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Can you confidently manage risk on construction projects in Western Canada?

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

It’s back – now being offered in Edmonton!

In this unique, intensive, 5-day certificate course – join 25+ legal and construction professionals to learn what you need to know about construction law today – from contract formation to dispute resolution.

Developed for the construction industry, this information-packed and highly practical program will highlight real-world situations to enhance learning and provide ample opportunity for questions and class discussion.

You will develop a solid understanding of the core legal issues impacting construction projects in Western Canada today, and you will emerge better equipped to minimize exposure to costly risk.


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

  • Various project delivery models, and when to use them
  • The roles of key participants in P3s and other project delivery models used in Canada, with a focus on project delivery models as favoured in Western Canada
  • Key advanced issues in construction contracts, with a focus on major projects in mining, oil and LNG – and how to assess limitations of standard forms and the available alternatives
  • Bidding and tendering key and advanced principles – including the treatment of privilege and discretion clauses and the correction of tender errors
  • Builders liens and trusts – including fundamental and advanced principles, key concepts and terminology, the preservation and perfection of liens and the holdback system
  • Specialized insurance and surety/bonding issues that are relevant to the construction process
  • Recurrent issues in construction claims – including delay and impact claims, unanticipated site conditions, scope changes, extras, productivity, and limitations
  • The roles and responsibilities and duties of care of owners, contractors and subcontractors
  • Key principles and liabilities of the various parties in the construction process in connection with occupational health and safety and related legislation
  • The role of mediation and arbitration in resolving construction disputes and the advantages and disadvantages of each


Program Directors

  • Geza Banfai, McMillan LLP, Toronto
  • Tim Mavko, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP, Edmonton
  • Tracy Allen, PEng, MBA, MEng, PMP, Assistant Deputy Minister, Capital Projects Delivery, Alberta Infrastructure, Edmonton
  • Markku Allison, Past President, The Integrated Project Delivery Alliance (IPDA), and VP of Strategy & Innovation, Chandos Construction, Calgary
  • Geza Banfai, McMillan LLP, Toronto
  • Dan Bokenfohr, McLennan Ross LLP, Edmonton
  • John DeCesare, Legal Counsel, Western Canadian Operations, PCL Constructors Inc., Edmonton
  • Patrick Dolan, Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto
  • W. Donald Goodfellow QC, CArb, Goodfellow Law, QC, Calgary
  • Mark Hildebrand, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP, Edmonton
  • Helmut Johannsen, PEng, CArb, FCIArb, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, Vancouver
  • Colleen Legge, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Capital Power Corporation, Edmonton
  • Todd Kathol, Field Law LLP, Calgary
  • Karen Kost, Senior Partner, ONPA Architects Inc., Edmonton
  • Ryan Krushelnitzky, Field Law LLP, Edmonton
  • Tim Mavko, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP, Edmonton
  • Rick Moffat, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group LLC, Calgary
  • David Myrol, McLennan Ross LLP, Edmonton
  • Niamh Ni Chroinin, BEng MSc (Law) CEng MICE, MRICS, Senior Managing Consultant, Berkeley Research Group, LLC, Calgary
  • Paula Olexiuk, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Calgary
  • Dennis Picco, QC, FCIArb, Dentons Canada LLP, Edmonton
  • E. Jane Sidnell, Rose LLP, Calgary
  • Brian Soutar, Consultant, Brian M. Soutar Consulting Ltd & past Executive Director, Alberta Infrastructure, Edmonton
  • Paul Verhesen, PEng, Chief Executive Officer, Clark Builders, Edmonton
  • Andrew Wallace, General Counsel, PCL Constructors Inc.
  • Bryan West, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Calgary
  • Bill Woodhead, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Calgary

PLUS – additional industry professionals will provide expert guidance during the small group workshop sessions!


Eligible CPD/MCLE hours:

AB: this program is eligible for CPD credit with the Law Society of Alberta.

BC: this program is eligible for 25.5 hours (a minimum of 3.0 hours will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations and/or practice management) CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia.

ON: OsgoodePD has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the LSO.

LAWPRO: this program is approved for LAWPRO Risk Management Credit.

CCA: this program has been accredited by the CCA for 5 credits toward Gold Seal Certification’s education requirement.

OsgoodePD programs may be eligible for CPD/MCLE credits in other Canadian and US jurisdictions. To inquire about credit eligibility, please contact cpd@osgoode.yorku.ca.

Certificate of Program Completion

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


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. 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.

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.

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

February 27 - March 3, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm MST
Final Day: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm MST
In Person (only)


The Sutton Place Hotel
10235 - 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3E9
(780) 428-7111

Fee per Delegate

$3,995 plus GST

Note: this program is eligible for federal-provincial Job Grant funding.

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Printable Registration Form

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, real estate or procurement lawyers
  • In-house counsel
  • Anyone engaged with construction projects, whether as project sponsor, project manager, construction manager, contract 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


This program is eligible for 25.5 hours (a minimum of 3.0 hours will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations and/or practice management) CPD credit with the Law Society of British Columbia.


This program is eligible for CPD credit with the Law Society of Alberta.

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What past attendees have said about the certificate…

“This program should be a prerequisite for all Project Managers.”
Lloyd Tozer, P.Eng, Project Manager

“Presenters were experts in the area of construction law, many were counsel on leading cases [and] their knowledge was invaluable. I had confidence in the materials, as they were presented by knowledgeable faculty – real leaders in the areas.”
Brittanee Laverdure, RVP, Aboriginal Trusts, Royal Trusts & Wealth Management

“I liked the diversity of the [faculty and] attendees. Getting different perspectives from government, to owners, to contractors and legal was great.”
Gary Raposo, CPA, CMA, CFO, International Cooling Tower

“Overall, this is an excellent course for a Consulting Engineer.”
Desmond Lau, Principal, MCW Consultants Ltd

“Very good program; strong speakers with significant experience and knowledge.”

Tracy Allen, P.Eng, MBA, M.Eng, PMP, Government of Alberta

“All speakers were excellent. The pace was very engaging. Deeply enjoyed the classroom environment.”

Robert Warren, Operations Manager, SRS Industrial