November 2018

Navigating Complexity Webinar

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please contact Shirley Chow at [email protected] if you would like to register for the webinar.
Date: Thursday, November 22, 2018
Time: 10:45 AM-11:00 AM: Registration
11:00 AM-12:30 PM: Navigating Complexity Webinar
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Gary Wong, P.Eng.
Gary Wong & Associates
Credit: 1.5 Informal Continuing Education (CE) Hours
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $35.00 + GST = $36.75 until Nov 8, 2018

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $55.00 + GST = $57.75

Non-Registrant Price: $55.00 + GST = $57.75

Student Price: $27.50 + GST = $28.88
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Complexity is all around us and growing. Are you faced with problems that keep you awake at night? Are you surprised by unintended negative consequences that suddenly emerge? Are you frustrated because new situations arise that were not considered in your initial design? These are examples of what complexity feels like.

Seminar Description

No longer can engineers and geoscientists simply rely on a reductionist approach to resolve problems. Planning, strategy development, and project management demand a different perspective that requires a basic understanding of complexity science. You cannot manage, simplify, nor control complexity; you must absorb and navigate through it.

This webinar is a high level overview of the currently offered series of in-person complexity science sessions.

Because all industries are complex adaptive systems (CAS), a more complete view of the non-linear real world is necessary. Complex problem-solving addresses phenomena such as tipping points, Butterfly effects, Black Swans and leveraging less heard terms such as abductive reasoning, exaptation, heuristics.

The conventional strategy when implementing change is to invest heavily in an idealistic future state and faithfully work hard to realize. However, if the Future is uncertain with unknown unknowns, the preferred action is to make sense of and influence the evolutionary potential of the Present.

In a complexity paradigm Safety is perceived as something not created but as an emergent property of a complex adaptive system. Your focus can then expand from rules-based compliance to raising awareness of hidden tipping point signals and how alert humans sense pending danger.

Registrants will have the opportunity to help shape the content of future workshops. 

Learning Objectives

After the webinar overview, participants will be able to answer:

  • Why are we evolving into the Age of Cognitive Complexity?
  • What are the approaches one can take when dealing with Complexity? 
  • What properties of a Complex Adaptive System does linear reductionist thinking not address?
  • Why in the non-linear world will major catastrophes happen more frequently?
  • What is the Cynefin Framework?
  • When operating in an unpredictable work environment, what change strategy should be used?
  • How are Storytelling, Data Visualization, and Nudging used to make sense of complexity and act on it?
  • How might a complexity-based approach to Safety improve how we carry out our EGBC Code of Ethics obligations?

Target Audience

Engineers and Geoscientists BC professionals and associates involved in the planning and delivering of projects and programs, implementing change or being impacted by a change initiative.


Gary Wong, P.Eng.

Gary Wong & Associates

Gary Wong, P.Eng, MBA has over 45 years of experience starting with his career at BC Hydro where he worked in engineering, line operations, business consulting and training roles. He later joined Ernst & Young Consulting (now Capgemini Consulting) as a Senior Manager in Strategy & Transformation. During his association with the global consulting firm he acted as a lead practitioner for Change Management in Canada and the local Knowledge Management coordinator in the Vancouver office.

Gary has operated his own independent consulting practice over the past decade. He is a Cynefin Associate with Cognitive-Edge Inc. specializing on a complexity-based approach to Safety.

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