Director of Business Development
Stantec Consulting, Alberta, Ontario, Canada
Employees: 14,000 in North America
Advice: Learn how to guess.

Never underestimate the importance of an educated guess. “As a junior engineer once told me, it’s better to be roughly right than precisely wrong,” says Darwin Durnie.

Durnie helps municipal clients plan for when constituents present solutions, not just problems, because of the vast amount of information available at their fingertips.

Public works professionals must be especially skilled at estimating and identifying expected outcomes so they can calibrate efforts to achieve those outcomes.

“Leaders must be generalists who are quick on their feet. Analysis and critiques will validate those visions.”

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