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The Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) is a non-profit membership organization representing the construction industry in the southern interior of British Columbia. SICA’s mission is to provide leadership and promote excellence for the benefit of our industry. Members are industry leaders who believe in promoting excellence in everything we do. Together our voice is changing the construction community and helping your business to grow. Join SICA to grow your business today and be a voice for our industry’s future.

Join us for SICA's 23rd Annual CCO Workshop

The CCO Workshop is a one-day conference hosted by the Southern Interior Construction Association. CCO stands for Contractors, Consultant and Owner, Representing the important relationship that each of the parties brings to the table of a construction project. The CCO Workshops goal is to facilitate open and transparent conversation between all parties in the construction industry. Understanding the obstacles and challenges of the contractors, consultants or owners helps facilitate smoother and more efficient construction projects.

This year’s theme Adapting to the Only Constant – Change will highlight key topics relevant to the construction industry now and for the future. Attendees will learn about work culture focusing on diversity and inclusiveness. Speakers will address how businesses need to rethink supply chain and on-going disruptions. Attendees will also learn about the benefits of collaborative approaches. The CCO workshop concludes with the highly anticipated legal update with valuable takeaways from case studies on contracts and human resources.

Continued Professional Development Credits:

  • 1 Gold Seal Credit


Event Info: Kirsten (778) 721-8441

February 2024
7:00 am – 5:30 pm

Coast Capri Hotel
1171 Harvey Ave,
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6E8





2023 Keynote Speaker [Check back soon for 2024]

Thriving in times of change

How culture is tied to success.  How the world changes and what opportunities and challenges that presents.  Part of the change is world economy and war, interest rates, and recession.  Part of the change is demographics.  This session will talk about immigration and refugees which are tied to both the world geopolitical situation and demographics.  The session will delve into the role of immigrants and how to integrate them into a successful work culture.

Jim Estill

    CEO, Danby Appliances

    Jim Estill built his first business from the trunk of his car to $2 Billion in sales. He has invested in, advised and mentored over 150 technology businesses including Blackberry where he served as a board member since before they went public until 2010. He is now owner and CEO of Danby Appliances, a manufacturer of household appliances and air conditioners. Danby sells over 2,000,000 appliances per year. He has received an Order of Canada, Order of Ontario and Honorary Doctor of Laws from University of Guelph for his entrepreneurship and work sponsoring and settling over 500 refugees in Guelph, Ontario.


    Paving a culture to an inclusive future

    This panel will offer a glimpse into Ledcor’s experience creating an Inclusion & Diversity movement across its group of companies. You will hear from three employees, representing diverse voices and roles within Ledcor, that were part of this movement from the ground up. They will touch on strategies for infusing Inclusion & Diversity across both its office and site-based workforce and will share wins, lessons learned and how everyone can take action to make a difference regardless of who they are, what job they do and where they work.

    Jason Louis

      Indigenous Affairs

      Jason Louis joined Ledcor in 2017 as part its Indigenous Affairs team. He has spent the last fifteen years working as an Indigenous Relations professional in the oil, gas, pipeline, and construction sectors. Jason has extensive experience bridging relationships between industry and Indigenous communities across Canada. Collaborating across corporate and community settings, he has gained a wealth of practical experience in regulatory consultation, business development and relations, regulatory compliance, lobbying, and relationship and partnership agreements. Jason believes integrity and trust are integral to forging relationships and strives to continually keep these principles at the forefront when engaging with colleagues, stakeholders, and Indigenous communities alike. Jason grew up on the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, AB and currently resides in Red Deer, AB with his family.

      Chastine Taerum

        Associate General Counsel

        Chastine Taerum obtained a Bachelor of Commerce in 1999 and a Bachelor of Laws in 2003, both from the University of Calgary, before she was called to the Alberta Bar in 2004. Since 2020, Chastine has been Associate General Counsel, Infrastructure at Ledcor, where she is responsible for providing legal services on complex infrastructure projects to offices across Canada.  Prior to joining Ledcor, Chastine was Director, Legal Affairs at SNC-Lavalin, where she was responsible for providing legal services to offices and projects across Canada for the various sectors and business units including Infrastructure, O&M, Oil & Gas and Clean Power.

        Chastine is actively involved in the Inclusion and Diversity program at Ledcor.  She previously chaired the Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Employee Resource Group and is currently the chair of the Ledcor Advisory Council which provides guidance and support to the Inclusion and Diversity Executive Council as it develops and implements I&D initiatives corporately at Ledcor.

        Lisa Gibson

          Project Director

          Lisa is a Project Director, part of the Ledcor leadership team in the Calgary Construction branch, and is involved in operations, business development as well as companywide initiatives like Inclusion & Diversity, safety, and Lean Construction. In her career, Lisa has worked for both Owners and Contractors, which provides well rounded experience and often a non-traditional perspective to the typical conversation. Also, an active community and industry volunteer, including the Calgary Construction Association, SAIT, City of Calgary, CAGBC, as Lisa believes that giving back is important to make the future building industry even better. Over the past 2+ years she has been a co-lead for the Ledcor Inclusion & Diversity Council, and actively involved in the foundational work in this space and Ledcor. I&D needs to be a key part of all aspects of the building industry and moving forward this is the mantra that Lisa practices.

          Navigating disruption and rethinking supply chains

          Problems brought by the pandemic as well as new issues continue to ripple throughout the industry. How are these problems interrelated? Why have we not seen a return to normal yet? Will we ever? Cole will draw on interviews with mechanical contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, roofing trades, architects and general contractors, as well as his experience consulting on medical supply chains and prototyping new solutions with the federal government of Canada. He will explore how the construction industry can work together to create a new kind of supply chain that builds resiliency through these crises.

          Cole Webber

            Author and Keynote Speaker

            Cole is the author of multiple books and holds patents in multiple countries. An international keynote speaker at over 30 events in 6 countries, including a TEDx event, he has served on advisory boards to international organizations focusing on design and development, and his work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been published. The company he founded won the National Research Council of Canada’s COVID-19 Digital Clearinghouse Challenge and received $1.3 million in grants to examine healthcare supply chains and prototype technology solutions.

            Good pre-design for better post outcomes

            Design and construction projects have become increasingly complex. In addition to being delivered on-time and on-budget, we now also often require projects to produce a broad range of social and environmental benefits too. Starting these projects off with a deliberate and effective pre-design phase is therefore essential to help ensure a successful outcome.

            The objectives of this session are to describe what good pre-design is, to summarize the kinds of work typically performed during pre-design, and to list the typical outputs that result from the pre-design phase. Illustrative case-studies of projects that incorporated good pre-design for post-project success will also be shown and discussed.

            Darin Harding

              Director of Community and Sport Projects

              Darin is a Director of Community and Sport projects at hcma. He is a registered architect with over 15 years of experience in civic institutions, community centres, recreation, sport and aquatic facilities. He has worked with both public and private client groups to help them successfully navigate the pre-design stage for their projects. Most recently, Darin assisted the City of Kelowna with the pre-design phase of the Parkinson Recreation Centre redevelopment. He has also played an important role in the design of projects such as the Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre in North Vancouver and the Coronation Community Sports Centre in Edmonton.

              Exploring collaborative delivery

              Our industry has been pummeled by Covid shutdowns, supply chain disruptions, hyper escalation, climate impacts and labour shortages. These factors have increased risk and volatility and are driving collaborative delivery models ranging from Progressive Design Build (PDB) to IPD or Alliance projects. Compare and contrast some of the features of these emerging contact models. How can contracts help industry to better manage this type of market volatility? Which fit your organization or projects? How do we prepare to breakout of traditional project roles and silos to work collaboratively to jointly mitigate risk and drive innovation? Consider why big challenges may provide our biggest opportunities for industry transformation in the coming decade.

              Craig Webber

                Group2 Architecture and Interior Design

                Craig is an Architect and Collaborative Delivery Advisor. He is a past president of the IPDA and one of the most knowledgeable speakers on collaborative delivery in North America. Craig has participated in over 40 Integrated Contracting Models and collaborated on multiple research projects with University of Washington, UBC, and University of Minnesota. He has presented at over 40 events throughout North America on collaborative topics ranging from Target Value Delivery to Contract Impacts on Profitability, Insurability and Risk. He has worked with provincial governments, municipal authorities, private companies as well as various industry partners to advance collaborative delivery methods and innovative construction technology.

                Risk, Procurement, and Working Together

                Join our panel participants as we discuss future trends in resilience planning in design and construction. When Murphy’s Law strikes and your project experiences unexpected problems, you may wonder how you can protect your project from cost overruns and schedule delays. One way is to take a proactive approach to managing project risk. From supply chain issues and escalating costs to the correct project delivery method, this panel will take participants through an interactive experience, prompting them to explore which issues they have seen coming up in their own projects, addressing these with real examples, and guiding them to the goal of a deeper understanding of collaborative delivery options. Participants will come away with insight into which method might best suit the needs of their organization and their projects, therefore allowing them to consider participating in the transformative world of collaborative delivery.

                Mike Matejka

                  City of Cranbrook

                  Mike Matejka is the Director of Engineering & Development Services for the City of Cranbrook, which includes managing and motivating a team responsible for both short term capital project delivery as well as long term strategic land use and infrastructure planning. He has a diverse background of roles that span the Public, Private and Non-profit sectors, including experience in project management, operations & maintenance, and long range planning. Mike is a huge proponent of strong communication, team member buy-in, and mutual respect and accountability, to make any project or initiative a success.

                  Keith Pearce

                    Kal-West Mechanical Systems

                    Keith graduated from NAIT with a Business Marketing Diploma. He spent 20 years in business development as manufacturer’s representative to the construction industry. In 2013 he was transferred from Edmonton to Kelowna with Victaulic Company to focus on servicing the Plumbing and Heating sector for the BC Interior. In 2018, when the opportunity to purchase Kal-West Mechanical arose, Keith and a small group Kal-West Employees approached John Davina for detail. After several months of negotiations, they put together a successful proposal and took controlling interest in Kal-West Nov 1, 2018. Currently, he holds the title of President and General Manager.

                    Michael Blackman

                      RJC Engineers

                      Michael joined RJC in 2001 and was named Associate in 2014. Since joining RJC he has developed a diverse background of experience working on new and existing buildings. The range of projects under Michael’s direction runs from individual building evaluations through to multi-discipline seismic upgrades, new project designs structural restoration and construction projects. Michael’s clients include public sector and private organizations and diverse buildings ranging from schools, hospitals, retail facilities and airports through commercial and residential mid and high rise facilities.

                      Charles Cullen

                        G.S.C. Project Manager - Team Construction

                        Charles’ career with TEAM Construction began in the late 1980’s. During his early years with TEAM he worked on his Carpenter’s Apprenticeship, achieving his Journeyman certification in 1993 and currently holds a Gold Seal Certification. Since that time, Chuck has participated in many levels of leadership within the company, from Carpenter Foreman to his current position as a Senior Project Manager. Charles is an advocate for the local community and holds numerous volunteer committee positions with numerous local non-profit and charity organizations.

                        BCCA Update

                        Chris Atchison

                        BC Construction Association

                        Chris is the President of the BC Construction Association (BCCA). He has an extensive background working in the association space with a passion to innovate and drive member value. In addition, Chris has developed an expertise for working collaboratively to ensure optimal results for employers, members, communities, and funders.

                        Legal Update

                        Human Resources

                        We will discuss the importance of maintaining respectful workplaces and the potential consequences if an employer fails to do so with a focus on discrimination, bullying, and harassment. We will also look at how employers can navigate line between performance management and bullying.

                        Kara Ellison

                          Associate, Pihl Law

                          Kara is an associate at Pihl Law Corporation with a practice focused on employment law and civil litigation. She was born and raised in the BC interior. Before becoming a lawyer, Kara worked in the Human Resources department for a large open pit copper mine and spent a summer working as a Review Officer Intern at the WorkSafeBC head office. Kara first joined Pihl Law Corporation as a summer student in 2019. She completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Victoria in the Spring of 2020 and was called to the bar in the Spring of 2021.


                          This presentation will focus on construction law issues that are important to be mindful of during economic downturns. In particular, we will look at how developers, contractors, and trades can strategically manage risk through bonding, insurance, and contract oversite.

                          Alexander Spraggs

                            Associate, Pihl Law

                            Alex is an associate practicing primarily in construction and commercial litigation. He has a particular interest in insurance coverage claims and surety disputes and has represented sureties and bond holders in a variety of complex construction projects across British Columbia and Alberta. Alex graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Law, has been called to bars of Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Saskatchewan has represented clients in all levels of court in British Columbia, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Cour supérieure du Québec.

                            1st Attendee | Regular
                            • [After January 19th]
                            • Buffet Breakfast
                            • Buffet Lunch
                            • 1 Drink Ticket a Networking Reception


                            7:00 AM

                            Registration & Breakfast

                            7:45 AM

                            Opening Remarks

                            SICA’s CEO, Clifford Kshyk

                            8:00 AM

                            Paving a culture of an inclusive future

                            Jason Louis, Chastine Taerum, and Lisa Gibson – Ledcor

                            8:55 AM

                            Keynote Speaker - Thriving in times of change

                            Jim Estill, CEO – Danby Appliances


                            Network Break

                            10:15 AM

                            Navigating disruption and rethinking supply chains

                            Cole Webber – Author and Keynote Speaker

                            11:20 AM

                            Good pre-design for better post outcomes

                            Darin Harding – Director of Community and Sports Projects at hcma



                            12:55 PM

                            BCCA Update

                            Chris Atchinson, President – BCCA

                            1:15 PM

                            Exploring collaborative delivery

                            Craig Webber, Architect and Collaborative Delivery Advisor – Group2 Architecture and Interior Design

                            2:05 PM

                            "Risk, Procurement and Working Together"


                            Mike Matejka, Director of Engineering – City of Cranbrook

                            Keith Pearce, President – Kal-West Mechanical Systems

                            Michael Blackman, Associate – RJC Engineers

                            Charles Cullen – Team Construction

                            Moderator: Craig Webber, Group2 Architecture

                            3:05 PM

                            Networking Break

                            3:25 PM

                            Legal Update

                            Alexander Spraggs and Kara Ellison – Pihl Law

                            4:40 PM

                            Closing Remarks

                            4:55 PM

                            Networking Reception


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                            Frequently Asked Questions

                            What is the CCO Workshop?

                            The CCO Workshop is a one day conference hosted by the Southern Interior Construction Association. The goal of the conference is to facilitate open and transparent conversation between all parties in the construction industry.

                            CCO stands for Contractor, Consultant, and Owner. Representing the important relationship that each of the parties brings to the table of a construction project.

                            Why should I attend?

                            You should attend if you are in the construction industry and interested in learning and networking with others engaged in the local construction industry.

                            How do I register?

                            You can register and pay online through this website ( or by calling Kirsten in our office at (778) 721-8441.

                            Who is coming?

                            Attendees will be a diverse group from construction companies, tendering authorities, consultants, architects, engineers and others engaged in the construction industry.

                            What sponsorships are available?

                            There are several opportunities to sponsor the 2023 CCO Workshop call Kirsten (778) 721-8441 to discuss the opportunities.

                            Act soon, sponsorship opportunities are selling out quickly.

                            Where can I stay?

                            The closest option for accommodation is at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna, BC.

                            There is a block of rooms held at the Coast Capri under SICA for a preferred rate. Please call the hotel at 1-250-860-6060 and quote the group code of GFC-28697 to receive the group block rate.


                            What past attendees are saying

                            “Understanding challenges in construction from all sides will bring out more understanding across the board.”
                            “The 2019 SICA CCO workshop was a high class, well put together day that provided very appropriate discussions and a diverse selection of breakout sessions that were very informative. I would recommend attending next year’s workshop. Well done SICA!”
                            “The CCO Workshop is a great opportunity to meet industry professionals, share knowledge and get a perspective of all sides of the construction industry.”