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Our Mission -
The purpose of the College is to facilitate and encourage the association of outstanding lawyers who are distinguished for their skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice or teaching of construction law and who are dedicated to excellence in the specialized practice of construction law.

Through the association of such members in an environment of collegiality and good fellowship, the College shall strive to nurture, improve and enhance the practice and understanding of construction law.

Officers of the College

Président du Collège
Olivier F. Kott

Contact Information

Norton Rose Fulbright

Canada LLP

1, Place Ville Marie, #2500
Montréal, Quebec H3B 1R1

Tel: +1 514.847.4445

Fax: +1 514.286.5474

E-mail     Website

Immediate Past President
Marina Pratchett

T. Arthur Barry, Q.C.

Ian J. Houston

Matthew R. Alter

Program Co-Ordinator

Bernard P. Quinn

Governors of the College

The Board of Governors includes all of the Officers listed above, all Past Presidents (as ex-officio fellows), as well as:

Andrew Gurlesky
William Kenny
Donald Lucky
John Margie
Karen Martin
Murray Sawatzky, Q.C.

Mike Demers is the CCCL's Website Committee Chair. Send mail to him at or to Nicholas J. Dasios of Erevna Technologies with questions or comments about this web site.



February 11, 2017

Inside this issue (a selection):

  • Whole agreement clauses: Clear contractual terms for the assignment of risks

Houle v Knelsen Sand and Gravel Ltd., 2016 ABCA 247

  • Claiming Set Off For An Unrelated Debt
    Under the Construction Lien Act

1587855 Ontario Inc. v Contract Glaziers Corp. 2016 ONSC 7934

College News

Annual General Meeting - 2016


St. John's, Newfoundland - June 2016

At the 19th Annual Meeting of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers held in St. John’s, Newfoundland from May 26 to May 29, 2016, the Fellows of the College unanimously elected the Officers and Governors of the College for the 2016-2017 term. Mr. Olivier Kott was elected President of the College, replacing outgoing President, Ms. Marina Pratchett, Q.C.. Mr. Kott is a senior partner in the Montreal office of the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, specializing in the field of construction and engineering law as a barrister and a solicitor for the past 38 years.

The Annual Conference provided once again a unique opportunity for the Fellows of the College to benefit from the teachings of high calibre speakers and to exchange experiences and views regarding current construction law issues in a collegial atmosphere. The warm welcome the Fellows of the College received from the citizens of Newfoundland more than compensated for the cold and rainy weather!

Please click this link for information about the College's induction of its newest Fellows:

 John Kulik, David Little and

Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, Q.C.

His Honour Humphrey Lloyd, Q.C.


Preparations have now begun for the celebration of the College’s 20th Anniversary Celebration which will be held from May 25th to May 28th, 2017 at the Château Frontenac in Quebec City.



Harvey J. Kirsh wins

OBA's Award for Excellence in

Alternative Dispute Resolution



Congratulations Harvey!

Please click this link for more details

William (Mick) Ryan, Q.C., wins

CBA’s 2015 Louis St. Laurent Award


CCCL Fellow and Past President William (Mick) Ryan, Q.C., of Stewart McKelvey in Halifax is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) 2015 Louis St. Laurent Award of Excellence that recognizes distinguished or exceptional service to the objectives and goals of the CBA.

Please click this link for more details

Congratulations Mick for this significant achievement!

Featured Case Comment, February 2016

Scaffolding Collapse -  

Project Manager Sentenced to 3.5 years


by Ronald W. Price,

Rasmussen Starr Ruddy, LLP

© 2016 Ronald W. Price

Her Majesty the Queen v

Vadim Kazenelson

2016 ONSC 25

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Her Majesty the Queen vs.Vadim Kazenelson, 2012 ONSC 25) deals with the duty imposed on project managers to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to workers and highlights the possible severe consequences of a breach of this duty.

Metron Construction Corporation (“Metron”) was engaged to repair and restore the concrete balconies of two eighteen-story apartment buildings in the City of Toronto. Metron hired Vadim Kazenelson as its project manager to oversee the completion of this work. The project was to be completed by November 30, 2009, but was delayed prior to its commencement. As a result of the delay, the Owner offered Metron a $50,000.00 bonus if the project was completed by the end of December 2009.

 In order to complete the work, Metron used motorized swing stages which were suspended from the roofs of the buildings to provide workers with access to the balconies on the various floors. On December 24, 2009, six workers stepped onto the swing stage. It collapsed, sending five workers plummeting thirteen stories to the ground below, killing four of them. On the day in question, there were six workers using the swing stage as opposed to the usual two, but only two lifelines in place to protect the workers from a fall.

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Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers 2014

The College has created a page where all indexes of the Journal of Canadian Construction Lawyers are now available in a searchable .PDF format.

This has been done to provide the legal community at large with an easy instrument in order to identify articles of interest related to all facets of construction law published in the Journal since 2007.

Click here for more information.

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