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Today’s construction projects in Western Canada are highly complex – all stakeholders face numerous and challenging risks and obligations. A comprehensive understanding of the key issues and potential liability exposure in this high-stakes area is essential. Develop a solid understanding of the core legal issues impacting construction projects and emerge better equipped to minimize exposure to costly risk.

Now in its 2nd year! In this unique, intensive, 5-day certificate course – join 20+ legal and construction professionals to learn what you need to know about construction law today – from contract formation to dispute resolution. Topics include project delivery models; construction contracts; bidding & tendering; design professional liability; liens & trusts; recurrent claims & disputes; delays; how to quantify loss; dispute resolution; insurance, bonding & surety; and health & safety risk management.

Upon completion of this program, you will gain a solid understanding of:

  • Various project delivery models and when to use them – including the roles of key players
  • Key advanced issues in construction contracts – how to assess limitations of standard forms and the available alternatives
  • Bidding & tendering – basic principles and the treatment of privilege and discretion clauses and the correction of tender errors
  • Specialized insurance issues – relevant to the construction process
  • Construction liens and trusts – basic concepts and terminology, the preservation and perfection of liens and the holdback system
  • Recurrent issues in construction claims – delay and impact claims, unanticipated site conditions, scope changes, extras, productivity, and limitations
  • Mediation and arbitration – their roles in resolving construction disputes
  • Owner, contractor and design professional – their roles, responsibilities, and duties of care
  • Surety – its essential role in the construction process
  • The top key issues in key areas of law impacting construction


Program Director

  • Geza R. Banfai, Counsel, McMillan LLP
  • Tim Mavko, Partner, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP

Past Faculty Included:

  • Geza R. Banfai, McMillan LLP
  • Derek A. Brindle, Q.C., Associate Counsel, Singleton Urquhart LLP
  • W. Donald, Goodfellow, Q.C., C.Arb., The Law Firm of W. Donald Goodfellow, Q.C., Barristers, Solicitors & Notaries Public
  • John S. Haythorne, P.Eng., LLB, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Patrick Heinsen, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Helmut K. Johannsen, P.Eng., C.Arb.,Partner, Singleton Urquhart LLP
  • Todd Kathol, Partner, Field Law
  • William J. Kenny, Q.C., Partner, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Tim Mavko, Partner, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP
  • Jennifer A. Miller, Q.C., Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Rick Moffat, Director, Berkeley Research Group LLC
  • Patricia L. Morrison, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Paula Olexiuk, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Katherine Royer, Associate, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Sabri M. Shawa, Q.C., FCIArb, Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP
  • E. Jane Sidnell, Partner Rose LLP
  • Robert J. Simpson, Q.C. Partner Rose LLP
  • Dave Smith, President, Calgary Construction Association
  • Jeremy Taitinger, Partner, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP
  • E. David D. Tavender, Q.C., Partner Emeritus, Dentons Canada LLP

Certificate of Program Completion

You will receive a certificate upon completion of The Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law. Participants must attend all program modules and successfully complete the take-home assignment to receive a certificate.


Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Payment plan details below. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 21 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 21 days notice, a $150 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Alexandra Karacsony at akaracsony@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

May 7 – 11, 2018


The Sutton Place Hotel
10235 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3E9
(780) 428-7111

Fee per Delegate

$3,995 plus GST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • Owners and developers
  • Builders and construction professionals
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Construction procurement professionals
  • Construction industry consultants
  • Business and finance professionals
  • Mediators and arbitrators of construction disputes
  • Construction, municipal and real estate lawyers
  • Construction litigation lawyers
  • In-house counsel
  • Anyone engaged with or interested in construction projects – including as project sponsor, project manager, construction manager, contract manager, or other consultants

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This program has been
accredited by the CCA for
5 credits towards Gold
Seal Certification’s education

What past attendees have said about the certificate…

“A fantastic overview of construction law. Lots of topics covered and exceptional speakers”
Dave Morrison, Siemens Canada Limited

“The calibre of the instructors is first rate!”
Guenther Muller, Manager, Contract Services, Yukon Government

“Speakers were very clear and direct with their information and answered questions in great detail – an A+!”
Rocco Micciola, Controller, Limen Group Limited

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