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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

T. Arthur Barry, Q.C.

Contact Information

Stewart McKelvey
1959 Upper Water Street, Suite 900
P.O. Box 997
Halifax, Nova Scotia

B3J 2x2
Tel: 902-420-3364
Fax: 902-420-1417

E-mail     Website

Immediate Past President
Olivier Kott


Matthew R. Alter

Ken Crofoot


Karen Martin


Program Co-Ordinator

John Murphy


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
Bernard Quinn
John Margie
Murray Sawatzky, Q.C.

Geoff Machum, QC (Assistant Program Co-Ordinator)

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May 19, 2018

Inside this issue (a selection):

  • Divisional Court Affirms Breach of Trust Actions Limitation Barred on Discoverability Principle

  • Arbitration Preconditions can Suspend Commencement of a Limitation Period

  • Divisional Court Requires Monies to Remain in Court for Discharged Lien


The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers is pleased to announce that Founding Fellow, Harvey Kirsh, has just been announced as the winner of the Ontario Bar Association’s prestigious Award of Excellence in Construction and Infrastructure Law. The Construction and Infrastructure Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association established the Award of Excellence to recognize exceptional contributions by individuals both to the law and the construction bar. Mr. Kirsh, one of Ontario’s most respected construction lawyers, is well deserving of the Award and the College is proud to count him amongst our members.

Click here for further details on the Ontario Bar Association's website


College News

Annual General Meeting - 2017


Quebec City, Quebec - May 2017


At the 20th Annual Meeting of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers held in Quebec City from May 25 to May 28, 2017, the Fellows of the College unanimously elected the Officers and Governors of the College for the 2017-2018 term. Mr. Art Barry, Q.C., was elected President of the College, replacing outgoing President, Olivier Kott.  Mr. Barry is a senior partner in the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey,  a large Atlantic Canada based law firm, who has provided advice and guidance on construction matters for more than 30 years.  The College looks forward to Mr. Barry guiding it throughout the coming year.


The Annual Conference was also the occasion for the College to induct six new Fellows into the College, drawn from across the entire county:

-           John Haythorne is a partner in the Vancouver office of Dentons.  Mr. Haythorne is one of Western Canada’s best known construction solicitors, with significant experience negotiating, drafting and advising on contracts for some of the largest construction projects in North America.


-           Marcia Oliver is a partner at Advocates LLP in London, Ontario.  Ms. Oliver has spent most of her legal career in the construction and insurance defence areas, acting primarily for general contractors and municipalities.  Ms. Oliver is  also active in the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, and is an instructor at Fanshawe College in London.


Continued... Click here for the full news item which lists all new Fellows


Click here for a full news release about the College's 20th Annual Conference

Featured Article, April 2017

Construction vs. Design:

Sorting Out Claims Involving Multiple Parties and Contracts

© 2017 Harvey J. Kirsh

This article discusses the issues which arise in the context of a construction dispute when there are
numerous related contracts and multiple parties, and when one of the contracts, to which the other
parties may not be privy, calls for mandatory arbitration. The article describes the risk and reality of potentially inconsistent findings and conflicting results, in the midst of a multiplicity of proceedings.

The construction industry has many different players, and is characterized by a complex and broad web of business and legal relationships. A typical large project could involve one or more owners, design professionals, sub-consultants, lenders, quantity surveyors, project managers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, insurers, sureties, and others. What this tends to mean is that construction claims and disputes are somewhat unique, and very often involve multiple contracts, subcontracts and service agreements, and multiple parties, when some of these contracts might not contain an arbitration clause.

In many cases, we hear contractors defensively state that they are not responsible for the owner's claim -- it is not a ··construction" issue, they might say, but rather relates strictly to ··design." The engineer might retort that the design and the contract administration were just fine, but it was the contractor who did not perform his work properly.

... Click here for the full article

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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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