PMI-Montreal - GALA ELIXIR 2008: Project of the Year Award



    MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The 3rd edition of the Gala ELIXIR,
presented by PMI-Montréal (Project Management Institute) and Journal Les
Affaires, honours project management excellence. The gala will take place on
January 31, 2008 in the Parquet of the CDP Capital Centre, located at
1000 Place Jean-Paul Riopelle in Montreal.
    Three finalists are being honoured for their respective projects:
Anapharm (clinical research), BPR-Bechtel (in-plant engineering) and Hatch
(consulting engineering).
    ANAPHARM - Anapharm decided to construct a new head office in Quebec
City's Technology Park and bring together its two work sites. To facilitate
its management the project was divided into three phases: architecture and
design, building construction, and relocalization. Anapharm operates in a
highly regulated environment, and ensuring streamlined operations meant
implementing different strategies and using varied tools, which placed
tangible limits on the project. Planning, organization, leadership,
communication and, especially, a competent project team were all key to the
project's success.
    BPR-BECHTEL completed a project to increase the amperage at Rio Tinto
Alcan Primary Metal Group's Grande-Baie and Laterrière plants in the Saguenay
region. Special attention was paid to various technical project management
aspects, namely integration, scale, scheduling, available resources, quality
assurance, human resources, communications, risks, and contracts and
procurement. This resulted in the project being completed a month ahead of
schedule, with final costs 20% less than initial budgeted. The Economic Value
Added (EVA) was CAN$36.7 million, and the Internal Performance Rate (IPR) was
36.2%.
    HATCH was fully responsible for various aspects of the expansion of the
ALP (acid lixiviation process) and SPP (scoria preparation process) sectors of
QIT-Fer et Titane's UGS plant in Sorel-Tracy, namely: EPCM (Engineering,
Procurement and Construction Management), process equipment design (reactor,
drier, and classifier), controls programming, and startup. A CAN$145 million
budget was approved in July 2005; the project was completed three months ahead
of schedule in September 2006, with savings of $15 million and without any
compensable accidents.

    New Award for project managers
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    Stéphane Lavallée, publisher of Journal Les Affaires and LesAffaires.com,
emphasizing the importance of project management and the expertise that has
developed in this field in Quebec thanks especially to PMI, states: "Les
Affaires wishes to contribute to improving organizations' performance and is
proud to be associated with the Gala ELIXIR." He adds "Efficient project
management is of crucial importance, which is why Les Affaires will sponsor a
new project management award beginning next year." Details of this award will
be unveiled during the 2008 Gala ELIXIR, to be held January 31st in Montreal.

    PMI - Project Management Institute - is the world's leading non profit
association for the project management profession, with nearly 250 000 members
in 160 countries. It sets worldwide standards in project management, and
offers professional credentials (including the Project Management Professional
- PMP) that organizations increasingly require of their project managers.
    PMI-Montreal is one of the Institute's largest chapters, with a
membership of nearly 3 000 Quebec project management specialists, more than
half of whom are certified Project Management Professionals (PMP).

    www.pmimontreal.org




For further information:

For further information: Générations Perrault, Patrick Mahony, (514)
677-6682; Source: PMI-Montreal, Gabriel de Puyjalon, (514) 861-8788; Journal
Les Affaires, Véronique Givois, (514) 392-2066

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