Events & Professional Development Calendar


Leading Major Capital Projects

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Register by March 13, 2019

Large engineering and construction projects are complex and of longer duration, presenting greater challenges to busy managers and executives. The long history of staggering cost overruns and delays in project completion offers little assurance that the cost estimates and schedules presented to project executives can be relied upon. The level of uncertainty and volatility associated with major capital projects make a predictable outcome almost impossible to achieve.

To help busy leaders, this course proposes the application of a Benevolent Dictatorship on the next wave of major capital projects. Benevolent Dictatorship is a practice in which a demanding leader exercises absolute leadership over an organization and its major capital projects, but does so for the benefit of all members of the organization and the projects in full compliance with legal, moral, and ethical requirements and values. 

Project leaders must act ethically and legally, understand risks, and address the concerns of their stakeholders while overseeing and participating in the delivery of their major capital project.

This course will cover the following subjects:

  • 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: establish a governance structure and advocate ethical behaviour.
  • Fulfill Your Obligations: appreciate your contractual and tort obligations, recognize your claims and disputes obligations, and pursue HSE obligations.
  • Build Relationships: earn trust, gain respect and adopt a collaborative relationship model.
  • Improve Productivity: prepare productivity plan, address productivity issues, incorporate productivity lessons learned, set project-based productivity targets, measure productivity, provide feedback.

When you participate in this session, you will learn how to:

  • Improve major capital project performance
  • Conduct oversight of major capital projects
  • Understand and fulfill senior executives’ obligations

About the Presenter 

George Jergeas, P.Eng., PhDDr. George Jergeas, P.Eng., is a Professor of Project Management in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, where he has taught and researched methods for improving project management since 1994. He has 40 years of work experience, principally in infrastructure projects as well as claims and disputes. He has worked with project teams in oil sands development, hospitals, roads and bridges, tunnelling, LRT expansions, and mining projects. As a claims consultant investigating numerous construction projects both in Canada and the USA, George gained insight into the fundamental causes of project success and failure.



APEGA Edmonton Office

1500 Scotia Place

Edmonton, AB

T5J 4A2


March 20, 2019


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


George Jergeas, Ph.D, P.Eng.


 Professional Member: $305

Member-in-Training: $205

Non-Member: $355


Group and company discounts apply.
Every third registrant on the same form gets 50% off.

Eligible PDH


Registration Deadline

March 13, 2019

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