Ottawa Construction Association

Construction 201 - 4 day program

Upcoming Sessions
There are currently no upcoming sessions scheduled for this course
Course Duration

The course duration is approximately 4 days (incl. 1 homework day)


OCA Members: $600.
Non-Members: $750.


Narrowing our focus from Construction 101 General industry subject matter we look into the characteristics that make up a great project manager (PM) or project coordinator. It is widely held that the PM is responsible in the ICI project delivery organizational chart for profitable execution of the project. Leading to financial gain and overall project success; but what makes a PM able to do what they do well?

Many workshops available focus on technology or process systems for construction accounting and other functions, those are narrowly focused skills that can be taught and learned in a matter of hours and are primarily intuitive, and OCA has workshops for those too, but few spend time focusing on the person behind the skill. The soft skills that allows a project manager to be client facing one moment, and fighting fires on site the next moment. Or negotiating for a win-win in the interest of the project, and not just to the gain of one party.

Professionalism, ethical delivery of service to your clients and an ability to find information, communicate clearly, and read a room full of varied interests in a project, is the cornerstone of a good construction project manager. The Construction 201 course uses leadership mentoring video, role playing, group exercises and negotiation skills introducing the participant to the Harvard Program on Negotiation (PON) to assist in recognizing full potential as a PM and give you tools for success in a very complex supply chain environment.

Upon Successful Completion, participants should be able to:

  • Locate, assemble and prioritize information in the formative start-up of a project
  • Host and conduct the pre-construction meeting, with confidence to understand the roles and responsibilities of all contributors to the project team
  • Assist in the review of the construction contract by understanding clearly all terms and conditions can be met in accordance with commitments made during tender and post tender negotiation
  • Work with and understand consultants to ensure they deliver to meet your goals
  • Communicate your goals effectively to a number of different parties, above, sideways and below in the construction project organizational chart
  • Be able to assess work productivity on-site using simple tools that will support your goals and support your on-site staff.
  • Gain a basic understanding of mediating conflict
  • Sharpen intuitive skills associated with “reading the room”, and be a more effective negotiator to avoid protracted conflict situations that may lead to project failure or undesirable claims and litigation.

Overall this is equivalent of a 4 day 30 hour course, with 3 days in-class and 1 day of homework equivalent. It is offered during the week in a two day and 1 day split so it can be merged with other work commitments.

Facilitator - Derek Smith

Celebrating 25 years serving the ICI and residential construction sector in Canada, Derek has supported developers, general contractors, architects, engineers, trade contractors, and design-builders with creative solutions including professional design, facility engineering, land planning and labour relations bargaining.   Personally, he has led design teams in over 1 million square feet of built ICI and residential buildings.   Since 2003, Derek has been a sessional instructor in architectural technology and in 2010 began assisting construction associations in delivering high quality, interactive Gold Seal workshops including Construction 101, Ethics in Construction, and has authored Maximizing Your Consultants Performance, Construction 201 for Project Management, along with a popular 2 day Interpreting and Reading Contract Drawings and Specifications.   In 2016, Toronto Construction Association engaged Derek to develop a modern “pathways” system for professional development in the ICI industry. To date, Derek has delivered workshops to over 1500 construction professionals.   Known to deliver thought provoking and practical workshops, participants are certain to be engaged, challenged and take away deployable solutions to everyday construction challenges.   Derek is a member of ADRIO and is an experienced mediator - construction specialty.

Upcoming Sessions
There are currently no upcoming sessions scheduled for this course