration is mandatory for the Individuals registrations for the PM Fair and it is done on a first come, first served basis (the Corporate registrations are made via the specific form). As soon as the maximum number of registrations is reached, registrations will automatically close.

Registrations will only be confirmed after the full payment is received by PMI Belgium Chapter.

If for any reason you will be unable to attend after having registered, please let us know as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to events@pmi-belgium.be. The person responsible for events registration will confirm your cancellation within 48 hours along with your cancellation charges.

In case of cancellation the following conditions will apply:

  • If cancellation before the 15th of September 2018: 50% of the amount will be charged.
  • If cancellation after the 15th of September 2018: no refund for congress fees will be made, the full amount (100%) will be charged.
  • If you can’t attend the congress, you may ask for the transfer of your registration to another person that is not registered yet, this is to assure the correct registration badging. In this case, please send an email to events@pmi-belgium.be.

Cancellation is only effective when confirmed by PMI Belgium.

In case of No Show, full amount will also be charged by our PMI Belgium Chapter.

Contact Us

You can contact us at info@pmfair.org, or using the following form.

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