Making the Right Moves: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Pre-Project Planning

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Projects don’t fail at the end, they fail at the beginning.

The planning stage of projects is the where the wheels are set in motion for your project to run a smooth course. With almost 40 years experience between them, Gord Wickham and Kyle Humphreys both know how to successfully plan a project.

During this session, Gord provides an overview of how to successfully plan your project, explain best practices to follow during planning and how to monitor your expenditures so you spend your money wisely, while keeping your project on budget.

Kyle follows with a case study applying the principles outlined by Gord to the Kashechewan Repatriation Initiative Project. The initiative consisted of leading and overseeing the manufacturing and installation of 104 new modular duplex homes to replace homes destroyed by multiple flooding events that displaced approximately 450 residents for 3 years. The project was fast-tracked to get residents back to their community as soon as possible. More houses were installed then previously existed to help deal with the overcrowding issue faced by the community.

A short Q & Ad period will close out the presentation.

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Kyle Humphreys has been working in Indigenous communities for over 6 years now. He loves completing projects that improve the quality of life for others and thrives on the challenge of working in remote locations. He has spent most of his career working on projects in Canada’s northern territories and recently has been working in the James Bay region of Ontario.

Both a Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional, Kyle has over ten years of experience in the construction industry and serves as a Senior Project Manager with Colliers Project Leaders. He leads with a hands-on approach and integrates well with the clients he serves. His respect for his client’s cultural values, and his dedication to stakeholder needs, make him an ideal partner for any project team.



Having over 27 years of experience in the professional consulting field, Gord Wickham knows people and projects. While managing his own company – Wickham Consulting Ltd. – project management, design, estimating and contract administration were just a few of the services he provided for a wide range of projects across Northern Ontario.

Joining Colliers Project Leaders as Vice President, Northern Ontario in the latter half of 2017, Gord is responsible for building and leading his regional team to successfully deliver value-added solutions to project challenges in the region. Gord is particularly known for his work on behalf of First Nations communities and municipalities and this will remain a key priority in his new role.