Interview with Randall Black


Interview with Randall T. (Randy) Black

Chair, 2019 Board of Directors
Project Management Institute

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler
PMWJ International Correspondent
Istanbul, Turkey


Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Please introduce yourself to the PMWJ readers.

Randall Black (Black): First, thank you for this opportunity to participate in this PMWJ interview.

My name is Randall (or Randy) T. Black. I was born in Toronto, Ontario. I have lived in Ottawa, Ontario and now live in St. Albert, Alberta.

My background is probably similar to that of many of your readers. I was trained as an engineer at the University of Waterloo (Civil Engineering – Class of 1977) where my major focus was in water engineering.

My first 23 years of my career were spent doing projects for a telecommunications company in central Canada. I had a variety of technical engineering roles, as well as roles in finance, economics, and strategic planning. In 1997, as part of a corporate downsizing, I left that organization and moved to an IT services company. I later moved to a software company, where I was the VP of Professional Services.

Upon that company being closed by their angel investors, I moved into e-learning and in 2003 I moved to western Canada to lead the project management training division of a project management consulting organization. Since 2010 I have also worked for an electrical transmission corporation and for an architecture / engineering firm.

I now run my own consulting firm specializing in strategic operations and project management consulting and training.

I have also been a volunteer for most of my life. I started volunteering with my local YMCA, teaching gymnastics and other athletics. I was both a member and the leader for my local Church Servers Guild and also volunteered with the University of Waterloo Alumni Association (Ottawa Chapter), where I served as the VP of Events and the President of the Chapter.

The majority of my volunteering has been with the Project Management Institute (PMI). I started serving as the VP of Education with the Northern Alberta Chapter in July of 2004. Since then I have served the Northern Alberta Chapter as;

  • VP Certification – 1 year
  • President – 2 years
  • Past-President – 1 year

I have also served as a PMI Region Mentor for Region 1 (Northwest North America) from April of 2012 to December of 2013. In addition, I have served with the Chapter Members Advisory Group for two years and with the PMI Global Board of Directors from January 2016 through the present. Last year I served as the Chair of the Strategy Oversight Committee and this year, I have the privilege to serve as the Board Chair.

ÖzgülerYou have been elected as a chairman of the PMI board. What are your key objectives for the Board to achieve in 2019?


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How to cite this interview: Özgüler, İ. (2019); Interview with Randall T. (Randy) Black, Chair, 2019 PMI Board of Directors; PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue V, June.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/pmwj82-Jun2019-Ozguler-Interview-with-Randall-Black-PMI-Chair.pdf



About the Interviewer

İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey




İpek Sahra Özgüler graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at ipeksahra@gmail.com.  Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/