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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 the key issues and potential liability exposure in this high-stakes area is essential.

Now in its 10th year – 5 comprehensive days of practical learning!

In this unique, intensive certificate course, join 30+ senior legal and construction professionals to learn what you need to know – 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, and you will 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
  • Fundamentals and key advanced issues in construction contracts, including how to assess the limitations of standard forms and the differing alternatives available
  • Bidding and tendering key and advanced principles – including the treatment of privilege and discretion clauses and the correction of tender errors
  • Recurrent issues in construction claims – including delay and impact claims, unanticipated site conditions, scope changes, extras, productivity, and limitations
  • Crucial construction lien concepts and terminology, including the preservation and perfection of liens and the holdback system
  • 360+ construction project perspectives – includes the principle roles, responsibilities and liabilities of owners, contractors and subcontractors
  • Specialized insurance issues that are relevant to the construction process
  • The essential role of the surety in 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 most important legal cases and principles impacting the construction industry
  • The role of mediation and arbitration in resolving construction disputes and the advantages and disadvantages of each


Program Directors

  • Geza Banfai, McMillan LLP
  • Jason Annibale, McMillan LLP
  • Howard Krupat, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

2019 Faculty Included:

  • The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Companion of the Order of Canada, Arbitration Place, Ottawa
  • Glenn Ackerley, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Ian Bendell, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Keith Burkhardt, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
  • Linda Capesky, Assistant Vice President, HUB International HKMB Limited
  • Dr. Cyril Chern, BArch, JurisD, RIBA, AIA, FCIArb, FDBF, Barrister, Chartered Architect, Chartered Arbitrator, Adjudicator (UK & international), Secretary – The Dispute Board Federation (Geneva)
  • Morris Chochla, Forbes Chochla Leon LLP
  • Josh Colle, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Advisory, Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc.
  • Stuart Detsky, Vice President, Surety & Warranty Claims, Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company
  • Lana Finney, Certified Specialist, Environmental Law, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Annik Forristal, McMillan LLP
  • Yonni Fushman, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Aecon Group Inc.
  • Helmut Johannsen, PEng, CArb, FCIArb, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
  • Bruce Karn, Senior Counsel, EllisDon Group of Companies
  • Kathryn Lack, Senior Corporate Counsel, Dufferin Construction Company, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc.
  • Jeffrey Levine, McMillan LLP
  • Rick Moffat, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC
  • Marcia Oliver, Certified Specialist, Construction Law, Advocates LLP
  • Paul Raboud, Director, Bird Construction, and past Chair, Ontario General Contractors Association
  • Lampros Stougiannos, Dentons Canada LLP/SENCRL
  • Charles Todd, Senior Director, Investments, Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • Sharon Vogel, FCIArb, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
  • Agnes von dem Hagen, Vice President (Transaction Legal), Infrastructure Ontario
  • Jeremy Warning, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
  • Master Charles Wiebe, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • Richard Wong, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP



AB: this program is eligible for CPD credit with the Law Society of Alberta.
BC: this program is approved for 25.5 CPD hours (a minimum of 3 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.
NS: this program is eligible for CPD hours with the Law Society of Nova Scotia.
CCA: this program has been accredited by the CCA for 5.0 credits toward Gold Seal Certification’s education requirement.
LawPRO: this program is approved for LawPRO Risk Management Credit.


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 19-23, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT


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

Fee per Delegate

$3,995 plus HST

Newly Licensed (2017-2020): $1,997.50 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

• Owners and developers
• Builders and construction professionals
• Project managers
• Contract management professionals
• Operations and facilities managers
• Architects
• Engineers
• Procurement professionals
• Construction, municipal and real estate lawyers
• In-house counsel
• Construction industry consultants
• Mediators and arbitrators of construction disputes
• Anyone who is engaged with construction projects, whether as a project sponsor with the client, 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

Accredited By


“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.