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Current Challenges in Bidding and Tendering...and How to ...

10 May 2012


3 OAA ConEd learning hours

This session is being offered again Friday, May 11 2:00 PM -  5:30 PM. 

Current Challenges in Bidding and Tendering...and How to Overcome Them!

This session will focus on the latest trends and the most perplexing issues in procurement.  Using relevant case studies, a panel of experienced industry leaders will discuss the legal framework of bidding and tendering and apply the principles to common problems faced by owners, bidders, and consultants, such as:

  • what does fairness in procurement really mean?
  • what to do about a late, incomplete, or problem bids
  • limiting liability: how to do it effectively
  • how to change scope: the right way and the wrong way
  • when you can negotiate with a bidder and when you can't

Anyone involved in tendering projects should attend this informative and stimulating session.

Presenters: John Stephenson, OAA, MRAIC Partner, FORM Architecture Engineering

John has over 33 years experience in the practice of Architecture. Prior to this partnership, he was an architect with Kuch Stephenson Architects for 15 years and with Graham Bacon Welter Architects & Consulting Engineer six years. Prior to relocating to Thunder Bay in 1980, he obtained additional experience as a graduate architect in Toronto focusing on urban design, non-profit and cooperative housing projects. John has extensive experience with housing and care and treatment projects which cross the full continuum of care for seniors. His experience includes the design, development and ownership of independent living, retirement living, supportive housing, long term care and mental health rehabilitation projects. Aside from this, his project experience and expertise also includes individual research and training and a portfolio of projects in restoration and adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and a portfolio of educational and commercial building projects.

Overall, John’s experience with large publicly funded institutional projects in Northwestern Ontario has given him the ability to effectively manage the process of design decision making and approvals by a wide variety of public and regulatory agencies. In addition, his experience with public sector/private sector partnerships and real estate development has made him particularly well attuned to the challenges of reconciling the sometimes conflicting needs of both cultures.

Clive N. Thurston
, Ontario General Contractors Association
President - Ontario General Contractors Association (since 2002)

Clive has extensive experience in the construction industry, having worked as a Superintendent, Estimator, Project Manager and former owner/operator of a small Toronto-based construction company for twelve years.

He held the position of By-Law/Building Official with the City of Brampton and was the Chief Building Official for Prince Edward County prior to accepting the position of President of the Ontario General Contractors Association.

His duties include promoting the industry, facilitating disputes between project partners, promoting education, providing advice on contracts and the supplementary conditions attached to them.

Clive has been appointed to Building Advisory Committee at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Through the OGCA, Clive represents the industry at the Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario, a group of related construction industries focused on the renewal of infrastructure and the impact of Government regulations.

 In 2008, Clive founded the WSIB Construction Industry Task Force to work on the reformation of the WSIB and Accident Prevention system in Ontario. He is particularly proud of the Strategic Opportunities Committee created by the Construction and Design Associations to work with the Ontario Realty Corporation.

He lectures across the country on various topics of interest to the construction industry appearing at consultant conferences, Colleges, Universities and many professional associations. 

A strong believer in consultation rather than confrontation, Clive promotes policies that are beneficial to all stakeholders within the construction industry.

Glenn Ackerley, WeirFoulds LLP

This ConEd session is sponsored by: