Jesse is Director of Project Management with RAM. He is an executive project delivery leader experienced in all areas of transportation/utilities/infrastructure project and construction leadership overseeing both complex, high-profile projects, as well as smaller capital projects/programs. As a Project/Risk Management Professional (PMP/RMP), Jesse has an intimate knowledge with multiple project delivery methods, project management models, and scope, financial, schedule, and risk management tools and techniques. During his career, he has developed an ability to understand his client’s “why”, work collaboratively leading teams, and implement successful strategic initiatives for multiple project funding partners and stakeholders. With a background as a Professional Engineer in Canada (P.Eng.) and the United States (PE), a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), and a MMCD Certified Contract Administrator (CCA), Jesse has the ability to lead projects effectively, incorporate sustainable design and construction principles, interpret and administer contracts, and understand the technical aspects of his projects. His effective written and verbal communication, workshop facilitation, and engaging presentation skills to both technical and non-technical audiences, allow him to serve as a knowledgeable leader and advisor to clients. Jesse’s strong business development and relationship-building, marketing, and strategic planning skills allow for effective development of business and partnership opportunities for a transportation/utilities/infrastructure consulting environment.
David Collings is the Managing Principal at Collings Johnston Inc and provides senior leadership and technical advisory services to owners, contractors, and lenders of major infrastructure projects. He specializes in building project teams and leading the development and implementation of major projects. Collings Johnston Inc. is a Vancouver-based technical management consulting company providing advisory and management services on major infrastructure projects. We have developed particular expertise in infrastructure project development, capital planning, technical management and discipline integration.
Mark Robinson, EIT, is currently studying law at UBC. Prior to his return to university he was a Project Coordinator with Urban One Builders, a construction management firm specializing in residential high-rise construction and mixed use development. Mark previously graduated in Civil Engineering from UBC and holds a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.
Hilary is Founder and CXO of two companies, including Go Get Coaching and Consulting and Nine Little Boxes. Go Get was created to help clients win work by providing timely, professional and efficient proposal management, marketing and business development services and related coaching, consulting and training. Nine Little Boxes delivers products and training that help companies large and small maintain positive workplace culture. She has over 20 years’ experience in business development, marketing, and employee engagement and broad industry experience.
Dr. Ali Azizian is a Principal Specialist – Geotechnical/Seismic with Tetra Tech Canada in Vancouver, BC. He has consulting and project management experience in geotechnical design and construction of bridge and building foundations, pipelines, and embankment dams. He specializes in seismic soil-structure interaction analysis. His project experience includes: Evergreen and Canada Line Rapid Transit projects, Port Mann and Golden Ears Bridges, as well as the proposed Kitimat and Pacific NorthWest LNG plants.
Peter is a Partner in the Capital Projects & Infrastructure practice in Vancouver. He specializes in capital project governance, construction readiness, and performance reporting for complex capital projects. He advises clients on topics related to governance, innovation in projects, operating model, complex procurement, project readiness, and commercial disputes. Peter has worked on recent Canadian megaprojects in the following sectors: utilities, transportation, health care, oil & gas, and education. He brings significant experience working with provincial governments, federal governments, first nations, public entities and private sector clients. Prior to joining PwC, Peter worked for an engineering consulting firm. He holds an MSc. in International Project Leadership from SKEMA Business School, a BComm in Finance from Ryerson University, and has completed the Program on Negotiations for Senior Executives at Harvard University.
Harvie is a Vice President at Hatch and Regional Director Infrastructure, Western North America. Harvie is a professional civil engineer with over 20 years of experience in infrastructure development projects across North America, particularly specializing in airports and aviation. Harvie has been involved with landside and airside engineering, planning and project management at airports across Canada and the USA. As Regional Director for Hatch’s Infrastructure business, he covers over 700 staff supporting projects and clients in Airports, Rail, Transit, Highways & Bridges, Ports & Marine, Water, and Urban Solutions, in both the US and Canada. Hatch supports owners and clients in program/project management, detailed design, construction management, and alternate project delivery. Harvie is also a Director and Secretary of the BC Aviation Council, and a member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
Mary is an Architect and Associate Vice President with HDR. With 20+ years of experience, Mary has led the design of many award-winning community recreation facilities, including aquatics, ice, fitness and more. As a key leader in the community and recreation sector for HDR, Mary is a certified Passive House Designer and also a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition to local venues, Mary has traveled internationally to give presentations on various issues related to sports, recreation, community facility design, universal design and also how community engagement is being integrated into the architectural process. In the past few years she has spoken at the Athletics Business Conference in Florida and New Orleans, the IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) Congress in Germany, and the TAFISA (The Association for International Sport for All) World Congress in The Netherlands.
Simon Daniels P.Eng is an independent professional who, since 1998, has successfully executed the Project Management, Design and Construction Management of major industrial and transportation infrastructure projects. Practical, articulate and creative with a proven ability to solve difficult technical and operational issues, Mr. Daniels is an industry leader with experience representing Ownership, Contracting and Engineering Groups, with specific focus on the successful procurement, execution, and operation of heavy civil infrastructure projects utilizing PPP, Design-Build and Alternative Procurement formats.
Amanda Farrell is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp). Amanda took on this role in December 2018 to lead the management and delivery of major transportation projects, including the new Pattullo Bridge, the Kicking Horse Canyon Project – Phase 4 and the Broadway Subway. Prior to TI Corp, Amanda Farrell served as the President and CEO of Partnerships BC for five years. Amanda focused the organization’s culture on client responsiveness and strengthening relationships with current and future clients in the development of major public infrastructure projects from hospitals to courthouses to transit lines. Amanda also served as Chief Project Officer on the now completed Evergreen SkyTrain Line in Vancouver during that time. Earlier in her career, Amanda gained extensive public policy and operational experience in the UK before moving to British Columbia. Amanda was honoured by her peers as the recipient of the 2018 Women’s Infrastructure Network Outstanding Leader award.
Devan leads the implementation of port authority-led transportation infrastructure projects of national significance to ensure the Greater Vancouver gateway is ready for Canada’s growing trade. Devan brings more than 15 years of experience in transportation infrastructure delivery to this role. Prior to joining the port authority, Devan spent several years as a bridge structural engineering consultant in Vancouver and as the manager of project delivery for the engineering department of the City of Vancouver. Born in Vancouver and raised in Europe, Devan holds a Masters of Engineering and Management Degree from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London, England and a Masters of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia.
Bradley Gunnlaugson is the Regional Director for Pomerleau’s operations in British Columbia. Pomerleau Inc is a national general contractor and a leader in the Canadian civil and building construction industries. In his current role, Bradley is responsible for planning, organizing and managing work within a rapidly expanding civil construction business unit. He leads the division’s pursuits and oversees the execution of all civil and infrastructure projects across British Columbia. His experience with managing the efforts of multi-disciplinary teams, as well as organizing complex transportation and infrastructure projects, has provided him with the skills and understanding to ensure that all project teams under his purview have the required resources and support from their senior management team.
Ryan MacPherson, P.Eng., is Vice-President, Roads, Bridges and Ports, for SNC-Lavalin. He is a structural engineer with over 20 years of experience in the design and construction of infrastructure projects, mainly in the field of fixed maritime structures and port facilities, throughout Canada and around the world. In his current role, Ryan is responsible for leading the operations and setting the strategic direction of the Roads, Bridges and Ports group for SNC-Lavalin in Western Canada. Partnering with SNC-Lavalin’s Infrastructure Construction sector, the group provides end-to-end solutions for its clients – from making equity investments and arranging financing, to providing engineering, construction and operations and maintenance services. One of his more notable accomplishments was leading the development of the 45,000 sq.m. elevated marine foundation for the iconic Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion.
With over 25 years of Marketing and Business Development experience, Jeannine Martin is currently the leader of Pre-Construction for Carlson Construction Group’s Heavy Civil Division. With extensive knowledge of construction and engineering industries, Jeannine’s areas of focus include client acquisition and maintenance; pipeline development; pursuit strategies and acquisition integration. As Leader of Pre-Construction, Jeannine works across the organization to identify potential projects and develop strategies to secure joint venture and construction opportunities. Carlson Construction Group includes Vancouver Pile Driving; Sukwi7; Carlson Environmental Technologies; Brymark Installations; Corwest Fabrications and affiliated companies CMF Construction and Industrial Hazmat Services.
Jeff McLellan is a Vice President with BFL CANADA Insurance Services Inc. in Vancouver. He has spent the last 15 years specializing in professional liability and construction insurance. In addition to managing BFL’s Architects and Engineers’ Division, Jeff is called upon regularly to advise Developer and Contractor clients on professional liability and general insurance matters. He is recognized as one of the leading brokers in his field.
Cheryl Nelms is the General Manager, Project Delivery for Metro Vancouver. She oversees a portfolio of major infrastructure projects worth over $6 billion for BC’s most populated regional district, serving 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation. Previously, Cheryl was the Deputy General Manager of Engineering Services at the City of Vancouver, a department of 2,200 employees, and oversaw $800 million in annual budgets. Cheryl is an accomplished leader and professional engineer with over 20 years of experience, including senior executive roles in the federal government. She has completed a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Project Management) and has a proven track record in project and financial management, leading strategic transformation initiatives, and world class operations in large professional organizations. Cheryl has deep experience in the implementation of major infrastructure projects, especially public private partnerships. She has demonstrated leadership in collaborating with industry, academia and across government and negotiating complex agreements. Cheryl is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, and is a frequently sought-after expert and speaker at conferences and inter-government committees of national interest.
Phil O’Neill is a Principal at O’M Engineering with over 22 years of experience in the electrical engineering industry. Phil specializes in relationship marketing, project management, and electrical engineering. His comprehensive experience covers transportation, mixed use residential, commercial, institutional, educational, light industrial, and tenant improvement projects. Phil believes delivery, response, quality, and trust, are the key components for an accomplished partnership and successful project.