Erin Barkel
CCEA© Finishing School: Math Concepts and Practice
Many of us have not calculated mean, median, mode, standard deviation, variance, or distributions since our undergrad stat courses. Get your #2 pencils and simple calculators ready: you’re going to need to do all of this math without the aid of Excel during the PCEA and CCEA exams, and this session will help refresh your memory. (presentation not available for download)

Erin Barkel is the Manager of Costing Policy and Training in the Costing Centre of Expertise of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and a part-time student in the PhD in Management program at the Sprott School of Business. A Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst, Erin serves on both the Canadian Chapter and International boards of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association.

George Bayer
Measuring Portfolio Value for Government Programs and Initiatives
Parsing historical data projects is a practiced activity for many software cost estimators.  However, there are several hidden flaws with data point selection.  This paper draws from work performed by Nasim Talib, author of The Black Swan, and includes: Error of Casual Analysis, Narrative Fallacy, Fallacy of Silent Evidence, Ludic Fallacy.  Each of these fallacies can lead to invalid data selection and consequently invalidate any software estimate drawn from conclusions using this bad data.
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George Bayer, a Director at Cobec Consulting with over 20 years of Finance experience, manages cost and benefits estimating teams for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acquisitions. Prior to the FAA, George led economic analyses and DCF valuations at BP and ConocoPhillips. Mr. Bayer received the Leadership/Management Award for the Washington ICEAA Chapter in 2017 and has a BSBA in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.