Agenda - October 6th, 2021


Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chairs' Welcome and Introduction


Karen Martin, Q.C.

Dentons Canada LLP


Jana Mansour

Dentons Canada LLP



Keynote: Trends in the Construction Industry


Amanda Farrell

Transportation Investment Corporation


John Haythorne

Dentons Canada LLP


  • Upcoming trends in the industry
  • What's going on in the large projects in BC?
  • Lasting impacts of the pandemic



Questions and Discussion


Morning Break


Case Law Update


Beth Allard

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP


Grant Mayovsky

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


  • Bhasin v Hrynew, updated
  • Crosslin v Ontario Infrastructure
  • New caselaw in teh field of construction



Questions and Discussion


Trends in Bidding and Procurement


Chris R. Armstrong

McLean & Armstrong LLP


Mike Preston

McLean & Armstrong LLP


  • Limitations on bidding: J. Cote & Son Excavating Ltd. v Burnaby (City)



Questions and Discussion


Lunch Break


Labour and Supply Chain Challenges


Seema Lal

Clyde & Co


David Mckenzie

Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP


  • Meeting the diversity challenge in hiring for construction (public owner and contractor perspectives in the procurement phase)
  • Escalation clauses
  • Inability to supply materials: is it cause for relief?
  • Dispute resolution



Questions and Discussion


Afternoon Break


Options for Addressing Mid-Project Disputes


Alim Khamis

Dentons Canada LLP


  • Tools for dealing with issues that arise mid-project
  • Interim settlement agreements



Questions and Discussion


Arbitration Matters

Stuart Hankinson, Q.C.

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP


Vasilis Pappas

Bennett Jones LLP


  • Arbitration matters for an industry audience
  • The growing impact of international arbitration issues in BC
  • Best practices in arbitration clauses


   4:20 Questions and Discussion
   4:30 Chairs' Closing Remarks - Forum Concludes