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SOLD OUT - CCDC 5A + 5B: Construction Management Keys to Success - VILT

Through the synergy of multi-disciplinary experts and this three 4-hour sessions workshop, you will receive exceptional feedback, great insight and actionable strategies.  

Project success takes more than just understanding what is “written” in your contract; it’s about leveraging key requirements from start to finish!

Construction Management (CM) is a great solution if done well!  CM is about building a collaborative team from the outset of the project.  The team is comprised of the Project Owner, Consultant and Contractors to address the key areas of functional requirements, time, cost, quality, and constructability. 

Whether you are the Project Owner, Consultant, General Contractor or Subcontractor, you need to understand your CM roles and responsibilities throughout all project phases: predesign, design, project delivery and post construction.

You also need to be well versed in the CM project drivers and concepts in order to fulfil your contractual responsibilities and achieve success.  A well-orchestrated CM project drives success for all partners.

From a team of industry partners’ perspectives, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the CM process.
  •  Recognize when to use CM as a delivery method.
  • Learn the roles of each partner for collaborative success
  • Determine when and how to procure CM services
  • Identify tools and techniques to optimize CM performance
  • Grasp the nuances of the different forms of CM contracts – CCDC 5A+5B 
  • Understand the duties assigned and compensation for Preconstruction, Construction and Post-Construction in the CCDC 5A+5B
  • Practice the key elements to focus on for project success
  • Apply the learned knowledge to establish the Construction Manager’s compensation.
  • Discuss the pros and cons for conversion to consolidated pricing
  • Acquire critical insights into the challenges with the CM delivery method

Who Should Attend?

This course is most applicable to mid-management personnel who will actively be working on Construction Management projects and administering the contract.

  • General Contractors and Subcontractors
    • Construction Company Owners/Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Commercial Managers
    • Estimators
    • Business Development Managers
  • Project Owners - Public and Private
  • Third Party Project Managers (for the Project Owner)
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Bonding and Insurance Specialists

Workshop Format:

  • Live, Online, Instructor-led training, with a maximum class size of 30 students.
  • This is a highly interactive course facilitated via the Zoom platform.  Students are expected to be fully engaged in the class so please clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program.
  • Please make sure you secure a quiet space with minimal distractions 
  • Group attendance via one paid registration is NOT permitted. 
  • Full attendance and participation in all three sessions is mandatory for course completion.  

Orientation Session:

  • A short orientation session (30 min) with your workshop facilitator will be held via Zoom before the course. During the orientation, the facilitator will go over course information and familiarize you with the Zoom tools you’ll be using. 

Course Requirements (Technology & Participation)

  • This workshop will involve 100% on-screen interaction with the instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses.
  • Login information will be provided to you in advance for both the orientation and workshop by your facilitator.
  • ​Computer/Laptop mandatory: Attendees are not permitted to attend via a tablet or cell phone.
  • ​Webcams are mandatory and are expected to be turned on during all course sessions.
  • ​​Virtual backgrounds are not permitted.

Course Dates:  

  1. February 22 - 7:30 - 11:30 AM (PST)
  2. February 23 - 7:30 - 11:30 AM (PST)
  3. February 24 - 7:30 - 11:30 AM (PST)

This course is delivered in partnership with local construction associations across western Canada. You will be participating with other industry peers from throughout these regions.

Course Credits:

  • 2 CCA Gold Seal credit

Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
Course Certificates

Upon successful completion of this workshop, a digital copy of your Certificate of Completion will be sent to your registered email.

Course Instructor Information

Facilitator:  Debbie Hicks, B.Sc. DSH Consulting


With a comprehensive and varied education background, learning has been at the core of her career.   As former President of the Southern Interior Construction Association in BC for 22 years, liaising with the buyers of construction services, architects, engineers and contractors in advocacy and education brings a solid base to her expertise.  In addition, her experience as the owner representative for the construction of the new Clubhouse for the Kelowna Yacht Club has provided additional perspective. She has been fortunate to work with the Alberta Construction Association to facilitate industry dialogue on “Optimizing the Flow of Money” and “Non-Standard Contract Clauses and their Costs”.  Through these experiences, with a lot of passion and enthusiasm, Debbie is able to bring both knowledge and insight into her work and presentations for the construction industry.



Rick Boates, AScT, GSC, LEEDAP, Lean Green Belt
President, Unitech Construction Management 


Rick’s career in the construction industry spans 49 years including 14 years in design consulting, 2 years as a Building Inspector and 33 years as founder and President of one of BC’s leading Construction Management firms. Rick served on the Board of ICBA, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association for 8 years. Rick also served on the Board of Merit Canada for 8 years and is now dedicating his board efforts to the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

Rick has guided Unitech through the successful completion of nearly $1.5 billion worth commercial, institutional, recreational, hospitality, First Nations, Health and even civil and industrial projects throughout BC. All of these projects been implemented via Construction Manager as Agent via old CCA 5 or CCDC 5A contracts on behalf of many repeat public and private clients. He is continuing his passion for collaborative construction with $400 million in CM contracts in progress and is leveraging Unitech collaborative approach on promotion of IPD and Lean Construction on current and upcoming projects.


Mark Scharf, BA Hons, MHA


Mark recently retired from the University of Calgary where he was responsible for the delivery of capital projects across the organization. The annual workload entailed approximately 400 capital and renovation projects per year with an annual project spend of approximately $150M. During his 12- year tenure as Director, the Project Management Office delivered   9 new buildings including multiple teaching and applied research buildings, major infrastructure renewals, new residence halls and a new main library. Mark was actively engaged with procuring design and construction teams and negotiating and overseeing a wide variety of contracts including Design Build, Construction Management at Risk, Lump Sum and performance-based engagements.

Mark brings 30 plus years of public sector experience with both post-secondary and health organizations including the Calgary Health Region and Age Care Senior Communities. Mark takes pride in building strong teams, mentoring the next generation of project professionals and engaging diverse stakeholders in achieving outstanding results.



Course Contact Information

Leanne Hendrickson
Education Services Coordinator

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