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Managing CCDC Contracts for Project Success - Do Your Job! - VILT

Managing Construction Series (MCS)...

Through the synergy of multi-disciplinary experts offering decades of experience from the perspectives of Project Owner, Consultant and Contractor you will receive exceptional feedback, great insight and actionable strategies!

When it comes to contracts, it’s NOT about your own thoughts and assumptions; it’s about WHAT is “written"!  Where do we run into problems most often with contract compliance and how do we mitigate these problems? 

Whether you are the Project Owner, the Consultants, or the Contractors, first you need to understand what you have agreed to in the CCDC and related contracts, and why the clause exists in the first place.  NOT opening, reading and understanding the contract requirements until it's too late is exactly what gets us into trouble time and time again on construction projects. Waiting until there is conflict and only then referring to the contract to see how, or if, we can get out of the problem is like playing Russian roulette. 

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

In this three 4-hour session workshop, with a team of industry partners perspectives, you will:

  • Learn which CCDC and related clauses and concepts in the different project delivery methods consistently create challenges and conflict 
  • Discover what these clauses mean and why they exist
  • Explore how to mitigate the pain points associated with these clauses by developing your “go forward” strategies and practices
  • Apply your skills to a specific scenario by presenting possible outcomes and strategies to achieve alignment by all parties. 

You can keep doing what you're doing and expect things to get better, or STOP the insanity and find better ways of addressing the contractual obligations you have agreed to!    

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 have experience with CCDC 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.

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.  

Orientation Date:  

  • November 16, 2023 - 1:30 - 2:00pm

A short orientation session (30 min) with your workshop facilitator has been scheduled via Zoom to go over course information and familiarize you with the Zoom tools you’ll be using. 

Course Dates:  

  1. November 21, 2023 - 7:30am - 11:30am
  2. November 22, 2023 - 7:30am - 11:30am 
  3. November 23, 2023 - 7:30am - 11:30am

Next Scheduled Date:  February 21-23, 2024

Course Credits:

  • 2 - CCA Gold Seal Credits 
  • 12 - BC Housing CPD Points

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

Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
Other Credits:
12 - 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, BSc 

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.


Elizabeth Zhu, BSc, Fraser Health Authority, Procurement Manager

As the three-time recipient of the BCCA Best of Public Procurement Award, we are reminded of the responsibility that comes with it…to continue to work with industry best practices and maintain a fair, open and transparent procurement process.”


As procurement manager of Fraser Health for 15 years, Elizabeth Zhu has built a procurement team specialized in public construction procurement. The ten-person team manages facility maintenance and construction projects across four health authorities in the BC lower mainland.


Elizabeth is also an acting procurement advisor to multiple BC hospital redevelopment projects. She has a thorough understanding of federal and provincial public procurement policies, as well as various types of construction contracts.


Ms. Zhu is an active member of the BC Public Construction Council. Her procurement team is well known for being the two-time recipient of the 2017 and 2022 BCCA Best of Public Owner awards.



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. 

With 40+ years’ experience in the consulting engineering industry, Walter has worked in multiple roles, serving as department manager, project manager, corporate quality manager (ISO 9001), corporate risk manager, principal, director, and Chair of the Board at a major Atlantic Canada based engineering and environmental services company. Upon retirement from CBCL Limited, Walter opened Act 3 Advisory Services to continue a life-long obsession with all things related to project delivery in the design and construction industry.


Walter Strachan RSW, PQS (F), CSC (F) (retired)

Walter has extensive experience earned through over 40 years in the consulting engineering industry with CBCL Limited. During his career he has served as department manager, project manager, corporate quality manager (ISO 9001), corporate risk manager, principal, director, and Chair of the Board at a major Atlantic Canada based engineering and environmental services company. Upon retirement from CBCL Limited, Walter opened Act 3 Advisory Services, to continue a life-long obsession with all things related to project delivery in the design and construction industry.


Walter’s design and construction interest center around standard practices, project delivery methods, cost planning and control, risk management, and dispute resolution. Those interests resulted in tenures as Chair, Canadian Design Build Institute (CDBI); President, Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS); Chair, Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC); and Board Member, Canadian Construction Association (CCA). He has also served on several significant Task Teams including MasterFormat; CSC/CSI Uniform Drawing Systems; and the Integrated Delivery (IPD) Task Team.


Walter is the 2021 recipient of the Nova Scotia Consulting Engineers (CENS) Distinguished Service Award.


Michael Atkinson, LLB (retired), Past President Canadian Construction Association (CCA), Past Secretary Canadian Construction Documents


Michael Atkinson was President of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) from March of 1993 to October of 2017. He joined CCA in 1981. In November 1982, he was appointed Secretary to the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC), a position he held until 1993. 


Michael has emerged as a leading expert in the area of standard construction contracts and practices in Canada. In 2013, he was awarded one of 38 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals designated for Canadians demonstrating outstanding service in the construction industry in Canada.


Michael served as the Private Sector Vice-Chair of the Municipal Infrastructure Forum established by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. He was a member of the Federal-Industry Real Property Advisory Council, the Industrial Security Advisory Board, the CORCAN Advisory Board, and a long-time member of the Construction Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.


Bob Hildenbrandt, P.Eng., LEED® AP, GSC (retired)
A dedicated construction professional with over 40 years of experience in the Alberta marketplace. Bob has recently retired from Graham Construction where he was Vice-President, Prairies. He developed and led a regional team of construction groups in Western Canada, focused on performance and client satisfaction.


His prior experience includes leadership roles at Ledcor and PCL with an extensive list of major projects as project manager and executive-in-charge. He was also part of a significant team executing major projects in Alberta’s Oil and Gas market by developing strategic initiatives. Bob has an excellent reputation in building teams, motivating staff, and overcoming challenges in the delivery of construction projects. He has developed strong personal relationships throughout all facets of the industry including Clients, Consultants and Trades.


Bob is a past Chair of the Calgary Construction Association and Alberta Construction Association, and was on the Board and Executive of the Canadian Construction Association, as well as chair of national construction industry organizations focused on BIM and Lean Construction.

Course Contact Information

Leanne Hendrickson
Director of Education

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