Co-Chairs

John Haythorne, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. John Haythorne is a leading construction, infrastructure and procurement lawyer. He practises in the areas of construction, engineering and infrastructure, with special emphasis on negotiating, drafting and advising on contracts. He is particularly experienced in public-private partnerships, advising owners on the structure and administration of procurement and legal issues relating to design and construction. He has acted for municipal, healthcare authorities and the Province advising on the law relating to tenders, requests for proposals and complex procurements. John began his career practising in construction litigation. John is a Registered Professional Engineer, and prior to entering law he worked as a Professional Engineer on infrastructure projects. From 1997-1998, John was the President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. He then served on the national Canadian Council of Professional Engineers from 2000 to 2002. John is a frequent lecturer on all matters relating to construction law, procurement and P3s. He is widely recognized as an expert in his field, including by: The Legal 500 Canada; Best Lawyers in Canada; Who’s Who Legal Canada, Martindale-Hubbell, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Chambers Global; and Chambers Canada.

   

Karen Martin, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Karen is a partner whose practice focuses on dispute resolution on construction and infrastructure projects. She currently sits on the Dentons National and Global Boards. She also serves on the Executive of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers. Since the late 1980s, she has acted on procurement and construction claims, including on P3 projects. She provides strategic advice during tender and RFP processes and during construction to help clients minimize risk, avoid disputes, and resolve project issues expeditiously. When disputes arise, she acts as counsel in the negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation of all types of claims, including procurement changes. She also acts as referee, mediator and arbitrator. She is one of the contributing authors to the BC Builders Liens Practice Manual and the BC Business Disputes Manual, Construction Law chapter. Karen is ranked in the areas of Construction and Procurement by LEXPERT, Best Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal and Who’s Who Legal Canada, Chambers Canada and Chambers Global.

   

Faculty

Ronald Aitken, Vice President, Strategic Transit Development, Mott MacDonald, Vancouver, BC. Ron Aitken is a transit professional with more than 40 years of experience. Based in Mott MacDonald’s Vancouver office, Ron assists in opening transit opportunities in the US and Canada, drawing on resources from Mott MacDonald’s global transit business. Aitken’s career has spanned roles in engineering, vehicle manufacturing, project management, project development, sales, owner’s representative services, and transit system operations and maintenance. He has held executive oversight responsibility for monorail, light rail, and people mover projects, and has a strong background in all elements of transit system delivery. Aitken has served as Project Director for some of the largest automated driverless transit system projects in the world, including projects in the US, Canada, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

   

Chris R. Armstrong, Partner, B.A.Sc.(Geotechnical), P. Eng.(Civil), LL.B., McLean & Armstrong LLP, Vancouver, BC. Chris Armstrong has a degree in geotechnical engineering and is qualified as a professional engineer under the civil engineering designation. He worked in the consulting and construction industry for five years, first as a consulting geotechnical engineer and then as a project engineer for a major heavy construction company. He began working with Brian McLean in 1991 and in 1994 attended law school at the University of Calgary, graduating in 1997. In May 1998, Chris joined Brian McLean in partnership. Chris’s practice is primarily focused on providing advice to construction contractors as issues arise, beginning with contract drafting and development, throughout the course of construction and on to dispute resolution where necessary - the focus is on solving problems before they become disputes.

   

Christopher W. Eagles, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver, BC. Christopher Eagles is a partner in BLG’s Corporate Commercial Group in the Vancouver office. Chris practises general commercial law, with a particular emphasis on the areas of public-private partnerships, procurement and infrastructure including drafting, negotiating and reviewing public-private partnerships, design-build, integrated project delivery, construction, consulting, supply and related agreements.

   

Jana Mansour, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Jana Mansour is National Co-Chair of Dentons Canada’s Infrastructure and PPP group, and is also a member of the Construction and Project Finance groups. He regularly advises investors, developers and contractors from early-stage consideration through financing, construction, operation and disposition of large-scale infrastructure projects. Jana represents owners and contractors in the negotiation of project agreements, including complex multi-phased engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, operation and maintenance agreements and long-term service agreements. Jana has assisted clients in the preparation, review and clarification of requests for proposals and the preparation of compliant bids. Jana began his legal career in Montréal before moving to New York City, where he practised law for 17 years with two major international law firms. During 2010 – 2016, he was a partner in the Project Finance and Development Group of a major international law firm, based in New York.

   

Stephen Panciuk, Senior Vice President, Marsh Canada Limited, Ottawa, ON. Steve Panciuk is the National Engineering Professional Lead in Marsh Canada Limited’s National Construction Practice. In this role, he specializes in developing and implementing the national strategy for large design firms and single project Errors and Omissions in Canada. Steve also manages Marsh’s relationships with several provincial and national engineering associations. He has a broad background in engineering, with a Civil Engineering degree from Queens University and five years experience in the heavy civil construction industry. Before joining Marsh, Steve worked on the insurance carrier side of the business in both claims and underwriting for 18 years. In the role he was responsible for managing large, complex professional liability accounts. Steve is a frequent speaker at conferences and annual general meetings for various associations. In addition to being a member of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies’ contracts committee, Steve also sits on the Consulting Engineers of Ontario’s Business Resiliency Committee.

   

Elizabeth Scott, Deputy Project Director, Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project at Capital Regional District, Vancouver, BC. Elizabeth Scott is the Deputy Project Director for the Capital Regional District’s $765 million Wastewater Treatment Project, which will provide tertiary treatment for approximately 320,000 people on Vancouver Island. Elizabeth has over 13 years of experience managing and providing technical and commercial expertise for major infrastructure projects globally (in North America and Europe). Her last position was as the Major Contracts Procurement Manager for the Site C Clean Energy Project, where she was responsible for procuring over $2 billion of capital contracts. Prior to that Elizabeth worked for KPMG, providing business advisory services to public and private sector clients, and she also has experience working for Saipem, one of the world’s largest offshore construction companies. Elizabeth has a Masters of Aeronautical Engineering and a Diploma in Management Accounting, and in 2016 she was awarded the Women’s Infrastructure Network’s Emerging Leader Award for her work in the industry.

   

John R. Singleton, Q.C., C.Arb, Managing Partner, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, Vancouver, BC. John’s practice is focused on the areas of insurance, construction, professional liability and environmental matters, on behalf of property owners, architects, engineers, contractors, regulatory agencies and insurers. He has acted as counsel in several precedent-setting cases involving insurers, architects, engineers and other participants in the construction industry and has been counsel on a wide variety of issues related to environmental concerns. John is a chartered arbitrator and mediator of complex commercial disputes. He has extensive experience with Public Private Partnership (P3’s) and major infrastructure projects and he has acted as fairness monitor and advisor on more than 50 projects in the past 10 years. John is widely recognized as a leader in the areas of Infrastructure, Construction, Insurance, Product and Professional Liability and Litigation, including by Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal, Martindale-Hubbell, Benchmark Canada, Chambers Legal Lexpert Directory, and The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

   

Gary A. Webster, National Leader, Infrastructure Team and Head of Capital Projects Leadership, KPMG Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Gary has been a practising Professional Engineer for more than 35 years. He has specialized in the organization, procurement and implementation of large scale infrastructure projects and, in doing so, he has worked for both public and private sector participants. Gary has led the business case assessment, procurement and contract implementation stages for a number of very large public infrastructure programs that have included all forms of contracting from conventional delivery through to some of the largest partnership transactions. His experience spans a variety of infrastructure sectors and includes setting up program optimization systems, managing through the regulatory processes, risk assessment, obtaining government approvals, business case development, producing contract and procurement documentation, managing the selection process, engineering design, construction supervision, asset management, revenue collection systems and maintenance management.