07 Sep 2017

AIPM members dominate international awards

AIPM News, PMAA, Awards, IPMA
AIPM members dominate international awards

Australian project managers have taken centre stage at the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Achievement Awards this week at the IPMA World Congress in Kazakhstan, with two Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) members winning gold and silver awards in their respective categories at the global awards.

In results that prove once again that Australian project managers are at the forefront of global project management advancement, the Northern Territory’s Eric Vanweydeveld of Power and Water Corporation won the Gold Medal in the Young Project Manager of the Year category and Victoria’s David Banks of National Australia Bank took out the Silver Medal in the Project Manager of the Year category.

The IPMA Achievement Awards are the peak international awards for project managers, and in order to be nominated for these awards Eric and David had already won their categories at their local AIPM Chapter Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAAs), the National PMAAs and the 2016 Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management Achievement Awards.

Mr Vanweydeveld was honoured for his outstanding work at Power and Water’s innovative Adelaide River Treatment Plant. “I am so proud of our team. Everyone is so passionate about this project and it’s a privilege to be recognised for making an innovative difference in the water industry. It’s been a long and challenging journey and certainly very fulfilling.” he was quoted as saying on receipt of his award.

Power and Water’s Chief Executive Michael Thomson has expressed pride and delight for Eric, his project team and contractors over this accomplishment and many related awards the Adelaide River Treatment Plant project has won since it was successfully commissioned in December 2015.

“Power and Water is very proud of Eric, the Adelaide River Treatment Plant project and all of those whom worked on that project. It shows that our projects at Power and Water are innovative, world class and  proves the talent and capability of Territorians and that their ability to deliver is at an international standard,” said Mr Thomson.

Mr Banks won his award for his work as the key enabler of the successful launch of the Telstra Air Network, and was humbled on hearing news of his award. "It is a great honour and privilege to be nominated for an IPMA award and be recognised by your peers on a world stage." he said from Astana. "Never in my wildest dreams could I have known the path that I was about to embark upon when my boss asked me to make a submission for the Victoria AIPM Chapter awards, then came the nationals, then came the Asia Pacific and now I find myself in Astana, Kazakhstan nominated for a global award."

AIPM CEO, Ms Yvonne Butler, was ecstatic at the announcement and said “I am thrilled that the international project management community has recognised the outstanding work of both Eric and David. As an organisation, we are extremely proud of the achievements of two of our members and it is further validation of the fact that we here in Australia are international leaders in the field of project management. We encourage all current and future members of the profession to emulate their success.”

The 2017 AIPM National PMAA winners are due to be announced at an awards dinner during the upcoming National Conference in Melbourne. For more information on the awards, please visit www.aipm.com.au/awards.