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.

Event Format

All of the events of the AWP Summit are plenary presentations (happening on the main stage), and - with the exception of the Shell AWP case study - each presentation will be in the format of a subject matter expert panel discussion. All presentations will include audience Q&A time, and you will have the opportunity to interact with all presenters and panelists during built-in networking time. The Summit is also catered: all attendees enjoy a breakfast buffet, full luncheon and multiple networking/coffee breaks, all included with the registration fee.

Key Takeaways

While you are sure to gain a lot of valuable information and insight from this event, some of the key learnings from AWP Summit presentation will be:

  • What do the project owners want?

  • How do you implement AWP? (multiple aspects of implementation in multiple presentations)

  • What does a successful AWP project look like?

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).


  • Derek Armeneau, Vice President, Project Resources, Suncor and COAA Best Practices Committee Chair (panel lead)

  • William O’Brien, Professor, Associate Chair of Architectural Engineering, Dept. of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

  • Dr. Mike Pappas, Associate Director for Deployment, Construction Industry Institute


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);

  • Katherine Blaschuk, Sub-Project Manager (Field and Offsites), Aspen Project, Imperial Oil Resources

  • John Coombs, AWP Project Manager, 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, Senior Project Manager, NOVA Chemicals (panel lead)

  • Ryan Olsen, Project Manager, Construction, Jacobs

  • Chris Desaulniers, Operations Manager, Ledcor

  • Peter Tawfik, Business Development, PCL Industrial Management

  • Ryan Posnikoff, Director, Construction Academy, Bentley Systems

  • Fernando Espana, President, Construct-X


Working Team:

  • Mark Lambert, Manager, Construction Management, Eastman Chemical

  • Yogesh Srivastava, Co-chair, Advanced Work Packaging Committee, Construction Owners Association of Alberta

  • Rick Dunlap, Vice President, Technical Services, BrandSafway


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, Manager, Core Projects, Enbridge (panel lead)

  • Chuck Mies, Senior Manager, Business Development, Autodesk

  • Brent Stang, Manager of Edmonton Office, Fluor

  • Brandon Pratt, Director of Construction, Industrial Alberta, Graham

  • Josh Girvin, CEO, O3 Solutions


Working Team:

  • Dustin Medori, President, Academy Group of Companies

  • Trevor Harrington, Senior Project Manager, Graham Industrial Services

  • Brook Davis, Major Projects Manager / Senior Technical Specialist, Team Power Solutions

  • Ken Ferguson, Project Controls and Scheduling, Techmation

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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, Project Manager, Imperial Oil (panel lead)

  • Marcelo Joaquim, Director of Technical Sales, North America, Hexagon

  • Sky Mitchell, Home Office Project Manager, Kiewit

  • Kevin Dell, Senior Vice President, Technical Support Services, Global General Manager Canada, SNC Lavalin

  • Allan To, Director, Offshore/Engineering/Construction, Suncor


Working Team:

  • Glen Warren, Chair, Advanced Work Packaging Committee, Construction Owners Association of Alberta

  • John Boddy, Senior Manager, Construction, Engineering, Procurement & Project Management, Husky Energy

  • Joe Hammill, Business Development, Ineight

  • Neil Macarthur, Commissioning Director at Kentz, member of SNC Lavalin Group


Networking Break

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

Excellence is no accident, but better is possible. In this presentation, you’ll learn how on Tiger AO-4, our AWP process enabled pockets of excellence resulting in a successful outcome for the project. However, you’ll also learn that we identified many improvement opportunities related to an undisciplined approach to AWP, that if identified ahead of time, would have enabled a much better outcome.

Presenter: James (Jimmy) Richard, Construction Manager, Shell Projects & Technology (US)


The AWP Summit 2019 Concludes

3:30 PM

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