Unitech Construction Management Ltd.
Rick sees IPD as the future of the construction industry. Rick served one year as a member of IPDA’s Awareness and Mentorship Committee and personally undertook several Awareness initiatives in BC. During the past year, Rick proposed and initiated IPDA’s Practitioner’s Forum bringing forward and sharing with the members a new collaborative tool to promote team collaboration and health – the Level 10 Meeting. In true IPD tradition, he trained other participants in how to lead this forum to allow for rotating chairs.
Rick has been collaborating in the creation and instruction of courses on project procurement methods for the Canadian Construction Association and with an international group of industry innovators, University of Texas researchers and multi-national corporate clients in the development of Construction Industry Operating System 2 (CI OS2).
One of the reasons Rick founded Unitech was to bring total transparency to the construction Industry and believes that IPDA must also champion transparency. Unitech became an IPDA member with the goal of not only learning more about IPD best practices in Canada but also to help in informing both our clients and trade partners of the benefits of Collaborative Construction as epitomized by successful IPD projects. With their purpose and passion being Collaborative Construction Unitech’s mission is to Mitigate our Client’s Risk, Maximize our Client’s Value and Exceed our Client’s Expectations – all of which aligns with IPD. Unitech has a great many public sector clients and knows that IPD will only get traction in that sector once there is a critical mass of contractors, trades, consultants, and sub-consultants familiar with and actively promoting IPD. This is where Rick believes the IPDA can, and should, lead.
Rick’s previous board experience includes 21 years as a member of The Alternative Board, 8 years on the Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA) Board (2 years on the Strategic Planning Committee, 2 years as treasurer, 2 years as Chair and 2 as Past Chair), 8 Years on Board of Merit Canada and a recent appointment to the Board of the Delta Hospital and Community Foundation. Rick has been and continues to an active, committed and vocal participant in all board positions. Rick’s lean training includes a Lean Greenbelt from the UBC Sauder School of Business and LeanCor/DPR Construction Lean Leadership Certification.
Session: Lessons Learned
The panel will discuss interesting lessons learned and share their experience on financial risk during the validation phase.