CL-01ONLINE EVENT | JUNE 25, 2020 - 12PM EST



As project and construction sites get back on track and adapt to the new operating environment, the pandemic’s impact has created both novel and significant legal challenges for the industry going forward. This webinar will examine some of the critical legal and practical issues the industry is facing, what changes to expect in the coming months and how to successfully navigate uncertain times while maintaining legal obligations. How have recent government regulations impacted the industry? What are the key legal issues the industry needs to monitor?

  • Discuss the health and safety considerations for maintaining a productive worksite
  • Update on government measures impacting jobsites and employer obligations
  • Address the nuances of projects delays and missed deadlines
  • Examine potential liabilities including performance bond claims and related risk factors
  • Managing litigation and dispute resolution to mitigate exposures; Assess the impact from new court procedures
  • Discuss lien periods and payment deadlines
  • Explore how government relief and economic stimulation measures will impact the industry
  • Moving past the pandemic to rethink contracts and insurance coverage



Karen Groulx-1
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.


Geza R. Banfai
Counsel | McMillan LLP

Geza R. Banfai is a Counsel with McMillan LLP, practicing infrastructure – construction law and mediation. He is the recipient of the 2016 Award of Excellence in Construction and Infrastructure Law from the Ontario Bar Association, and was named the 2017 Toronto Construction Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, and is listed in Chambers Global, Construction – Canada, the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Lexpert/American Lawyer), Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White), International Who’s Who of Professionals, Who’s Who Legal, Canada and International Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers. In his extensive construction law practice, he has represented participants at every level of the construction pyramid, from negotiating and drafting construction and related contracts (including alliancing and joint venture agreements, and P3 and similar lender-driven arrangements) to claims and disputes of many kinds. His past directorships include the Canadian Construction Association, Consulting Engineers of Ontario and Toronto Construction Association. In addition, he is a member of the Construction Law and ADR Sections of the Ontario Bar Association, the Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association and the Society of Construction Law. He sits as the ex-officio legal representative on the Canadian Construction Documents Committee, and was chair of CCDC’s IPD Task Force which created the CCDC 30 standard form Canadian IPD contract. He served as a member of the Advisory Group assisting the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in the finalization and implementation of the new Construction Act. He continues to write and lecture extensively on various issues involving the industry.


Bruce Reynolds
Partner | Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

Bruce Reynolds has earned a stellar reputation in the construction industry for settling disputes and drafting and negotiating contracts. Who’s Who Legal has recognized him as “one of the foremost construction practitioners in the world,” while his clients have praised him for his legal skills, integrity and clarity of insight.

Bruce is a partner in Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP’s construction and infrastructure practice group and co-chair of the firm’s international construction projects group. He specializes in the resolution of construction and insurance claims, liens, surety bond claims, product liability issues, and architects’ and engineers’ errors and omissions issues. In addition, he advises clients on construction projects in Canada, the United States and overseas.

Bruce, together with his colleague Sharon Vogel, played an important role in helping the Ontario government modernize the province’s construction law, which saw the first round of amendments recently come into effect. The pair reviewed the previous Construction Lien Act for the Ministry of the Attorney General, a process that involved consulting with more than 60 provincial stakeholders, and submitted a report with 101 recommendations – 98 of which were eventually included in the new legislation, the Construction Act. Among the changes to the legislation are the creation of a prompt payment framework and the introduction of a mandatory dispute resolution system.

Bruce has been certified as a specialist in construction law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a Fellow of both the Canadian and American Colleges of Construction Lawyers, vice-president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, and past co-chair of the international construction projects committee of the International Bar Association.

He was recognized as Global Construction Lawyer of the Year by Who’s Who Legal. He has been selected by peers for inclusion in numerous editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is listed in Chambers Global (Band1) and Martindale-Hubbell (AV), and he is also recognized in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (construction law) and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.


Andrea Gorys

Associate | Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Andrea Gorys is an associate in the Construction Law Group at Cassels. Andrea’s practice primarily focuses on helping construction industry clients navigate the civil litigation and dispute resolution process. She advises owners, contractors, subcontractors, managers, and consultants on both commercial and residential construction issues, including bidding and tendering, deficiencies, delay, construction liens, breach of contract, and breach of trust. Andrea has represented clients, both plaintiffs and defendants before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and in private arbitrations. She has also represented clients in regulatory matters with Transport Canada, Environment Canada, and Health Canada.


Paul Raboud
Corporate Director | Bird Construction

Paul Raboud joined Bird Construction in 1984 in the Toronto Office. He progressed through the Company in a variety of positions in Ontario and British Columbia culminating in his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2010, Paul took up the position of Vice Chair. In 2017, Paul retired from day to day operations of the Company but remains as a corporate director. Paul is also a member of the board of directors of Revera Inc, Stephenson's Holdings Inc, SilverSun Homes Limited and is Past Chair of the Ontario General Contractors Association.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta. He also earned a Master in Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.



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