Gilles Bouchard, Project Manager of the Month, on Leading Hydropower Projects to Increase Energy Efficiency
Tetra Tech CEO Dan Batrack created our Project Manager (PM) of the Month award to honor PMs who demonstrate excellence in supporting our clients and perform projects to the highest standards of quality and fiscal discipline.
“Gilles is a natural leader driven by solving complex technical challenges. He’s a great mentor for our young engineers, and he’s excellent at preparing winning proposals due to his complete comprehension of projects and execution strategy.”– Stephane DAmours, Unit President
Gilles Bouchard is Tetra Tech’s January 2023 PM of the Month. He has more than 35 years of experience as a structural engineer and has been a key element in making Tetra Tech a leader in the hydropower industry.
“Gilles is a natural leader driven by solving complex technical challenges,” said Stephane DAmours, Unit President. “He’s a great mentor for our young engineers and he’s excellent at preparing winning proposals due to his complete comprehension of projects and execution strategy.”
Gilles earned his Master of Engineering with a focus in Structural Engineering from McGill University.
“A very special thanks to my colleagues who were involved on these projects,” said Gilles. “They are key elements for our projects to succeed, and strong teamwork is always the basis for success.”
We talked with Gilles about managing successful hydropower projects to increase energy efficiency and support resilient communities.
What impact do your projects have on the enviornment and communities you work in?
The work we do building and rehabilitating hydroelectric facilities is highly rewarding. In a world where energy and environmental issues are key elements for our future, I am proud to participate in the development of these projects. The hydropower projects we work on help our clients increase their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. Our team finds innovative solutions that contribute to a greener, more resilient future.
What is your approach to managing a successful project team?
Communication is critical to managing a successful project team. My approach is to be proactive with my team and clients to find solutions to complex problems. Clear and open communication enables our operations to run smoothly and efficiently to support our clients’ goals. In addition, I do my best to mentor the early career engineers I manage and lead by example. I am proud of the projects and teams I lead.
How do you maintain client satisfaction across a variety of complex projects?
When managing complex projects, building trust with our clients is our priority. As a project manager, I assure the client that they are in good hands through to the project's completion. It is important to be calm when challenges arise and work collaboratively to find solutions to ensure the project is on schedule and on budget. Our teams are committed to delivering high-quality deliverables and services to our clients through every stage of the project.