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Can you confidently manage risk on construction projects?

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.

Back in Edmonton – 5 comprehensive days of practical learning!

Join 25+ senior legal and construction professionals in this unique and engaging certificate course to learn the skills and knowledge you need in crucial construction law concepts, from contract formation to dispute resolution. Designed 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, and emerge better equipped to minimize exposure to costly risk.

What You Will Take Away:

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
  • Recurrent issues in construction claims – including delay and impact claims, unanticipated site conditions, scope changes, extras, productivity, and limitations
  • Specialized insurance and surety/bonding issues that are relevant to the construction process
  • Key occupational health and safety principles and liabilities of the various parties in the construction process
  • Essential labour law principles and special issues based on the uniqueness of the construction industry
  • The role of mediation, arbitration, adjudication and litigation in resolving construction disputes and the advantages and disadvantages of each

Save the Date!

Post-Program Networking Event (optional) – generously sponsored by HKA Global (Canada)– after class on Module 2. 

Location to be announced.


Program Directors

  • Tim Mavko, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP
  • Geza Banfai, McMillan LLP, Toronto

2020 Faculty Includes

  • Dan Bokenfohr, McLennan Ross LLP
  • Donald R. Cranston, QC, Lawyer, Mediator & Arbitrator
  • John DeCesare, Legal Counsel, Western Canadian Operations, PCL Constructors Inc.
  • Melanie Gaston, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Mark Hildebrand, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP
  • Helmut Johannsen, PEng, CArb, FCIArb, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
  • Todd Kathol, Field Law LLP
  • William (Bill) Kenny, QC, FCIArb, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Ron Kruhlak, QC, McLennan Ross LLP
  • Ryan Krushelnitzky, Field Law LLP
  • Doug McConnell, DIALOG
  • Rick Moffat, Managing Director, Partner, HKG Global (Canada)
  • Patricia (Trish) Morrison, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • David Myrol, McLennan Ross LLP
  • Niamh Ni Chroinin, BEng MSc(Law) CEng MICE, MRICS, Associate Director, HKG Global (Canada)
  • Paula Olexiuk, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Paul Sharek, QC, Emery Jamieson LLP
  • E. Jane Sidnell, Rose LLP
  • Brian Soutar, Consultant, Brian M. Soutar Consulting Ltd & former Executive Director, Alberta Infrastructure
  • Paul Verhesen, PEng, Chief Executive Officer, Clark Builders
  • Stephanie Wanke, Sr. Editor, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters
  • Bryan West, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Bill Woodhead, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP



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

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University’s and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations, Rainchecks 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 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.


Have a question? Read our FAQs.

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 26 - March 1, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MT
In Person Only

February 27, 2020
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. MT
Post-Program Networking Event (Optional, Sponsored) 


The Sutton Place Hotel Edmonton
10235 101 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 3E9

Fee per Delegate

$3,995 + GST

Newly Licensed (2017-Present): $1997.50 + GST

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

Registration for this program is now closed.

Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • Owners and developers
  • Builders and construction professionals
  • Project managers
  • Procurement professionals
  • Construction industry consultants
  • Contract managers and professionals
  • Operations and facilities professionals
  • Architects
  • Engineers, Consulting Engineers
  • Construction, municipal and real estate lawyers or legal or business professionals
  • In-house counsel
  • Mediators and arbitrators of construction disputes
  • Anyone engaged with construction projects, whether as a project sponsor, manager, risk officer, analyst, auditor or other stakeholder

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“The instructors’ passion for the law, for contracting, and for the industry is clear. I’d certainly recommend this course to [my] staff.”

Cory Knutson, General Manager, Trotter & Morton

“Outstanding content and discussion [and] opportunity to hear the perspectives of others. [Networking Event] was a great way to interact with people on a different level.” 

Sandra McLaughlin, Assistant Director British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

“Excellent. The course was very well thought out and the progression of topics easy to follow. The course material and the delivery method was exceptional.” 

Colin Reeve, Project Manager, Supreme Group LP

“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

“This program should be a prerequisite for all Project Managers.”

Lloyd Tozer, P.Eng, Project Manager

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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