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Trade Contracts : A Double-Edged Sword (May 16)

Trade Contracts : A Double-Edged Sword (May 16)

May 16, 2023 10:00 AM - May 17, 2023 2:00 PM (MDT)


Two 1/2 Day Sessions 10:30am - 2:00pm  MST

Part 1 - May 16, 2023

Part 2 - May 17, 2023 

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.

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 lookout 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 job site.

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

2 sessions of 3 hours each 10:30am - 2:00pm MST - Part 1 May 16, Part 2 May 17


  1. A laptop or desktop computer to access the workshop and participate in the exercises. The computer must have a 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.
  2. All participants will be required to download this link: Windows:  OR for Mac: 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.
This course is worth 1 Gold Seal credit


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 of 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.


Member Pricing: $399.00 + GST

Non Member Pricing: $549.00 + GST 

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May 16, 2023 10:00 AM - May 17, 2023 2:00 PM (MDT)
Part 1 - May 16, 2023 10:30am - 2:00pm MST Part 2 - May 17, 2023 10:30am - 2:00pm MST
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