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  • Art Winslow, GSC

    Headshot of Art Winslow, GSC - VICA InstructorArt Winslow, GSC, Graham Construction | Lean IPD Director

     With more than 30 years of construction industry experience, Art Winslow was selected to lead Graham Construction's Lean journey. He is proud to have been the Project Director for Canada's first and largest Lean Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) project, the Moose Jaw Hospital, and has since applied the collaborative approach on many projects across Canada. In his 10-year Lean journey, Art's name has become synonymous with the collaborative approach to project delivery across Canada. As a result, he has consulted with a variety of Canadian, Provincial, and Municipal Governments, NGOs as well as private firms. As one of Canada's few certified Lean construction instructors, Art's schedule is full these days teaching lean across Canada. While he is very busy, he will always make time to "pay it forward,” to those who are interested in understanding a collaborative, Lean approach to design and construction.

  • BCCSA | British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance

    BCCSA Logo - VICA Course ProviderThe BC Construction Safety Alliance is a not-for-profit association that provides services to over 52,000 construction companies employing over 220,000 workers. Funded by construction, plus select aggregate and ready-mixed industry companies, BCCSA is paid for through a portion of employers' WorkSafeBC annual assessments. BCCSA provides a range of services that (a) focus on injury prevention and creating or enhancing a culture of safety on construction sites; and (b) meet a diversity of needs among owners, managers, supervisors, and workers.
    As a safety association recognized by WorkSafeBC, BCCSA promotes and develops workplace health and safety in compliance with WorkSafeBC’s regulations and guidelines. The BCCSA also acts as the construction industry’s apolitical spokesperson on construction health and safety issues. BCCSA is part of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA).
  • BidCentral | BC's Largest Construction Marketplace

    BidCentral Logo - VICA Course ProviderBidCentral is BC's largest online construction bidding marketplace. Built by the construction industry for the construction industry, BC’s construction businesses save time, money and resources using BidCentral’s secure online system for document and bid management.

    General Contractors take advantage of secure, by-invitation bidding for private projects and remain in control of tenders using BidCentral’s complete document distribution system.

    Trade Contractors, Manufacturers & Suppliers can easily access tender documents on the go. Be seen in BC’s largest construction bidding directory, with access to thousands of public, private and early stage pre-bid projects.

  • Bill Chomik, AAA, SAA, OAA, AIBC, FRAIC, RCA

     Bill Chomik, AAA, SAA, OAA, AIBC, FRAIC, RCA HeadshotBill Chomik, AAA, SAA, OAA, AIBC, FRAIC, RCA, Kasian | Senior Principal, Vice President - Institutional 

    A leading Canadian architect and considered a visionary in his field, Bill has 40 years of experience in architecture overseeing the design and construction of over 750 buildings worldwide.  Bill’s accomplishments include the University of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library; National Music Centre, Calgary; Calgary Courts Centre; Guangzhou Planetarium, China; Alder Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois; Grande Prairie Library and Art Gallery, Red Deer Performing Arts Centre and Simon Fraser University Trottier Observatory. As a Senior Principal at Kasian, he leads the delivery of architectural, strategic planning (master planning and programming), and interior planning and urban planning services. 

  • Brian Soutar, P.Eng., PQS

    Headshot of Brian Soutar, P. Eng., PQS - VICA InstructorBrian Soutar, P. Eng., PQS

    Brian is a professional engineer and quantity surveyor with over 40 years of ICI experience. Working across North America, the UK, and Africa, his experience spans management, procurement, design, contract management, estimating and quantity surveying. Brian has worked on commercial, institutional, industrial, mining, transportation, water development and multi-family residential projects. His career was split between working in the private and public sectors. In the private sector, Brian worked for: construction companies in project manager, estimator and construction superintendent roles; for design firms in project manager and branch manager roles; and for developers in project manager roles. In the public sector he has held positions as an executive director, director of major capital projects, project manager and cost manager. Notably, Brian led four portfolios for Alberta Infrastructure: procurement, the Project Management Office, cost management, and capital planning. He believes passionately in collaboration and has served on many multi-sector teams, including as chair of the Institute for BIM in Canada, and the Canadian Construction Document Committee’s task force to create the standard contract for Integrated Project Delivery.

  • Builders Code

    Builders Code Logo - VICA Course ProviderThe Builders Code sets a standard code of conduct for workers on construction sites in BC. It defines an “Acceptable Worksite” as the starting point for reducing risk and ensuring a safe and productive environment for all workers. The Builders Code is intended to help construction employers communicate a reasonable, consistent behavior expectation to improve the safety, productivity and retention of skilled tradespeople, and reduce project risk.

    The Builders Code is an initiative of the Construction Workforce Equity Project, which is generously funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training through the Canada-BC Labour Market Development Agreement (BC-LMDA) and the Sector Labour Market Partnerships Program (SLMP).

    The Builders Code brings together an influential group of collaborating partners, who already support construction employers through their daily activities of safety, training, benefits and business services. This partner network is one of the most powerful elements of the Builders Code. Funding and support for the project comes from BCCA, local BC Construction Associations (VICA, SICA, NRCA, VRCA), Minerva BC, BBCA EBT,  LNG Canada, BCCSA, WorkSafeBC, and ITA.

  • Dean Slater, P.Eng., GSC

    Headshot of Dean Slater, P.Eng., GSC, VICA InstructorDean C. Slater, P. Eng., GSC 

    Dean is a Professional Engineer APEGA Life Member with 40 years’ experience in the construction and development industry. A past president of the Calgary Construction Association (CCA), his experience spans estimating and construction management as the General Contractor, Project Manager, and Project Owner’s representative / Vice-President. Dean has also held various executive level positions working in General Contracting, Development, and the Alberta Health Services (AHS) project management group. He has worked on significant Alberta construction projects including Calgary’s Petro-Canada (Suncor) Centre, the Olympic Saddledome, the Hyatt Hotel, Telus Convention Centre, SMART Technologies Building, major hospital expansions, and the South Health Campus. Since retiring in January 2018, Dean has embarked on a new role as a fundraising volunteer with Wellspring Calgary – a cancer support group. Dean was recognized in 2018 with CCA’s ‘Person of the Year’ award.

  • Debbie Hicks, B.Sc

    Headshot of Debbie Hicks, B.Sc, DSH Consulting, VICA InstructorDebbie Hicks, B.Sc, DSH Consulting | President

    Former President of the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) in BC for 22 years, with a comprehensive education background (Diploma in Business Administration, Bachelors of Science, teaching credential, and MBA in progress) learning has always been at the core of Debbie's career. During her time with SICA, she worked with a range of industry stakeholders including the buyers of construction services, architects, engineers, and contractors, coordinating and providing industry advocacy and education. Recent experience as the owner Rep for the construction of Kelowna Yacht Club's new Clubhouse has provided an additional perspective. Debbie's extensive experience in construction industry both as a stakeholder and educator make her uniquely qualified as a trainer and facilitator. With her energetic and dynamic instructional style, you won't want to miss an opportunity to train with Debbie!

  • Elisa Brandts, AAA, OAA, NSAA, FRAIC

    Headshot of Elisa Brandts, AAA, OAA, NSAA, FRAIC - VICA InstructorElisa Brandts, AAA, OAA, NSAA, FRAIC, Stantec | Managing Senior Principal

    Elisa is a Senior Principal and the Business Centre Managing Leader for the Stantec buildings group in BC. Her role combines active senior team leadership, financial and studio management with managing significant projects. Her project focus is particularly on large-scale alternate delivery scope, IPD and those integrating Lean process. Throughout her industry career Elisa has accomplished many major projects including: Eric Hamber Secondary School Replacement Project, Vancouver; Camosun College Alex and Jo Campbell School of Health Sciences, Victoria; Canalta Centre, Medicine Hat, Alberta; Sault Ste. Marie Event Centre, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario; Youngstown Convocation Center, Youngstown, OH, USA; and the Rideau Carleton Raceway, Ottawa.

  • Hugh Loughborough, P. Eng., GSC

    Headshot of Hugh Loughborough, P. Eng., GSCHugh Loughborough, P. Eng., GSC

    Hugh’s career in the construction industry spans over 40 years where he has held senior management positions related to contracts and risk management. Hugh earned a B.A.Sc (Civil) in 1980 and a M.A.Sc (Construction Management) in 1986 from the University of Waterloo, is a retired Professional Engineer registered in the Province of Ontario, and is a Gold Seal Project Manager. Hugh’s career has led him to become actively involved in industry associations, and he has served as an Executive Member of the Canadian Construction Association, Chairman of CCA’s Standard Practices Committee, CCA’s Trade Contractor Representative to the Canadian Construction Documents Committee and Chair of CCDC’s Insurance and Surety Sub-Committees.  He was also President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Kitchener-Waterloo, a Board Member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario, and the National Director of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada. 

  • Lee Kelly, M.A.A.T.O., P.GSC

    Headshot of Lee Kelly, M.A.A.T.O., P.GSC, Constructing Minds Inc.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.

  • Mark Scharf, BA, MHA

    Mark Scharf, BA, MHA HeadshotMark Scharf, BA, MHA

    Mark recently retired from the University of Calgary where he was responsible for the delivery of capital projects across the organization entailing approximately 400 capital and renovation projects per year with an annual project spend of approximately $150M. During his 2-year tenure as Director the Project Management Office constructed nine new campus buildings, including major infrastructure renewals, new residence halls and a new library. With  30-plus years of public sector experience working in post-secondary and health-care organizations, Mark has been directly involved in procuring design and construction teams and negotiating and overseeing a wide variety of contract types including Design-Build, CM at Risk, Lump-Sum and performance-based engagements. Mark takes pride in building strong teams, mentoring the next generation of project professionals, and engaging diverse stakeholder groups to achieve outstanding results.

  • Mark Taylor, P.Eng., GSC

    Headshot of Mark Taylor, P.Eng., GSC - VICA InstructorMark Taylor, P.Eng., GSC, President | Mark Taylor Construction Advisory Services

    With more than 30 years of construction industry experience, Mark has been a sought-out change leader for his ability to create a shared common vision, develop strong teams, and set clear goals and accountabilities to successfully implement new initiatives. Throughout his career in the UK, and 20+ years in Canada, Mark has been a senior leader for major general contractors including PCL and Stuart Olson. His roles have included VP of Permanent Modular Construction, Special Projects Division Manager, Director of Operations, and Senior Construction Manger. Now, as President of his own boutique advisory firm, Mark provides business and project support services to help contractors become more profitable.

  • Morgan Garry, BSc

    Headshot of Morgan Garry, BSc - VICA InstructorMorgan Garry, BSc, Bluebeam Certified Instructor, Curtek Project Solutions Inc. | President

    Morgan is a Bluebeam Certified Instructor with more than a decade of hands-on experience in the construction industry, including owning his own construction company and working for one of the largest GC’s in North America. With a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Morgan is a trusted expert in using Bluebeam technology on the construction site. Morgan’s classes and training have helped some of the top construction companies in North America improve processes, workflow, and project management with Bluebeam Revu.

  • Phil Perry

    Headshot of Phil Perry, VICA InstructorPhil Perry, Perry Educational Services Ltd. | President

    Phil has worked in construction for 30+ years. For the last 12 years, he’s been teaching Construction Management courses for construction associations in across the country. Phil is also an instructor for University of Alberta Faculty of Extension, and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. In his spare time, Phil is a Master Course Facilitator for a National Sports Organization and chaired their National Coaching/Instructional Program for four years. He was the recipient of the 2018 IG Wealth Management Community National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Coach Developer Award.

  • Rick Boates, AScT., GSC, LEEDAP

    Headshot of Rick Boates, AScT., GSC, LEEDAP - VICA InstructorRick Boates, AScT., GSC, LEEDAP, Unitech Construction Management | President

    Rick’s career in the construction industry spans 49 years including 14 years in design consulting, 2 years as a Building Inspector and 33 years as founder and President of one of BC’s leading Construction Management firms. Rick served on the Board of ICBA, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association for 8 years. Rick also served on the Board of Merit Canada for 8 years and is now dedicating his board efforts to the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

    Rick has guided Unitech through the successful completion of nearly $1.5 billion worth commercial, institutional, recreational, hospitality, First Nations, Health and even civil and industrial projects throughout BC. All of these projects been implemented via Construction Manager as Agent via old CCA 5 or CCDC 5A contracts on behalf of many repeat public and private clients. He is continuing his passion for collaborative construction with $400 million in CM contracts in progress and is leveraging Unitech collaborative approach on promotion of IPD and Lean Construction on current and upcoming projects.

  • Terry Brown, P.GSC

    Headshot of Terry Brown, VICA Instructor

    Terry Brown, P.GSC, STBR Consulting Ltd. | President

    An integral member of Greyback Construction Ltd. for 25 years, Terry led commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-residential projects as Senior Project Manager. In 2009, he retired from Greyback to launch STBR Consulting, his own construction consulting and project management company. Terry has his B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, and among the many credentials he’s earned, can count accreditation as a Certified Director, a Gold Seal Professional Certified Project Manager (P.GSC) and a journeyman carpenter.

    Terry continues to contribute this expertise to the industry with current and past volunteer activities including: BCCA and regional BC construction associations, WorkSafeBC, the CCA National Gold Seal Committee, the Canadian Construction Document Committee, Pentowna Marina Board of Directors, the Canadian Construction Association, the Construction Sector Council, the Canadian Design-Build Institute, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, among others. In 2018 Terry was awarded CCA’s Person of the Year and in 2013 he was the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Award.

  • Terry Danelley, FRAIC, MAA

    Terry Danelley, FRAIC, MAA HeadshotTerry Danelley, FRAIC, MAA, LM Architectural Group | Senior Advisor

    Terry has over 30 years of experience with LM Architectural Group including 20 years as a principal directing the firm’s educational facilities team in programming, planning and design of public, private and First Nations educational facilities, including daycare facilities, K-12 schools and post-secondary projects. His experience includes a wide range of different building typologies and scales covering the institutional, educational, residential, office/commercial, and industrial market sectors.  He has extensive experience in the Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, Construction Management and Integrated Project Team delivery methods. Terry now acts as a special advisor to the partnership serving LM’s education group and undertaking design and planning assignments related to that sector of the firm.

  • Tim Williams, MBA, B.Econ., CPA, GSC

    Headshot of Tim Williams, MBA, B.Econ., CPA, GSCTim Williams, MBA, B.Econ., CPA, GSC, BGC Partners Inc. | President

    President of BGC Partners Inc., Tim has worked with numerous construction companies for over twenty years. He is an experienced and sought after trainer who has trained construction owners and managers on behalf of construction industry associations across Western Canada.

  • Tony Healy, BA, CEC

    Headshot of Tony Healy, BA - VICA InstructorTony Healy, BA, CEC Optimum Performance Coaching & EverydaySafe EHS Consulting Inc. | President, Certified Executive Coach

    Tony is passionate about leadership coaching and draws on his broad experience in professional sports to deliver highly engaging training sessions. As an EH&S Consultant, he works with his clients to empower successful safety cultures by employing a coaching approach with their teams. Tony blends his construction expertise and experience with his background as a multi-sport, nationally ranked athlete and 15 years working as a professional, high-performance coach. This unique combination results in training that takes the most up-to-date leadership theories and practices and boils them down to the essentials so that you and your crew can walk away from a course ready to implement your new skills on site.