Design Professional Contracting Risks | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Design Professional Contracting Risks

SKU: DPCR_2024
Design Professional Contracting Risks

Webinar Date: 2:00 pm ET to 3:30 pm ET - November 26, 2024

Webinar is part of the Series Resilient Architect: Law and Practice


The third and final webinar offering as part of RAIC’s collaborative webinar series with the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers (CCCL) is titled Design Professional Contracting Risks. The webinar will explore topics such as the architect’s role in administering contracts, scope of services, payment, responsibility for changes, errors, and delays, dispute resolution, and limiting liability. It will be led by three industry experts, Chris Armstrong, Glenn Ackerley, Jason Roth, and moderated by Andrea Lee.

This webinar has been approved for AIBC 1.5 CORE LU.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basics of the RAIC contract
  • Distinguish commonly proposed supplementary clauses
  • Recognize the different approaches to avoid traps and manage risks
  • Identify key contractual terms and onerous conditions which are commonly included in design services agreements

Meet the Moderator and Presenters

The webinar will be led by three industry experts, Jennifer Roberts, Annik Forristal, Lena Wang, and moderated by Andrea Lee.


Chris Armstrong Portrait

Chris Armstrong - B.A.Sc., University of British Columbia (Geotechnical), P. Eng. (Civil) (1989), LL.B., University of Calgary (1997)

Chris Armstrong worked in the consulting and construction industry for five years, first as a consulting geotechnical engineer and then as a project engineer. He joined Brian McClean in partnership, creating McLean & Armstrong LLP. Since then, the firm has grown into one of the premier construction law firms in British Columbia and has undertaken the resolution of large, complex disputes across Canada.

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Collin Hirschfeld Portrait

Glenn Ackerley - B.A., University of Toronto (1984), LL.B., University of Toronto (1987)

Glenn Ackerley is a partner with the law firm of WeirFoulds LLP in Toronto and is chair of the construction law practice group. Glenn fills the role of a "project lawyer", providing ongoing advice from the start through to completion of a construction project for public and private owners, developers, contractors, subtrades, suppliers, and design consultants. He regularly advises on project structures, construction and consultant contracts, procurement issues, and risk-avoidance strategies.

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Marc MacEwing Portrait

Jason Roth - BAH, Queens University (1996), LLB, University of Victoria (1999), LLM, Kyushu University (Japan) (2000)

Jason D. Roth is a partner at Bennett Jones and head of the firm’s construction law practice group and capital projects industry team. He represents owners/developers and contractors in relation to domestic and international infrastructure, LNG, power and renewables, electrical transmission, pipeline, natural gas processing, agriculture, mining, and other projects.

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Andrea Lee Portrait

Andrea Lee - B. Arch., University of Toronto (2002), LL.B., Queens University (2005), Diploma in Adjudication in the Construction Industry (2002)

Andrea Lee is a partner with Glaholt Bowles LLP and is certified as a Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Ontario. She has practiced exclusively in construction law since her call to the bar in 2006. Andrea regularly advises parties in the industry with respect to construction contracts and professional design agreements.

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