Gary Kennedy, P. Eng., PMP
Gary Kennedy is a registered Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional with over 32 years of experience. He has been involved in a wide range of projects in the contracting, consulting, utilities, and government sectors. His project involvement includes, but not limited to:
Development of facilities for the NL Offshore Oil and Gas Industry;
Development of Project Management Systems and Processes for:
Petroleum Refinery Capital Projects, including PMO setup & PMO operation;
Shipbuilding Design and Fabrication;
Highway Design and Construction, including Bridges and Roads;
Owner’s Project Management for Harbour and Port Facilities;
Project Planning, Execution, and Controls for Airport Expansion Projects, Airside & Groundside.
Gary holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management through Memorial and York Universities and received his PMP certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is a founding member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the PMI and has performed in leadership and committee roles in the PMI, Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL), and various community organizations. Gary also served as Knowledge Management Lead of the PMI Energy, Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Community of Practice from December 2011 to January 2014.
Links to Summarize Gary Kennedy’s Project Management Experience:
An excellent summary of Gary’s 32 years of Project Management experience can be viewed online at:
• Gary’s own project photo gallery can be viewed here, with client permissions:
• Examples of Gary's Project Management Articles and Webinar Presentations are posted here: https://www.lpsglobal.ca/blog
• Civil Engineering Degree (B. Eng.), May, 1990: Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL;
• Masters Certificate in Project Management, March, 2001: Memorial and York Universities, St. John's, NL;
• Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), October, 2001: Project Management Institute, Pennsylvania, USA, (ref: www.pmi.org).
June 2003 to Present: President, Linear Project Services, Inc., St. John’s, NL
President of Linear Project Services Inc. (LPS), (www.LPSglobal.ca) a single-person freelance Project Management Consulting Firm incorporated in October 2006. Examples of LPS direct Project Management services include:
Project coordination and interface management for the Expansion of St. John’s International Airport (2014-2017, subcontracted under Colliers Project Leaders);
Development of a comprehensive Project Management System and PMO operation for North Atlantic Refining Ltd (NARL) (2007-2009);
PM Quality Assurance, Bench-marking, Metrics, for various NARL Capital Projects (2009-2013);
Successful planning, scheduling, tracking, and progress reporting the Refurbishment of Existing Tension Barges for the Hebron GBS Project in 2013;
Project Coordination & Controls for Critical upgrade of the NL-based Cougar Helicopter Fleet in 2010.
Development of a Project Management System, plus Continual Improvements, for the Marine Transportation Service Branch (MTSB) of the Dept. of Transportation & Works for activities in Shipbuilding, Refits and Repairs (2008-2012);
Project Coordination for Pellet Plant Upgrades via CIMA+ for Client IOC: Iron Ore Company of Canada (2019).
During brief time periods overlapping with the height of Covid construction industry challenges, Gary also entered into short term employment assignments with:
- Project Coordination via CIMA+ for our Client IOC: Iron Ore Company of Canada.
- Project Director incl PMO setup with an emerging Telecommunications Company.
November 1999 to August 2006: Manager of Engineering, Industrial Benefits Division, Newfoundland Dept. of Natural Resources, St. John's, NL
• Manager of Engineering (February 2001 to August 2006); and, Petroleum (Civil wrt Petroleum Sector Projects) Engineer (November 1999 to February 2001), Petroleum Industry and Special Projects.
Identifying local business opportunities in the petroleum sector; evaluating and/or overseeing offshore related studies and proposals; undertaking strategic planning to maximize industrial benefits for the province.
Provided key assistance as a result of the following knowledge and experience:
• Industry experience and regulatory knowledge that could assist the government in bringing the various parties together;
• Experience in managing stakeholder expectations;
• Previous involvement in the NL natural gas studies:
• Knowledge of the fabrication facilities throughout the province, including the Bull Arm Site;
• Knowledge and experience related to R&D in the province that could assist in developing strategies which could help maximize benefits for the province and help in reaching long term sustainability of the industry;
• Experience with R&D, innovation, and feasibility studies includes vessel studies via wave tanks, ice mechanics testing, ice monitoring and detection systems, pipeline and non-pipeline natural gas studies, marine CNG (compressed natural gas) evaluations, offshore escape systems, lifeboat studies, personnel-on-board data technologies, and other leading edge topics.
September 1998 to November 1999: Senior Technical Services Officer, Transport Canada Harbours & Ports Directorate, St. John’s, NL
Responsible for maintenance, repair, and construction of harbour and port facilities under Transport Canada authority. Investigation of steel, concrete, and timber deterioration in marine environments and subsequent action for remediation of those facilities. Preparation of condition reports and review of special investigation reports containing structural analysis, diving reports, corrosion studies, and erosion/scour reports. Production of AutoCAD digital files for engineering drawings and surveys for work performed at the sites.
April 1997 to September 1998: Cost Control and Subcontracts Engineer, AECON (then BFC Construction Corporation), Arnold’s Cove, NL
Management of subcontracts and project cost control for the onshore portion of construction of the Newfoundland Transshipment facility, Phase 1. Administration over the civil, mechanical, and electrical subcontracts. Preparation of monthly progress billings and internal cost reports. BFC Construction Corporation (a.k.a. Foundation Company of Canada) formed a partnership with Pennecon Construction Ltd. (Foundation-Pennecon Joint Venture) as general contractors for construction of storage tanks, piping, pipe racks, mechanical process facilities, earthwork, permanent buildings, and other transshipment terminal assets.
May 1996 to April 1997: Field Engineer, AECON (then BFC Construction Corporation), Truro, Nova Scotia
Supervision of subcontractors in the construction of roads, bridges, service buildings, and other facilities for a 45km design-build highway project. Preparation of weekly and monthly reports, monthly progress payment estimates; assisting in the monitoring of environmental, safety, and scheduling issues. Subgrade construction, paving, pile driving, placement of reinforced concrete and reinforced earth structures, culvert installation and drainage control. Supervision of subordinate engineers, technicians, and foremen.
June 1994 to December 1995: Senior Resident Engineer, Dept of Works, Services, and Transportation, Goose Bay, Labrador, NL
Senior Engineer and Project Manager for the construction of the Trans Labrador Highway in the vicinity of the Muskrat Falls and Gull Island area of the Lower Churchill River. Detailed supervision of road building, environmental protection, bridge construction. Direction of contractors and survey crews, supervision of staff; preparation of schedules and monthly progress payment estimates; cost control. Quantity and quality control. Design and tender preparation. Detailed cross section analysis, quantities calculations, site drainage design, supervision of pile driving, and inspection and control of reinforced concrete bridge construction.
November 1993 to June 1994: Structural Engineer, AMEC E&C Services, St. John’s, NL
Structural Engineer involved in the design of the Hibernia Offshore Oil Gravity Base Structure (GBS), working in partnership with Doris Development Canada. Analysis of design sections of the pre-stressed concrete structure, preparation of calculation notes, supervision of respective drafting. Design based on Norwegian offshore concrete design codes. Part of an international team of structural engineers and project managers for this frontier super project.
April 1992 to November 1993: Structural Engineer, Dept of Works, Services, and Transportation, Grand Falls and St. John’s, NL
In Grand Falls, served as Resident Engineer on project sites. Majority of construction season assigned to the Gander Bay Causeway Bridge project. Contract administration including construction supervision and quality assurance. Supervision of subordinate Departmental staff. Preparation of monthly progress payment estimates. In St. John’s, performed design of reinforced concrete bridge structures; structural analysis of various structures, including pre-stressed concrete. Extensive use of PC Bridge and M-Strudl software in conjunction with manual checks of results. Project scheduling using Microsoft Project. Analysis of structures designed and built with old design codes and comparison with newer design codes.
July 1990 to April 1992: Outside Plant Engineer, NewTel Communications Limited (now Bell Aliant), St. John’s, NL
Design of outside telephone facilities such as pole lines and duct banks for servicing major areas, subdivisions, and streets. Course instruction, staff supervision of multiple unionized employees, and scheduling for a project to convert massive manual records into a Mechanized Assignment Records and Telephone Equipment Numbering System (MARTENS) database.
• Registered Member: P. Eng., Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of NL (PEGNL);
• Certified Project Manager: PMP, Project Management Institute (PMI);
• Registered Member: Project Management Institute (PMI), World HQ, Pennsylvania, USA;
• Past-Director: Founding and Charter Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), previously serving on the Board of Directors;
• Former Vice-Chair and Knowledge Management Lead: Energy, Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Community of Practice of the Project Management Institute, Dec 2011 to Jan 2014;
• Cossitt Award (PEGNL) May 1990. For report: Reinforced Earth vs Reinforced Concrete Bridge Abutments;
• Outstanding Civil Engineering Design Award, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1990;
• E. B. Foran and Robert G. Reid Scholarships, MUN, 1984-1985;
• Computer experience using Microsoft Project, MS Access, AutoCAD, Visio, PowerPoint;
• Earned the level of Shodan in Shotokan in 1992, and helped mentor my 2 sons in University to earn their Shodans in 2018.