The John Grill Centre and the University of Calgary are collaborating on educational and research activities to support greater leadership of major projects in the energy and resources sector.
Alberta industry leaders from diverse industries took part in a masterclass and evening reception in October as part of the launch of the John Grill Centre and University of Calgary's collaboration to support greater leadership in major projects. During the masterclass they explored the importance of leadership in projects, the challenges facing senior executives in governing and leading capital-intensive projects, and recnognised the increasing need for building leadership within project teams.
There are a lot of synergies between Calgary and Australian states.
“There are a lot of synergies between Calgary and Australian states,” said Marc Vogts, Chief Executive Officer of the John Grill Centre during the evening reception. “We need to work with industry first, build the right relationships, and encourage diversity in the field. We need the University of Calgary’s help with this.”
“This partnership is mutually beneficial,” said Professor Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost (International), the University of Calgary. “We are looking forward to bringing our strengths together and working with industry to develop an intensive executive education program.”
We need programs like this, with professionals who can foresee potential problems to deliver on projects successfully for stakeholders and communities.
The keynote speaker, Karen Sobel, senior vice-president, Calgary Operations at WorleyParsons, explored the “projects of the future”, and how virtual and augmented reality will play a part in this.
“People will need to embrace the future of technological change,” said Sobel. “Project failures are often not technological issues, but human error. Technology cannot yet replace human emotion such as empathy, so humans are needed to address complicated problems technology can’t solve. Changes of this magnitude will require courage and collaboration.”
Recently a team from the Unversity of Calgary visited Sydney including Dr Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost (International), Dr Lesley Rigg, Dean of Science, Dr Bill Rosehart, Dean of Engineering and Dr Derek Lichti Department Head Geomatics Engineering.
They attended a series of meetings including meeting with Professor Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Sydney, took a campus tour of the new facilities at the University of Sydney, and a guided tour of Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) lead by Professor Salah Sukkarieh.