June 1, 2015

2015 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers

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 construction disputes.

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 2006.

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’ (“BLG’s”) 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 arbitrations.

Sharon 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.

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