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CCDC 5A + 5B - Construction Management Keys to Success! - 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!

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.  

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.

Orientation Session:

  •  June 13, 2024 - 1:00 - 1:30pm  

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. June 18, 2024 - 8:00am - 12:00pm 
  2. June 19, 2024 - 8:00am - 12:00pm 
  3. June 20, 2024 - 8:00am - 12:00pm 

Next Scheduled Date:  September 16-18, 2024

Course Credits:

  • 4 - 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.


Mark Scharf, BA Hons, MHA, Calgary Health Region and University of Calgary (retired), Senior Director

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.


Craig Shirra, B.Tech, GSC, PSQ, LEEDGA, UBC Properties Trust, Director, Development

Craig is currently the Director of Development at UBC Properties Trust, where he acts as the owner’s project manager for all new capital projects at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus and Kelowna region.


Craig started his construction career as a steel stud and drywall tradesman working on some of Vancouver’s most significant projects pre-Olympics like the Richmond Oval, BC Place renovation and Queen Elizabeth Theatre renovation. Craig then joined Task Construction Management, a boutique CM firm managing projects such as the Vernon Library and South Surrey Rec Center. In 2012 Craig joined Bird Construction where he was part of the team that delivered the new UBC Student Union Building, Kelowna RCMP and the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre @ UBC Vancouver.


Craig holds a degree in Construction Management and Diploma of Technology as a graduate of the Architectural Building Engineering Technologies program, both at BCIT.


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.


Elisa Brandts, Architect AIBC, Architect AAA, OAA, NSAA, FRAIC, Stantec, Managing Senior Principal

Elisa is a Senior Principal and the Business Centre Managing Leader for our buildings group in British Columbia. Her role combines active senior team leadership and financial and studio management with managing significant projects, particularly of large-scale alternate delivery scope, IPD and those integrating Lean process.


Elisa’s accomplishments include Eric Hamber Secondary School Replacement Project, Vancouver; Camosun College Alex and Jo Campbell School of Health Sciences, Victoria; Canalta Centre, (2015)*, Medicine Hat, Alberta; Sault Ste. Marie Event Centre, (2006)*, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario; Youngstown Convocation Center, (2005)*, Youngstown, OH, USA; Rideau Carleton Raceway, (2000)*, Ottawa.

* denotes projects completed with other firms


Rick Boates, AScT., GSC, LEEDAP, Lean Green Belt, Unitech Construction Management Ltd., President 
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 of commercial, institutional, recreational, hospitality, First Nations, Health and even civil and industrial projects throughout BC. All of these projects have 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's collaborative approach on promotion of IPD and Lean Construction on current and upcoming projects.


Brad Stevenson, CPA, CGA, B.Tech, PMP, Unitech Construction Management Ltd., Chief Operating Officer

Brad Stevenson is Unitech Construction Management’s Chief Operating Officer. He has been with Unitech for 15 years in a number of different roles including operations, finance, human resources, safety, business development and information technology. Brad has the overall responsibility for integrating all Unitech Construction Management’s divisions into one cohesive unit. He has been responsible for integrating Unitech’s systems, processes and procedures, with a focus on team collaboration, into how Unitech does business day to day. He monitors and assists all personnel to ensure everyone in the company is living our core values of being client goal driven, collaborative, concise, firm, fair and fun through our collaborative construction proven process.


Jim Clement, GSC, Graham Construction, Operations Manager 
A seasoned construction professional with over 40 years of experience — the vast majority of which has been spent in the Calgary marketplace — Jim has the ability to think outside the box and finds creative solutions to complex design issues. Jim recognizes and understands the importance of proper cost and schedule control, as well as the interaction required between the owners, consultants, and construction management personnel.


Jim has been the President of both the Calgary Construction Association and the General Contractors Association, has been awarded Person of the Year by the Calgary Construction Association for his industry contributions, and has presented on design collaboration and ensuring optimum value and services for project owners. Jim adds value to his projects through his effective management of project constructability, and an understanding of the full project delivery. As a natural leader, he provides clients with the optimum balance between cost, schedule, quality, performance and project lifecycle.


Jim has worked on a wide array of construction projects including: commercial office buildings, residential towers, retail developments, parks and civil work, industrial facilities, and a variety of other project styles and types.


Course Contact Information

Leanne Hendrickson
Director of Education

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