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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


Program Chairs

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


  • Geza R. Banfai, McMillan LLP
  • Jennifer Roberts-Logan, 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



Fees include attendance, program materials, continental breakfast, lunch and break refreshments.

Group Discounts

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.

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.

Cancellations and Substitutions

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.

Technical Support

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


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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

March 2, 2018
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
In Person or Webcast

Online Replay
April 11, 2018
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
Register for the Online Replay.


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

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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Architects & Engineers

This program may be eligible for continuing education learning hours in your jurisdiction. To inquire about eligibility, please contact cpd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
This program is eligible for 6.75 Structured Learning hours under the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Continuing Education Program.


The Alberta Association of Architects (AAA)
This program is eligible for 6.75 Structured Learning hours under The Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) Professional Development Program.

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Saskatchewan Association of Architects (SAA)
This program is eligible for 7.0 SAA Core Learning hours under the Saskatchewan Association of Architects (SAA) Mandatory Continuing Education Program.


Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)
This program is eligible for 6.75 Core Learning Units under the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) Continuing Education Program.

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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