Co-Chairs

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.

   
Karen Martin Q.C., 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 as the 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.
   

Faculty

Beth Allard, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Beth Allard’s practice focuses on construction, infrastructure and liability claims. Beth has extensive experience in disputes involving complex contractual, tortious and regulatory legal issues, providing both litigation advice and negotiating successful and strategic resolutions. She advises and assists clients on tendering, procurement, project delivery and management, design and construction deficiencies, liens, delay claims and cost over-runs. Beth’s practice also covers a range of liability defence work for design professionals and developers.

   

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 as a consulting geotechnical engineer and a project manager prior to practising law. 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.

   

Amanda Farrell, President and CEO, Transportation Investment Corporation, Vancouver, BC. Amanda Farrell is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp). Amanda has led the management and delivery of major transportation projects, including the new Pattullo Bridge, the Kicking Horse Canyon Project–Phase 4 and the Broadway Subway. Prior to TI Corp, Amanda Farrell served as the President and CEO of Partnerships BC for five years. Amanda focused the organization’s culture on client responsiveness and strengthening relationships with current and future clients in the development of major public infrastructure projects from hospitals to courthouses to transit lines. Amanda also served as Chief Project Officer on the now completed Evergreen SkyTrain Line in Vancouver during that time.

   

Stuart Hankinson, Q.C., Partner, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, Vancouver, BC. Stuart is a partner in the Construction and Infrastructure practice group at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP. His practice is focused on complex construction, commercial, and insurance dispute resolution. His clients include owners, developers, EPC and EPCM contractors, design-builders, design professionals, insurers. Stuart acts as a mediator and arbitrator of complex construction and commercial disputes and also as a sole Dispute Adjudication Board (DAB)/Dispute Resolution Board (DRB) member.

   

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 is a Registered Professional Engineer, and prior to entering law he worked as a Professional Engineer on infrastructure projects. 

   

Alim Khamis, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Alim is a partner and member of the Construction, Infrastructure and PPP and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice groups in Vancouver. Alim specializes in resolving complex disputes in the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors. Alim has represented clients in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, international and domestic arbitration, adjudication, expert determination and mediation. Alim also sits as a mediator and regularly provides training to mediators. 

   

Seema Lal, Partner, Clyde & Co, Vancouver, BC. Seema’s clients in the construction industry benefit from Seema’s focus on the negotiation and preparation of construction contracts, procurement issues, builders liens, disputes and construction litigation, including claims for extras and delay. Seema also assists her clients with insurance advice and has experience defending professionals in a broad range of professional liability claims. Seema has acted as counsel in mediations and arbitrations, and has appeared before administrative tribunals and all levels of Court.

   

Grant Mayovsky, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver, BC. Grant practices commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution with a focus on claims and disputes involving all aspects of the construction industry. He has extensive experience advising with respect to disputes related to major infrastructure, mining and public private partnership projects in B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario. Grant is an experienced advocate, trial lawyer and arbitration counsel, having successfully represented construction clients on significant multimillion dollar matters at trial, arbitration and in the BC Court of Appeal.

   

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.

   

Vasilis Pappas, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP, Vancouver, BC. Vasilis Pappas is Head of the Bennett Jones’ International Arbitration Practice Group and is a member of the firm’s Construction Group. He is a recognized leader in the fields of domestic and international commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration, and construction litigation and arbitration.

   

Mike Preston, Lawyer, McLean & Armstrong LLP, Vancouver, BC. Over the past decade, Mike has conducted trials in BC, Alberta, Ontario and the Yukon. At the appellate level he has appeared as lead counsel at the BC and Alberta Courts of Appeal. At the Supreme Court of Canada he argued and won on behalf of his client in Valard v. Bird. Mike’s practice is focused on construction law, commercial disputes, and professional negligence.