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Welcome to the CCCL

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.


College News

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.

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Congratulations Mick for this significant achievement!

Featured Case Comment, September 2015

Failure to be Reasonable

and to Cooperate


by E. Jane Sidnell, Rose LLP

© 2015 E. Jane Sidnell

Park Avenue Flooring Inc v. EllisDon Construction Services Inc, 2015 ABQB 478

There were many issues canvassed in the Park Avenue case, but this case comment focuses only on one: an award for "improper termination of the Agreements and ED's failure to be reasonable and cooperate".

The Parties

This case relates to a claim made by Park Avenue Flooring ("PAF") against EllisDon ("ED") in relation to the installation of tile floor at the Calgary International Airport, operated by the Calgary Airport Authority ("CAA").

Throughout much of this litigation, PAF was represented by one of its principals, Debbie Miller.  ED was represented by counsel.  It is a remarkable feat for an unrepresented Plaintiff to pull together a lengthy trial and run it successfully.

The Litigation

The decision of Justice J.T. McCarthy was rendered on August 5, 2015 after a long history.  The work was performed in 2002 and 2003 and the litigation carried on for 9 years until the trial was heard.  The bid for the work was formally accepted in January 2002 and issues arose between the parties almost immediately.  By October 2003 the parties were in litigation.  The trial lasted 127 days in 2012 and 2013 and included "thousands of pages of documents as well as written and oral argument".

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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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