Partner Profiles

Intelligent design and project management



Shelley Desjardins, Dip. T.S.


Since 2007 Shelley has managed the growth of IPM into a firm currently involved in the project management of over $50 million of construction projects. On behalf of IPM, Shelley has managed the firm’s complex and difficult projects at The Basilian Fathers Centre in downtown Toronto, encompassing the staged renovation of the retirement and assisted living floors, the elevator upgrade and a full building fire alarm retrofit. The combined project value is $4.5 million. Shelley has provided management of design aspects on behalf of its clients and in particular has been responsible for the selection and coordination of all architectural detailing and finishes for the Basilian Fathers Centre and the $12 million performing arts centre at St. Michael’s College School.

From 2003 to 2006, Shelley was Manager of Finance and Administration and Project Coordinator /Analyst for the Archives of Ontario, the largest provincial archives in Canada. During this time, Shelley played a major role in the completion of the province’s first successful public private partnership, which won the 2006 national service sector award from the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships. She oversaw the largest consolidation and move of archival material in Canada (over 280,000 containers of archival records) and worked on the development the RFP for the Archives’ $50 million head office facility.

Shelley completed a course in project management at the  University of Toronto in 2009.


Lawrence Kavanagh, B.Arch, M.T.S. OAA Retired


After graduating from the University of Toronto in 1979, Lawrence worked for several of Toronto’s premier architectural firms and was licensed as an architect in 1983. After completing studies at the University of York, England in the Conservation of Historic Structures, he became Chief Architect (1987) and then Manager of Properties (1993) for the Ontario Heritage Foundation. He was responsible for a $20 million, multi-year restoration programme of 20 heritage buildings, including several National and Provincial Historic Sites, located across Ontario.

In 1995 he formed the Capital Projects Department at the Metro Toronto Housing Authority (now Toronto Community Housing), and was assigned responsibility for the repair and rehabilitation of over 600 buildings with an annual budget of over $30 million. As Project Director for St. Michael’s College School, the largest independent boy’s school in Canada, from 1997 to 2002, he oversaw the $20 million renovation and expansion of the School facilities. From 2002 until 2007, Lawrence was the Director for the $150+ million Facilities Development Project at the Archives of Ontario, the largest provincial Archives in the country. He executed the first successful Public Private Partnership (P3) in Ontario, which won the 2006 national service award from the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships. He has been invited to speak on the unique procurement and project management aspects of the project to the Ontario Bar Association and the Ontario Archives Association.

Overall, Mr. Kavanagh has been involved in the design and construction of over $400 million worth of construction projects. Upon the successful completion of the Archives project, he joined with Shelley Desjardins to form Intellectus Project Management Inc. in 2007.