Contract Administration in Canada (1.2 CEUs)

Daily Schedule

8:00am - Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30am - Session begins
4:30pm - Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily  


To provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively and efficiently manage contracting functions in Canada.


Through a critical linkage of leading-edge concepts and best practices, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively manage the contracting functions. Properly prepared procurement documents can avoid anticipated liability, poor quality/reduce performance/disputes and receive payment for work performed. Weakness in effective contract management generally stems from the absence of right process and procedures. This seminar will define the practical and other issues involved in contract management in Canada along with the obligations of each participant in these activities and how the disputes related to contracts both in public and private sectors can be addressed.

Learning Outcomes

You will:
  • Obtain a practical review of contracting processes;
  • Learn how to prepare procurement documents and manage business;
  • Learn how to interpret clauses, and analyze in the documents, and get the project completed on time and within budget;
  • Develop the ability and confidence to take control over contract administration in your organization and have a real impact on your bottom line;
  • Enhance your knowledge of the contract management techniques including contract legality, constructability and the settlements of claims;

Who Should Attend

Procurement managers, purchasing/inventory managers, supply chain associates, owners, general/sub-contractors, manufacturers, service providers, suppliers, developers, engineers, construction professionals and business-people of all disciplines and officials of government agencies responsible for the tender calls, negotiations or awarding of contracts; This seminar will also be of interest to municipal, provincial and federal agencies and any one seeking an understanding of some of the most popular tools used in preparing, awarding and managing the contracts. 

Rishi Kumar

Rishi Kumar, M.Sc. Eng., P.Eng., PMP, CMC, GSC is an approved education provider by the Engineering Institute of Canada, (EIC) and International Association of Continuing Education and Training, Washington, DC (IACET). Rishi obtained his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1976 from University of Calgary, Alberta. Since 1976, he has held many senior positions in utility, auto industry, research development, services, manufacturing and consulting sectors in project, program and portfolio management of various capital projects. Since 1996, he conducted 475+ public and in-house seminars all over the globe through various universities, construction associations and other professional organizations and published/presented 25+ technical, business and management papers in various publications/conferences throughout the globe.

Mr. Kumar is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the Province of Ontario, and holds various professional certifications {Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Certified Quality Auditor}. He obtained his Gold Seal Certification (GSC) from the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) in 2011.

Mr. Kumar has served as a Chair, President, Sr. Vice-President-Operations and Director-Marketing and Professional Development portfolios for PMI Lakeshore chapter and presently serves in the Ethics Review Committee (ERC) of PMI Global, providing caching and mentoring to PMI members. Mr. Kumar is actively involved with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) since 1996, and serves in various committees and boards (Discipline, Equity Diversity and Experience Requirements). Since 2007, Rishi is providing coaching and mentoring services to PEO Mississauga as a Chairperson. He supports the mentorship programs offered by various non-profit organizations (CESO, Ontario Works-Peel Region, Skills for Change, ACCES Employment, DBNS and CMC) in GTA since 1994.

Day One
Unit 1 Tendering and the Law of Contract
  • Legal Requirements
  • The legality of Contract Subjects
  • Legal Capacity of Parties to Act
  • Intention for Contract to be Subject to Law
  • Mutual Agreement: Offer and Acceptance
  • Legal termination of an Offer
  • Acceptance
  • Consideration
  • Letter of Intent
  • Instruction to Proceed
  • Contractor’s Obligation to Owner
  • Sub-Contractor’s Obligation to Contractor
  • Contractor’s Obligation to the Sub-Contractor
Unit 2 Tendering Documents & Evaluation Process
  • Background Information
  • Drawings
  • Specifications
  • Insurance
  • Bid Bonds
  • Bid Depository System
  • Open Bidding Service (O.B.S.)
  • Visits to Site by Contractors
  • Amendments to Tendering Documents
  • Contractor’s Queries
  • Submission of Tenders
  • Separate Contracts
  • Sub-contracts
  • Opening of Tenders
  • Evaluation of Tenders
  • Award of Contract
Unit 3 Contracting Process
  • Requirement Cycle
  • Requisition Cycle
  • Solicitation Cycle
  • Award Cycle
  • Contractual Cycle
Unit 4 Special Consideration for Contract Execution Changes
  • Legal Perspective: Changes
  • Contract Specifications
  • Legal Perspective: Specifications
  • Quality Control
  • Legal Perspective: Warranties
Unit 5 Communication
  • Methods and Importance of Communication
  • Communication between Parties to the Contract
  • Site Documents and Records
  • Purpose and conduct of Meetings
Day Two
Unit 6 Problematic Clauses
  • Individual Clause Analysis
  • Contract Clauses: Owner and Contractor Views
  • Contractual Allocation Risk
  • Incentive Provisions
Unit 7 Consultant's Perspectives
  • Complexity of Documents
  • Inadequate Time
  • Incomplete Drawings
  • Fairness of Contract Documents
  • Unbalance Bids
  • Informal and Irregular Tenders
  • An Unrealistic Bid
  • Implication of Non-Award to a qualified Bidder & Local Preferences
  • Communication of Acceptance
Unit 8 Delays and Acceleration
  • Time is of the essence?
  • The significance of the owner supplied schedule
  • How much freedom do contractors have in scheduling their work?
  • Error in the Tender schedule
  • Is schedule update sufficient as notice?
  • Who is responsible for delays and delay costs?
  • The acceleration factor
  • The principle of mitigating damages
  • Quantifying delay claims
Unit 9 Dispute Resolution & Settlement of Contractor’s Claim
  • Dispute Avoidance
  • General Background to Claims
  • Types of Claims
  • Procedural Aspects
  • Preparation of Claims
  • Additional Cost for Loss or Expense
  • Disruption of the Works resulting from Change Orders
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Liquidated Damages
Unit 10 Tips and Checklist

Workshop 1-Tendering

Workshop 2-Contract

Case Studies

Appendix 1: RFP Sample_001
Appendix 2: RFP Sample_002
Appendix 3: Form of Tender Template

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