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Managing legal risk has become much more complex, with increasing pressure to deliver a quality design, in a shorter time frame, and at lower cost. The risk profile for design professionals has expanded, and you are now routinely called upon to assume risks which may not be insurable. This program is designed to help you assess and mitigate your risk, and to aid you in making more informed decisions that go to the heart of your business and professional reputation.

Design professionals are exposed to numerous risks through the course of a project, including negligence claims and other potential liabilities which can result in heavy financial costs and significant reputational damage. This information-packed program will focus on how to manage the legal and business risks that come with practicing as an architect or engineer. Designed and delivered by some of Canada’s leading legal and industry experts, this program will provide you with tools and practical risk management strategies that can be put to immediate use.

You will learn:

  • Out-gunned – strategies for dealing with large owners, opposing lawyers and numerous contracts/agreements in a tight timeframe
  • The design services contract and managing the RFQ/RFP process: how to protect yourself, and when to walk away
    • Standard form contracts, including RAIC Document Six, OAA 600, OAA 601, ACEC Document 31 and BIM Contract Appendix, IBC 100-2014
    • Key contractual provisions, including standard of care, indemnities, warranties and liquidated damages
    • Risk management and negotiating strategies when concluding contracts
  • Understanding what your insurance covers … and what it doesn’t
    • Insurable vs. non-insurable risk – where is the line?
    • How and when to engage with the insurer
    • Non-insurable business risks – identifying and managing them
  • Managing common areas of liability exposure, including sub-consultant risk, BIM risks and the altered risk profile in Design-Build, P3s and AFPs
  • Dealing with the owner’s custom contract changes – common scenarios and examples
  • Opportunistic deficiency and delay claims – identifying and managing a set up claim
  • Expert tips and strategies for design professionals to manage real-world challenges on your next design or construction project


Program Chairs

  • Geza R. Banfai, McMillan LLP
  • Jennifer Roberts, Gibbs & Associates


  • Geza R. Banfai, McMillan LLP
  • Jennifer Roberts, Gibbs & Associates
  • Annik Forristal, McMillan LLP
  • Steven Stieber, Stieber Berlach LLP
  • Wilma Schreuders, XL Catlin
  • Janna Levitt, LGA Architects
  • Catherine Karakatsanis, Morrison Hershfield Group Inc.
  • Lisa Bate, B&H Architects


Group Discounts for CPD Programs

For boardroom and multi-purchase rates, please email us.
OsgoodePD offers group rates for both on site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.


After your purchase is complete, the course will appear in the Order History of your OsgoodePD account with a link to "Take Online Course". Once you click "Take Online Course" you will be forwarded to the Moodle page with the materials link. The program video link with be unlocked on the day of the program. You will have access to the video for 90 days.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the 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.

Cancellations, Substitutions 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 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Technical Support

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

Date Recorded

March 2, 2018

Program Details

Date & Time

April 11, 2018
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT.


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Fee per Delegate

$595 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Construction lawyers
  • Insurance professionals
  • Project managers
  • Business/financial professionals

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