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Don't be Spooked by the Construction Lien Act Amendments

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115 minutes
Brendan Bowles
Lori Goldberg
Christine Kellowan
Olga Morozova
Charles G.T. Wiebe
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
115 minutes
$139.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

On July 1, 2018, the first round of amendments to the Ontario Construction Lien Act – including its new name, the Construction Act, came into force.  A second round of amendments will come into force on October 1, 2019.

All litigators who deal with construction law matters should join us for a practical program on how these changes will affect your clients’ businesses and your practice.  Hear from construction law practitioners and the construction lien Master at Toronto, on the following topics:

  • Compare and contrast the old and the new Act, including procedure and forms
  • Transition planning and practice management tips
  • The effect of these changes on the construction lien courts


Brendan Bowles

Brendan Bowles is certified as a Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Ontario, and is ranked as “most frequently recommended” in the area of Construction Law by Lexpert. He acts regularly for a variety of clients in the mediation and arbitration of construction disputes, and has litigated at all levels of Ontario courts, up to and including the Court of Appeal. He has significant experience in various types of construction claim cases, including construction liens, delay claims, construction deficiencies and professional negligence.

Brendan is an Associate of Canadian Surety Bonding (A.C.S.B.). He was Chair of the Construction and Infrastructure Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association in 2015 – 2016. Brendan has taught Construction Law courses at Ryerson University and George Brown College in Toronto. He is currently a fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, and is a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of construction law topics.

Lori Goldberg General Counsel

Lori is General Counsel for the Coco Group of Companies. Prior to joining Coco, Lori practiced Construction law and Commercial litigation.Olga Morozova, Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP Olga is an Associate and member of Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP’s Construction group.  Olga maintains a construction and civil litigation practice. She acts for various players on all levels of the construction pyramid, including owners, landlords, contractors, consultants, and suppliers, in all stages of residential, commercial and infrastructure construction projects. This includes lien actions, breach of trust actions, bond claims, Tarion warranty matters, as well as preparation of construction contracts and commercial leases. Olga’s depth surpasses her year of call as she has extensive experience conducting motions, trials and appeals at all levels of court in Ontario and has appeared before several administrative tribunals. She has also conducted numerous construction lien references, including participation in vetting committees. Olga keeps a strong pulse on all things construction and regularly speaks and writes on this topic. Before joining Goldman Sloan Nash and Haber LLP, Olga worked with a boutique full service law firm where she focused on construction and civil litigation.

Christine Kellowan

Christine is an associate lawyer at Goldman Sloan Nash and Haber LLP, practising civil litigation with an emphasis on construction, commercial litigation and employment matters. Christine represents various actors in the construction industry, including owners, general contractors, developers and subtrades. Christine has appeared at various levels of court and represented builders with respect to the Builders Arbitration Forum. Christine previously taught the Construction Law course at George Brown College.

Christine graduated from York University summa cum laude in 2008 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During her undergraduate studies she was the student representative on York University’s Board of Governors and a member of the Academic Resources Committee. She received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2011.

Christine was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012. She furthered her legal education by completing the Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law in 2014 and Osgoode’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop in 2015.

Olga Morozova Claim Counsel (Surety)

Master Charles G.T. Wiebe

Master Charles G. Wiebe is the Construction Law Master in Toronto. He was appointed in December, 2012. He was called to the Bar in 1987. Prior to becoming a Master, he practised law for 25 years. He practised construction law at Glaholt LLP starting in 1996 and was a partner of that firm starting in 2002 until his appointment as a Master. Starting in 1993, he practiced almost exclusively in construction law. He has published various articles and case comments on construction law and has lectured on construction topics such as construction liens, bonds, trusts and contract administration.

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