Non-Standard Contract Clauses: Can You Afford to Ignore Them?

Alberta Construction Association (ACA) received funding from Alberta Economic Development for an initiative to support small to medium sized contractors by improving their understanding of risks in construction contracts.

As a first step, a committee of contractors led by Mike Nicolson, Vice President, EllisDon identified onerous clauses frequently present in commercial contracts issued by public owners in Alberta.  This report formed the basis for the second step: to gather information on what these clauses mean and to determine the impact these clauses have on tender pricing.

ACA is hosting in partnership with the Edmonton Construction Association (ECA) the second step Workshop following the successful Calgary June 20th session. Mixed sector participant groups (General Contractors, Subcontractors, Insurance Specialists and Lawyers) will review and present their discussions on six common non-standard clauses.  To determine financial implications of these and other clauses, the groups will be given a mock project that is typical of some of the projects being tendered.  All groups will be tasked to submit bids based on the information provided and present their rational for pricing.

Workshop limited to 36 participants – maximum three per company.

Date:  Oct 4, 2018

Time:  7:45 – 3:45

Where:  Edmonton Construction Association, 10215 176 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB, T5S 1M1

Register Here

ACA announces new partnership with WCB

ACA is pleased to partner with the WCB to develop a new program to retrain injured construction workers into entry level BIM practitioners. ACA members face a shortage of BIM practitioners and tell us trades experience is extremely beneficial for success in this role.  The WCB have tailor made a program to customize training and screen potential new hires to meet contractor needs, whether as a general contractor or as a trade contractor.  You can read the program offering here.

Contact ken.gibson@albertaconstruction.net for more details.

OH&S Webinars and Introductory Courses Available

Alberta Labour, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, has developed a free introductory course for Alberta residents to help committee co-chairs and representatives learn about their roles and responsibilities. This course will help employers meet their requirements to ensure committee members and representatives have adequate training. Learn more about the requirements here.

A webinar providing an overview of the requirements for health and safety committees and representatives is now available. To help improve your understanding of the changes, please register to reserve your spot. Space is available on a first-come first served basis. A recorded, on-demand version of each webinar is also available.

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