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  • 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.

  • Carole Bissett

    Headshot of Carole BissettCarole Bissett, Managing Director & Branch Leader | Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc.

    With over 30 years of experience as a broker providing construction insurance and bonding services, Carole is the definition of a subject matter expert! She has also served on VICA’s board of Directors, presiding as Chair.

  • Colby Young, BSW, DPSM

    Headshot of Colby Young, BSW, Colby Young, BSW, DPSM, Harm Reduction Project Assistant | Vancouver Island Construction Association

    Formerly working as a support worker and program facilitator with a local non-profit organization, Colby has years of experience educating members of our community. He has previously provided skill building programs to people in Victoria’s Downtown core experiencing mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. Colby has received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Diploma in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria. His previous experience with local services and initiatives grounds Colby’s approach to harm reduction in a local context. He brings a collaborative approach to his facilitation that seeks to build upon the strengths of our industry, teams, and leaders.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Chick-Blount

    Headshot of Elizabeth Chick-Blount, Buy Social Canada Elizabeth Chick-Blount, Buy Social Canada | Executive Director

    Elizabeth’s experience spans frontline roles in communities, consulting for the public sector, and working with social enterprises in the UK and Canada. As Executive Director at Buy Social Canada, she coordinates and connects Buy Social Canada’s work with public and private sector purchasers to design and implement Social Procurement and Community Benefit Agreement policies and practices. Elizabeth worked with the City of Vancouver on the development of the CBA implementation strategy and is working with PCL construction on the implementation of the CBA on the New St. Paul’s hospital development, and Chandos Construction on the implementation of a voluntary CBA. Elizabeth also continues to collaborate with the United Way GTA, TCBN and PCBN to connect the Metrolinx LRT projects with social enterprise suppliers in Toronto.

  • James Clapp

    Headshot of James ClappJames Clapp, Managing Director | Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc.

    James is a construction insurance and surety broker with 22 years of experience and over 300 clients across North America. He spends the bulk of his time reviewing tender and contract specifications, alerting his clients to any onerous conditions, and ensuring they understand and comply with insurance and bonding requirements. As a former surety underwriter, James also brings a strong background in construction accounting. He has served on VICA’s Board of Directors, including the role of Chair.

  • James Johnston, P. Eng.

    Headshot of James (Jim) Johnston, P. Eng.James (Jim) Johnston, P. Eng., President | Quality Dynamics Inc.

    Jim is a Professional Industrial Engineer, holds a CM-Lea designation, is a member of the Lean Construction Institute, an advisor to the Board of the Lean Construction Institute of Canada, and an Accredited Instructor for the Associated General Contractors’ Lean Construction Education Program. He has extensive experience and success implementing Lean Construction tools on construction projects that range in value up to $250,000,000. He is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker on the topic of Lean Construction having addressed audiences across the country. Jim has 25 years of experience as a consultant and instructor, leading organizations through Lean transformations, implementing quality assurance systems and business process optimization.

  • 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.

  • Mark Waters, CTech., GSC

    Headshot of Mark Waters, CTech., GSCMark Waters, CTech., GSC, BGC Partners Inc. | Director of Training

    Director of Training for BGC Partners Inc. His career in the construction industry spans the past thirty years with experience and a unique perspective from both the general contracting and consulting engineering sides of the business. Mark is a Gold Seal Certified project manager and served many years in the industry as a senior project manager and estimator. His earlier career was field based, providing years of valuable experience as a project superintendent, general superintendent of field operations and surveying. Graduating with honours from the BCIT Geomatics Technicians program, Mark joined the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians Association of BC in 1997.

  • 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, B.Sc.

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

    Phil has worked in construction for 30+ years. For the last 13 years, he’s been teaching post-secondary Construction Management courses and delivering training for construction associations across the country. Phil is also an instructor for the University of Alberta's Construction Management Certificate Program. 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.