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Muskrat Falls Hydro Power Mega Project: Lessons Learned

Thursday, May 16, 2024
11:45 AM-12:00 PM Pacific time: Registration and Login
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Pacific time: Webinar

Eligible for 1.0 CE Hour(s) of Communications and Leadership Learning

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Event Details




Jennifer Wu | Continuing Education Coordinator
Direct: 236.521.9709
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext.9709
Email: [email protected]

Event Presenter(s)

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 for 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 three books, a chapter in a fourth 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,;
  • "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.

About the Event

The Muskrat Falls project in Newfoundland, Canada is a highly complex mega project consisting of a dam, an 824 MW hydroelectric plant, and associated transmission lines. Project participants had to deal with unique challenges in project planning and execution, such as geography, climate, investment, the demand for fast completion, and other factors, both internal and external to the project. 

Unfortunately, this mega project experienced huge cost overruns and delays that are typical of most major capital investments. A Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate the project performance throughout the life cycle of this project with a focus on the root causes of the huge cost overrun and delay that was experienced. The Commission of Inquiry issued a thorough report entitled “Muskrat Falls: A Misguided Project.”

Seminar Description

Dr. Jergeas, who was retained by the Commission of Inquiry to review evidence and provide an opinion, will discuss causes and lessons learnt in some of the following areas:
  • Underestimation of project costs, contingencies, and management reserve
  • Lack of relevant experience on the team
  • Lack of governance and oversight
  • Non-disclosure of information and lack of flow of information
  • Early warning signs were ignored
  • Unsuitable contractual strategies
  • Faulty contractor selection and management
  • Winter conditions
  • Low construction productivity
  • Geotechnical and disputes
  • Major issues with stakeholder/environmental management
  • Failure to consult with First Nations groups
  • Lack of teamwork and lack of empowerment

Target Audience

This presentation is relevant to anyone who is involved in the delivery of major capital projects in Canada, especially owners in government organizations such municipal, provincial, and federal agencies.

Learning Objective

Not to repeat history – we can do better.