Contract Management: Business Law

Contract Management: Business Law Extension Certificate

Classroom and Online

Businesses often rely on employees to draft contracts, turning to lawyers only for complicated circumstances or as a final check. Providing these employees with a thorough understanding of common legal implications with contracts is a critical training gap for many organizations.

CE Logo - Contract Management - Gold SealExplore Canadian law as it applies to contracts. Review case studies and apply your knowledge to identify legal issues, determine the consequences, and draft clauses to mitigate risks and find business advantages.

This program is eligible towards Gold Seal Certification.


  • Gain knowledge and techniques for working with contracts in your daily role
  • Learn to manage the contract lifecycle in-house
  • Ensure compliance with contract terms
  • Review contract management principles and techniques as they relate to Canadian law
  • Complete the 5 required courses (75 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 semester up to a maximum of 5 years
  • CE online courses are instructor-led, interactive courses. Students work within scheduled start and end dates and observe set timelines for learning activities and assignments.
  • All required course materials are distributed online. For more information on how to access your course materials, please click here.

Required Courses
(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - Apr.)
(May - June)
Contracts and the Canadian Legal System OL OL
Business Liability: Tort Law and Contract Management OL OL
Contracts and Risk Management OL OL
The Impact of Business Structures on Contract Management OL OL
Understanding Ownership: Property Law and Contract Management OL OL
CL=Classroom-based OL=Online (Choose one or the other for each course.)
The above schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. 
*Classroom delivery of courses unavailable until further notice due to COVID-19

Fall schedule and registration available in June. Winter schedule and registration available in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available in March

Contracts and the Canadian Legal System
Examine the legal landscape in Alberta and Canada. Understand how legal obligations are created, maintained and enforced in business relationships, as well as how they form an effective component of risk management. Formerly: Canadian Legal Structure

Subject (for registration) : Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 20001 15 Hours. Fee: $499
CRN 30507 Online Mar. 1 - 29


Business Liability: Tort Law and Contract Management
Gain an overview of Canadian Tort Law, an area of law that focuses on remedying behaviour that causes unintentional harm or injury to others. Formerly: Tort Law and Business Liability

Subject (for registration) : Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 20002 15 Hours. Fee: $499
CRN 30363 Online Jan. 11 - Feb. 8

Contracts and Risk Management
Learn how contracts can be developed and managed to increase the effectiveness of an organization's overall risk management strategy/plan. Examine the elements necessary to create legally enforceable obligations.

Subject (for registration) : Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 10009 15 Hours. Fee: $499
CRN 30116 Online Jan. 25 - Feb. 22

The Impact of Business Structures on Contract Management
Understand the three primary business structures in Alberta - sole proprietorship, partnership and incorporation. Create and manage contracts that utilize the characteristics of each type of business association. Formerly: Business Associations

Subject (for registration) : Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 10007 15 Hours. Fee: $499
CRN 30140 Online Mar. 15 - Apr. 12


Understanding Ownership: Property Law and Contract Management

Examine the basic concepts of property law (intellectual, personal and real) in relation to contract management. Learn about the legal issues related to property ownership and understand how it relates to the creation and implementation of contracts. Formerly: Property Law

Subject (for registration) : Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 10008 15 Hours. Fee: $499
CRN 30505 Online Mar. 29 - Apr. 26


Douglas Doucette, B.Sc., D. Jur., joined the Alberta Bar in 1988. His focus was on commercial law and litigation, administrative law and contracts. In the last three years he has been personally and heavily involved in the forefront of various Indigenous litigation in Newfoundland and Labrador. His biggest challenges now are with Queen Elizabeth II, the Federal Government and the Province of Newfoundland in what is expected to be protracted litigation. Doug has considerable litigation experience and appeared before the Criminal, Civil, Family and Traffic Divisions of the Provincial Court of Alberta; numerous times as Lead Counsel for trials in the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench. Doug also has a successful track record in the Alberta Court of Appeal and has appeared before the Supreme Court of BC, as well as the BC Court of Appeal. Since retiring from law, Doug has litigated extensively over personal Indigenous issues in the Federal Court of Canada.


Aron Klein, B.A.J., B.A., J.D. (all with Distinction) Aron Klein is a native of Regina, Saskatchewan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Regina; a Bachelor of Arts (English) from the University if Regina; and a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Saskatchewan, all with Distinction. After her Law School graduation, Aron practiced law as a corporate/commercial solicitor in Calgary, providing advice on contract review, agreement drafting, and a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. She has taught courses in the Contract Management Certificate and Contract Management: Business Law Certificate at Mount Royal University. Aron is an avid sports fan; she especially enjoys the Toronto Blue Jays and (being from Saskatchewan), she proudly dons the green to support her Saskatchewan Roughriders.


Donna Price, MA/AEDL Donna Price is a part-time instructor for the Contract Management Certificate; Contract Management: Business Law Extension Certificate; and Western Retail Lumber Association (WRLA) Fundamentals of Lumber and Building Supply Industry Certificate. Donna has over 27 years of global contracts and legal experience specializing in industry negotiation skills, business law and all stages of cradle-to-grave contracts management. In additional to Donna's post-secondary education role she plays a vital part on a daily basis providing expert, comprehensive legal guidance to her company and its international subsidiaries in contracts as well as other general corporate matters. Donna is a trusted business and strategic partner to her executive and management team. Donna is passionate about sharing her wealth of knowledge and extensive work experiences with her students. She has the exceptional ability to translate complex legal information as it relates to business transactions across industry sectors into a practical understandable format enriching her student's learning experience.


Alec Silenzi, B.A.(1990), LL.B. (1994), Called to the Bar (Alberta Law Society) 1995 Mr. Silenzi is a part-time instructor for the Contract Management: Business Law Extension Certificate, specializing in corporate law and contracts. He is a practicing lawyer with over 21 years of legal experience, both in private practice and in-house settings. He has significant legal experience, including in-house, corporate, commercial, oil and gas, M&A, securities, governance, corporate secretarial, compliance, employment and commercial litigation experience, as well as significant international experience. He is currently a legal executive at an international oil and gas company and has held legal executive roles since 2007. Prior to that, he was a partner at a national firm.


Jim Silvos, BPE, B Ed., JD, LLM Jim Silvos earned his B.P.E., J.D. and B.Ed. from the University of Calgary and his LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Since 2003, Jim has instructed a variety of law, insurance and governance courses for private industry, the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, and the Bissett School of Business and the Faculty of Continuing Education at Mount Royal University. Jim is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of International Business & Supply Chain Management with the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University. In addition to the roles Jim plays in post-secondary education, Jim has accumulated over 20 years of legal experience providing general corporate commercial advice to a broad range if clients and playing key roles in negotiating and drafting major business transactions. Lastly, Jim is an active volunteer who currently sits on advisory boards and partnership councils related to adult education and professional development, is the immediate past chair of the Tennis Alberta Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Committee and has recently sat on the Law Society of Alberta's Continuous Professional Development Committee. In addition to his committee work, Jim is currently a board member of Management Education Advisory Group Ltd. and the Youth Singers of Calgary, the President of Canadian Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and is a member of a number of professional associations related to law, research and teaching. Jim's research interests lie in ethics, governance and managing risk in business relationships.



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403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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