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Collaborative Contracting

Date:   Apr 21, 2021 - May 21, 2021
Time:   12:00 PM (MDT)
Location:   Online Western Canada


5 Credits
$425 Members, $495 Non-members
Date & Time:
Wednesday, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, 2021
Friday, May 21, 2021
12:00pm - 2:00pm MST

Webinar Overview:

Collaborative Contracting

Course Overview:

In order to succeed in today’s, hyper-competitive, global business environment, organizations must engage in a continuous struggle to find new and better ways to create and preserve value for themselves and their customers.  Support functions within these organizations and in particular, the procurement, contracting and project management groups are well-positioned to aid – and even lead - the effort.  Specifically, they can move to overcome traditionally adversarial business practices and systems that tend to damage commercial relationships and often destroy value - and replace them with highly productive, collaboration practices and systems that optimize commercial relationships and generate and sustain value.

Key Learning Objectives:

By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to use key collaboration principles and practices to create value for your organization

  • Become familiar with a range of existing collaborative procurement and contracting methods and how they create value in a variety of industries and geographies;

  • Understand the process for successfully transitioning from traditionally adversarial procurement and contracting processes and systems to their collaborative equivalents;

  • Be able to confidently overcome objections to, and make the “opportunity case” for collaboration – and drive positive change within your organization.


Experience in procurement, contracting, commercial and project management would be beneficial to participants. Collaborative contracting is often attractive to practitioners who have experience with other methods and are looking for something new.

Module Topics and Dates:

Module 1: April 21, 2021 - 12-2pm MST
Situation Assessment and Strategy Selection

Module 2: April 28, 2021 - 12-2pm MST
Building a Collaborative Capability in your Organization

Module 3: May 5, 2021 - 12-2pm MST
Finding the Right Collaboration Partner

Module 4: May 12, 2021 - 12-2pm MST
Collaborative Contract Formation

Module 5: May 21, 2021 - 12-2pm MST
Collaborative Working

About the Instructor:  

Richard Venerus

Richard is the Founder and Principal at Venerus Advisory Partners (“VAP”), an advisory firm (established in 2011) with a goal of helping its clients have more positive, productive and profitable relationships. VAP combines the storied expertise of its partners with the application collaborative approaches to the management of projects and relationships.

Richard has over 20 years of experience in procurement, contracting and commercial management in a diverse set of industries, including construction. He is a qualified (now recovering) lawyer, certified in Construction Law and holds a MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He also is professionally trained or certified in a number of related disciplines: Project Management, Change Management, Contract Administration, Adult Learning and Development, Mediation, Arbitration - and the unique ISO standard 44001 for Collaborative Working.

Richard is a national instructor for the Supply Chain Canada, the de facto standard for SCM training in Canada – and a leading contributor to the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) Collaborative Contracting Best Practice.

Richard is a driving force behind the adoption of collaborative procurement and contracting methods in Western Canada.  As such, VAP has just recently founded the Collaborative Contracting Community @ You are welcome to join!



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