Fairley motivated by reducing the complexities of construction


Independent consultant Katy Fairley focuses on improving project delivery for public and private owners in British Columbia by defining strategies, best practices and risk mitigation for delivery models, contracts and l supply.

“These three areas are central to improving the construction process for homeowners and construction companies,” said the director of Fairley Strategies.

Fairley lives and works in Vancouver today, but attended university across the country at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she earned a degree in International Relations and political Sciences. After college, she moved far away, to Chengdu, in southwest China, where she taught English for a year.

On the road again, Fairley moved to Ontario where she was an administrator at an international school where most of the students were from China.

After her stint in the East, Fairley moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where she worked as the Senior Legislative Assistant in the Government Caucus in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for three years.

“It was a very valuable experience because it gave me insight into how government actually works,” Fairley said.

From politics she moved into construction, taking an executive coordinator position focusing on estimating support at Kinetic Construction Ltd., a general contractor and construction manager in southern British Columbia.

“I was fortunate that Bill Gyles, the founder and president of Kinetic, supported people like me who made suggestions,” said Fairley. “He let me try new things and learn from them.”

Fairley’s ambition and curiosity led her to sales and marketing, where she became vice president of business development.

“I worked at Kinetic for a total of eight years,” Fairley said. “I have been fortunate to have been involved in many interesting and sometimes challenging projects, but my fondest memories of my time there were the continuation of projects – the business development side. It always turns me on. Nothing happens in business without a sale.

Speaking as a project execution consultant, Fairley says many homeowners face a serious challenge as the construction industry might not see their project the same way they do, especially the point risk perspective.

“The construction is incredibly complex,” she said. “For this reason, it is too much to expect someone in the construction community to be an expert in all aspects of the construction process. “

Too often, said Fairley, the problems and challenges that arise during construction can be attributed to failure to properly plan and prepare at the pre-construction stage.

Fairley says her clients, who include owners and consultants, come to see her because they recognize they have a problem, want a solution, and are able to put their egos aside to ask for her. help.

“Experts hire experts,” she said. “Together, we are developing a clear sourcing strategy that reflects the owner’s requirements and protects their interests. “

Fairley Consulting Firm provides a variety of services related to project delivery and procurement.

They include sourcing strategies and advice; process analysis and improvement; drafting of requests for proposals, including fee analysis; procurement models and processes; and market research.

Fairley Strategies also offers training on topics such as delivery methods; procurement; bid as a specialized contractor; and issuing and responding to requests for proposals.

Fairley says much of what she learned about the construction industry came from being a member of and participating in regional, provincial and national building associations.

“The association’s activities were as good an education as an MBA program in construction,” said Fairley. “My advice to all those who want to move forward in construction is to get involved in associations and go to their meetings. You will learn a lot of things.

She has served on the board of directors of several associations and non-profit organizations and is currently secretary-treasurer of the BC Construction Association. In 2014, Fairley was named the Vancouver Regional Construction Association Woman of the Year in Construction.

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