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Our Mission -
The purpose of the College is to facilitate and encourage the association of outstanding lawyers who are distinguished for their skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice or teaching of construction law and who are dedicated to excellence in the specialized practice of construction law.

Through the association of such members in an environment of collegiality and good fellowship, the College shall strive to nurture, improve and enhance the practice and understanding of construction law.

Officers of the College

CCCL President
Marina Pratchett

Contact Infomation

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Barristers & Solicitors
Ste. 2900 - 550 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

V6C 0A3

Tel: (604) 631-4781
Fax: (604) 631-3232

E-mail     Website

Immediate Past President
Richard H. Shaban

Olivier F. Kott

T. Arthur Barry, Q.C.

Matthew R. Alter

Program Co-Ordinator

Ian Houston

Governors of the College

The Board of Governors includes all of the Officers listed above, all Past Presidents (as ex-officio fellows), as well as:

John Logan

E. Jane Sidnell

Kenneth Crofoot

David Marr

Donald Lucky

Bernard Quinn

Mike Demers is the CCCL's Website Committee Chair. Send mail to him at or to Nicholas J. Dasios of Erevna Technologies with questions or comments about this web site.



April 23, 2016

Inside this issue (a selection):

  • New and Improved?:

The Approach of The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to the Interpretation of The Builders’ Lien Act

Grey Owl Engineering Ltd. v. Propoak Systems Ltd., 2015 SKCA 108 (CanLII)

  • “Faulty Workmanship” Exclusion versus the “Property Being Worked On” Exclusion – Does One Trump the Other with respect to Resulting Damage?

Monk v Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Co.(Lindsay) 2015 ONCA 911, 128 O.R. (3d) 710

College News

Annual General Meeting - 2015


Washington, DC - June 2015

At the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Ms. Marina Pratchett of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP was elected President of the College for the current year, replacing outgoing president Mr. Richard H. Shaban. Marina practises in the area of construction and engineering law. She acts for major public and private owners and developers and large contractors and construction managers in respect of various types of projects including institutional, commercial, industrial, high-rise residential and infrastructure projects. She is also trained and acts as both an arbitrator and mediator of construction disputes.

Marina was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2016 in Construction Law. She was also presented with the prestigious ''Outstanding Woman in Construction'' award by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association's annual Awards of Excellence dinner in November 2006.

Congratulations Marina!

Please click this link for information about the College's induction of Nicholas Gagnon, Patricia Morrison and Sharon Vogel as its newest Fellows



Harvey J. Kirsh wins

OBA's Award for Excellence in

Alternative Dispute Resolution



Congratulations Harvey!

Please click this link for more details

William (Mick) Ryan, Q.C., wins

CBA’s 2015 Louis St. Laurent Award


CCCL Fellow and Past President William (Mick) Ryan, Q.C., of Stewart McKelvey in Halifax is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) 2015 Louis St. Laurent Award of Excellence that recognizes distinguished or exceptional service to the objectives and goals of the CBA.

Please click this link for more details

Congratulations Mick for this significant achievement!

Featured Case Comment, February 2016

Scaffolding Collapse -  

Project Manager Sentenced to 3.5 years


by Ronald W. Price,

Rasmussen Starr Ruddy, LLP

© 2016 Ronald W. Price

Her Majesty the Queen v

Vadim Kazenelson

2016 ONSC 25

A recent decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Her Majesty the Queen vs.Vadim Kazenelson, 2012 ONSC 25) deals with the duty imposed on project managers to take reasonable steps to prevent bodily harm to workers and highlights the possible severe consequences of a breach of this duty.

Metron Construction Corporation (“Metron”) was engaged to repair and restore the concrete balconies of two eighteen-story apartment buildings in the City of Toronto. Metron hired Vadim Kazenelson as its project manager to oversee the completion of this work. The project was to be completed by November 30, 2009, but was delayed prior to its commencement. As a result of the delay, the Owner offered Metron a $50,000.00 bonus if the project was completed by the end of December 2009.

 In order to complete the work, Metron used motorized swing stages which were suspended from the roofs of the buildings to provide workers with access to the balconies on the various floors. On December 24, 2009, six workers stepped onto the swing stage. It collapsed, sending five workers plummeting thirteen stories to the ground below, killing four of them. On the day in question, there were six workers using the swing stage as opposed to the usual two, but only two lifelines in place to protect the workers from a fall.

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Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers 2014

The College has created a page where all indexes of the Journal of Canadian Construction Lawyers are now available in a searchable .PDF format.

This has been done to provide the legal community at large with an easy instrument in order to identify articles of interest related to all facets of construction law published in the Journal since 2007.

Click here for more information.

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