Trade Contracts – A Double-Edged Sword

Benjamin Franklin opined “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Today subcontracts are becoming more and more confusing and onerous with the General Contractors pushing more and more risk, responsibility and liability onto the Trade Contractor, so it behooves the Trade Contractor to have a greater understanding of the contract before a problem threatens their business rather than after.

The Canadian Construction Association Trade Contractors Council published “CCA 53 – A Trade Contractor’s Guide and Checklist to Construction Contracts”. This document was created to “draw the attention of Trade Contractors to certain clauses that frequently appear in construction contracts or subcontracts which can adversely affect the rights and obligations of trade contractors” and forms part of the discussion.

This course is worth 1 Gold Seal credit

Trade Contracts – A Double-Edged Sword will help you understand:

Significant clauses identified in the CCA 53 document, including:

  • Design responsibility
  • Performance specifications
  • Conduit or flow-down provisions
  • Scope of subcontract work
  • Payment
  • Insurance
  • Protection of work
  • Warranties
  • Temporary site facilities
  • Course Format

CCA Member $399 (+GST) Non-Member $499 (+GST)

October 6 & 7, 2021 - 11AM - 2PM

2 Virtual 1/2 Day Sessions

November 2 & 3, 2021 - 10:30AM - 1:30PM

2 Virtual 1/2 Day Sessions

Additional Details

Using a manual filled with spreadsheets and checklists this workshop will discuss the Trade Contractor’s contractual responsibilities and will examine clauses regarding design responsibility, performance specifications, conduit or flow-down provisions, scope of subcontract work, payment, insurance, protection of work, warranties and temporary site facilities. Contract law, contract terms and conditions, incorporation by reference as well as many other terms will be reviewed and discussed.

A “Subcontract Handbook” will be developed by the participants so that the Subcontractor will better understand the contract requirements. In addition, and using a green, amber and red-light system using actual subcontracts, participants will review and analyze actual subcontract clauses to identify those clauses to be on the look-out for when reviewing and attempting to understand the construction contracts they are asked to bid upon and sign.

Exclusive to this workshop is a comprehensive manual that is used as a reference and guide throughout the sessions. The manual is based on accumulated knowledge gathered over 40 years in the construction industry. It is a valuable and effective tool that contains not only practical how-to’s, checklists and templates but will also be a foundation for new processes and procedures back in the office or on the jobsite.

Subcontractors, general contractors, contract administrators, estimators in the construction industry.

This course is delivered in partnership between your local construction association and other associations throughout Western Canada. You’ll be participating in a cohort with industry peers from across these regions.

Lee Kelly, M.A.A.T.O., P.GSC, Constructing Minds Inc. | President

Lee knows construction because she has built it. With over 30 years of construction management/General Contracting experience under her belt she has extensive knowledge of construction practices, processes and procedures in all contract delivery formats. Lee is a long serving member on the National Gold Seal Committee, and the winner of the Construction Institute of Canada (TCIC) “Chancellor’s Award of Excellence.” Her enthusiasm for training makes her a highly informative, interactive, motivated and sought-after trainer.

  • A laptop or desktop computer to access the workshop and participate in the exercises. The computer must have microphone and speaker capability to participate. It is highly suggested to use headphones plugged into the computer so that the audio connection with the workshop is clear and background noise is kept to a minimum. A camera is not required.
  • All participants will be required to download this link:
    Windows: www.adobe.com/go/ConnectShell11
    Mac: www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac
  • Please note: if you have previously downloaded Adobe Connect, please use this link to download the updated version. This link will also be provided in the “welcome” email sent to all participants.

Cancellation Policy:

Payment is non-refundable for cancellations made within 5 business days of the course, or non-attendance on the day. Complimentary substitution of another member of your company is accepted. If CCA has to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, CCA will refund the registration fee or, if possible, the attendee may choose to move to an identical session in the future.

CANADA – ALBERTA JOB GRANT

Did you know!!  Eligible employers can get government funding to help employees access training opportunities. The Canada-Alberta Job Grant will give you up to 2/3 of the registration fee (up to $10,000/employee/fiscal year) for training. Whether taking one course or a combination of courses, the total training must be a minimum of 21 hours and be completed within 52 weeks.

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