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Summary

Résumé de la présentation

This panel presentation will review and discuss the legal implications of COVID-19 and measures taken by Governments in response on the construction industry. The presenters will discuss a broad range of topics, including:

  • Force majeure and relief claims pursuant to COVID-19
  • Workplace health and safety issues
  • The role of technology, including BIM
  • Potential long term impacts

Who's Presenting

Qui présente

Andrea Lee

Partner, Glaholt Bowles LLP

Partner, Glaholt Bowles LLP

Biographie

Andrea Lee is certified as a Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Ontario and has been has been recognized by Lexpert and Benchmark Litigation. Andrea represents owners, general contractors and design professionals in cases involving liens, trusts, bonds, delay claims and professional negligence. Andrea acts as counsel on arbitrations, conducted under institutional rules and ad hoc. Andrea reviews and advises clients with respect to construction contracts and design agreements. Andrea is a co-founder of the Construction Law course at Queen's University and is an instructor of Construction Law as part of Osgoode's LL.M program. She lectures and speaks on construction law topics at the University of Toronto (Construction Law), George Brown College (Construction), REALPAC, the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates' Society and the Ontario Association of Architects.

This panel presentation will review and discuss the legal implications of COVID-19 and measures taken by Governments in response on the construction industry. The presenters will discuss a broad range of topics, including:

  • Force majeure and relief claims pursuant to COVID-19
  • Workplace health and safety issues
  • The role of technology, including BIM
  • Potential long term impacts

Karen Groulx

Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

Karen is a partner at Dentons Canada LLP in our Construction, Litigation and Real Estate groups. Her practice includes negotiation and drafting of various types of construction documents on behalf of owners and general contractors as well as dispute resolution and litigation involving the awarding of contracts, construction liens and related proceedings on behalf of owners, general contractors and subcontractors as well as mortgagees. Karen handles trust and bond claims, negligence claims and contract claims including claims relating to construction defects, product liability and other disputes such as professional negligence claims, engineers and architects liability cases.

Karen has particular expertise in E-Discovery in the context of litigation matters as well as in the context of the preparation of records retention and records management policies.

Karen is a founding member of the Sedona Canada Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production in Canada. Sedona Canada is a member of the Sedona Conference®, an internationally recognized nonpartisan law and policy think-tank based in Sedona, Arizona. She was also a member of the Electronic Discovery Sub-Committee of the Task Force on the Discovery Process in Ontario, which produced the Guidelines of the Discovery of Electronic Documents in Ontario. Karen was a member of the Ontario Bar Association Executive for Construction and Infrastructure Law Section. She is a member of The Advocates’ Society and has co-chaired Construction Advocacy Programs for The Advocates’ Society for the past couple of years.

Jason Lewis

Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Affairs & Risk Management Team, WSP

Jason Lewis is Senior Legal Counsel at WSP, one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Jason serves WSP Canada’s Buildings Business Line, providing counsel on contractual and operations matters. Jason graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2007, with Common and Civil Law degrees and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008. Jason also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in 2002. Prior to joining WSP, Jason practiced at a global real estate development company acting as lead construction lawyer for their Canadian retail portfolio. Jason also practiced at one of Toronto’s premiere boutique land development firms and started his career at the Regional Municipality of Halton.

Paul V. Stocco

Practice Group Leader, Brownlee's Construction Group

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.

Lampros Stougiannos

Partner, Dentons Canada LLP

Lampros Stougiannos practices corporate and commercial law with a focus on infrastructure, public-private partnerships and renewable energy, as well as on government contracting and procurement law. He advises private and public sector clients on the development, construction and operation of projects in a variety of sectors, including transportation and transit, municipal and social infrastructure, healthcare, energy, mining and real estate.

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