Co-Chairs

John Logan, Q.C., Managing Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, B.C. John is a founding partner of Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP. He has tried his fair share of cases, and feels particularly suited to dispute work as he can recall only the victories. He represents a long list of companies involved in the construction industry, including many of the largest contractors in British Columbia and Canada. John frequently acts as an arbitrator, referee, or mediator in commercial and construction disputes. He has an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell in both construction and commercial litigation; has been included once in a while in the LEXPERT ALM 500 as one of the top 500 lawyers in Canada; and is rated as one of British Columbia’s top construction lawyers by Lexpert, Best Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, and Who’s Who Legal. He is regarded by his mother as the best lawyer in the universe.

   

David Mckenzie, Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. David’s practice is focused primarily on construction law. David has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and has been involved in numerous mediations and arbitrations. His practice includes a significant amount of construction-related solicitor work, and he has drafted and negotiated many construction contracts and tender packages. David is a member of the BC Builders Lien Act reform committee. He is also a contributing author and member of the editorial board for the BC Builders Lien Practice Manual. David is a regular speaker at events for the construction industry and the legal profession, and he has also taught legal courses to both aspiring architects and aspiring lawyers.

   

Faculty

Chris ArmstrongPartner, 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 1998, after graduating law school, Chris joined Brian 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. Chris has been to the Supreme Court of Canada twice and was successful both times. He is involved in the Master Municipal Construction Documents Association, Canadian Construction Association, BC Roadbuilders Association, Vancouver Regional Construction Association, CBA and as a fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers. He is a frequent lecturer at both industry and legal seminars.

   

Geoff Bowman, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Geoff’s practice focuses on resolving construction disputes, including contractual issues such as extras and delay claims, builders’ liens, and disputes relating to tendering and procurement. He helps his clients to take practical and strategic steps throughout the life of a project to reduce legal risk and resolve disputes efficiently. Geoff is regularly sought out by both project owners and contractors with regard to significant construction projects. Geoff’s experience also includes professional negligence claims and a broad range of general commercial disputes.

   

Tyler Galbraith, Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC. Tyler practises in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. Tyler has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and has been involved in several appeals, trials, arbitrations and mediations. He has acted in numerous builders lien and tender cases, disputes arising from delays, defective work, contract termination, bond claims, and insurance coverage. Tyler is a member of a variety of construction and legal associations and has lectured on construction related matters. He is the author of numerous construction law articles and other publications, with a focus on tender and builders liens issues.

   

J. Marc MacEwing, Associate Counsel, SHK Law Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Mr. MacEwing has practised extensively in the area of construction law since 1982, focusing on builders liens, tendering disputes, the preparation and analysis of contract documents, and construction–related litigation. Mr. MacEwing has been “Repeatedly Recommended” by the Lexpert Directory as a Leading Practitioner in the construction law practice area for B.C., Peer Review Rated “Very High” for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell and included in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the Construction Law practice area, and is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers. He is a member of the editorial board and a contributor to The Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. British Columbia Builders Liens Practice Manual. Mr. MacEwing is the author of more than 175 published articles on construction law topics and is a frequent lecturer to design professional and construction trade bodies, educational institutions and business and trade seminars.

   

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 is also Vice President 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. Ms. Martin 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.

   

Rachel Mockler, Vice President Legal, Flatiron Constructors, Vancouver, BC. Rachel Mockler is a construction lawyer called to the bar in England and Wales and British Columbia. Her practice (since being called to the bar in 2001) has been primarily in construction law working on domestic and international projects including P3 projects. Rachel does litigation and solicitor work. In the U.K, Rachel worked for a large international law firm before moving to practice in-house as a project lawyer on the $8 billion dollar Channel Tunnel Rail Link project. Since moving to Vancouver in 2008, Rachel has worked both in private practice and in-house. Rachel is currently Vice President, Legal for Flatiron Constructors, a construction company building large infrastructure projects throughout US and Canada. In 2017, Rachel was awarded the CBA BC Debra Van Ginkel QC Mentoring Award, which recognizes women lawyers who pledge their time to help fellow women navigate the ups and downs of the legal world and overcome the myriad of challenges they face.

   

Martina Pratchett, Q.C., Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, BC. Marina Pratchett is a recognized construction and engineering lawyer in Vancouver with more than three decades of experience. Acting for major public and private owners, developers and large contractors and construction managers, she focuses on institutional, commercial, industrial, and high-rise residential and infrastructure projects. As a trained arbitrator and mediator, clients seek out Marina for her expertise in construction disputes. Marina is repeatedly recognized for her work in the area of construction law and was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 in Construction Law.

   

Mike Preston, Partner, McLean & Armstrong LLP, Vancouver, BC. Over the past decade, Mike has been trial counsel in B.C., Alberta, the Yukon and Ontario. At the appellate level he has appeared as lead counsel at the B.C. and Alberta courts of appeal as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. Currently called to the bar in B.C. (and formerly of the Ontario and Yukon bars), Mike began his career in commercial litigation. To hone his trial skills, he later became Crown Counsel where for 3 years he ran several criminal trials a week. Prior to joining McLean & Armstrong LLP, Mike practised in Ottawa where his focus was on drafting written arguments for cases in all areas of law going to the Supreme Court of Canada. While in Ottawa he frequently appeared as a legal affairs commentator on CTV. Today, Mike’s practice is focused on construction law, commercial disputes, and professional negligence.