Co-Chairs

David Curtis, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, BC. David practises in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, with a primary focus on the construction industry. Clients seek David’s counsel primarily on his construction litigation expertise, as well as with mediations and commercial arbitrations. He also has experience in commercial litigation cases in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. David also practises in the area of energy law, where he acts in applications to the British Columbia Utilities Commission and other tribunals involving the regulation of thermal energy systems, district energy systems, electricity transmission, compliance with mandatory reliability standards, and natural gas.

   

Thomas Krikke, P.Eng.Consultant, Krikke Consulting Ltd., Vancouver, BC. Mr. Krikke is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years of industrial experience on large scale heavy industrial construction projects; working with owners, contractors, consultants, and lawyers on all stages of mega-projects (and claims) in Canada, USA, and for International Clients in power, mining, process & petrochemical, pulp & paper, infrastructure, and civil & structural. His experience and expertise include alternate dispute resolution, recovery project management, disputes & claims management (P6, delay & disruption, cost, productivity, etc), project operation audits (contract, P6 schedule, cost, risk), contract development & compliance, project risk analysis, project systems, and technical SME to corporate internal audit.

   

Faculty

Beth Allard, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Beth Allard is experienced counsel in various commercial disputes involving complex contractual, tortious and regulatory legal issues, providing both litigation advice and negotiating successful and strategic resolutions. She regularly advises and assists clients on matters relating to tendering, procurement, project delivery and management, liens and dispute resolution. Ms. Allard has lectured and written extensively on various legal topics, including while an adjunct professor in civil procedure at the UBC law school. She is the author of “Contribution and Apportionment” in CLEBC’s British Columbia Business Disputes and is a regular contributor to CLEBC’s Builders Lien Practice Manual. Beth has been recognized in the area of Construction Law by Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

   

Arthur Grant, Partner, Partner, Grant Kovacs Norell, Vancouver, BC. Since being called to the British Columbian bar in 1985 and of Yukon in 1992, Art has practised in civil litigation in a wide variety of cases, ranging from construction litigation, professional liability, commercial disputes, insurance law, aboriginal and constitutional law, administrative law, intellectual property, class actions, and personal injury law. He has appeared in every level of court in the Province, from the Provincial Court of British Columbia to the Supreme Court of Canada and has been counsel in cases in administrative tribunals, commercial arbitrations and mediations. He enjoys seeking practical solutions to difficult legal problems and learning about his clients’ businesses, professions and lives. Formerly a law clerk to judges of both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of British Columbia and a sessional law professor at University of Ottawa, he co-authored the 2nd edition of the Canadian Law of Architecture and Engineering (1994) with former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada and W.J. Wallace Q.C., former Justice of the British Columbia Court of Appeal. The 3rd edition is in the process of being published in 2020.

   

Guy Lembach, Partner, Deloitte, Calgary, AB. Guy is a Partner in the Capital Projects Services practice in the Deloitte Calgary office. Mr. Lembach has over 25 years of experience as a professional engineer and as a practising lawyer in the capital projects, engineering and construction field. He has significant experience with public and private sector clients in providing construction advisory related services across the entire project lifecycle, from capital planning to close-out. Prior to joining Deloitte, Mr. Lembach worked as a project and construction manager at a litigation firm defending design professionals, including engineers. Furthermore, he has performed assurance and advisory work on mega-projects in the oil & gas industry, mining industry, and public sector. Mr. Lembach has broad experience in the engineering, nuclear, and construction fields throughout North America including matters involving project management and controls, readiness assessments, process improvement, construction cost assessments, project management reporting, and construction claims and commercial litigation.

   

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.

   

Michael Morgan, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Mike’s main area of focus is commercial litigation, with an emphasis on construction disputes. He has appeared at all levels of superior courts with the Province of BC and Yukon Territory. Mike is listed in the area of Construction Law in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada, and was recognized as a Future Star by Benchmark Canada’s Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. He is a regular writer and speaker for both legal and industry audiences.

   

Douglas SandersLL.B., P.Eng., Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver, BC. Doug Sanders is a member of BLG’s Corporate Commercial Group in the Vancouver office, and their Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Group nationally. Doug is both a lawyer and an engineer, and practises in the areas of public-private partnerships, construction contracts (negotiation, drafting, and review), shipbuilding contracts, power plant and industrial EPC contracts, and generally contracts to design or construct any asset. Recognized as a leading lawyer in construction and infrastructure by the foremost legal rankings publications, Doug focuses on large infrastructure projects and has worked on major projects in many Canadian provinces, and around the world. Doug is also a frequent author and speaker for various organizations and publications on these areas of law.