March 2022

Leading Major Capital Projects

Status: This session has been postponed, and a new date is being determined. Please contact Rachel Osterman at [email protected] for inquiries.
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Time: 8:15 AM-8:30 AM Pacific Time: Registration and Login
8:30 AM-4:30 PM Pacific Time: Webinar
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Dr. George Jergeas, P.Eng.
Chair, iProjects Inc.
Credit: Eligible for 7 CE Hour(s) of Communications and Leadership Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $400.00 + GST = $420.00 until Mar 16, 2022

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $500.00 + GST = $525.00

Non-Registrant Price: $500.00 + GST = $525.00

Student Price: $250.00 + GST = $262.50
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The level of uncertainty and volatility associated with major capital projects make a predictable outcome almost impossible to achieve, as these large projects are more complex and last longer. These projects present great challenge to busy leaders, managers, and executives. The long history of staggering cost overruns and completion delays offers little assurance that cost and schedules estimates can be relied upon.

Seminar Description

Leaders can delegate control, but not leadership. To help busy leaders of large organizations, we propose, the application of a disciplined governance and oversight system on their next major capital projects. This includes exercising oversight authority over their organization and its major capital projects but in full compliance with legal, moral, and ethical requirements. In doing so, leaders must understand risks and address stakeholder concerns while overseeing completion of major capital projects.

This session provides an opportunity to discuss the relationship between the business and project sides of the organization and will cover the following segments:

  • Embrace Uncertainty: classify risks, allocate reserve amounts, and assign responsibility for risks;
  • Engage Stakeholders: each consultation and negotiation with a stakeholder can affect how well you deliver your project;
  • Transform Governance: shift your mindset, establish a governance structure, and advocate ethical behaviour;
  • Build Relationships: earn trust, gain respect, and adopt a collaborative relationship model;
  • Improve major capital project performance;
  • Conduct oversight of major capital projects;
  • Understand and fulfill senior leaders’ obligations; and
  • Discover how to build solid working relationships and improve performance.

Provided Materials

A hard copy of Dr. George Jergeas' book, entitled "Benevolent Dictatorship for Major Capital Projects," which provides discussions on:

  • The Project Delivery Model;
  • Risk and contingencies;
  • Governance framework;
  • Oversight and leadership;
  • Ethical and legal compliance; and
  • The Collaborative Model and leader traits.

The physical copy of the book will be mailed to your preferred address prior to the course. If you register on or after March 16, 2022, the book may arrive after the course. Please note that the book is not required reading ahead of the course.

Practical Takeaways

By participating in this session, leaders will learn how to:

  • Improve major capital project performance;
  • Conduct oversight of their major capital project; and
  • Understand and fulfill their obligations.

Target Audience

Recommended for politicians (ministers, deputy ministers, municipal councillors) presidents, city managers, vice presidents, project directors, and professional members.

What Previous Participants Have Said About the Seminar

"I feel like the presenter summarized all the lessons I have learned in my 30 year career."
"Material was spot on—very relevant to my work."
"Great speaker! Very engaging and engages the room."
“Dr. Jergeas is a great presenter. He managed to engage the audience from beginning to end. Very interesting thought and management strategies.”
“Fantastic presenter! Very knowledgeable!”


Dr. George Jergeas, P.Eng.

Chair, iProjects Inc.

Dr. George Jergeas is a civil engineer with an M.Sc. and PhD in construction management from Loughborough University, UK with over 45 years of industry and academic experience. He served as a professor of project management at the University of Calgary from 1994–2020.

George has a strong passion in increasing the efficiency and competency of teams delivering major engineering and construction projects. His expertise includes, project governance, assurance and readiness, risk management, project execution planning, contract strategies, partnering and collaborative relationships, claims and disputes with a focus on dispute resolution, and project management training and coaching. George’s partnering methodology has been successfully implemented on over 180 projects across North America.

George has delivered project management training, leadership coaching, and consulting services to professional associations and companies across North America, Asia, and Europe. George is also the author of 3 books, a chapter in a 4th book, and over 100 articles and publications.

His books are:

  • "Risk Navigation Strategies for Major Capital Projects: Beyond the Myth of Predictability", Springer, 2011;
  • "Benevolent Dictatorship for Major Capital Projects", LearnAcademy, 2017, Amazon.ca;
  • "Project Risk and Opportunity Management, The Owner’s Perspective", Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019; and
  • "Evolving Toolbox for Complex Project Management", Taylor & Francis Group, November 2019 – The Legal Issues chapter.

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