It is with regret and sadness that we
advise that one of our Founding Fellows,
John Brunner, has passed away at the age
of 83 years.
John was a wonderful man who had a long
and successful career as a construction
litigator and who was a staunch
supporter of our College.
His scholarly writings and presentations
as well as his fellowship will be sorely
Click here to view his death notice.
Karen Martin, President
Era for the College” - the Virtual 23rd Annual
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers held
its Twenty-Third Annual Conference on May 29 and
30, 2020. For the first time in its history,
the Conference took place “virtually”. Despite
the inability to meet in person, the
collegiality and good fellowship was palpable
throughout the Conference.
Please click here for the full press release.
It is with regret and sadness that we advise that our
founding Fellow Ken Scott has died on April 14, 2020 at
the age of 89. Ken Scott was the consummate counsel and
highly respected as a Barrister as well as a
construction lawyer. He co-authored the leading
authority in Canada on surety law. You can read more
about Ken’s life & achievement via this
Kenneth W. Scott, QC
Marcia J. Oliver
The CCCL is proud to announce that two of our Fellows:
Marcia J. Oliver & John Margie, along with Josh Strub of
PNR RailWorks have developed and started teaching a
course in construction law at Western University. This
course has been designed to provide Western University
law school students with a comprehensive overview of
Construction Law including topics such as project
delivery models, bidding and tendering, project security
including bonding, insurance and the contractual and
Don Marston, J.D., P.Eng., FEC, FCIArb
We are delighted to congratulate our Fellow Don Marston
who has been named an Officer of the Professional
Engineers Ontario Order of Honour and was inducted into
the Order at a gala on May 3 in Toronto. As announced on
the Professional Engineers Ontario ("PEO)
website and detailed in the PEO's
press release, Don has faithfully served PEO for
many years. The award is a recognition by the
organization of his many contributions. Well done Don!
“22nd Annual CCCL Conference Lands in
The “Loveliest Town in Canada” was the setting
for the Twenty-Second Annual Conference of The
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, from
May 30 to June 2, 2019. More than eighty-five
Fellows, plus guest speakers and panellists
gathered at the beautiful Queen’s Landing Hotel
under the theme of THE MODERN CONSTRUCTION LAW
Click here for the full PRESS RELEASE.
The 22nd Annual Canadian College of Construction
Lawyers Conference will be held in
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario between May 30 and
June 2, 2019. The Conference is entitled “The
Modern Construction Law Landscape” and
promises to deliver an interesting and
informative line-up of topics and speakers.
late October 2018, Master Carol Albert, Honorary
Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction
Lawyers retired from the bench and her role as
Toronto’s full time Construction Lien Master.
Twenty years ago, Master Albert left private
practise to become an Ontario Superior Court of
Justice Master. In 2001, she started hearing
Construction Lien matters on a part-time basis
and was a full-time Construction Lien Master for
the past 14 years.
With more than 200 reported cases on Westlaw,
Master Albert’s decisions address various
provisions and technical issues under Ontario’s
Construction Act (formerly the Construction Lien
Act) and have helped advance precedence in this
area and address developments within the
construction industry. Never one to shy away
from tough decisions, her rulings are carefully
crafted and thoughtful. During Toronto’s post
1990s building boom, Master Albert has presided
over cases involving some of the construction
industry’s most complex, multi-party disputes
with patience and efficiency.
Click here for the full announcement
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
Click here for
further details on the Ontario Bar Association's website
Announcement - June 2018
Banff, Alberta -
“Taking Business to New Heights in Banff at
21st Annual CCCL Conference”
Banff, AB – [Thursday, June 7, 2018, Toronto] –
The spectacular beauty of The Fairmont Banff
Springs Resort in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains
provided the backdrop for the Twenty-First
Annual Conference of The Canadian College of
Construction Lawyers, May 31 to June 3, 2018.
Under the theme of THE CONSTRUCTION LAWYERS’
TOOL KIT OF THE FUTURE, more than eighty Fellows
gathered to hear colleagues, guest speakers, and
panellists share their industry insights and
foresights covering a wide range of topics.
The Business Session opened with a panel
discussion moderated by Bill Kenny, Q.C.
addressing the latest issues relating to the
conduct of construction arbitrations, featuring
The Honourable Ian Binnie (former Justice of the
Supreme Court of Canada), Jack Marshall, Q.C.,
Gerry Ghikas, Q.C. and CCCL Fellow Chris
O’Connor, Q.C. Moderator Derek Brindle, Q.C.
picked up the theme from a different perspective
focused on issues related to Arbitration
Agreements, featuring panellists Guy Sarault,
Jane Sidnell and Jack Marshall, Q.C. The Panel
focused on Administered v. Ad Hoc Arbitrations,
International v. Domestic differences, and
arbitration rules and procedural issues.
The Fellows were delighted to hear from The
Honourable Mrs. Justice Finola O’Farrell DBE of
The High Court of England and Wales who provided
a comprehensive review of the statutory
adjudication process in England, a presentation
of particular relevance given the implementation
of legislative amendments set to introduce
statutory adjudication in Ontario.
Click here for a full press release about the College's 21st
Announcement - November 2017
The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers extends its congratulations to The Honourable Mr. Justice
Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, of the law firm of Cox & Palmer in
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador who was appointed a judge of the
Trial Division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in St.
MacDonald has been a distinguished member of the
Canadian College of Construction Lawyers since
Click here for the Government of Canada's press release respecting Mr.
Justice MacDonald's appointment
Announcement - June 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.
- Brendan Bowles is
a partner at Glaholt LLP. Mr. Bowles is certified as a Specialist in
Construction Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada,
acting for various players in the construction industry,
including owners, sureties, subcontractors and suppliers, general
contractors and design professionals. He has taught
at Ryerson University and George Brown College, and has also served as
an independent study director for the University of Ottawa Faculty of
- Simon Gregoire is a partner in
the Montreal offices of Borden Ladner Gervais. Monsieur Gregoire is
well known for his complex litigation and arbitration practice, and is
also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has also
published numerous articles and given many presentations in Canada, the
United States and other countries in the Americas and Europe, on
subjects related to the fields of litigation and construction.
- Jasmine Lefebvre is a partner in Miller Thomson,
practicing out of its offices in Montreal, Quebec. Monsieur Lefebvre is
a construction litigator whose practice has a particular focus on legal
hypothecs, surety bonds and tendering, as well as the author of numerous
construction related articles in both French and English.
- Stephanie Hickman is a partner in the St. John’s,
Newfoundland office of Cox & Palmer, one of Atlantic Canada’s largest
law firms. Ms. Hickman acts for owners and sureties in all aspects of
construction law, including liens, design-build contract drafting and
negotiation, general contractual matters and litigation. For more than
15 years she has dealt with the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore
Regulatory regime in the construction sector.
The College is proud to have
these new inductees among its members.
À la 20e réunion annuelle du
Collège canadien des avocats en droit de la
construction tenue à Québec, du 25 au 28 mai
2017, les membres du Collège ont élu à
l’unanimité leurs Dirigeants et Gouverneurs pour
l’année 2017-2018. T. Arthur Barry, Q.C. a été
élu président du Collège pour l’année 2017-2018,
en remplacement du président sortant Olivier
Kott. Arthur est un associé sénior du cabinet
Stewart McKelvey, un cabinet d’envergure de la
côte Atlantique et pratique à Halifax dans le
domaine du droit de la construction depuis plus
de 30 ans.
conférence annuelle a permis aux membres du
Collège de bénéficier de l’enseignement de
conférenciers de haut calibre et d’échanger
leurs points de vue sur les enjeux du jour en
droit de la construction. La réunion annuelle
fut également l’occasion pour le Collège
d’accueillir six nouveaux membres :
- John Haymore est un associé du
cabinet Dentons pratiquant à Vancouver. M.
Haymore est l’un des avocats-plaideurs de
l’ouest canadien les plus reconnus et
dispose d’une expérience d’envergure en
négociation, rédaction et conseil quant au
contenu des contrats utilisés dans le cadre
des projets de construction d’envergure à
- Marcia Oliver est une associée du
cabinet Advocates LLP situé à London en
Ontario. Mme Oliver a consacré la plus
grande partie de sa carrière professionnelle
au domaine du droit de la construction et de
l’assurance, représentant essentiellement
des entrepreneurs généraux et des
municipalités. Mme Oliver est également une
membre très impliquée dans les associations
des Barreaux canadien et ontarien et est
chargée de cours au Collège Fanshawe à
- Brendan Bowles est un associé du
cabinet Glaholt LLP. M. Bowles est un
spécialiste en droit de la construction
certifié par la Law Society of Upper Canada
et représente différents intervenants de
l’industrie de la construction, notamment
les donneurs d’ouvrage, cautions, sous
traitants, fournisseurs d’équipements et
matériaux, entrepreneurs généraux et
professionnels-concepteurs. Il a enseigné à
l’Université Ryerson et au Collège George
Brown et a également agi à titre de
directeur d’études indépendantes pour le
compte de la faculté de droit de
- Simon Grégoire est un associé du
cabinet Borden Ladner Gervais de Montréal.
M. Grégoire est renommé pour sa pratique
dans le domaine du litige complexe
d’envergure et d’arbitrage. Il est également
membre du Chartered Institute of
Arbitrators. Il a publié un nombre important
d’articles et a agi à titre de conférencier
au Canada, aux États Unis, dans divers pays
des Amériques ainsi qu’en Europe pour
traiter de divers sujets du domaine du droit
de la construction et du litige portant sur
le domaine du droit de la construction et du
- Jasmin Lefebvre est un associé du
cabinet Miller Thomson pratiquant au bureau
de Montréal. M. Lefebvre est un avocat
spécialisé en litige et sa pratique porte
notamment sur le droit applicable aux
hypothèques légales, à celui portant sur les
cautionnements ainsi qu’aux principes de
droit applicables aux appels d’offres. Il
est auteur d’articles rédigés tant en
français qu’en anglais portant sur ces
- Stéphanie Hickman est une associée
du bureau de Saint Jean Terre-Neuve du
cabinet Cox and Palmer, soit un des cabinets
d’avocats les plus importants de la côte
Atlantique. Mme Hickman agit pour le compte
de donneurs d’ouvrage et des cautions pour
traiter de tous les aspects du droit de la
construction, incluant les liens, les
contrats de conception-construction, tant au
niveau de leur rédaction que de leur
négociation, de sujets de nature
contractuelle ainsi que du litige. Pendant
plus de 15 ans elle a travaillé dans le
domaine du droit réglementaire applicable au
secteur des plates formes pétrolières de
l’industrie de la construction de la
province de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador.
Le Collège est fier
d’accueillir ses nouveaux membres parmi les
Les préparatifs vont bon cours pour célébrer la
21e édition de la réunion annuelle qui se
tiendra du 31 mai au 3 juin 2018 à Banff Springs
ANNOUNCEMENT 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
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!
Conference was also the occasion for the College to induct three new
Fellows into the College:
Kulik, Q.C., of McInnes Cooper in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mr. Kulik is
well known in the fields of construction and insurance law and was
named as Halifax’s Construction Lawyer of the Year in 2014.
Little, of Fasken Martineau in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mr.
Little is a project lawyer, with a focus on construction and
infrastructure projects, procurement, P3’s and other developments.
He has extensive experience in transportation, energy and hospital
Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, Q.C., is the managing partner of the
St. John’s office of Cox & Palmer in Newfoundland. Mr. MacDonald’s
thirty years of practice has been primarily in the areas of offshore
natural resources and development. He is an active construction and
also inducted as an Honourary Fellow His Honour Humphrey Lloyd, Q.C..
Beginning in 1963, His Honour was a barrister in England specializing in
construction and related law before he was appointed a Judge of what is
now known as the Technology and Construction Court in London, part of
the High Court of Justice. In 2005 he returned to his practice as an
arbitrator, and brings a wealth of experience to the College.
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.
ANNOUNCEMENT June, 2015
At the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian College of
Construction Lawyers, Ms. Marina Pratchett of Fasken Martineau
DuMoulin LLP was elected President of the College for the current year,
replacing outgoing president Mr. Richard H. Shaban.
Marina practises in
the area of construction and engineering law. She acts for major public and
private owners and developers and large contractors and construction
managers in respect of various types of projects including institutional,
commercial, industrial, high-rise residential and infrastructure projects.
She is also trained and acts as both an arbitrator and mediator of
Marina was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in
Canada 2016 in Construction Law. She was also presented with the prestigious
''Outstanding Woman in Construction'' award by the Vancouver Regional
Construction Association's annual Awards of Excellence dinner in November
The Board of Governors of the Canadian College of
Construction Lawyers is pleased to announce the induction of three new
Fellows to the College:
Nicolas Gagnon, Partner, Lavery, de Billy LLP
Nicolas Gagnon specializes in construction law and surety
law. He counsels public and private sector clients, professional services
firms and contractors as well as surety companies at every stage of
construction projects. He advises clients with respect to the public bidding
and procurement process, and is involved in the drafting of contract
documents and the management of the work and any claims resulting therefrom.
He also counsels syndicates of co-owners in matters dealing with divided
co-ownership of immovables. Mr. Gagnon regularly represents these parties
before civil and arbitration tribunals.
Mr. Gagnon is the co-author of the national reference work Scott & Reynolds
on Surety Bonds dealing with surety issues in civil law. He is often a guest
speaker on issues regarding construction law and also teaches various legal
training courses to contractors on behalf of organizations related to the
Quebec construction industry.
Mr. Gagnon is listed in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory 2015 in the
field of Construction Law since 2011. He is also listed in the 2016 edition
of Best Lawyers in Canada directory as a leading practitioner in the field
of Construction Law since 2006. In addition, he has been named Lawyer of the
Year in Montreal for 2015 by Best Lawyers in the field of Construction Law.
Patricia Morrison, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Patricia Morrison is Calgary Regional Leader of Borden Ladner Gervais'
Construction Group, and is also a partner in BLG's Public-Private
Infrastructure Projects Focus Group and Environmental Law Focus Group. Trish
focuses her practice on all facets of the construction industry – acting for
owners, general contractors, subcontractors and sureties in construction
disputes and front-end construction project matters such as tendering and
other procurement methods, as well as contract drafting, including the
negotiation and drafting of P3 agreements.
Trish also provides advice on environmental matters, having acted as counsel
on numerous contaminated-site litigation cases and advising on environmental
issues in commercial transactions. As well, Trish acts as counsel in
litigation involving general corporate/commercial matters such as fidelity
claims and product liability disputes. She has appeared before all levels of
Court in Alberta and has acted as counsel in a number of mediations and
Vogel, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Sharon Vogel is Regional Leader of the International
Construction Projects Group. A partner in the Toronto office, Sharon
practises construction and surety law, working primarily on matters
involving construction disputes relating to large-scale infrastructure,
industrial, and commercial projects including highways, railways, tunnels,
pipelines, mines, industrial facilities, hospitals, manufacturing plants,
commercial buildings and condominiums in various jurisdictions
Sharon specializes in the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation
of construction disputes, including construction liens, trust claims, delay
claims, surety bond claims, construction insurance claims, and architects'
and engineers' errors and omissions claims. She has appeared at all levels
of court, including the Ontario Superior Court, Court of Appeal and the
Supreme Court of Canada.
She has extensive experience drafting construction contracts on behalf of
owners, developers, general subcontractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.
Sharon has been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The
Best Lawyers in Canada, has been peer review rated 4.6 out of 5 by
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™, and is recognized as a leading
infrastructure lawyer in the 2014 Lexpert Special Edition on Infrastructure.
ANNOUNCEMENT June, 2014
At the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian College of
Construction Lawyers, Mr. Richard A. Shaban of Borden Ladner Gervais
LLP (“BLG”) was elected President of the College for the current year,
replacing outgoing president Mr. Derek Brindle, Q.C. Mr. Shaban is a senior
partner and past regional leader of
BLG’s Construction and Engineering Group. He specializes exclusively in
the areas of procurement, construction and surety law, including
construction contracts and project delivery methods, public infrastructure
renewal, dispute resolution, liens, construction insurance and surety bonds.
The Board of Governors of the Canadian College of
Construction Lawyers is pleased to announce the induction of nine new
Fellows to the College:
Dan Levert, Assistant General
Counsel, Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
Dan is Assistant General Counsel for Kiewit Infrastructure
Co. which is in the top 5 contractors in North America and Australia. In
addition to being a lawyer, Mr. Levert is a professional engineer and a
Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is a Past President and
Chief Executive Officer of Engineers Canada, a national organization
representing Canada’s Engineers and Geoscientists. Dan was called to the
Bar in Alberta in 1988. His responsibilities as Assistant General Counsel
of Kiewit include all legal matters in all Provinces and Territories in
Canada for its infrastructure and industrial division. He was relocated to
St. John’s, Newfoundland in 2011 to facilitate support to Kiewit’s
J. Marc MacEwing, Associate
Counsel, Shapiro, Hankinson & Knutson Law Corporation
An Associate Counsel with SHK, Marc MacEwing has practiced
extensively as a construction lawyer in all aspects of the practice for over
30 years. He has particular expertise as a builders lien lawyer, as well as
in tendering disputes and preparing and analyzing contract documents. Marc
advises owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and design
Tim Mavko – Partner, Reynolds,
Mirth, Richards & Farmer
Tim began his articles with the Alberta Court of Appeal
before completing them with another regional firm. He joined RMRF in 2002
and joined the Partnership in 2003.Tim’s practice spans two of RMRF’s key
practice areas: Construction Law and Civil Litigation. Tim is an
accomplished litigator. He regularly represents parties at all levels of
Alberta’s courts in commercial disputes and injury claims. In the
construction industry, he represents clients in negotiating and preparing
construction contracts, bonding issues, delay claims, builders’ liens, and
other project related disputes. Over the last several years he has been
involved in both negotiating the contracts and handling the disputes for
some of North America’s largest mega-projects.
John Murphy, Partner, BLG
John is a leading lawyer in construction law, and is
regularly called upon to provide strategic advice and act as trusted advisor
to some of our Firm's longstanding clients. John regularly represents
general contractors, bonding companies, insurers (professional liability,
architects, engineers) sub-contractors and owners in construction matters of
all nature. He is involved in large, complex construction matters and surety
workouts involving several construction projects. He also advises with
respect to product liability issues, commercial fraud, fidelity insurance
issues and directors' and officers' liability. John has represented clients
before all instances in Québec and encourages the use of alternative dispute
resolution mechanisms for quick resolution of conflicts.
Steve Richards, General Counsel,
As general counsel of PCL Constructors Inc., Steve and the
law department he manages provide legal support and advice relating to
strategy and operations for the PCL family of companies. Steve is a member
of PCL’s Office of the CEO, a group that includes the top senior executive
management and leadership of PCL. Prior to joining PCL, Steve served as an
executive and in-house counsel in a variety of project-related capacities,
including most recently as the senior vice president of Shared Services at
Infrastructure Ontario, and previously as counsel at Johnson Controls and
Bombardier. Steve began his legal career at Gowlings LLP.
Phillip Scheibel, Partner, Rose LLP
Phil's practice focuses on construction projects
and commercial litigation. He has represented clients on projects across
North America, in Australia, and has appeared before the courts in Alberta,
Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Phil has acquired significant expertise
associated with oil and gas, industrial and commercial construction
projects. His experience includes providing counsel to project proponents in
the structuring of the project, drafting, negotiating, implementing and
administering construction contracts as well as representing owners,
contractors, engineering firms, consultants and suppliers on disputes
including liens, bonds, productivity, delay, extra work and cost over-run
George Vlavianos, Partner, Bennett
George is the managing partner of the Doha office of Bennett
Jones (Middle East) LLP.Leader of the firm's arbitration practice, George
practises in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. He
acts for owners, contractors and engineers in a wide range of construction
disputes, from civil to industrial. He also has experience with professional
errors and omissions insurance claims arising out of large industrial
construction projects.George represents major institutional clients in
complex multi-party litigation and is involved in both domestic and
international mediation and arbitration with respect to significant
commercial disputes. He has UNCITRAL and ICC arbitration experience. George
also has extensive experience with builders' lien disputes, particularly in
the oil and gas context.
Mario Welsh, Partner, BCF Business
A partner at BCF, Mario focuses his practice on civil and
commercial litigation, professional liability, and construction law. Having
been a contractor himself, his expertise in the field is quite extensive,
encompassing all legal aspects of the construction industry, including
professional liability. He regularly litigates before trial and appeal
courts. He has also argued before the Supreme Court of Canada. A veteran of
several lengthy trials involving construction law as well as other matters,
Mr. Welsh has also acted in major class action cases.
Master Carol Albert (New Honorary
Master Albert has over 30 years of experience working with
Ontario’s justice system, as a practising lawyer, a legal educator and
dispute resolution trainer, an arbitrator, a mediator and a judicial officer
specialized in construction lien matters and dispute resolution. In her
capacity as a full time construction lien master in Toronto, Master Albert
presides over trials, motions, case conferences and settlement conferences.
ANNOUNCEMENT June, 2013
At the Annual General Meeting of The Canadian
College of Construction Lawyers, Mr. Derek Brindle, Q.C. was elected
President of the College for the current year, replacing outgoing president
Howard Wise. Mr. Brindle is a well-known construction lawyer in British
Columbia, practicing at the firm of Singleton Urquhart LLP. He is
experienced counsel in major litigation, arbitration and in alternate
dispute resolution involving commercial claims and complex construction and
engineering disputes. Derek regularly represents owners, construction
participants, design professionals and insurers in construction law matters,
and has appeared at all levels of the Courts in British Columbia and in the
Supreme Court of Canada. He acts as an arbitrator and in mediations
involving construction and insurance disputes. Derek advises government
institutions and industry on risk mitigation strategies in major procurement
and procurement documentation. Derek has been listed in the Best Lawyers in
Canada, since 2006. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001. He is ranked
preeminent (AV) by Martindale & Hubbell based on peer reviews.
The Board of Governors of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers is
pleased to announce the induction of three new Fellows to the College:
D. Geoffrey Machum, Q.C., is a leading partner in the Halifax, Nova
Scotia firm of Stewart McKelvey, the largest law firm in Atlantic Canada. In
addition to his 27 years of legal practice, he is extensively involved in
community activities and various boards in and around Halifax, including
being the current chair of the Halifax Port Authority.
John Margie is a partner in the Toronto law firm of Glaholt LLP.
Since being called to the bar in 1995, John has practiced exclusively in the
construction and surety bond areas. He is the author of numerous papers and
a frequent guest speaker on construction related issues.
Brian Samuels is a Vancouver based construction lawyer, trained
mediator and chartered arbitrator. He is the author of the textbook
Construction Law, co-author of the textbook Practical Law of Architecture,
Engineering and Geoscience, and a co-editor and contributor to the textbook,
Expert Evidence in Civil Proceedings. Before entering the practice of law,
Brian worked as a civil engineer with a number of Canadian construction
firms. Brain is currently an adjunct professor and instructor at the UBC
Faculty of Engineering.
The Board of Governors of the Canadian
College of Construction Lawyers is pleased to
announce the induction of three new fellows to
Claudia Déry is a partner in the Montreal
office of Norton Rose. In addition to serving
as the elected President of Construction Law
subsection of the Canadian Bar Association
(Quebec Branch), she serves as the co-chair of
Norton Rose’s Canadian Construction, Engineering
and Infrastructure team. Ms. Déry is also one
of the co-authors of a comprehensive textbook on
construction law entitled “La construction au
Quebec: perspectives juridiques,” published by
Wilson & Lafleur ltée in 1998.
Matthew Hayes is a partner in McInnes
Cooper’s St. John, New Brunswick office. Matt
obtained his mechanical engineering degree in
1993 and is a professional engineer with APEGNB,
serving on its council. He became a Fellow of
Engineers Canada in 2009. Matt has served as
the Chair of the New Brunswick branch of the
Canadian Bar Association Construction Law
subsection and is currently the vice-chair of
the CBA National Construction Law section.
Rocco Sebastiano is a partner in the Toronto
office of Osler. Rocco is a professional
engineer, having obtained a B.A.Sc. (Engineering
Science, Nuclear and Thermal Power) from the
University of Toronto. His practice focuses on
engineering, procurement and infrastructure
matters, and he has extensive experience on
major projects in those fields. In addition to
writing many articles on tendering and
procurement, Rocco has experience in contract
negotiations with an emphasis on structuring
agreements to minimize risks and disputes.
Guy Sarault, of Heenan Blaikie LLP’s Montreal
office, has authored a very interesting, well
written and well researched book on construction
claims which has been recently published under
the title: "Les Réclamations de L'entrepreneur
en Construction en Droit Québécois", Éditions
Yvon Blais, 2011. This work, which examines the
legal principles related to the claims available
to contractors for problems encountered during
the course of their work, consists of four
... Click here for the full
news release and link to the work
Fellows of the Canadian College of Construction
Lawyers are proud to announce the election of
Howard Wise as President of the College, taking
the reins from outgoing President, Louis-Michel
Howard is a partner in the
Toronto office of Goodmans LLP and one of
Canada’s leading construction lawyers.
As the author of Manual of
Construction Law, and co-author (along with
other Fellows of the College) of the leading
text on builders liens, Construction, Builders’
and Mechanics Liens in Canada, Howard is
certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as
a specialist in construction law. One of the
founding members of the College, Howard is
eminently qualified to assume the mantle of
leadership and guide the College and its members
in the pursuit of excellence in construction
ANNOUNCEMENT January, 2012
The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers extends its congratulations to The Honourable Mr. Justice Robert W. Jenkins, of the law firm of Jenkins Marzban Logan in Vancouver, British Columbia who was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia and will be presiding in New Westminster.
Mr. Justice Jenkins has been a distinguished member of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers since 1998 and is the past Chair of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee, a past Program Chair and a former Governor of the College.
Fellows of the Canadian College of Construction
Lawyers congratulate our friends and colleagues
Harvey J. Kirsh and Matthew R. Alter on the
publication of their book, Kirsh and
Alter, A Guide to Construction Liens in Ontario
Since the inception of the College, Harvey has
been a distinguished Officer and Governor and is
also a Past President of the Canadian College of
Construction Lawyers. Matthew has been a Fellow
of the College since 2006 and is the Editor of
the Journal of the Canadian College of
Construction Lawyers and past Chair of the
Legal Update Committee.
Click here to view the book as well as a
review written by Master Carol Albert.
News - 2011
The 15th Annual
Canadian College of
Construction Lawyers Conference
will be held May 31st –
June 2nd, 2012
at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco Hotel
San Francisco, California
Conference details and agenda to follow.
Remembering Steve Tatrallyay
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The 14th Annual Canadian College of
Construction Lawyers Conference
June 2 - 5, 2011
Fairmount Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Ontario.
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The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
extends its congratulations to The Honourable
Mr. Justice Richard Wagner upon his appointment
to the Quebec Court of Appeal.
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The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
extends its congratulations to Glenn Ackerley
of Weir Foulds LLP upon his election as
Chairman of the Board of the Toronto
Construction Association for 2011. Mr. Ackerley
has been a distinguished member of the Canadian
College of Construction Lawyers since 2009.
The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
extends its congratulations to Harvey J.
Kirsh of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP upon
his election as a Fellow of the American College
of Construction Lawyers.
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