Contract Language And Interpretation (Level 1)


During this workshop, you will learn about contract language and interpretation basics. Participants will develop an understanding of the five steps to contract interpretation and how they apply them in different scenarios. In addition to the workshop, participants receive a toolkit to assist with key terms, concepts, principles, and additional resources.


  • Understand key terms and principles for contract interpretation
  • Explore the meaning and purpose behind each of the Five Steps to Contract Interpretation:
    • Language
    • Bargaining History
    • Past Practice
    • Law
    • Analysis and Summary
  • Practice how to approach and navigate contract interpretation situations that come up in day-to-day work

Cohort #1

Format: In-Person

Date: April 4th, 2023

Location: PSEA Office, 3rd floor, 2889 East 12th Ave, Vancouver

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm PST

Lunch: Provided

Cost: Included in PSEA Membership

Facilitator(s): Twyla Hurley

Cohort #2

Format: Online – Zoom Platform

Date: April 11, 18 and 25th, 2023

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am PST

Cost: Included in PSEA Membership

Facilitator(s): Chris Rawson and Linda Heska


Twyla Hurley

Twyla is PSEA’s Executive Director of Training. She is currently responsible for creating and implementing learning and development opportunities services for our members. Twyla has over 25 years of leadership, labour relations and consulting experience in the public and private sectors. She has extensive experience in preparing bargaining strategies and acting as a spokesperson for the employer. Twyla holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Business Administration.

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Chris Rawson

Chris is a senior labour relations and human resources professional with over 35 years of experience in both public and private sector settings providing strategic direction, achieving organizational objectives, and negotiating collective agreements. She has unique experience representing employers and unionized employees and acting as a negotiator on a sectoral basis for PSEA.

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Linda Heska

Linda is a consultant, human resources professional, and a labour relations specialist. Linda has over thirty years of H.R. experience with twenty-plus years of leadership experience, primarily in unionized environments within the public sector.

A particular area of Linda’s expertise is grievance management, collective bargaining and labour management relations.

Linda holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Management Certificate, maj. Human Resources, from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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