CISC Project Leadership Webinar

Course Instructors

Paul Zubick, P Eng


Paul Zubick brings over thirty years of experience and a proven track record of profitable growth results in the construction industry to our team. His experience includes executive leadership, corporate strategy development, board governance, business development, contracts development and negotiation, and project management.

Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1983. Paul’s career in the western Canadian steel fabrication industry progressed through roles in steel design and construction engineering, welding engineering, quality management, estimating, project management, and on to leadership roles including executive management. Paul has been actively involved with the CISC, including roles as the Alberta Region Chairman, Board of Directors executive committee and a governor of the Education and Research Committee. CISC’s Quality Certification program was initiated and incubated in the Alberta region under Paul’s leadership. Paul played a leading role in the initiation of the Steel Centre at the University of Alberta and spent several terms on the Canadian Standards Association technical committee for standard S16 – Design of Steel Structures.

Paul Zubick is a CCA – Gold Seal Certified Project Manager, a Certified Executive Coach, and a CSIA level 2 ski instructor. He has served on numerous community and industry boards of directors, associations, and technical committees, including leadership roles.

Mark Bosworth, MA

Mark Bosworth is principal and co-founder of KESA; an Alberta based organizational development company. Mark, through his work with KESA, has built a successful practice that focuses on assisting organizations in understanding and shaping change in four key areas; Strategy development and organizational design, Leadership effectiveness, Managing organizational change and transition, and Collaborative culture.

Since 1998, Mark has served a diverse range of clients both locally and internationally in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Mark has also worked with numerous NHL hockey teams and the NHL officials.

Mark holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta, and a post-graduate certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University as well as numerous certificates. He lives in St. Albert, Alberta; is married, with two children and is active in the St. Albert community and serves as a Board Chair for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Canada (DRIFCan) and Porkapalooza, Canada’s I argest BBQ Festival. Mark is an avid cyclist and cross-country skier who also enjoys spending time year-round with his family at their lake cottage.

Course Description

Project leadership where art meets science is designed to take the essential principles of project management (the science) and puts them in the context of human centered design principles (if you don’t know what this means, you will by the end of the program!). This program focuses on the importance of aligning people to successfully complete the work (the art!).

This unique program is for Project Managers, aspiring project managers, project coordinators, construction managers, trade supervisors, at construction trade contractors, steel fabricators, steel erectors, steel detailers. Project Leadership introduces participants to a series of powerful tools and techniques that allows project managers to develop the vital leadership routines to drive desired outcomes in project execution. Most importantly, the tools and techniques can be used immediately with positive impact.

KESA programs are led by facilitators who have real world experience both working in and with organizations across Canada and internationally.

Building a good foundation for a successful project involves looking at the big picture of the project from the outset. A successful project starts with full engagement of all stakeholders and a culture of accountability and collaboration.

Purpose-driven project leadership centers on project execution with clarity on desired outcomes and service to the customer. Instilling ownership thinking at all levels of the project will drive accountability to the right levels.

Effective team-building requires leaders to understand the big picture and delegate work with a comprehensive understanding of the whole project, and not just their specific scope or role.

Key Topics Include:

  • A Leadership Mindset
  • Foster Customer Loyalty
  • Look at the  Big Picture
  • Project Planning
  • Essential Priorities

This is where we really dig into the Art of project management. Ultimately, the success or failure of a project depends on meeting the expectations of all stakeholders. For a project to meet the desired outcomes, it’s essential to gain a deep understanding of all of its stakeholders-not only what they need and desire, but what limitations they face, what motivates them, and what’s important to them.

When individuals and teams choose to collaborate, the power of teams will accelerate performance and achieve high quality results. The conditions for collaboration are established when first, there is clarity of direction in the form of purpose, goals and priorities. The conditions are reinforced when roles and accountabilities are clear, and a functional team structure is in place. Project Managers can use these conditions to influence their project team’s culture – a culture of how team members choose to work together and achieve the results and performance needed.

Key Topics Include:

  • Set Your Team up for Success
  • Set Your People up for Success
  • Working With Project Stakeholders
  • Communication for Results
  • Enable Trust
  • Accountability
  • Plan ahead for conflict

In the world of bidding for contract work, it is very common for organizations to have templates and pre-determined formulas that have been developed for the sake of efficiency in preparing cost estimates and proposals for their customers. It is also very common for organizations to take the contents of the  request for proposal (RFP) and to unilaterally prepare a response to the RFP based on its contents with little to no interaction with their customer.

Not all projects are initiated with a commercial bid. Many projects are internal organizational initiatives to get something done. These initiatives are often conceived from the development of a coherent and compelling business case. Using human centre design principles to design your value proposition will set your business case up for success.

Key Topics Include:

  • Customer Alignment
  • Develop High Value Proposals
  • Build an Effective Business Case
  • Absolute Clarity on Scope
  • Work Breakdown Structures
  • Opportunity and Risk

Although contracts form the foundation for all external projects, they are commonly the least understood and avoided element in the execution of projects. In fact, the PMBOK does not even include contracts as one of its basic knowledge areas. This module will help demystify contracts and guide the project manager to use the contract as an essential roadmap to the successful execution of the project.

Contrary to common practice, the contract should not be something that sits on the shelf and gets referred to when commercial conflict arises. A good contract is a roadmap and terms of reference for all stakeholders to use to keep travelling in the right direction. Use the map before you get lost, not after.

Key Topics Include:

  • Understand Contract Basics
  • Procurement Agreements
  • Scope Definition
  • Manage Change

Project Management is the process of executing a one-time activity within a specified period of time. There are numerous resources available regarding the “science” of project management. For example, the Project Management Institute has created the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK), intended to provide project managers and their teams with a disciplined approach to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specified criteria.

Recognizing the importance of human relations in successful project execution, we cannot diminish the foundational importance of disciplined execution. Embedding disciplined process and consistent work routines into the project management team reduces risk and removes stressors that can lead to undesired results.

Don’t abandon the science!

Key Topics Include:

  •  Industry Best Practices
  • Project Performance Tracking
  • Objectives and Key Results
  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving Tool Kit

Sessions: 5 | Fee: $985 for all 5 sessions

Registrants are eligible for 0.7 CEU / 7 PDH certificate upon verification of attendance to all modules.

It is strongly recommended that this webinar series is taken in sequence 1-5 to grasp the full content of this course.

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Dates Available

Times indicated are EST/EDT

Module 1: June 16, 2021

Module 1: 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM (1 hr 15 mins) | Register

Module 2: June 23, 2021

Module 2: 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM (1 hr 15 mins) | Register

Module 3: June 30, 2021

Module 3: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (1 hr 30 mins) | Register

Module 4: July 7, 2021

Module 4: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (1 hr 30 mins) | Register

Module 5: July 14, 2021

Module 5: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (1 hr 30 mins) | Register

Module 1: June 17, 2021

Module 1: 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM (1 hr 15 mins) | Register

Module 2: June 24, 2021

Module 2: 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM (1 hr 15 mins) | Register

Module 3: July 8, 2021

Module 3: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (1 hr 30 mins) | Register

Module 4: July 15, 2021

Module 4: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (1 hr 30 mins) | Register

Module 5: July 22, 2021

Module 5: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (1 hr 30 mins) | Register

Module 1: August 16, 2021

Module 1: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM (1 hr 15 mins) | Register

Module 2: August 17, 2021

Module 2: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM (1 hr 15 mins) | Register

Module 3: August 18, 2021

Module 3: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (1 hr 30 mins) | Register

Module 4: August 19, 2021

Module 4: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (1 hr 30 mins) | Register

Module 5: August 20, 2021

Module 5: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (1 hr 30 mins) | Register


Project Management is a well-honed science that has been developed and fine­ tuned over the past many decades. Yet we still find many project managers feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, undermined and paralyzed by multiple demands. Even if your situation is less extreme, you may find yourself stuck at times in dealing with a project dynamic that doesn’t appear in project management guidebooks.

Project Management is demanding, challenging, and requires project  managers to lead a wide range of people, many with differing agendas.

The project manager must combine knowledge, skills, and experience to coordinate and facilitate a project. Working with diverse cultures, customs, and languages, further complicates the equation.

Formula for Success

(Art + Science) x De=Success

If you combine a focus on the people, get them aligned to  a  common  approach,  and get really clear on the importance of fostering customer loyalty, you’ll have a great handle on the Art  of  Project  Management.  Next, add  the  essential processes provided in the  science of project management……. Now multiply all of those best practices by disciplined execution and we have a  great  formula  for project success.

First, if you have a delighted customer, you likely have a repeat customer, and an avid promoter of your services.

Secondly, let’s not forget projects need to make money.

In summary, if you get a good handle on the art, look after the science and are very disciplined in your execution on both, you’ll wind up with a delighted customer and a profitable project. Now that’s success!

The tools and techniques you will learn from this program will help you:
Develop practical skills to focus your leadership abilities.
Discover new ways of getting the most out your project team
Improve relationships with your customers and other project stakeholders

This program is presented in 5 modules.

Throughout the program we’ll be referencing the relationship between the art and science project management. We will explore project management from the perspective of getting the most out of the people and teams involved in the successful completion of a project, what we refer to as the Art.

We will also stress the importance of adhering to a disciplined project management process; what we refer to as the Science.

  1. Building a Solid Foundation
    Understand the big picture and work with a comprehensive understanding of the whole project, not just your specific scope or role.
  2. The People
    Focus on the essential alignment of the humans that will collaborate to successfully complete the work.
  3. The Proposal
    Design your project pursuit to optimize value for your customer and differentiate yourself from the competition.
  4. The Contract
    Create a contract that acts as a roadmap for all stakeholders to use to keep travelling in the right direction.
  5. The Process
    Practice a disciplined approach to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work. Embed a process with consistent work routines into your project management team to reduces risk and remove stressors.
For the purpose of helping frame some of our content from a practical viewpoint, we have developed a case study that we will reference throughout the program, including in the program materials that you received when you registered for the course. We will do our best to give you the opportunity to reflect on some of the learning concepts, either in the context of the case study, or in the context of your own organization and project management experience.

The case study is based on a fictional Contract to supply and install structural steel and pressure piping for a primary extraction unit at a  Heavy Oil  facility. We’ll  look at the  project  from the frame of a trade contractor bidding their scope of work to an EPC Contractor. We’ll try to build some twists and turns into the project as we go along and introduce you to some quirky stakeholders to give is a chance to explore some of the things that often present a challenge.

The Project Leadership case study can be found in your handouts folder. We encourage you to review this and have it accessible throughout our program as we will reference it on a regular basis.

We hope that you’re looking forward to this learning experience. We both look forward to the opportunity of sharing our content, experiences and perspectives with you.

Paul Zubick, P Eng Mark Bosworth, MA