As the construction industry evolves, embracing innovations like BIM, is critical to ensuring success in rapidly changing times. Construction contracts and contractual relationships must also keep pace in order to stay relevant and reflective of recent developments. One contractual model that is an example of this change is Integrated Project Delivery (“IPD”). Instead of reinforcing a zero sum approach to contractual relationships, IPD fosters a change in behaviour and mindsets. Parties to a construction project are challenged to think and behave as a team in order to ensure overall project and individual success. IPD has unique contractual provisions that require careful consideration as they are drafted to address this change in behaviour. This panel discussion will examine the newest IPD contract published by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (“CCDC”), -- the CCDC 30 (2018). A panel of leading legal practitioners will explore and provide different perspectives on how this new contract will bring change to the construction industry and how it will be beneficial to all stakeholders in a Construction Project.
Partner Paul Stocco, practice group leader of Brownlee’s Construction Group, focuses on construction litigation and procurement, representing owners, general contractors and sub-contractors at all levels of Court in Alberta and Ontario. Paul assists clients in drafting procurement documents, including tendering and requests for proposals (RFP) documents, construction management, consulting, design build, integrated project delivery, building information modelling, lump sum, and public-private partnership (P3) agreements. He also assists clients with builders’ liens, performance bonds, and labour and material payment bond claims. Paul is a board member of various construction industry organizations. He writes and lectures widely on all aspects of construction and procurement law.
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David is a construction lawyer that assists his clients with contracts and dispute resolution in construction, engineering, and development projects. David provides advice to clients at all stages of a project, including contract drafting, tendering, negotiations, mediation, arbitration or litigation in court. David primarily works as litigation counsel in construction disputes, including for major infrastructure projects and P3 projects. David approaches all matters with a view to providing clients with a combination of practical advice and effective counsel work.
Christopher Schuld is a Vancouver-based litigator with broad experience in civil litigation and a practice that is focused on construction, real property disputes, defect warranties, and surety bonds. Along with considerable trial experience, Chris has an active alternative dispute resolution practice and regularly navigates complex, multi-party litigation.
Chris has acted as litigation counsel, claims counsel, and solicitor for surety and new home warranty providers throughout western Canada. Additionally, Chris has acted for owners, contractors, and consultants in construction disputes ranging from residential housing to complex commercial and industrial projects. Chris has extensive experience in debt recovery and drafting commercial agreements for creditors.
Chris is actively committed to both the practice of law and to supporting the wider community, serving on the board of directors of the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society. He is the past Vice-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Products Liability Subsection and presents a quarterly legal update to the Surety Association of Canada, BC chapter.
Chris spent his first five years as a lawyer in the construction litigation group of Canada’s largest national law firm, where his practice included builders liens, delay and payment claims, leaky building disputes, banking litigation, and sports and entertainment representation. He then spent over three years as in-house counsel for an international insurance company, where he dealt with surety and new home warranty matters. Those years as an in-house lawyer provided Chris with valuable experience in client service, providing first-hand appreciation of the challenges that clients face.
Oliver is an active ambassador for wellbeing, healthy buildings and research + innovation in the AEC sector. He has delivered TED talks and regularly speaks publicly at international conferences on construction 4.0, technology enhanced healthy buildings and promoting design for wellbeing as well as developing research + innovation strategies for AEC businesses.
Oliver has recently joined the award-winning international practice Ryder Architecture as Research Director to manage and develop their growing research power. Working with a network of international government policy makers, funding bodies, academic networks and industry partners Ryder conduct collaborative, pioneering research across many areas of the AEC sector.
Voted among the top 500 most inspiring and influential professionals in the built environment sector in 2019. Oliver champions healthy building design and an approach to construction and placemaking that embraces new technologies to enhance public and environmental health while delivering social value. Much of his works explore the notion of the building as a lab and the city as a lab, and how society can most intelligently use emerging technology and data to improve societal and environmental health.
He has previous experience in technology enhanced learning and embedding technology in new training and curricula design and has worked with the UK, US, Swedish and Malaysian governments as well as Stanford, Berkeley and Cambridge Universities in this area. Oliver also sits on the Historic England Expert Advisory Group advising on research and development, wellbeing, widening participation and digital strategy development.