June 2018

June Dinner Presentation: Navigating Complexity

Organized by the Richmond/Delta Branch

Status: Online registration is now closed. For space availability, please contact [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM–6:30 PM: Registration and Networking
6:30 PM–7:15 PM: Dinner
7:15 PM–7:30 PM: Branch Business and Announcements
7:30 PM–9:00 PM: Presentation and Q&A 
9:00 PM: Closing
Location: Felicos Restaurant, 8140 Leslie Road, Richmond, BC
Limited parking at restaurant, paid street parking available.
Presenter: Gary Wong, P.Eng., MBA
Gary Wong & Associates
Credit: 2 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $40.00 + GST = $42.00
Student Members: $25.00 + GST = $26.25
Contact: For more information contact [email protected].
Note: To help us predict our catering needs, please register by June 22, 2018.
The Richmond/Delta Branch is pleased to announce a dinner presentation by Gary Wong. Join us for networking, dinner, and an informative session covering how complexity is severely influencing our roles as professional engineers and geoscientists.

Gary Wong graduated from UBC Electrical Engineering in 1971 and SFU in 1984 with an MBA degree. Gary worked at BC Hydro for 27 years in distribution engineering, operations, and management. He later joined Ernst & Young Consulting (now Capgemini) as a Senior Manager in Strategy and Transformation. For the past 15 years, Gary has run his own independent consulting practice.

One of his most humbling experiences was discovering how ill-equipped he was when dealing with complexities of the real world. Gary realized he was formally educated and trained to be a linear reductionist. It was assumed that a problem is merely a jigsaw puzzle with technology, process, and people pieces. However, when faced with uncertainty and unpredictability, the assumption readily falls apart. Fortunately, there are innovative yet pragmatic solutions available. They start as Copernicus said by “opening both eyes”.

Through the association’s Continuing Professional Development Program, Gary shares his learnings in a “Navigating Complexity” series consisting of three 1-day courses: Going Beyond Systems Thinking, Implementing Change in Unpredictable Times, and Safety Differently.

In this informative session, he will provide a brief overview and key takeaways to make sense of the real world to act upon it. This presentation will be of particular interest to engineering and geoscientist professionals and associates involved in the planning and delivering of projects and programs, engaged in implementing change, or being impacted by a change initiative.

About the Speaker

  • Graduated at UBC in 1971 in electrical engineering.
  • Recently involved in publishing a legacy book about Walter Gage, fondly remembered as the Dean of Everything.
  • Gary has been a member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC for over 45 years.
  • Active in Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Mentoring Program, and
  • Currently delivering a series of “Complexity” courses through the association’s Continuing Professional Development Program.


  • Guest/Non-member Registration: If you are not a member of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia, you can register online by quickly creating a 'non-member' account. After clicking on the 'Register' link, you will be brought to a login screen. Towards the bottom, there is a ‘Create new account’ link. Click this link and follow the prompts to create your account and then you will be able to register online with this new account. Thank you and we look forward to having you join us.
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