Construction Industry Training Network (CITN)

Managing CCDC Contracts for Project Success (Live Online Training)
Gold Seal: 4 Credits
Monday, September 23rd - Wednesday, September 25th, 2024
Registration Deadline
Saturday, September 21st, 2024
Event Description

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.


A team of multi-discipline experts will provide you with exceptional feedback, great insight and actionable strategies. We look forward to sharing this expertise with you.


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


In this session, from 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 on doing what you are doing and expect things to get better, but we all know that is the definition of insanity!  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

Important Note:


This workshop requires full face-to-face interaction and participation from both the instructor and students. In order to attend, you must make sure you have the following:


  1. Computer or laptop with webcam (webcams are mandatory): This workshop will involve 100% on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, attendees are not permitted to attend via a tablet or cell phone. Webcams (no virtual backgrounds) must be on at all times.
  2. Sharing a single registration between two or more individuals is not permitted. Please register each person that will be in attendance.
  3. A quiet space with minimal distractions: Please plan to be fully engaged in the class, and clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program.
  4. Attendance and participation in all three workshop sessions is mandatory for workshop completion. *Please note that If a student misses a class session, we are unable to transfer registration or provide a partial refund of the registration fees.



Three (3) morning sessions (4 hours each) over 3 days



* Attendance and participation in all three workshop sessions is mandatory for workshop completion. *Please note that If a student misses a class session, we are unable to transfer registration or provide a partial refund of the registration fees.




  • This course was full of valuable information on the interpretation of different CCDC contract clauses from the different perspectives of the parties involves. It helps with strategy on how to approach potential situations with the goal of limiting conflict and promoting teamwork. Overall a valuable tool for people within industry and this approach should be more broadly used within industry.
  • Informative and well-run course with an interesting multi-disciplinary team. 
  • A must have for the industry.
  • Great course for anyone who works with contracts on a daily basis.
  • Very high-quality panel, interesting discussion and quality materials.
  • Excellent course! The trainers and experts are top notch and the material is covered in a very efficient manner.  I would suggest having prior knowledge of the CCDC 2-2008, CCDC 2-2020, CCDC14 and CDDC 5A/B.- Brett, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Amazing instructors and class. Was well worth my time and will always comeback for more workshops with this group! – Sam, In-Ex Plastering & Stucco Inc.
  • Run by industry experts, this course helps the participant gain a better understanding of the complexities involved in CCDC clauses.  This is done by a combo of group discussions, and the course instructors providing relevant industry examples. – Natalia - Multicrete Systems Inc.



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.


Keith Robinson FCSC, RSW, LEED® AP

 Keith Robinson graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) as an architectural technologist in 1980 and has worked as a specifications writer since 1981. Keith worked for DIALOG; a multidiscipline architectural and engineering company, from December 1996 until his retirement in early 2023.

Keith’s primary role in the last 20 years of his career was writing construction documentation for technically complex by providing project specifications and contract documents for unique and innovative projects. His project experience ranged from hospital and university campuses, high‑rise construction, bridge and tunnel infrastructure, and commercial/retail developments.  His duties at DIALOG included maintaining the in‑house master specification and technical library and addressing various challenges associated with identifying building materials to address environmentally sustainable construction work results. Keith prepared contract documents for all forms of construction delivery including standard stipulated price agreements, construction management and design-build agreements, and public/private partnerships.



Michael Atkinson LLB

Michael Atkinson was President of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) from March 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.


Jim Clement, GSC

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, civil work, industrial facilities, and a variety of other project styles and types.


Bob Hildenbrandt, P.Eng., LEED® AP, GSC

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 for 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 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


Dominic Desmarais, P.Eng

Dominic is a Canadian Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in successfully deploying lean practices in both construction and manufacturing. Dominic has a technical background in industrial engineering, and production system design, where he was first exposed to lean. He applies his passion, curiosity, personal development, and mentoring of others to that cause and to improve project team performance and the delivery of capital projects.  Dominic works with Graham Construction, a large North American General Contractor, where he is advancing the integration and adoption of lean construction philosophy, practices, and methods in Canada and the US. Dominic is also committed to a broader adoption of lean as a catalyst to improve the industry. He is a founding board member of Lean Design and Construction Canada, a not-for-profit organization with the mission to further develop and promote the use of lean practices in the Canadian market. 






Debbie Hicks, BSc | DSH Consulting - Workshop Facilitator

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.




Contact & Support

For support or inquiries, please email or call 604-293-2339.

All prices in Canadian dollars
Ticket Price
Attendee Registration for Webinar
BC Road Builders Member $649.00
CITN Member $649.00
ICBA Member $649.00
Non-Member $849.00
Day 1    Monday Sep 23, 2024
10:00am - 2:00pm
Webinar Day 1
Day 2    Tuesday Sep 24, 2024
10:00am - 11:00am
Webinar Day 2
Day 3    Wednesday Sep 25, 2024
10:00am - 12:00pm
Webinar Day 3
Additional Information
  1. Computer or laptop
    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cell-phones may not be adequate.
    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS
  2. Webcam  This is mandatory! In order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class
  3. Microphone - This is mandatory!
  4. Internet connection - For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. Minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.
  5. A quiet space with minimal distractions - microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.  
  6. Comfortable chair 
Cancellation &
Refund Policy
Cancellations received at least 5 business days prior to the webinar date will result in a full refund.
Registrants who do not attend/log into a webinar, and/or who do not notify CITN of cancellation at least 5 full business days prior to the course date will be assessed the full cost of the webinar. There will be no refunds or credits in this case.
Substitution of attendees is permitted up to and including the day of the webinar.
CITN may have to postpone or cancel webinars due to insufficient enrolment, in which case CITN's liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.
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