Contract Management

Contract Management Extension Certificate


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As organizations today are entering into more - and increasingly complex - contracts, the need for contract managers and administrators to add tangible value to an organization's contracting process is increasing. This contract management certificate program is designed to examine all major contracting activities, using a life cycle approach, enabling contract managers and administrators to add value throughout the contracting process.

Effective contract management means excelling at many different aspects of contracting, including: understanding the organizational needs that a contract must meet, knowing your supplier, executing effective negotiations, creating contracts and managing them throughout their term. Review the major phases of the contracting life cycle and develop a broad understanding of the context within which contracting activities take place.


This program is eligible towards Gold Seal Certification.


  • Become proficient at initiating, negotiating, developing or managing contracts in a variety of organizations and industries
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of contract management principles and techniques you can apply immediately
  • Complete the 6 required courses (90 hours).
  • Certificate can be completed within 2 semesters up to a maximum of 5 years.
  • Evaluation is based on a combination of presentations, group work, quizzes and in-class discussions.
  • 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
(Recommended Order)
(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - Apr.)
(May - June)
Contract Management Overview OL OL OL
Gathering Contract Requirements OL
Negotiating Contracts OL OL OL
Contract Development and Signing OL OL
Contract Management and Compliance OL OL
Best Practices in 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.

Contract Management Overview
Delve into the contract management life cycle and learn about the critical components of outstanding contracts. Excellent as a review for seasoned practitioners or as an introduction for those just entering this growing profession. Upon completion you will be able to understand what contracts are, why they are utilized, and describe the stages of the contract life cycle and the activities within each phase. Students who have completed Contract Management Lifecycle XSCM 20008 are exempt from this course.

Subject (for registration): Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 10001 15 Hours. Fee: $499 Offered again in spring 2021

Gathering Contract Requirements
Understanding your organization's needs is vital to a successful contract. Apply the concepts from this course to ensure that every contract is built on the real business requirements and learn to maximize negotiations with clear variables for discussion. Upon completion you will be able to align contracts with the goals and objectives of the organization or department, identify and assess the impact of contract stakeholders, and create a contract requirements document.

Subject (for registration) : Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 10002 15 Hours. Fee: $499
CRN 30322 Online Feb. 8 - Mar. 8

Negotiating Contracts
Be prepared to maximize every negotiation opportunity by learning the practical skills to build a winning strategy. From outlining the variables to concluding discussions, this course gives you the tools for successful contract negotiations. Upon completion of this course you will be able to develop negotiation goals and objectives, understand the three components of the negotiations process, and document the outcome of negotiations to enable effective contract development.

Subject (for registration) : Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 10003 15 Hours. Fee: $499
CRN 30082
Online Jan. 25 - Feb. 22

Contract Development and Signing
Once negotiations wrap up, the important task of creating and managing your contract begins. Learn to document negotiation outcomes, understand common legal terms, get your contract signed and securely store new contracts where they can be easily referenced by stakeholders. Upon completion you will be able to understand the importance of contracts in business, define contract risks and identify risks that contracts create, and describe common contract structures.

Subject (for registration) : Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 10004 15 Hours. Fee: $499
CRN 30073 Online Mar. 1 - 29

Contract Management and Compliance
Make the most of your contracts with tips for choosing the best purchasing options, winning account payable strategies and proven scorecarding and reporting techniques. Use these tools to ensure that contracts provide the long-term benefits your business needs. Upon completion you will be able to describe contract management activities, prepare for contract renewals and terminations, and understand the importance of strong supplier relationships.

Subject (for registration) : Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 10005 15 Hours. Fee: $499
CRN 30115 Online Mar. 29 - Apr. 26

Best Practices in Contract Management
Using the skills and knowledge from the previous five courses you will review outcomes from each stage in the contract management life cycle through hands-on case studies. Examine real business situations, from a variety of industries, and put your contract management skills to the test.
Recommended: Previous 5 Contract Management courses before taking this class

Subject (for registration) : Contract Administration

Subject code: XCAD 10006 15 Hours. Fee: $499
CRN 30074 Online Jan. 25 - Feb. 22


Harper-Lee Overli, J.D., B.A. Harper-Lee is a lawyer who has been practicing since 2003 and whose practice focuses on insurance litigation, aboriginal law, including land claims litigation, corporate commercial transactions, corporate commercial litigation, building and development, administration law, municipal law, bankruptcy and insolvency, and financial and recovery services. Harper-Lee has considerable court experience, having appeared before the Provincial Court of Alberta - Civil Division, the Provincial Court of Alberta - Criminal Division, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench - Civil Division, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench - Bankruptcy Division, and the Alberta Court of Appeal. Prior to returning to private practice in 2010, Harper-Lee acted as counsel for a large municipal corporation where she also worked proactively with its many business units and its governing entities, both elected and administrative. In addition to practicing law, Harper-Lee is actively involved in the community. She is a director and Executive Committee Member (Co-Vice-Chair) for the Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta and East Kootenay and is an avid volunteer with a number if registered Alberta societies.

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 Silovs, 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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