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Managing Construction Series: "Be Afraid!" of Supplementaries to CCDC Contracts - VILT

From a team of multi-discipline experts...  

Great insight, exceptional feedback, and actionable strategies! 

Remember when it comes to contracts, it’s not about your own thoughts and assumptions; it’s about what is “written”!

What has caused these changes to industry standard contract clauses?  Allocation of risk often gets modified in contract clauses based on Project Owner's or their lawyer's past experiences.  The issue with modifications to contract clauses is the lack of understanding of what the clause means and its associated risks to Project Owners, Consultants, Contractors and other Stakeholders.

If the risk materializes:

  • disputes arise
  • relationships are damaged
  • project costs can increase
  • schedules can be compromised
  • bidders can jeopardize their businessess 
  • the potential for litigation increases

BE AWARE:  In the nuances of the prime contract clauses, there are implications to all partners including the Consultants and Subcontractors.

This three 4-hour sessions workshop  with the team of multi-discipline trainers will assist you in understanding:

  • Understand WHAT the risks are in CCDC, CCA and provincial standard contracts that have been modified by supplementary conditions
  •  Discover WHY these clauses are modified
  • Develop strategies on HOW to address the impact of these clauses  
  • Apply what you have learned to determine COSTS associated with these clauses

Who Should Attend?

Understanding the impact of non-standard clauses is important for all industry partners!  This course is most applicable to mid-management personnel from the following roles/disciplines who are familiar with standard contract clauses.

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

Course Format:

  • Live, Online, Instructor-led training, with a maximum class size of 20 students.
  • This is a highly interactive course facilitated by the instructor on the Zoom platform.
  • You will be expected to have your webcam on during the whole class and participate in break-out rooms, small-group discussions, and other activities with your instructor and classmates during the course.
  • Zoom access information will be provided to you in advance of the training by your instructor.
  • Full attendance and participation in all four sessions is mandatory for course completion. If a student misses a class session, we are unable to transfer registration or provide a partial refund of the registration fees.

Orientation Session:

  • A short orientation session (30 min) with your workshop facilitator has been scheduled via Zoom on November 17, 1:00 - 1:30 PM. During the orientation, the facilitator will go over course information and familiarize you with the Zoom tools you’ll be using. 

Recommended Prerequisites:

  • It is recommended that students have some experience in a construction/contract management role or are familiar with the language, format, and usage of common construction contracts.  

Course Requirements (Technology & Participation)

  • Computer/Laptop is mandatory (tablets and cell phones are not permitted)  
  • Webcams are mandatory and are expected to be turned on during all course sessions (virtual backgrounds are not permitted)
  • This workshop will involve 100% on-screen interaction with the facilitator and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses.
  • 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. 

Course Dates:

  1. November 22, 2022 - 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM (PST)
  2. November 23, 2022 - 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM (PST)
  3. November 24, 2022 - 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM (PST)

This course is delivered in partnership with local construction associations across Canada. 

Course Credits:

  • 2 CCA Gold Seal Credits 
  • 11 - BC Housing CPD points

Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
Other Credits:
11 - BC Housing CPD Points
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.






A leading Canadian architect and considered a visionary in his field, Bill has 40 years of experience in architecture, overseeing the design and construction of over 750 buildings worldwide. 

Bill’s accomplishments include the University of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library; National Music Centre, Calgary; Calgary Courts Centre; Guangzhou Planetarium, China; Alder Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois; Grande Prairie Library and Art Gallery, Red Deer Performing Arts Centre and Simon Fraser University Trottier Observatory.  As a Senior Principal at Kasian, he leads the delivery of architectural, strategic planning (master planning and programming), and interior planning and urban planning services. 


Dean  Slater, P. Eng, GSC


Dean Slater is a Professional Engineer APEGA Life Member with 40 years’ experience in the construction and development industry.  He is a Past President of the Calgary Construction Association (CCA) and has held various executive level positions working in General Contracting, Development, and the Alberta Health Services (AHS) project management group.  Dean has worked on many significant projects in Alberta including Calgary’s Petro-Canada (Suncor) Centre, the Olympic Saddledome, the Hyatt Hotel, Telus Convention Centre, SMART Technologies Building, major hospital expansions, and the South Health Campus.  His roles spanned estimating and construction management as both the General Contractor with CANA (Vice-President) and Ledcor Construction, Project Manager on the Smart Technologies Building, and Project Owner’s representative / Vice-President with AHS and Triovest Realty Advisors.  Retiring in January 2018, Dean has embarked on a new role as a fundraising volunteer with Wellspring Calgary – a cancer support group providing programs and education to individuals diagnosed with cancer.  Due in part to his volunteer efforts, Dean was recognized in 2018 with CCA’s “Person of the Year” award.


Course Contact Information

Leanne Hendrickson
Director of Education

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