Advisory Board

Janaka Ruwanpura

Vice-Provost (International), University of Calgary

Janaka Ruwanpura is the Vice-Provost International (VPI) at the University of Calgary (UofC), Canada. He has been a Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Project Management (2007-13) in the Schulich School of Engineering, the Founding Director of the Centre for Project Management (PM) Excellence and the Director of PM since 2005 at the University of Calgary. 

He earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in QS (U of Moratuwa, 1992), a M.Sc. in Construction Management (CM) (Arizona State University,1997) and Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Management (U of Alberta, 2001). 

Janaka, a former US Fulbright scholar, has developed many best practices/tools successfully implemented in the construction industry for productivity improvement, PM, project planning, CM, risk management, decision analysis and sustainability. 

He has published over 170 technical papers and has been recognized with many national and international awards for teaching, research, service, graduate education and internationalization. Few to mention: the “Industry Partnership Award” for his contribution to the Canadian Construction Industry for collaboration, innovation and transformation (2012), the Walter Shanly career award for construction engineering (Canadian Society for Civil Engineering) and the Brian D. Dunfield Education Service award (Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, 2012). 

Janaka's passion for international activities grew-up over the years and he agreed to give up his second term of the CRC appointment to lead the Internationalization efforts of UofC. 

He also serves as the convener and co-leader for the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal & Reconstruction, an international, multi-university consortium with collaborative research in disaster planning and management. He is a licensed professional engineer in Alberta, a professional quantity surveyor in Canada and a Chartered Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK.

University of Calgary
Vice-Provost (International)
University of Calgary
February 2013 – Present (5 years 7 months)Calgary, Canada Area
The significance of the University of Calgary’s International portfolio continues to grow as the institution increases its impact on the global stage. While the University has a long history of involvement in international activities (student exchanges, teaching and learning agreements, research collaborations, development activities), an enhanced strategic coordination of our efforts and an enriched breadth and depth of our international programming will establish the University of Calgary as a global intellectual hub. 

By actively engaging in meaningful, productive dialogue and collaborations, the University will radiate new discoveries, ideas and applications with global impact. A Vice-Provost (International) is dedicated to ensure the commitment made in UofC's Eyes High strategic vision document and the Academic and Strategic Research Plans is followed through and the internationalization of the university's activities receives priority. 

The role of the VPI is to oversee and lead the implementation of the university’s new International Strategic Plan launched in March 2013. By aligning the university’s international activities with the Academic and Strategic Research Plans the vice-provost advances the institution’s efforts in international research, academic programming, staff and student mobility, programmatic partnerships, service and development. 

i-Booth Inc
June 2012 – Present (6 years 3 months)Calgary, Canada Area
• An advanced information kiosk designed to improve information integration between office and site and on-site communication between different project personnel and the construction workers.
• A large-scale multi-touch high-definition display and the latest advancements in distributed data warehousing and security technologies. 

JYR Consultants
November 2001 – Present (16 years 10 months)Calgary, Canada Area
JYR Consultants’ services include project management, productivity improvement, risk and uncertainty management, planning and control, cost and schedule modeling and infrastructure management. JYR consultants have been offering their services to many countries: Canada, China, India, Iran, Maldives, Mexico, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and United States of America.

Mission: Develop excellence in project culture by endowing leadership and mentoring to enhance value of project management practices to efficiently plan, manage and execute projects.