Our Team

Gary Williams
Gary Williams


With decades of experience in the design, execution and commissioning of billion and hundred-million dollar capital projects, Gary Williams has a proven record of delivering value to clients. His experience spans the power, mining, refining, petrochemical and telecommunications industries. He has managed companies, and a wide range of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects for some of the world’s largest project management firms, including Bechtel, Bantrel, SNC-Lavalin, AMEC Foster Wheeler, Ausenco and AREVA, leading teams of hundreds of people.

An outstanding strategic planner and trainer, Gary is an expert in aligning projects with client’s business objectives and the realities of current circumstances.

Gary led Ausenco’s seven North American offices as Vice President, North America, after senior roles at SNC-Lavalin and AMEC Foster Wheeler and Bantrel with oversight of some of their largest projects.  Projects under his purview included:

  • the $1.2 billion ArcelorMittal Western Range Iron Ore mine, port and processing facilities in Liberia
  • portions of the $4.2 billion K+S Legacy Potash Processing Facility in Saskatchewan
  • the $600 million PetroTrin Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Project in Trinidad
  • the $1 billion PetroCanada Horizon coker project in Montreal, Quebec
  • portions of the $12+ billion Reliance Jamnagar Export Refinery in Jamnagar, India
  • the $800 million Low Sulfur Diesel upgrade for Suncor in Sarnia, Ontario
  • the $600 million Offsites & Utilities water project for the Suncor Voyager Project in Fort McMurray, Alberta

Gareth started his career as a site engineer with the Bechtel Corporation in 1980. During more than 21 years with the organization, he gained experience in virtually every aspect of project management – acting as a construction field engineer, a materials manager, a civil/structural engineering manager, a business manager, and finally project managing numerous hundred-million dollar projects.

Gareth earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and his Masters of Engineering in Structural Engineering from Rice University.

Ray Seker
Ray Seker


Ray Seker leads IEDG’s Infrastructure business. A Toronto based professional engineer, Ray has over 30 years of global experience delivering value to industry leaders in Canada, the US and around the world. Prior to joining IEDG, Ray served in technical and executive leadership roles with Bechtel. His diverse project experience spans the global infrastructure, mining and energy sectors specializing in large, complex capital programs. Ray works with public sector and private sector organizations and stakeholders in project development, project finance, governance and execution to achieve desired business outcomes.

Key projects:

  • Finch West LRT, Infrastructure Ontario: Fixed price proposal for a $1+ billion P3 commuter rail extension project in Toronto. Nominated CEO for the Bechtel led consortium.
  • Economic Cities Authority of Saudi Arabia: Oversight and EPMO support for the public sector agency for a $120+ billion program building ‘Cities of the Future’ on the Red Sea using the P3 model.
  • PABMEC, Economic Cities Authority of Saudi Arabia: Executive Director for greenfield development of a new city in the north including an international hub airport, dry port, intermodal rail terminal, mixed-use residential and enabling infrastructure as the anchor projects.
  • KEC, Economic Cities Authority of Saudi Arabia: Executive Director with oversight responsibility of the master developer for a new precinct in central Saudi Arabia.
  • JEC, Economic Cities Authority of Saudi Arabia: Executive Director with oversight responsibility of the master developer for a new industrial city in the south.
Sam Nimry

Rail & Transportation

Sam Nimry leads IEDG’s Rail & Transportation services sector. He has decades of experience managing and delivering integrated project control services for mega rail infrastructure projects in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Canada. A global expert in rail infrastructure mega-projects, Sam has led the integrated delivery of major renewals, enhancements and new railway infrastructure totaling CAD $50 billion since 1996. He has vast experience in the development and implementation of public sector plans and procedures. Sam is a global expert in IPD/Alliance process methodologies.

Key projects:

  • The Gordie Howe Windsor Detroit International Bridge Project, supporting the P3 Joint Venture company, Bridging North America, to integrate the projects schedules of each of the separate subcontractors and components. Led the development of recovery plans after the impact of COVID slowdowns on the project.
  • Eglinton Crosstown LRT Rail, Crosslinx Transit Solutions: A sophisticated P3 Design & Build contract to deliver a new light rail system 19 km long with 25 stations and stops. Developed and implemented robust project control procedures and processes; and remained within the given financial and time constraints.
  • Doha Metro and Lusail LRT – Operation and Maintenance, Qatar Railway Company: Led the operation and maintenance performance management of the Doha Metro System, Qatar Rail network. Designed and delivered a robust and integrated project controls framework that measured progress, forecasted the direction of the project, and confirmed the reliability of the completion dates, payment events, cashflow projections and opportunities.
  • London Underground: A complex, vital subway upgrade to increase the service level on the Metropolitan, District and Circle Lines. Led the project control function for planning & scheduling, change management, performance management and project reporting.
  • West Coast Route Modernization (WCRM); Network Rail: WCRM runs between London and Glasgow. An enormous, complex undertaking, at the time of his involvement it was the largest railway construction project in Europe. Directly responsible for the Planning, Scheduling and Integrated Works Delivery for the entire project. Resolved project-wide critical issues, including essential resource availability and track access.
Ray Seker
Wayne Panagis

Risk Management

Wayne Panagis leads IEDG’s Risk Management services sector. With more than 25 years of global experience, Wayne has worked with owners and builders on large complex infrastructure and industrial projects, both at the project site and corporates level, for organizations including Bechtel, Aecon and BHP. In addition to risk management, his expertise includes program leadership, organizational change, process improvement, performance management, strategic planning, team building, training development, and facilitation.

Key projects:

  • Risk Manager, Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit, Toronto:
    • Re-established the risk management program on the project, including risk governance, reporting, updating the risk register with new and emerging risks impacting the project across the six segments covering the 19 km alignment. Integrate the risk program with procurement, commercial, and project controls, and initiate monthly Project Management Organization monthly meeting with the senior leadership team.
  • External Risk Committee, Réseau express métropolitain, Montreal
    • Established an external JV Partner risk committee to assist the project leadership team and project risk team to avoid threats and exploit opportunities to positively effect the project objectives. 
  • Risk Management Support, Gordie Howe International Bridge, Detroit
    • Transitioned the bid phase risk register to the construction phase, facilitate risk workshops project and quantify risk (QRA) for complete a cost risk analysis using Monte Carlo analysis.  Facilitate Security Risk Assessments for design to identify and mitigate (through design) security threats at the Points of Entry in the US and Canada, and security threats for the bridge.
  • Risks & Performance Manager, Curtis Island LNG, Gladstone, Australia
    • As a member of the Australian LNG PMO for Bechtel, managed the performance and risk program for three LNG project, a Central Services Organization responsible for $1bn and a purchasing group (PJET) responsible for $8bn in expenditure.
  • Risk Manager, BHP HUB, Brisbane, (projects in Mackay, Dysart, Mooranbah)
    • Developed a risk management center of excellence program to support the performance requirements of major capital projects including the PRX2020 Port and Rail Expansion, Hay Point Port Expansion, Caval Ridge Coal Mine, Daunia Coal Mine, Broadmeadow Thick Seam Mining, and Groote Eylandt Manganese Processing Expansion
Krishan Mittal
Krishan Mittal

Project Governance, Project Estimating and Controls

Krishan Mittal has more than 35 years of global experience in developing and executing multi-billion-dollar brownfield & grassroots capital projects in the infrastructure, power, refinery & chemical and telecom industries for both private corporations and government agencies.

He is a seasoned professional with thorough knowledge of the global Engineering, Procurement, and Construction business; and deep experience in state-of-the-art project delivery models; and increasing clients’ governance and compliance requirements. His broad spectrum of professional experience includes the customization and implementation of integrated and scalable project management controls programs, Process Mapping and Gap Analysis, Project Quality and Execution Audits, Due Diligence and Validation of Estimates, Benchmarking and KPIs, alignment of project drivers and processes to stakeholders’ standards and governance.

Krishan is skilled in providing data analysis, early warning of threats to project viability, and maintaining objectivity in executive reporting. He combines well-honed communication, negotiation, and mentoring skills with the demonstrated ability to build cohesive and motivated teams, and to achieve optimum use of resources. His project controls expertise includes: project planning / scheduling, cash-flow and risk management, cost management, value engineering, change management, and progress and performance control. He is recognized by his peers, senior management, and clients for rapid problem solving, professionalism, commitment, and integrity.

A certified Six-Sigma Champion, Krishan delivers the best performance under challenging situations.

Tony Fanelli
Tony Fanelli

Construction, Labour Relations and First Nations

One of North America’s premier labour relations experts, Tony Fanelli has more than 30 years of experience in labour relations, human resources, recruitment, labour strategy, construction management and safety processes across Canada and the US, on multi-million and billion dollar projects. He has also led sensitive negotiations with the First Nations for a variety of owners, paving the way for successful project agreements and delivery.

Tony’s experience spans a broad range of sectors including nuclear, hydroelectric, fossil, solar and wind power generation, as well as manufacturing, oil refineries, upgraders, LNG, pipelines, petro-chemical and steel mills.

Tony brings a practical, hands-on approach to leadership, labour relations (LR) and construction management. He has deep expertise administering collective agreements; and has negotiated project and maintenance agreements with construction/maintenance building trades both provincially and nationally in Canada, and the US. Tony has established corporate labour relations programs and procedures for a wide range of projects, and has managed the human resources function at regional and corporate levels.

He has provided advice to executive management and owners on all matters relating to LR including collective bargaining, grievance resolution, safety policy & procedures, regulations and legislative matters and project governance.

Positions Tony has held throughout his career include Vice President, Manager of Labour Relations, Bantrel Constructors; Director of Labour Services for SNC-Lavalin, Montreal; Operations Manager for BFI Constructors; and Vice President, Employee Relations & Safety for Comstock Canada.

Recent notable projects:

  • Negotiated the first Project Labour Agreement (PLA) of its kind in the Province of British Columbia for Pacific North West Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Prince Rupert, BC
  • Provided corporate governance and LR support on the Kitimat Modernization Project, major expansion of the smelter for Rio Tinto in Kitimat, BC
  • Negotiated and administered the PLA for the Edmonton Valley LRT Project in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Set up the Labour Strategy and PLA for Conoco Phillip’s 180,000 Barrel/day SAGD in Fort MacMurray, Alberta
  • Managed the LR Program at Scotford UE1 Upgrader Project for Shell Canada in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • Negotiated and administered the PLA for the Iron Ore Company (Rio Tinto) in Labrador City, Labrador
  • Set up corporate governance and administered the Labour Relations Program on the Keeyask Project in Gillum, Manitoba for Manitoba Hydro.

Tony graduated with a BA in Social Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario; went on to University of Windsor for a number of business courses; and received his Financial Certificate from York University.

Nermina Harambasic
Nermina Harambasic

Project Management and Studies

Nermina has more than 30 years of experience providing senior project management services for projects around the world from small to mega-sized, working with such world-renowned organizations as Bechtel, Bantrel, SNC Lavalin, and others.

Key projects she has worked on include:

  • Gemini, the world’s largest (600 MW) and most complex offshore wind project in the North Sea. She was the major shareholder representative for Northland Power.
  • Avalon Rare Metals Thor Lake/ Nechalacho Feasibility Study in NWT and Louisiana.  She was the project manager responsible for the overall study execution for rare earth project consisting of five process plants, located at three sites.
  • Cliffs Natural Resources, Cliffs Chromite Pre-Feasibility Study in the northwestern Ontario Ring of Fire. Responsible for organizational and technical aspects of the pre-feasibility study including gap analysis, value engineering compliance with stage gate process.
  • Reliance Industries Limited, Jamnagar Export Refinery, India.  As the engineering manager, she was responsible for multidisciplinary design of two aromatics units -- part of an expansion project that created the largest refinery complex in the world.

Nermina has deep experience in providing front-end project development, detailed design, construction, commissioning and start-up services. Her expert knowledge of multidisciplinary processes and her strong leadership skills help to ensure top team performance and successful projects.

Nermina is a Professional Engineer with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Major in Automation and Electronics.

Carol Johnston
Carol Johnston

Human Resources

Carol Johnston directs IEDG Human Resources with responsibility for recruitment, benefits, policies, compensation administration, and diversity & inclusion. She has decades of experience sourcing and supporting the acquisition of talent from around the world. Her role at IEDG includes championing career and professional growth as well as enhancing strategic partnerships. She has deep expertise in Canadian employment law and is committed to improving IEDG’s organizational effectiveness through innovative people development.