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An Integrated Framework of Risk Management and Simulation in Project Management

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 - Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
​Registration and Login: 8:00 AM–8:30 AM Pacific time
Webinar: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Pacific time

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
​Registration and Login: 8:00 AM–8:30 AM Pacific time
Webinar: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Pacific time

14.0 CE Hour(s) of Communications and Leadership Learning

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Event Details


Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $800.00 + GST = $840.00 until July 9, 2024

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $900.00 + GST = $945.00

Non-Registrant Price: $900.00 + GST = $945.00

Student Price: $450.00 + GST = $472.50


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Event Presenter(s)

Dr. Janaka Ruwanpura

Vice-Provost International and Professor of Project Management, University of Calgary

Professor Janaka Ruwanpura is a Professional Engineer registered in Alberta. He is a Professor of Project Management at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. He was the Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Research -International (VPRI) at the University of Calgary from 2013 to 2024. He was also a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Project Management Systems (2007-13) at the University of Calgary, Canada, before becoming the VPRI in 2013. He was the Founding Director of the Centre for Project Management Excellence at the University of Calgary. He earned his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 1992, a Master of Science in Construction Management from Arizona State University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Alberta in 2001. He was a recipient of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award (2022), introduced by the Prime Minister of Canada. 

Prof. Ruwanpura, a former US Fulbright scholar, has developed many best practices and tools successfully implemented in the construction industry for productivity improvement, project management, project planning, construction management, risk management, decision analysis and sustainability. He has published over 180 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. Prof. Ruwanpura has also been recognized with many national and international awards for teaching, research, innovation, leadership, service, graduate education and internationalization, including 16 external national and international awards and recognitions in the last 11 years. These awards include the “Industry Partnership Award” in 2012 for his contribution to the Canadian Construction Industry in terms of collaboration, innovation and transformation, the Walter Shanly Career Award for construction engineering from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (2012), Brian D. Dunfield Education Service from the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (2012), “Immigrants of Distinction Award” for his contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math from Immigrant Services Calgary (2016), International Achievement Award from the City of Calgary (2020) and the Board of Directors Leadership Award for Internationalization from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (2020). He was inducted as a Distinguished Alumni to the Academy of the School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment, Arizona State University (2019). He received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Immigrant Services Calgary in 2023. The PIE news agency named him one of the “Top 50 voices in North America for International Education” in 2023.

During his tenure as VPRI, Professor Ruwanpura's visionary leadership propelled the University of Calgary to unprecedented heights of global engagement. Under his leadership, the university secured six competitive awards for internationalization and innovation, including the prestigious Institutional Award for “Global Learning, Research & Engagement” from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU). This recognition marked a historic moment for the university, as it became the first Canadian University to receive this honour. These achievements are a testament to Professor Ruwanpura's exceptional leadership and strategic vision, significantly shaping the university's global standing. 

Professor Ruwanpura's professional achievements extend beyond Canada. He is a professional quantity surveyor (PQS) in Canada and a Professional/Chartered Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK (MRICS). His contributions have been recognized globally, as he is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC) and Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (FCSCE), as well as a member/fellow of the National Academy of Construction (NAC) in the USA. He has also received Gold Seal Certification (GSC) from the Canadian Construction Association. He is also the President of JYR Consultants, specializing in Project and Construction Management services and Co-Founder of Global Uni Connect, an international education provider.

About the Event

Seminar Description

Conventional project risk management assumes the project risk decreases with time and progress. A proper risk analysis must identify and analyse the potential strategic and tactical risks. A well-planned risk analysis should typically involve estimating the impact of risks on project objectives. Despite the growing acceptance of project risk management, there remain a number of common pitfalls that project managers should avoid. Among these pitfalls is the inability to identify and quantify the project risks to develop a better estimate and a schedule without misuse of contingency funds while developing both proactive and reactive mitigation strategies to deal with both strategic and tactical risks. This course will provide an overview of such expertise and knowledge to develop an integrated framework of risk management and simulation.


Topics covered will include the following:

  • Introduction to Risk Management (3 hours)
  • Structured Risk Analysis Method (5 hours)
  • Risk Response and Management (2 hours)
  • Integrated Risk Analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation (3.5 hours)
  • Other Analytical Tools to Assess Risks (1.5 hours)

Teaching Objectives

  • Defining the terms and fundamentals of risk, uncertainty, risk analysis, risk management, and simulation;
  • Outlining the success stories of projects with high risks;
  • Explaining how alignment of the team brings project success;
  • Explaining a structured method to properly identify, qualify, quantify, and respond to risks;
  • Explaining how risk management is linked to Monte Carlo Simulation;
  • Demonstrating the impact of risks on schedule and estimate; and
  • Explaining how to develop a risk-based schedule and estimate.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the principles and fundamentals of risk and uncertainty management;
  • Learn the concepts of strategic and tactical risk management;
  • Follow a structured process of risk analysis and management; and
  • Learn basics of simulation tools for estimating and scheduling to link the impact of risks and uncertainties to the schedules and estimating, and to mitigate risk and uncertainties.

Target Audience

This course has been designed for those who wish to become familiar with the project execution processes at a high level, specifically those practitioners who already are or wish to pursue the careers of project management, engineering management, project controls, or construction management. Engineers at any level are encouraged to attend this course.

What Previous Participants Have Said About the Seminar

  • “The in-class activities help to understand materials.”
  • “The interactive aspect of the course was great. Presenter was very clear and engaging.”