June 1, 2013

2013 Annual General Meeting of The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers

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:

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.

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