An AWP Summit for Alberta Construction Leaders

Construction industry professionals: join us at the Edmonton Convention Centre (formerly the Shaw Conference Centre) in Edmonton on May 7, 2019 for a very special Advanced Work Packaging Industry Summit. This event is being guided by an owner-exclusive advisory board and the program is being developed with the support of industry SME panel committees and working teams that will bring a variety of thought-provoking AWP-centric topics and themes to the stage, including: Alignment, Data & Metrics, Procurement & Materials Management, Owners Expectations & Priorities, and a special AWP case study presented by Shell.


The Program

6+ hours of content and professional networking. Industry SMEs presenting panels and case studies on AWP topics including owner expectations, stakeholder alignment, tracking AWP project performance, and more.


Advisors & Panelists

Groups of experts on construction project planning and execution from the owner and contractor communities have come together in our advisory board, panel presenter teams and working teams to develop this event.


How to Register

This is a non-sponsored event that will coincide with the COAA Best Practices Conference 2019. There are a variety of options and discounts available for you to send your team and/or clients and partners at a great rate.

Alberta-based Thought Leaders

All of the major Advanced Work Packaging events (AWP Summit; AWP Conferences) are planned and developed by Group ASI in collaboration with the industry associations that publish the AWP best practices and the industry leaders that use and support the best practices. The AWP Summit Advisory Board (AB) includes over a dozen representatives of major project owners, along with chairs of the COAA AWP Committee and the COAA AWP Scalability Committee. The role of the AB is to assist in the identification and refinement of the specific themes and topics to be discussed on stage, to provide input to the development of the sessions and to recruit panel teams and working teams for the creation and delivery of quality, relevant content. The AB is made up of companies that believe in COAA project performance best practices and are either leaders in the AWP domain or are keenly interested in AWP. These companies are advocates for accelerating Alberta project performance.

The AWP Summit Advisory Board is chaired by Derek Armeneau, Vice President of Project Resources for Suncor Energy and Director of the Construction Owners Association of Alberta.


A Balanced, Focused Agenda

When AWP Summit organizers and advisors set forth to design the program for this event, their goal was to create content that is sharply focused on key issues facing Alberta-based organizations that are using AWP or could benefit from effective implementation of AWP. In order to best address these issues, the team decided that the panel discussion format was ideal for meaningful exploration of the topics. As a result, you will find that most of the sessions planned for the AWP Summit will be presented by panel teams composed of a balanced selection of subject matter experts representing key project stakeholder groups. As a complement to the discussions of the day, we look forward to hearing from Shell, with a real-world case study of a large-scale implementation of Advanced Work Packaging on their Tiger AO4 project; a plant expansion valued at over $700M.

Breakfast, Registration and Networking

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Prior to the start of the AWP Summit, attendees can enjoy a breakfast and networking hour.


AWP Summit Kickoff

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

The AWP Summit kicks off after registration and breakfast (starting at 7 AM).

Panelists: Derek Armeneau, Vice President, Project Resources, Suncor (panel lead) with representatives of COAA and CII (TBA).


Owner’s Panel: Owner Expectations

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

A panel of project owners representing Alberta industry set their expectations in regards to AWP.


  • Ryan Jackson, General Manager - Construction, Suncor Energy (panel lead);

  • Scott Maguire, Manager, Construction and Commissioning, Cenovus;

  • Mark Banham, Canadian Capital Projects Manager, ConocoPhillips;

  • Charles O’Connor, Project Director, Dow Chemical Company;

  • Jeremy Furzer, Manager Core Projects, Enbridge;

  • Donald Terway, Director - Projects, Enmax


A Comprehensive Framework for Consistent Alignment Between Stakeholders

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Drive better alignment between engineering, construction, and owners by creating an effective AWP framework that; establishes an integrated governance structure based on sound AWP contracting strategies, implements robust AWP processes that include deep cross functional collaboration and early stakeholder engagement, and leverages enabling technologies to increase planning capability and attain more optimal solutions.


  • Scott Randall, NOVA Chemicals (panel lead)

  • Paul Lange, Ledcor

  • Ryan Olsen, Jacobs

  • Ryan Posnikoff, Bentley Systems

  • Fernando Espana, President, Construct-X


Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

The AWP Summit is a unique networking and knowledge-sharing opportunity for all attendees. There are multiple networking breaks throughout the event.


Using Data and Metrics to Track AWP Project Lifecycle Performance

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

AWP early engagement by the project team includes Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning and Operations. Through this engagement, standard metrics can be developed to measure the success of each phase of the project and the data collected (indicators) can be used to support corrective actions and provide feedback to the project team to allow for proactive management of the project and systematic adjustments to the workforce plan. This presentation is focused on what data and processes are required to support early AWP engagement of the project team for maintenance and or minor capital expansions within a pipeline facility.


  • Dean Hymanyk, Enbridge (panel lead)

  • Chuck Mies, Autodesk

  • Keith Beaulieu, Fluor

  • Brandon Pratt, Graham

  • Josh Girvin, CEO, O3 Solution


Luncheon / Networking Break

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Attendees will enjoy an hour-long luncheon and networking break prior to the afternoon’s sessions.


Early Contracting Decisions That Enable Successful AWP

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This panel will be a discussion of some of the early decisions that need to be made to enable a successful AWP program. The contracting strategy needs to match project scope, complexity, level of definition, contractor capability and level of execution planning expected before executing the contract and starting the work.


  • Keith White, Imperial Oil (panel lead)

  • Marcelo Joaquim, Hexagon

  • Randy Bignell, Kiewit

  • Kevin Dell, SNC Lavalin

  • Allan To, Suncor


Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Attendees will enjoy another 30-minute networking break prior to taking in the final session of the day.


Shell Tiger (AO4) Project (Geismar, LA): AWP Implementation Case Study

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn about a large-scale AWP implementation on a major project by Shell.

Presenter: James (Jimmy) Richard, Shell


The AWP Summit 2019 Concludes

3:30 PM

Directly following the conclusion of the AWP Summit 2019, the COAA Best Practices Conference 2019 begins.

What is AWP, and How Did It Get Started?

AWP is an integrated project delivery system that has been well-established as an official project performance best practice by the Construction Industry Institute (CII) in Austin, TX (USA) and by the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) in Edmonton, AB (Canada). It is currently being used on projects at locations around the world and in multiple industry sectors. AWP is helping project owners (and the contractors and vendors they work with) find success in a challenging marketplace; as a result, priorities are shifting and there is a growing demand for competency in interpreting and using AWP.

AWP is focused on increased quality, better predictability and lower total installed cost. It has revolutionized the way capital and facilities projects across major industry sectors (oil & gas, chemicals, energy and infrastructure) are planned and delivered. AWP can benefit a wide variety of project types, sizes and levels of complexity in both industrial and commercial construction. Research has established that AWP works on projects of all sizes.

A Brief History of AWP Events:

In 2009, the first-ever WorkFace Planning Conference was introduced to industry in Calgary Alberta Canada, to support the launch of the Construction COAA WorkFace Planning Model. WFP showed excellent productivity gains in its early years of industry adoption. In 2013, in a joint initiative between COAA and CII, Advanced Work Packaging was announced as an expansion of the WFP model, and would soon become an official CII Best Practice.

In 2014, the WFP Conference became the AWP Conference and moved to Houston, Texas. The conference has grown each year, reflecting increasing interest in AWP. In response to worldwide adoption of AWP, we - the conference organizers - are going global in 2019 with multiple events in North America and the United Kingdom. This year, we are proud to introduce the AWP Summit to Edmonton, Alberta and the AWP Conferences in both Houston, Texas and London, England. We’ve hosted thousands of construction professionals at AWP conferences and workshops over the past decade. We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events.

Why Should You Attend The AWP Summit?

Advanced Work Packaging began as an effort to foster a culture of excellence in execution amongst Alberta’s construction companies, and its success is bringing worldwide interest. We have responded to Alberta industry calls for a return of an AWP-focused event to the province. The purpose of the Summit is to assist Alberta companies by providing information about effective best practice implementation for improved project performance while also providing all attendees with unique networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.

Further, AWP naturally lends itself to the advancement of the COAA Twice as Safe, Twice as Productive by 2020 initiative and we are excited to partner with COAA to execute this event alongside the COAA Best Practices Conference 2019. If you are a member of Alberta industry and you believe in better project performance, this event is for you.

Edmonton Convention Centre

9797 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton AB, Canada
T5J 1N9
+1 780 421-9797

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Registering for the Summit

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Group ASI

Group ASI, Inc. (Ascension Systems) is the owner and organizer of the AWP Summit 2019.

Group ASI has offices in Canada & the US.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments.

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