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When: Thursday, September 21, 2017
From 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM PDUs: 2.5
Where: Burgundy Room - Memorial Hall Concourse Level
North York Civic Centre
5110 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario  M2N 5W4
Presenter: Abbas Khayyam; Dražen Bulat

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Event Type: Construction Community Event

Speaker: Abbas Khayyam


AECOM has implemented a Project Management Office, both in Canada and Globally which has benefited from project outcomes, reporting and the maturity of practice for its project managers. 

AECOM will present a case study that will showcase how the PMBOK methodology has enabled AECOM to deliver projects on schedule, time and budget in construction. 

Learning Objectives 
- The value proposition of PMOs in the Construction Industry 
- Setting up a successful training program for PMs to mature its practice 
- The importance of PMI best practices in shaping AECOM's projects 

Abbas is the Director of Operations for the Buildings and Places Business Line in Western Canada/Toronto Metro+ Region. The group  consists of 350 professionals including Professional Engineers, Architects, Project Managers, Technologists and Technicians,  providing program management, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering services as well as architectural and landscape architecture services for a wide variety of facilities, which routinely include transit facilities, health care & institutional buildings, municipal infrastructure, and environmental projects. He is responsible for over operations and P&L for the Business Line in the Region.

Abbas specializes in project management of infrastructure projects including Front Street Revitalization, TTC projects including Union Station ($200M); TYSSE Stations ($260M); Leslie Barns ($370M) and ongoing Consultant Design Services and Project Management Services contracts for Toronto Transit Commission. He brings to the team 28 years of design and construction experience from several multi discipline projects in aviation, transit, transportation, and other infrastructure projects. Abbas has dedicated the last fifteen years to transit infrastructure projects.  He is a certified project management professional who continues to successfully deliver projects, managing multi-discipline teams using his certified quality management skills.  He is also involved in training and mentoring staff in the field of project management, in particular the areas of project controls and project delivery. 


Speaker: Dražen Bulat


Miller Thomson is built to provide the most comprehensive Canadian business and legal help.  The scale of your project is never an issue.  We help businesses of every size, entrepreneurs and individuals.  We work with not-for-profit organizations as well as financial institutions and governments.

Our mastery of Canadian law is available to domestic and international clients alike.

We are close to 550 lawyers, deeply rooted in communities across Canada. Some would call that “mid-sized” but in truth, we are perfectly Canadian-sized, with 12 strategically placed offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Toronto, Vaughan, Markham and Montréal.

Our enthusiasm for Canada and Canadian law shows in everything we do.

Miller Thomson will be presenting the anticipated changes to Ontario's Construction Lien Act. The Ministry introduced amending legislation on May 31, 2017. This Bill (Bill 142) is expected to take effect late 2018. The Bill's recommendations will introduce major changes to the construction industry, affecting many stakeholders.

Dražen Bulat is a national leader in construction and infrastructure law at Miller Thomson. The focus of Dražen’s practice is the development and drafting of front-end procurement and contract documents, including tender documents, RFPs and different forms of contracts.

Dražen is intimately familiar with the law of procurement as well as the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive and the Construction Lien Act. Dražen represents both owners and contractors/vendors in resolving disputes over a wide variety of issues, ranging from drafting and negotiating procurement and contract documents, to bid disputes, to priority claims among lien claimants, owners, and mortgagees.

5:30-6:30pm - Event registration, networking and dinner
6:30-8:30pm - Intros and presentations
8:30-9:00pm - Wrap up and networking

Fees: (subject to HST)
PMI Toronto Members (login prior to registering) - $30.00
Non-Members (includes PMI Members) - $40.00

PDUs: 2.5



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