Strategic Advisory Group

Leadership Team

Mr. John Ringness, SFP, MRICS

John serves as IFMA’s Business Strategic Advisory Group Chair, and during the day is the Customer Business Director, Western Canada with Johnson Controls, Performance Infrastructure, P3; based in Vancouver, Canada he works with an excellent team serving the Healthcare, Academic, Law Courts, and Transportation sectors.  Mr. Ringness has over 30 years’ experience in the FM industry with major global FM companies such as Carillion (Canada), Marriott Corporation – Facilities Division, Sodexo, ARAMARK Corp., PIH (Haiti/USA), Lavasa Corporation (India), and Kohinoor Group (India).

John has completed the Facility Management certificate program at the University of Toronto, Canada, and several other FM related training programs. He first joined the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in the early 1990’s and in 2012 joined the Royal Institution of Surveyors as a Chartered Surveyor.


Mr. Abraham Ponniah, FMP, PMP

Director, Email Campaign – IFMA’s Business Strategic Advisory Group

Abraham is a versatile corporate real estate professional currently as the Manager, Capital Projects at Kwantlen PolyTechnic University and brings with him rich experience of over 9 plus years working with large multi-geography organizations such as AFL, Thomson Reuters, Carillion, and Truven Health Analytics. Part of Abraham’s experience is in the highly dynamic emerging markets of Asia Pacific where he managed facilities housing an employee base more than 7,000 people.

Abraham strongly believes in a people-first approach to facilities management. He is highly experienced in interpreting and implementing global / regional policies in local contexts. He has a Masters in Labor Management, Diploma in Electrical and Electronics, and holds Red Seal papers as an Electrician. Being an active member of IFMA, he also pursued his Facility Management Professional (FMP) designation.

Mr. Wayne T. Collins, CFM, RPA, FMA

Wayne is a strategic asset and facilities management professional with over 25 years’ FM experience in the public and private sectors working with companies such as ATCO, EllisDon, Aecon, Brookfield, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang Lasalle, Ontario Realty Corporation, and The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Wayne is currently the ATCO Project Manager for the OFMC Account based out of Toronto with operational & financial responsibility for all aspects of facilities operations and maintenance of a government client portfolio (DND/DCC) comprised of 55 sites (with over 2,443,127 sq. ft.) located in the Greater Toronto Area, Southwestern Ontario, and Northern Ontario.

Wayne has also been engaged in the technology areas that are integral to the FM industry with knowledge and experience in CMMS, IWMS, and CAFM applications. Wayne holds the IFMA CFM (Certified Facility Manager), and BOMI RPA & FMA designations. He is currently working on the IFMA SFP (Sustainability Facility Professional) designation. Wayne is active in many industry associations and has five key principles for success; Inspire, Lead, Achieve, Deliver, and Exceed.


Mr. Ram Srinivasan

Ram leads Canada Consulting for JLL and is a strategy consultant, specialized in real estate. Ram brings to the table experience from emerging markets in South West Asia where he helped establish and build the consulting business for JLL.

Ram has more than a decade of experience advising Fortune 500 clients, RE Developers and the Public Sector in the areas of business planning, strategic cost reduction, margin improvement, strategic change and business transformation.

Ram has helped clients in the areas of strategic location selection, real estate portfolio optimization, financial planning, workplace strategy and change management. This includes work positively impacting more than 20 million sf across emerging markets in Asia Pacific over the last 7 years. He also has experience in developing and implementing decision enabling tools, business intelligence and technology solutions for clients.

Ram is a qualified Certified Internal Auditor (IIA, USA), Chartered Accountant (ICAI), Company Secretary (ICSI) and holds multiple certifications in Design Thinking (IDEO-U), Data Science and Data Visualization (MIT) and Organizational Analysis & Change (Stanford University). He is a Bachelor of Commerce with specialization in Management.



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