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Can you confidently manage risk on construction projects?
Today’s construction projects are highly complex and present numerous challenging risks and obligations to all stakeholders. A comprehensive understanding of key issues and the potential exposure to liability in this high-stakes area is essential.

Now in its 8th year! In this unique, intensive, 5-day certificate course, join 30+ senior legal and construction professionals to learn what you need to know from contract formation through to dispute resolution. Topics include project delivery models; construction contracts in general use; bidding and tendering; roles and liabilities of the design professional and the project manager; liens and trusts; recurrent claims issues; quantifying and evaluating delay and impact claims; how to succeed at dispute resolution; construction insurance; bonding and surety; and construction health and safety risk management.

You will develop a thorough understanding of the core legal issues impacting construction projects today, and will come away better equipped to minimize exposure to costly risk.

What You Will Take Away:

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

  • Various project delivery models, and when to use them
  • Differing types of P3 arrangements used in Canada, and the roles of the key participants
  • Key advanced issues in construction contracts, how to assess the limitations of standard forms and the differing alternatives available
  • Basic principles of bidding and tendering, the treatment of privilege and discretion clauses and the correction of tender errors
  • Specialized insurance issues that are relevant to the construction process
  • Basic concepts and terminology of construction liens, the preservation and perfection of liens and the holdback system
  • Recurrent issues in construction claims, including delay and impact claims, unanticipated site conditions and changes of scope, extras, productivity, and limitations issues
  • The roles and responsibilities of the owner, contractor and design professional respectively, and their duties of care
  • Specialized insurance issues that are relevant to the construction process
  • The essential role of the surety in the construction process
  • Differing types of P3 arrangements used in Canada, and the roles of the key participants
  • Key principles and liabilities of the various parties in the construction process under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • The role of mediation and arbitration in resolving construction disputes


Program Directors

  • Geza R. Banfai, McMillan LLP
  • Yonni Fushman, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Aecon Group Inc.
  • Howard Krupat, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Faculty Includes

  • Glenn Ackerley, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Michael Atlas, Associate General Counsel, Legal Department, Toronto Transit Commission
  • Shelley Babin, Vice President, Law & General Counsel, Ontario Power Generation
  • Ian Bendell, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Daniel Boan, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Richard Charney, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • John Davies, Architect, Incorporated
  • Zey Emir, Chair, Canadian Construction Association, and President, Revay and Associates Limited
  • Annik Forristal, McMillan LLP
  • Franklin Holtforster, President and CEO, Corporate, Colliers Project Leaders
  • Helmut Johannsen, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
  • Harvey Kirsh, Arbitrator, Mediator, Adjudicator, Kirsh Construction ADR Services Ltd
  • Kathryn Lack, General Counsel, Maple Reinders Group Ltd.
  • Rick Moffat, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC
  • Tim Murphy, McMillan LLP
  • Andrew O’Brien, Director – Surety Risk, Travelers Insurance Company of Canada
  • Marcia Oliver, Certified Specialist, Construction Law, Advocates LLP
  • Paul Raboud, Chair, Ontario General Contractors Association and Director, Bird Construction
  • Kevin Radford, Assistant Deputy Minister, Real Property Services, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Conrad Sheppard, Director, Corporate Governance & Commercial Legal Services, Toronto Hydro
  • Clive Thurston, President, Ontario General Contractors Association
  • Eric Tilley, General Counsel, Transaction Services & Corporate Legal, Infrastructure Ontario
  • Charles Todd, Associate General Counsel, Aecon Group Inc.
  • Phil Verster, President & Chief Executive Officer, Metrolinx
  • Sharon Vogel, FCIArb, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
  • Jeremy Warning, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
  • Richard Wong, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the 5 days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. 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.

Certificate of Program Completion

In order to successfully complete the program and obtain an Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law, participants must attend all program modules and satisfactorily pass an online multiple-choice exam.

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.


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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

October 29 - November 2, 2018
In Person


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

Fee per Delegate

$3,995 plus HST

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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
  • Mediators and arbitrators of construction disputes
  • Construction, municipal and real estate lawyers
  • In-house counsel
  • Anyone who is engaged with construction projects, whether as a project sponsor with the client, project manager, construction manager or other consultant

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

“The program provided tremendous value – the speakers were both practice and industry leaders and the material was core to the issues. Nice to have practical application discussions to drive home thinking. The mock negotiation scenario was engaging, fun and challenging. It really helped to crystallize the risk allocation issues in contracts. Good environment and program set up. Solid front to back.”

Jesse de Jager, Conservation Lands Planner, Credit Valley Conservation

“Everything seems to be well thought out for content. Very thorough.”

John Hughes, Construction Superintendent, Premier Building Services

“The program was excellent and it is impossible to walk away without vastly improving your knowledge and understanding of construction law. The instructors were exceptionally knowledgeable and the segment content was informative and useful in my role as in-house counsel.”

Kendell Wilde, Legal Counsel, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Canada Corp.

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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