Day 2 – Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Seminars have been approved for educational credits with the following organizations:

  • AAA = Alberta Association of Architects
  • BOMI = BOMI Canada
  • IDCEC = Interior Design Continuing Education Council

To obtain educational credits, you will need to fill out available forms onsite and have them verified by conference staff.

Seminar Legend:

PM – Property Management
AD – Architecture & Design
CO – Construction & Renovation
PD – Professional Development
GR – Green

Wednesday, March 18 • 8:00am – 11:00am • $115

W01 – Contract Management Planning and Implementation


[ AAA= 3.0 Structured; BOMI = 3.5 CPDs; IDCEC = 0.3 CEU ]

This presentation will provide an overview of the best practices in Contract Management Planning and Implementation. This involves the understanding of specific planning and procurement activities including Project Scope Definition, Solicitation Planning and Process, Vendor Evaluation and Selection, Contract Award, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation.

This presentation will include an overview of the following topic areas:

  • An Introduction to Basic Contract Law
  • Canadian Trade Agreements
  • Business Case Planning and Development
  • Project Scope and Contract Management Planning
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Market Identification
  • Risk Management
  • Solicitation Types and Planning
  • Vendor Evaluation
  • Pre-Award Discussions and/or Negotiations
  • Key Components of a Contract Statement of Work
  • Contract Monitoring Performance, Reporting and Evaluation

Court Stevens

Court Stevens, President, Stevens Consulting Group Inc.

Court Stevens is the President of Stevens Consulting Group Inc., based in Victoria BC. His company provides training courses on the best practices of business and management processes associated with all phases of procurement management. This includes Contract Management Planning and Implementation, Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Preparing Well-Written Proposals, and Negotiating Effectively.

Court has been directly associated with procurement and contract management, both as a project manager for various Canadian military equipment procurement projects and as a consultant and instructor for over 25 years.

Court was one of the primary designers and instructors of the BC government’s award winning Procurement and Contract Management Program.

His organizational and professional development education includes the following:

  • Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership and Management
  • Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education
  • Graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College

Wednesday, March 18 • 8:30am – 10:00am • $45

W02 – Recent Developments in Construction Law for Industry


[ AAA= 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

A review of trending legal topics and decisions which have emerged or may emerge, affecting residential, commercial, and industrial construction projects. This presentation will highlight recent court decisions on bidding and tendering, arbitration of construction disputes, priority of lien claims in bankruptcy, builders risk insurance and other developing areas of law.

Paul Ryzuk

Paul Ryzuk, Barrister and Solicitor, Miller Thomson

Paul Ryzuk is a Litigation Lawyer, and Partner in the Edmonton office of Miller Thomson. His practice focuses on construction and professional liability matters on residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Paul has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, and has also appeared before the Federal Court of Canada. He has assisted clients with construction related matters in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the Northwest Territories.

Paul has also appeared before the National Energy Board, and has assisted numerous clients with matters under consideration before the Alberta Surface Rights Board and the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board.

Prior to beginning his career in law, Paul worked as a geotechnical engineer in Victoria, B.C. on a variety of residential and commercial developments throughout Vancouver Island.

Wednesday, March 18 • 8:30am – 10:00am • $45

W03 – Preserving the Endangered Species, Your Family Business


[ AAA = 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

This presentation will outline everything you need to know about the protection, preservation and perpetuation of your family business, your wealth and your family’s harmony.

Gordon’s tools and techniques and rare insights into human nature will guide you in areas where your accountant, lawyer and financial advisor are challenged in unpacking the softer areas of communication, trust and healthy relationships. Gordon’s “tool kit” is immediately useable to create a more predictable pathway for you as an owner, founder or as a family team.

Gordon Wusyk

Gordon Wusyk, President & CEO, Predictable Futures

Gordon Wusyk has been advising business families since his father passed away suddenly at the age of 59 in 1978 leaving a furniture moving business and a large cattle ranch to the next generation. Steve Wusyk’s widow and four children (3 boys and 1 girl) were left in a mess. With some basic planning guidelines the entire mess could have been avoided, family harmony preserved and the tax department kept at bay. Gordon has spent the last 35 years meeting and advising hundreds of families to avoid the issues his family faced.

For more than 30 years, Gordon was mentored by the late Léon Danco, Ph.D of the Centre For Family Business in Cleveland Ohio. Dr Danco is considered the grandfather of business family consulting and many of the organisations and much of the literature in family business today stemmed from Dr Danco’s mentoring and expertise. Gordon is President and CEO of Predictable Futures Inc. – The Business Family Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

He was the National Leader of CAFÉ (Canadian Association of Family Enterprise) from 1994 – 1998 establishing chapters across Canada in Atlantic Canada, Saskatchewan, Okanagan and Vancouver Island. He is also a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute and holds an FFI Certificate in Advertising Families. Gordon has an Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP members help families plan their long term financial future, facilitating good stewardship and financial planning across future generations. He was a board member of the Business Family Foundation (BFF) where he assisted in designing the Roadmap Course for Entrepreneurial Families. He also served on the National Board of Young Life for 16 years.