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VIRTUAL EVENT | OCTOBER 14, 2020 – 9:00 am–1:15 pm est


This unique, interactive and comprehensive program presented by top Lexpert-ranked lawyers will discuss the very latest issues impacting the construction and infrastructure sectors across Canada. From contract management to dispute resolution, participants will receive practical information and legal updates from some of Canada’s leading practitioners. Stay ahead of the curve on what promises to be a vital day of learning that will help prepare you for new challenges and opportunities in this increasingly complex sector.

Program schedule:

9:00 am Orientation by Key Media

9:10 am Introductory comment

Mary Van Buren Mary Van Buren, president, Canadian Construction Association





9:20–10:20 am Opening roundtable: Overview of the industry – construction law updates, government priorities and other critical legal and industry issues heading into 2021


Mary Van Buren Mary Van Buren, president, Canadian Construction Association (moderator)
Jeffrey A. Armel Jeffrey A. Armel, partner, Koskie Minsky LLP
Sharon Vogel Sharon Vogel, partner, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
Karen B. Groulx Karen B. Groulx, partner, Dentons Canada LLP
Matt Ainley Matt Ainley, senior construction executive and consultant

10:20–10:30 am Break

10:30–11:15 am Session One: Project and project finance

Project and project finance, whether in the transportation, institutional, P3, technology or energy sectors, is critically important to the future wellbeing of the Canadian economy. The unique and complex challenges of financing and building projects, especially in a pandemic year, creates added legal risks for owners, managers and investors. This session will provide an update on the latest legal developments in infrastructure projects and financing over the past year, as well as looking at what to expect in 2021. What are some of the legal challenges the legal industry needs to be aware of? How will government efforts impact projects and project financing in the year ahead?

Sector overview – private and public
Current trends in project and risk management
Challenges of due diligence and managing performance in a dynamic environment
   - Impact of the pandemic
Financing update – bank credit facilities, commercial paper and syndicated finance, etc.
Cross-border developments


Patrick G. Duffy Patrick G. Duffy, partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Jamie Templeton Jamie Templeton, partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

11:20 am–12:05 pm Session Two: Contracting and procurement

Contracting and procurement can pose significant risks for all parties, with misunderstandings, delays and disputes adding challenges to what can already be very complex infrastructure projects and developments. These can also be very costly and lead to strained relationships going forward, adding to the significant burdens faced by an industry coping with a pandemic. This session will provide an update on the latest contracting and procurement developments, look at how contracting has adapted to the pandemic, and give an overview of other changes in terms and provisions based on a chosen commercial model and project. How has procurement changed in the ‘new reality’, and what should the industry anticipate going forward?

Examine trends and latest developments, including the COVID-19 response
  - Impact on procurement arrangements
Contractual risk and mitigation, change orders, material delays and force majeure
Adapting to health, safety and environmental challenges
Examples of pain points and creative solutions
Case law updates


Jason J. Annibale Jason J. Annibale, national co-chair construction, McMillan LLP
Annik Forristal Annik Forristal, partner, McMillan LLP

12:05–12:30 pm Short lunch break

12:30–1:15 pm Session Three: Litigation and dispute resolution

The past year has presented novel challenges for the construction and infrastructure industry, as delays and disrupted supply chains have increased the potential for disagreements, disputes and litigation. How will these developments impact litigation trends going forward? What are the key issues in the coming year that the industry needs to be aware of in order to better manage litigation risk profiles?

Overview of litigation developments
Prompt payment and adjudication
Delay and notice requirements
Insolvency issues and industry impact
Strategies to protect yourself


Jeffrey A. Armel Jeffrey A. Armel, partner, Koskie Minsky LLP
Daniel Resnick Daniel Resnick, senior lawyer, Koskie Minsky LLP

1:15 pm Closing remarks





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