Our Advisors

Valency’s Team of Advisors

Sandra MacGillivray of Valency Inc.

Sandra MacGillivray

Waterloo, ON
Sandra MacGillivray is Valency’s Managing Director. She serves on the CII Board of Advisors and the CII Manufacturing & Life Sciences (MLS) sector committee. Sandra has been an active volunteer on CII research teams including front end planning, PDRI for Manufacturing & Life Sciences (MLS), risk management and portfolio management.
She is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) and Certified PDRI Facilitator. Sandra holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.

Behrooz Golzarpoor

Behrooz Golzarpoor

Waterloo, ON
Behrooz Golzarpoor is a Senior Project Consultant with Valency. He serves on CII’s Downstream & Chemicals sector committee and the Advanced Work Packaging Community of Practice. Behrooz is a Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 12 years of construction project management and project controls experience in the industrial, infrastructure, and building sectors. He holds a BASc in Civil Engineering, a MASc in Engineering Management from the University of Waterloo, and a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering & Management from the University of Waterloo.

Rebecca Cummings

Waterloo, ON
Rebecca Cummings is a Senior Project Consultant with Valency. She serves on the CII Professional Development Committee and leads Valency’s training development. Rebecca is a recognized leader in Lean Six Sigma initiatives, working with several global organizations to drive the implementation of change, and achieve substantial process and productivity improvements. She is a PDRI Facilitator, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Instructor. She holds an MBA from Western University’s Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo.
John Zhao

John Zhao

Calgary, AB
John brings over 27 years’ experience in the construction industry to Valency. His project management experience spans Oil & Gas, public works, water treatment facilities, pharmaceutical, and buildings projects. John holds a Masters in Project Management (Construction) from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

Tim Podesta

London, UK
Tim is an experienced facilitator of project workshops and was an industry leader for research with the CII into the value of front end planning and the PDRI tool. Tim celebrated 35 years with BP in 2016 and completed his career there. As a Valency consultant he is working to promote the implementation of CII best practices in the UK and Europe.