Return to the Home Page About CCCL Members CCCL News CCCL Articles CCCL Links Mediation Panel Contact CCCL Member Login

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
Richard Shaban

Contact Infomation

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Barristers & Solicitors
Scotia Plaza
Suite 4400
40 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5H 3Y4
Direct Tel: (416) 367-6262
Direct Fax: (416) 361-2744

E-mail     Website

Immediate Past President
Derek A. Brindle, Q.C.

Marina A. Pratchett, Q.C.

T. Arthur Barry, Q.C.

Olivier F. Kott

Program Co-Ordinator

Matthew R. Alter

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:

Lowell Westersund, Q.C.

John Logan

E. Jane Sidnell

Kenneth Crofoot

David Marr

Ian Houston

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

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 2015

Insurance Coverage for Unexpected and Unintended Events versus Exclusion of Faulty Workmanship and Design


by David Miachika, P.Eng., LL.B.

and Lauren Kristjanson of

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

2014 David Miachika and Lauren Kristjanson

Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc. v. Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company et al, 2014 BCSC 1568

This recent British Columbia case interprets a standard exclusion clause in a Course of Construction (COC) Policy for the first time:   It also clarifies the requirement of an unexpected or unintended loss and the definition of ‘damage’ under a course of construction (COC) policy.


In Acciona, the Project was a $250 million P3 hospital extension of the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. The Project was an eight storey concrete structure, comprising four wings connected to a central core. The structural design was complex with each floor consisting of thin suspended slabs (250 mm thick) with large spans (over 9 m). During construction, the slabs “over deflected,” which resulted in the slabs throughout the facility not being level as planned. The slabs required extensive remediation to meet the Project’s serviceability requirements of level floors. The Design/Build Contractor of the Project commenced the action, after being denied coverage for its claim for all remedial costs under the Project’s COC Policy.

The Court’s Key Findings

The Court found that the contractors had established coverage under the insuring agreement.  In particular, the Court determined that the over deflection and cracking of the concrete slabs constituted damage that was unexpected or unintended and as such fell under the Perils Insured clause in the Policy.

... Click here for the full article

More articles >> 


Annual Conference

Vancouver 2014


June 2014:

At the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Mr. Richard A. Shaban of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (“BLG”) was elected President of the College for the current year, replacing outgoing president Mr. Derek Brindle, Q.C. Mr. Shaban is a senior partner and past regional leader of BLG’s Construction and Engineering Group. He specializes exclusively in the areas of procurement, construction and surety law, including construction contracts and project delivery methods, public infrastructure renewal, dispute resolution, liens, construction insurance and surety bonds.

... click here for more

The New Edition of the Journal of Canadian Construction Lawyers 2014 (May), edited by Matthew R. Alter, is now available. Click for more information.

Copyright 1999-2015 The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Inc.