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Today’s construction projects are highly complex, and present an array of challenging risks and obligations for all stakeholders. A comprehensive understanding of key issues and the potential exposure to liability in this high-stakes area is essential.

In this unique, intensive, five-day certificate course, now in its seventh year, over 20 senior legal and construction professionals will cover what you need to know from contract formation through to dispute resolution. Topics include the key participants and their roles in various forms of project delivery; different types of construction contracts in general use; bidding and tendering; the liability of the design professional; liens and trusts; recurrent claims issues, including unanticipated site conditions and disputes concerning changes; alternative approaches to quantifying and evaluating delay and impact claims; dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration; construction insurance; bonding and surety issues; delays; and construction health and safety risk management.

Participants 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
  • 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 role of mediation and arbitration in resolving construction disputes
  • The roles and responsibilities of the owner, contractor and design professional respectively, and their duties of care
  • 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


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
  • Glenn W. Ackerley, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Michael Atkinson, President, Canadian Construction Association
  • Michael Atlas, Associate General Counsel, Legal Department, Toronto Transit Commission
  • Ian Bendell, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Daniel A. Boan, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Derek A. Brindle, Q.C., Singleton Urquhart LLP
  • Nicholas Caughey, Senior Counsel, Construction Law, York Region
  • Richard J. Charney, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • John G. Davies, Architect, Incorporated
  • The Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
  • Tamara Farber, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Franklin Holtforster, Colliers Project Leaders
  • Thomas G. Heintzman, O.C., Q.C., FCIArb, Heintzman ADR
  • Helmut K. Johannsen, Singleton Urquhart LLP
  • Bruce McCuaig, Executive Advisor
    Privy Council Office, Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • Rick Moffat, Berkeley Research Group, LLC
  • Christopher P. Moran, Director, EllisDon Capital
  • Marcia J. Oliver, CS (Construction Law), Advocates LLP
  • Paul Raboud, Bird Construction
  • Megan Sanford, McLauchlin & Associates
  • David Sauve, VP, Regional Leader, Greater Toronto Area, Stantec
  • Sandra Skivsky, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Canada Masonry Centre
  • Charles Todd, Associate General Counsel, Aecon Group Inc.
  • Sharon C. Vogel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Jeremy Warning, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
  • Master Charles G. T. Wiebe, Superior Court of Justice
  • Richard Wong, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP



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. 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

November 27 - December 1, 2017


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

“I was extremely impressed with this course. The calibre of the presenters and their ability to convey their knowledge in an engaging manner was much appreciated.”

Kristina Gardonio,
Manager, Contract Claims, Facca Inc.

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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