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Design professionals + project life = numerous and significant risks

Managing legal risk is more complex than ever, with greater pressure to deliver a quality design in less time 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 essential program is developed by legal and industry experts to help you effectively assess and mitigate your risk, and to aid you in making more informed decisions that go to the heart of your business and your professional reputation.

Redesigned for 2019 = advanced strategies + essential legal updates + case law

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 has been redesigned and will focus on how you effectively 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.

Topics include:

  • How to navigate the numerous construction law reforms rolling across Canada – includes liens, prompt payment, adjudication and what’s next
  • The top five “need to know” legal cases for every design professional
  • “Out-gunned” – strategies for dealing with large owners, opposing lawyers and numerous contracts/agreements in a tight timeframe
  • Real-world negotiation techniques – how to protect yourself and when to walk away when negotiating the design services contract and navigating the RFQ/RFP process
  • How to effectively use standard form contracts including RAIC Document Six, OAA 600, OAA 601, ACEC Document 31 and BIM Contract Appendix, IBC 100-2014
  • Crucial contractual clauses and why they matter – includes standard of care, indemnities, warranties and liquidated damages
  • Dealing with the owner’s custom contract changes – common scenarios and examples
  • What your insurance covers … and what it doesn’t
  • Insurable vs. non-insurable risk – where is the line?
  • Non-insurable business risks – identifying and managing them
  • How and when to engage with the insurer and common claims involving design professionals
  • How to navigate insurance policy overlap, conflicts or gaps in coverage
  • Managing common areas of liability exposure, including sub-consultant risk, BIM risks and the altered risk profile in Design-Build, P3s and AFPs
  • Opportunistic deficiency and delay claims – identifying and managing a set-up claim
  • The future for design professionals – emerging trends, technology/IT and issues to watch out for



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


  • Geza Banfai, McMillan LLP
  • Annik Forristal, McMillan LLP
  • Mark Frederick, Miller Thomson LLP
  • John Gamble, CET, PEng, President & CEO, Association of Consulting Engineering Companies | Canada (ACEC)
  • Jennifer Roberts, Gibbs & Associates
  • Wilma Schreuders, Vice President, Head of Canada – Design Professional Group, AXA XL, a division of AXA


Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.  For financial assistance, please email financialaid-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.


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Technical Support

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

Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - On Demand

Date Recorded
March 7, 2019
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 executives

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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 Continuing Education hours under the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), and a certificate will be provided.


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


Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC)
This program provides 7 core Learning Units under the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) Continuing Education Program.

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Our 2018 past participants say it best:

“Unique program. All segments were helpful and relevant to today’s industry.”

“Very informative and highly respectable speakers. I enjoyed the open floor style comments, especially during [the] panel discussion.”

“The speakers were excellent [and] sharing ‘Lessons Learned’ is always a practical exercise.”

“Very good overall. I valued [learning about] issues regarding indemnity in contracts and issues surrounding joint ventures and insurance.”

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