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!
The Annual Conference was also the occasion for the College to induct three new Fellows into the College:
– John 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.
– David 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 projects.
– 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 commercial litigator.
The College 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.
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.