Construction Law: Don't Let a Good Contract Go to Waste (Archived Video Stream) 

Jan. 26, 2012
Toronto Online


This is the archived version of a program presented on January 26, 2012.  This will not become available until 2 weeks after the orginal program date.  To order this format please click on the "REGISTER NOW" button.   

Come out to our first dinner program of 2012 for a thought-provoking discussion about the role that contracts and lawyers can (and should) play in getting construction projects started off on the right track, with a framework in place to keep them there. With the help of Michael Ingram, a construction industry consultant and former executive with over 25 years of practical hands-on experience on numerous projects all over the world (and having faced more than enough set-backs and benefited from many lessons learned), the aim of this program is to challenge ourselves to reconsider some of the traditional approaches to construction contracts and project management, and think of things from a different perspective.

Mr. Ingram will be joined in this dialogue by Joel Heard, a construction lawyer with many years of project experience in energy, infrastructure and a variety of other industries.

Using examples observed "in the trenches", some of the topics we will debate include:

  • Is it up to the parties to execute the project according to the contract or is it up to the lawyers to prepare a contract the parties can execute?
  • The best contracts are those the parties never have to use. Right?
  • "Believe me, we don't want change orders", said the contractor at the beginning of the project.
  • "The contract we negotiated gave them everything they needed to make the project a success", said the lawyer at the beginning of the project.
  • The more risk transfer the better.


Michael Ingram, Practice Lead, Eastern Canada, Capital Project Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Joel Heard, McCarthy Tétrault LLP


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