MCA Alberta offers education and training programs through a variety of learning opportunities designed to meet unique mechanical and service contractor needs. This is accomplished through member meetings, short seminars and full day courses. These feature guest presenters on broad industry topics, product specific technical training, HR and other soft skills training, business skills and succession planning.

Programs are designed specifically for owners and senior management, service managers and technicians, HR leaders, frontline field and office staff to keep the entire team current and to help grow your career.

“I have taken both Project Management and Construction law courses through the MCA and these courses are a must for anyone starting in a management role. Since then, I have enrolled my staff to complete as well.” 

Cody Christman ,VP Strathcona Mechanical

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VIRTUAL INSTRUCTOR LED WORKSHOP: Managing Contracts to Minimize Conflict- “Do your Job”

December 17, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm MST

$499.00 – $699.00

This 3- part workshop will take place online March 23, 24 & 25th from 8:30 AM-12:15 PM

Workshops are led by a team of multi-discipline experts (Owners, Consultants and Contractors)  and will provide you with exceptional feedback, great insight and actionable strategies. 

Remember when it comes to contracts, it’s not about your own thoughts and assumptions; it’s about what is “written”!


Where do we run into problems most often with contract compliance and how do we mitigate these problems? Whether you are the Project Owner, the Consultants, or the Contractors, first you need to understand what you have agreed to in the CCDC and related contracts, and why the clause exists in the first place. NOT opening, reading and understanding the contract requirements until it’s too late is exactly what gets us into trouble time and time again on construction projects. Waiting until there is conflict and only then referring to the contract to see how, or if, we can get out of the problem is like playing Russian roulette.

BE AWARE: In the nuances of the prime contract clauses, there are implications and requirements impacting all partners including the Consultants and Subcontractors.


  • what clauses and concepts in the different project delivery methods consistently create challenges and conflict,
  • what these clauses mean and why they exist,
  • how to mitigate the pain points associated with these clauses and
  • develop your “go forward” strategies and practices.

Finally, through interactive exercises, we will explore some specific scenarios on what the possible outcomes are and what to do to achieve alignment by all parties.


Understanding the impact of non-standard clauses is important for all industry partners! This course is most applicable to mid-management personnel from the following roles/disciplines who are familiar with standard contract clauses.

  • General Contractors and Subcontractors:
    • Construction Company Owners/Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Commercial Managers
    • Estimators
    • Business Development Managers
  • Project Owners
  • Third party Project Managers (for the Project Owner)
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Bonding and Insurance specialists
  • Lawyers


Debbie Hicks, B.sc

With a comprehensive and varied education background, learning has been at the core of her career.   As former President of the Southern Interior Construction Association in BC for 22 years, liaising with the buyers of construction services, architects, engineers and contractors in advocacy and education brings a solid base to her expertise.

Expert Panel: Dean Slater, Bill Chomik, Hugh Loughborough

Trainer Bio’s attached here Trainers’ Bios and pictures for Managing Contract Clauses


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December 17, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm MST
$499.00 – $699.00

 Employers can get up to 2/3 of the registration fee (up to 10,000/employee/fiscal year) for training.