PQS (Professional Quantity Surveyor with the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors)
MRICS (Professor Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK)
Professor Janaka Ruwanpura is the Vice-Provost - International (VPI) at the University of Calgary. He was a full Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Project Management Systems (2007-13) in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada before he became the VPI. He is the Founding Director of the Centre for Project Management Excellence at the University of Calgary and has been the Director of Project Management since 2005. He earned his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1992, a Master of Science in Construction Management from Arizona State University in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Alberta in 2001. Professor Ruwanpura joined the University of Calgary as an assistant professor in 2001.
Prof. Ruwanpura, a former US Fulbright scholar, has developed many best practices and tools that have been successfully implemented in the construction industry for productivity improvement, project management, project planning, construction management, risk management, decision analysis and sustainability. He has published over 160 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings. Prof. Ruwanpura has also been recognized with many national and international awards for teaching, research, service, graduate education and internationalization. This includes “Industry Partnership Award” in 2012 for his contribution to Canadian Construction Industry in terms collaboration, innovation and transformation, Walter Shanly career award for construction engineering from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the Brian D. Dunfield Education Service from the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering in 2012.
As the recipient of the University of Calgary’s International Achievement Award in 2006, Prof. Ruwanpura’s passion for international activities grew-up over the years and the University of Calgary appointed him as the Vice-Provost (International) to lead the realization of the university’s international strategy. Prof. Ruwanpura had agreed given up his second term of the Canada Research Chair appointment to lead the Internationalization efforts of the University due to his passion and interests in this area. Prior to being appointed as Vice-Provost (International), his involvement in international activities is comprehensive, including teaching, training, research, administration and service activities. He has led negotiations and successfully implemented two teaching contracts that offered the University of Calgary’s M.Eng. degree program in project management to students working for the National Iranian Oil Company in Tehran in 2005; negotiated new opportunities to offer project management programs in Mumbai, India in 2011 and serves as the convener (from 2010) and co-leader for the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction, a multi-university consortium of over 20 Universities around the world, which has collaborative research in disaster planning and management.
He is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng) in Alberta and a professional quantity surveyor (PQS) in Canada. He is also a Professional/Chartered Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, UK (MRICS).
See www.janakaruwanpura.com for further details.
Updated October 2013