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interactive presentations. They look forward to us returning
* Montreal Section
At the Houston Gulf Coast Section's April 11th dinner meeting,
Darren Elliott, Director, NASA and Oil & Gas Project, gave a pres‐
entation titled, "Improving Capital Project Execution through
Joint Analysis of Cost and Schedule."
The Montreal Section enjoyed a panel discussion in Febru‐
ary 2017 entitled "Risky Business: A Roundtable Discussion on
Risk Management". The moderator was special guest and Risk
Management Expert, Adam Malkhassian with over 40 years in
estimating, cost engineering and risk management and many
years as VP Corporate Risk Management for SNC‐Lavalin Inc.
The distinguished panelists included Chantale Germain
from Hydro Quebec representing the owner perspective and
Denis Dagenais from Hatch providing the consultant and con‐
tractor viewpoint. The evening began with an introduction by
Adam and review of the best practices, expectations, challenges
and opportunities associated with risk management. This was
followed by discussion of questions addressed to the panel as
well as the audience.
Themes addressed in the discussion included project vs. en‐
terprise risk, ownership, corporate risk appetite, the risk man‐
agement process and cycle, qualitative and quantitative risk
analysis, project control vs. risk management roles, contingency,
client reserves and risk as well as risk management tools, trends
and success factors. The 50 in attendance enjoyed a lively and
interactive technical meeting.
Dennis Allen Sr., CCP, VP from Hill International, gave an inter‐
active presentation titled, "Claims Avoidance for Owners and
Contractors" at the March meeting of the Houston Gulf Coast
Section. The presentation was excellent and well attended.
On March 7, at the Houston Gulf Coast Section's evening
meeting. Dennis Allen Sr., CCP, VP from Hill International, was
welcomed as the speaker. His interactive presentation titled,
"Claims Avoidance for Owners and Contractors," was excellent
and well attended. Dennis has 40 years of experience with con‐
tractors, owners, and developers in overall project develop‐
ment, preparing and monitoring project cost controls and
helping to manage risk throughout the construction and oper‐
ational processes. He stated that claims avoidance involves iden‐
tifying and implementing techniques necessary to mitigate risk
and avoid disputes. He highlighted the importance that parties
must recognize and anticipate circumstances that turn to claims
and develop eﬀective and aﬃrmative strategies for addressing
them. Careful organization and coordination of the contracting
parties is essential.
Also on March 7th, several members of the HGCS traveled
to Texas A&M University for an outreach program. The topics
included an introduction to AACE, an overview of cost engineer‐
ing and a look at what a career in cost engineering looks like.
The students welcomed the group and was very receptive to the
The moderator for the Montreal Section panel discussion was
Adam Malkhassian, with over 40 years in estimating, cost en‐
gineering, and risk management and many years as VP Corpo‐
rate Risk Management for SNC‐Lavalin Inc.
The audience participates at the panel discussion held by the
Montreal Section in February 2017.
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