Binnie celebrates Terry Walton’s accomplishments and contributions to our company.
Terry Walton joined Binnie in 2003 after 32 years with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. In his 13 years with Binnie, Terry enjoyed the large, complex projects that came his way. He thrived on managing large teams, the demanding days juggling many tasks, and maintaining good relationships with people in order to bring a project to completion.
Terry had a huge impact at Binnie. He was instrumental in developing project management as a business for Binnie when he won the opportunity to manage the Mt. Lehman Interchange for the City of Abbotsford. This led to Binnie later setting up a Division which would specialize in project management, now known as “Project Services”.
Terry demonstrated the best qualities of a project manager as he operated with caution, adjudication, thoughtfulness, gravity, and persistence. He mentored staff that have now gone on to become Division Managers, leaders, at the company. Binnie’s Project Services Division has since grown significantly due to Terry’s kick-start.
Terry was the Project Manager on the Barnet Hastings People Moving Project and I was the design coordinator. Toward the end of that project Terry arranged for me to ‘act’ as the Project Manager while he was on holidays and that was my first taste of that career path. It took me several more years to get there, but it was Terry who both ignited and supported my early career choice.
– Gerry Fleming, Senior Project Manager at Binnie, Former Project Director of the Port Mann Highway 1 Improvement Project
While at Binnie, Terry led the design of a project to widen a section of Highway 7 in Maple Ridge, which received the Award of Excellence for Design and Contract Preparation from the Ministry of Transportation. Terry worked on projects across BC – he project managed the widening of Highway 97 near Williams Lake, the design of Highway 101 north of Powell River, the Highway 1 – Hilltop to Balmoral project in Salmon Arm, and the Sherling Avenue Intersection project in Port Coquitlam.
Terry’s final major role at Binnie was as Project Advisor on the recent Philip Avenue Overpass. He provided his expertise during the negotiation and finalization of land contribution agreements and railroad and utility crossing agreements as well as on contractual issues during construction.
While with the Ministry, Terry was instrumental in managing some of the most significant transportation projects in the Lower Mainland. His accomplishments include the Barnet Hastings People Moving Project which was the first arterial HOV project in BC. Terry project managed the Trans Canada Highway HOV Lanes, he served as Project Director of the South Surrey Interchange Design/Build/Develop project, and he led the Ministry’s South Coast Project Management Group through a major reorganization. Terry finished his Ministry career as Technical Director for the Sea to Sky Project which significantly improved the highway between Vancouver and Squamish.
We asked Terry to share his experience working at Binnie and any words of wisdom he might have for young up and coming project managers.
What strikes me most as I look back over my 13 years with Binnie is the remarkable growth of the firm and the diversification of the services that we provide.
This is a good firm to be part of. I’ve seen young people progress from coming to Binnie fresh out of school to being leaders in their area of specialization. There’s great opportunity here if you’re willing to dedicate yourself to advancing your career.
Always start from a position of trust. I always start out trusting the other party to behave in a professional manner. You can’t be gullible, but when you start a new relationship—if you’re open and treat the other party with respect and with trust—it’s more than likely they’re going to reciprocate.
Best Qualities of a Project Manager
There are all kinds of things you have to know. You need to recognize that you’re not going to be the technical expert on the project, you’re going to be the Project Manager and there are others with more experience, more expertise than you and they’re engaged on the team for that purpose. You need to always respect that.
You know when to question certain elements but understand you have no right to dictate how things go.
You’ve got to be tactful.
Plans for Retirement
Terry and his wife plan to travel more. Terry has joined the local golf club and plans to work on his handicap. He will enjoy spending more time with his children and grandchildren and volunteering at his church.