Robin Johnston has effectively directed, managed and facilitated the development and implementation of many complex major projects over the past 30 years. He has successfully represented both public and private sectors in meeting their project development goals through his organizational and management skills and the application of his broad technical background. He has devoted the past twenty years of his professional practice to the development and delivery of major turnkey and public-private partnership (P3) programs and projects.Robin Johnston is noted for his interpersonal strengths, his expertise in team building and project planning and his ability to recognize and understand client needs and to respond with the appropriate services. He is recognized for his management accomplishments in working with clients to develop and implement effective project delivery organizations and processes. Mr. Johnston is experienced in identifying and allocating project risks, contributing to business model options assessment through risk valuation, and structuring and developing practical contract terms and conditions.
He was recently retained as the Independent Certifier for the $2.5 billion Port Mann / Highway #1 project. He is currently the Project Advisor for the estimated $1 billion Pattullo Bridge Replacement project and is Program Manager of the $300 million Roberts Bank Rail Corridor partnership program in Metro Vancouver. He has recently concluded his role as Technical and Implementation Manager for TransLink’s $850 million Golden Ears Bridge project.
Robin has advised on P3 projects across Canada and internationally. In 1996, his technical team was retained by the New Brunswick Department of Transportation to develop the $750 million Fredericton-Moncton Toll Highway project and to manage its implementation to commissioning. He advised on completing the international airport project in Samana, Dominican Republic, using a P3 model and provided due diligence services on the P3 contract for the Jamaican Highway 2000 project. He also participated on the owner’s team developing a P3 recreation centre project for the City of Surrey, BC.
Robin Johnston has comprehensive knowledge of turnkey infrastructure delivery. His many management roles have required integrating of and teaming with financial, legal and process professionals to develop the business case, structure the appropriate legal framework, and implement effective due diligence mechanisms. He has developed technical proposal evaluation, contract negotiation and project implementation processes, as well as specific project requirements. Mr. Johnston has participated on project advisory panels and peer review committees in support of implementation teams.
|Project Experience:||Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program | TransLink | Metro Vancouver | $300 million | Partnership | 2008-2014 | Contracted to TransLink to represent and manage the interests and objectives of twelve public and private sector partners funding the 9 project program. The role required team building, development and maintenance of a collaborative working relationship, funding, cost and schedule management, community and stakeholder communications, liaison with First Nations and representations to councils and business organizations as well as establishing program procedures and protocols and managing funding and agency agreements.
Golden Ears Crossing | TransLink | Metro Vancouver | $850 million | P3 | 2002-2008 | Technical Manager and Implementation Manager for the project including development of design and development work plan, coordination of environmental assessment, integration of business model, legal and financial components, technical contract documentation, procurement, and design incorporating context sensitive solutions for the 15 km major Fraser River Crossing and expanded road network project. Management also included participation in extensive First Nations negotiations, and both liaison, presentations and negotiations with municipal and third party agencies. As Implementation Manager was responsible for assembly and management of the owner’s team in providing design-build oversight, change management, scope and schedule impacts, negotiation with design-build contractor and reporting to TransLink executive.
Highway 11 & Vye Road Area Improvements Project | BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure / City of Abbotsford | $32 million | Design-build | 2013 to date | Manager of the Partnership project funded by Canada, MoTI and City. Role includes preparing project development work plan, risk assessment, project delivery option assessment, developing partnership funding agreement MoTI with City working with Ministry of Solicitor General, preparing executive briefing notes in support of project budget, and negotiation with railway companies to reach railway crossing agreements.
Port Mann / Highway #1 Project | Transportation Investment Corp / Kiewit Flatiron General Partnership | Metro Vancouver | $2.5 billion | P3 | 2010-2015 | Independent Certifier retained jointly by owner and contractor for the upgrading of approximately 37 km of Highway 1 including 17 interchanges and a new 10-lane bridge crossing of the Port Mann narrows over the Fraser River. Role involves certifying contractual achievement of all Substantial Certifications and Total Completion of project components and the complete project.
Fredericton-Moncton Highway Project | Province of New Brunswick | $750 million | P3 | 1996-2002 | Technical Manager responsible for scope and technical development, risk assessment, preparation of procurement documents and integration of legal agreements business model for the new 217km toll highway between Fredericton and Moncton. Subsequently managed the owner’s team in providing design-build oversight, change management report to senior government, progress payment validation and certification to commissioning.
Coast Meridian Overpass Project | City of Port Coquitlam | Metro Vancouver | $140 million | Design-build | 2006-10 | Project Director on behalf of the City for the delivery of a 4-lane bridge crossing of CP Rail’s Coquitlam Yard. Negotiated the agreement with CP Rail on behalf of the City. Managed the assessment and selection of the contract delivery model, retained and managed the owner’s engineer and the design/build contract from development through procurement and construction including documentation, procurement process, and contract oversight of the new approaches and 500 m push-launched cable stayed structure over approximately 45 CP Rail tracks.
Highway #1: 200th Street Interchange | Metro Vancouver | Provided advisory services including refinement of a develop/design/build procurement incorporating a land sale proposal to offset capital construction costs; developed an appropriate process to select and award the contract to a suitable experienced Contractor Team.
Highway 1 / Westview Interchange and Johnson-Mariner Way Connector | BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure | Metro Vancouver | $50 million | Project Manager for these two design-build pilot projects, the first application of design-build in BC. Managed the development of the design/build implementation process and its execution including the development of performance specifications and quality management process, an audit management system and informal on-going audit training throughout the implementation. Developed implementation procedures that would be a prototype to be adopted by the Ministry.
Lions Gate Bridge Deck Replacement | BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure | Metro Vancouver | $130 million | Design-build | 2000-2003 | Participated as a peer reviewer of the Ministry’s implementation processes. Advised the project team on the content, preparation, and integration of technical documentation for a combined design-bid-build and design-build project delivery contract and on quality and implementation management.
Annacis Highway / Westminster Interchange | BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure | Metro Vancouver | $350 million | Managed the highway planning, preliminary engineering, detailed design and contracts preparation of the Annacis (Hwy 91/Alex Fraser Bridge) highway system. Later, managed the subsequent development stage including detailed design and contract preparation of a fully major directional interchange and 6-laning of the bridge crossing.