Upcoming Events & Meetings

Building Forward - SICA's Virtual Conference

Single-day Event
  • 2021-03-05 08:30:00 | 2021-03-05 12:00:00
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  • 2021-03-05 08:30:00 | 2021-03-05 12:00:00
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This year with everything around us changing, we will present to you a half day VIRTUAL conference.  Still enjoy discussions and conversations amongst peers within the industry on topics of relationship building, changes in the industry and so much more. 

We will have main stage panel discussions, breakout learning presentations and networking opportunities.  This half a day virtual conference has something for EVERYONE in the Industry!

***PLEASE NOTE*** you will have to select main stage for the presentation times below and select sessions for the Breakout session of your choice at that time,  then main stage again for final presentation. 

**PLEASE NOTE** You will be asked to create a login with Hopin, which is required to complete regsitration for this event.  They will send you reminders up to the date of conference.

WHEN: Friday March 5th 8:30am - NOON

8:30 - 9:30am - Join a panel of your peers for several topics and discussions on the Main stage. 

9:30 - 9:45am - Networking Opportunity/ or Break

9:45 - 10:45am - Choose one of 3 Breakout Room Sessions & Topics: Legal w/ Pihl Law, New Surety Bonds/Products & EBonds w/ Capri CMW or COVID-19 Safety Plans w/ WorkSafeBC

10:45 - 11:00m - Networking Opportunity/ or Break

11:00 - NOON - Enjoy the 2021 edition of the Legal Update w/ David Volk,  taking you through a handful of real construction cases to learn important construction law principles.

Main stage to start will be our panelist, moderated by Katy Fairley


Katy Fairley is an independent consultant focusing on improving project delivery for public and private owners. She provides strategies, training and facilitation in the early stages of building a successful project: selecting a project delivery method, setting the contract and leading procurement.  Katy sits on the board of directors and executive committee for the BC Construction Association. Prior to founding Fairley Strategies, Katy was Vice-President (Business Development) for a mid-sized general contractor.



Jason Paige, President & Owner of Acres Enterprises Ltd.



Jason Paige, President and Owner of Acres Enterprises Ltd., started his career in the construction industry when he was only 16 years old. Growing up on a farm, strong work ethic was instilled in Jason. He carried it with him when he spent his summers working as a pipe layer at Acres Enterprises while completing his university degree. 

Graduating from the Computer Automated Systems Technician program at University College of the Cariboo in 2005, Jason made the decision to pursue the opportunity he saw in the construction industry. 


In 2012, Jason achieved the goal he had set out for himself when he purchased Acres Enterprises to become the President and CEO. Under the leadership of Jason, the company continues to expand, with projects completed all over the province. The team itself has also grown with a dedicated group in Kelowna, where Acres has been an active constructor for well over twenty years.


Andrew Stringer, P.Eng. LEED AP



Andrew is a mechanical engineer and principal at Falcon Engineering with professional experience in BC, Alberta, the Yukon, and Quebec. His areas of practice include institutional, civic, and industrial buildings. Through his work in planning, tendering, and completing major mechanical capital projects, he has gained a balanced and relatively unique perspective on the business, legal and technical aspects of our local construction industry.


Lucas Miller,  ASct, PMP   Interior Health, Capital Projects



Lucas has worked in many facets of the construction industry for the last 20 years - supplier, general contractor, construction management and Owner representative.  Currently Lucas is the Senior Project Manager for Interior Health - Capital Projects.


Breakout Sessions Selection:


Builder's Lien Act 

We will be discussing the application of the Builder’s Lien Act with respect to timing, holdbacks and how it impacts projects. In addition we will speak about common pitfalls in construction contracts and the most common areas of dispute on projects and how parties can protect themselves from those pitfalls. We will also discuss the importance of proper documentation.

presented by:

Nathan MacDermott, Lawyer at Pihl Law Corp





COVID-19 With WorkSafeBC

This session will focus on the importance for employers to regularly revisit and update their COVID-19 safety plan as conditions change, and make sure it addresses risks in all areas of the workplace. It will emphasize the importance of staying true to the safety plan and involving workers in the process, through communication, training, supervision, and feedback. We will also discuss WorkSafeBC’s approach to COVID related consultations and inspections and some of the trends we are seeing through these efforts.

presented by:

Chris Back, WorkSafeBC Director, OHS Consultation & Education Services




E Bonds & Surety Bonds & Products 

With Capri CMW


·         A bonding 101 refresher

·         Changing times:

o   New bond wordings to reflect new procurement methods, prompt payment

·         How has underwriting changed since COVID 

·         E-Bonds: What are they and can they be relied on?

Presented by:

Clint MacDonald and Angela McKerlich



Back to the Main stage for a "Legal Update" w/ David Volk

from Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP

The 2021 edition of the Legal Update will take CCO attendees through a handful of real construction cases to learn about important construction law principles.  As with past presentations, the Legal Update will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the law by examining specific cases from British Columbia decided in the past year.  This year the Legal Update will focus on contracts in construction, including whether parties have in fact entered into a contract and, if not, the circumstances as to when a contractor can still be paid for its work.  The Legal Update will be presented by David Volk of Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP in Vancouver.

David Volk is a construction lawyer at Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP that specializes in helping clients from the construction industry. David works on all types of construction law matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, builders liens, claims for extras and delays, defect claims, and large scale disputes.  David was born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia and grew up working in the family business building houses.  David strives to be a problem solver for his clients and to do so efficiently.  If you have a construction issue, reach out with a phone call or email.  David can be reached at 778-990-2414 or at dvolk@jml.ca