PMI-Montréal project management blog


Author : PMI-Montreal

Montreal, November 14 2014 – In the context of the Elixir Gala, which was held this past November 12th at the Windsor hotel, PMI-Montreal awarded the Project of the year prize to the CRCHUM for the completion of the first phase of modernisation of the Centre Hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal. This award celebrates the superior performance of project managers in different fields of expertise, notably relating to the respect of budgets and deadlines.

This project was completed within an important budgetary allowance, in a restricted time frame (40 months from conception to construction), in PPP mode, a first in Quebec for an institutional establishment and recognized as high quality by an independent certifier. This project was achieved entirely by Quebec companies: Groupement SLG, master project management team (consortium comprised of SNC-Lavalin and of WSP Canada Inc.), Consortium Pomerleau-Verrault, S.E.N.C., responsible for the conception-construction phase and ARM : Accès Recherche Montréal S.E.C. Furthermore, the project has recently received LEED OR du CBDCa certification.


The challenge was to regroup the different activities of CRCHUM, divided into six separate areas, for the purpose of facilitating the synergy and cooperation between researchers. Not only did this project allow for the CRCHUM to be equipped with the absolute best technological installations worldwide, but also to integrate all aspects of medical research: health of populations, fundamental and clinical research, as well as a cyclotron. The CRCHUM will also benefit from the proximity to the future Hospital centre. The conception and construction of new installations also introduced a new and creative way of using a research centre, by maximising the available space and by creating multi-functional laboratories surrounded by commonly-shared service rooms.


Two other projects were also in the running for this prize: the Cirque du Soleil for the transformation of its costume wardrobe and the Jewish General Hospital, for Phase 1 of the critical care unit (Pavilion K).


“I would like to begin by congratulating the two other finalists: our colleagues at the Jewish General Hospital and the Cirque du Soleil. I take this opportunity to remind everyone that this project was achieved within the budget and calendar deadline parameters. This point cannot be stressed enough. I can only congratulate and thank all the professionals who, for nearly seven years, have shared their knowledge and their skills to create a project which is a success on every level”, stated Dr. Jacques Turgeon, general director of the CHUM.  


Last year, two projects were tied for the honors of Project of the Year and they represented Quebec this year at the Leadership Institute Meeting – North America of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). The City of Montreal – Saint-Laurent borough, received the PMI Award for Project Excellence (100 M$ and under) for the creation of the Bibliotheque du Boisé and the Consortium SNC-Lavalin/Hatch was awarded the most prestigious of the PMI awards, the PMI Project of the Year Award for the Projet AP60 – phase 1.


“PMI-Montreal is one of the largest factions worldwide and the largest francophone faction of the Project Management Institute. We have been awarded several international prizes in recent years and the province of Quebec has distinguished itself four times on the international stage, this year alone. Our professionals are high caliber and the up-and-comers seem promising. “I am proud of what Quebec is doing in the domain of project management”, said Benoît Lalonde, president of PMI-Montreal.


Several other prizes are also handed-out during the Gala to recognize the remarkable contribution of individuals, groups and institutions working in the field of project management. Newly created by PMI-Montreal, the GHMB 2014 Award – PMI Montreal, which recognizes excellence in residential construction projects, was given to 9227-9892 Quebec inc. for the C3 Contemporary Cavendish Condos – Phase 1. To highlight the great devotion and quality implication offered by Carl Gilbert within the PMI-Montreal organization all-through the year, PMI-Montreal awarded him the Prix élixir – Bénévole de l’année 2014. Six universities chose to recognize the great potential in project management of one of their students by presenting them with the Prix élixir – La Relève 2014. Furthermore, UQAM has been awarding elixir prizes to professionals in project management who have played a very active role in promoting the field, in both training and practice, since 2010. Toward this end, Pierre Drouin was presented with the Prix élixir – ESG UQÀM – Carrière 2014 and Claude Besner the Prix élixir – ESG UQÀM – Implication 2014.


About PMI

Since being founded in 1969, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) has grown exponentially and now boasts over 700 000 members scattered across 283 factions and 194 countries. Strengthened by this international professional recognition, PMI® is privileged to be considered the association of reference in the project management domain.


About PMI Montreal

Founded in 1977, PMI-Montreal brings together professionals in the field of project management of the Greater Montreal area, as well as the following regions: Laval, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Outaouais, Eastern Townships, Montérégie, Laurentians, Lanaudière and Mauricie–Centre-du-Québec.  PMI-Montreal has more than 3900 members. For more information, visit  


Partners of the 2014 Elixir Gala

PMI-Montreal thanks the Elixir Gala’s partners: CGI, Chaire de gestion de projet de l’ESG UQÀM, Technologia Formation, R3D Conseil inc., La Personnelle, McGill, Quartier international de Montréal, Agile Montréal and Aedifica



Photograph: Michel Leblanc, head project manager of the construction of the CRCHUM; Benoit Lalonde, president of PMI-Montréal; Jean-Marie Adam, project leader for the CRCHUM and Dr. Jacques Turgeon, general director of the CHUM.

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