John H. Walker, CSI, CCS, RSW


John H. Walker was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he lived his pre-teenage years. Subsequently, John immigrated with his family to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. John is married to Jane who is a school vice-principal. They are the parents of five (5) children and are long time residents of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Elementary: Northern Ireland
Secondary: George Harvey Collegiate Institute,Toronto,Ontario, Canada
Post-Secondary: Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Professional Affiliations

Professional accreditation:
Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) (United States)
Registered Specification Writer (RSW) (Canada)

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE)
Construction Specifications Canada (CSC)
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Specification Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP)


Presently, founder and president of Hill Walker Inc., Project Management Consultants, a project services company.

Alberta Public Works, Supply and Services, Edmonton: Director of Specifications and Standards for 18 years. This was senior management position with corporate, program and project level responsibilities. Functionally responsible for procurement planning, contract development, specifications and standards with respect to four capital programs: health facilities, civil works, capital projects and accommodation. Developed and managed a branch having a staff ranging from 16 to 24 people.

Federal Department of Public Works, Ottawa: Senior Specification Writer, Specifications Division, for three(3) years. Responsible for a wide range of specification and contract functions related to DPW operations in Ottawa and across Canada. Principal participant in the development and implementation of the Canadian National Master Construction Specification System (NMS).

Boigon and Armstrong Architects and Planners, Toronto, Ontario. Spent 12 years with this medium sized architectural practice and participated in all aspects of practice and project work which included a wide range of public and private sector facilities. Was a senior member of the firm with functional responsibility for building science, specifications, contracts, and procurement.

Volunteer Activities
  • Long time member of the Board of Directors of the Intermet Housing Society of Edmonton
  • One of the founders of the Cogito academic alternative program within the Edmonton Public School Board
  • One of the founders and former member of the Board of Directors of Aurora Charter School, Edmonton
Experience and Expertise
  • Broad and deep experience and expertise in all aspects of corporate, program and project activities. Highly developed administrative, management and technical skills. Specialist expertise in the planning, definition and management of program and project scope, quality, time and cost and in the use of risk, procurement communication and human resource management techniques.
  • Some highlights of experience and expertise are:
    • Administrative and management expertise based on direct experience in business, program and organizational planning, implementation and operations.
    • Directly responsible for the procurement planning, contracts, specifications and standards for construction projects having a cost in excess of $6 billion.
    • Experienced in the field of professional education, including the development and presentation of long and short courses and seminars. Regular lecturer at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension.
    • Expert in public sector procurement and contracting.
    • Extensive involvement with the construction industry and corporate levels on policy and practice issues.
    • Local, regional, national and international exposure and experience.
    • Participation in numerous special projects and task forces at the industry an corporate levels.
    • Technical expertise grounded in the project management, architectural, engineering, specifications and cost engineering disciplines.
    • Unique blend of public sector and private sector experience as a consultant in the private sector and an owner's representative in the public sector.

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