Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Inc. - "A Perfect 10"

    CALGARY, June 29 /CNW/ - The Tenth Annual Conference of the Canadian
College of Construction Lawyers was held at the Predator Ridge Golf Resort in
Vernon, British Columbia on May 31 - June 3, 2007. The theme of the Conference
was: "A Perfect 10! Celebrating our First Decade of Development".
    Guest speakers included The Honourable Chief Justice Donald I. Brenner of
the Supreme Court of British Columbia; The Honourable Mr. Justice Allan D.
McLeod, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta; The Honourable Mr. Justice Colin L.
Campbell of the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario); John W. Hinchey,
President Elect of the American College of Construction Lawyers; Frank
Margitan of Peter Kiewit Sons Co.; Matthew D. Nelson, Legal Counsel, Knoll
Ontrack; Douglas S. Jones of Clayton Utz, Sydney, Australia; Dan Doyle,
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games and Carl Stewart, President, Dominion Fairmile Construction.
    The College is comprised of a small group of senior lawyers ("Fellows")
from across Canada, who have highly distinguished and reputed practices in
construction law. According to its by-laws, 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."

    Prominent themes of the conference included the role of expert witnesses,
the discovery of electronic documents and the Olympic experience. The revised
format introduced at the ninth annual conference was maintained involving a
series of guest speakers on the Friday morning session, followed by breaking
out into small groups for further meaningful discussion of the issues raised
by the presentations. Throughout the conference and in the spirit of
celebrating the first ten years since the inception of the College,
congeniality and co-operation amongst the Fellows from across Canada was
another consistent theme.
    The Fellows and their guests were entertained under the stars at a
beautiful dinner hosted at the Mission Hill Winery on the Friday evening. The
Gala Dinner and Introduction of New Fellows was held on the Saturday evening
in the dining room of the Predator Ridge Golf Resort. Three New Fellows were
inducted into the College: Lowell Westersund, Q.C., Fraser Miller Casgrain
(Calgary, Alberta); Anna Esposito, Pallett Valo (Mississauga, Ontario); and
Domenic Zaurrini, Zaurrini Associes (Laval, Quebec). Douglas Jones, a leading
Construction Lawyer and Arbitrator from Sydney, Australia, and speaker at the
last 2 Annual Conferences of the Canadian College, was inducted as an
Honourary Fellow. The after dinner speaker was Beckie Scott, three time
Olympic competitor in women's cross-country skiing and winner of the gold
medal in 2002 and the silver medal in 2006. Ms. Scott proved to be lively,
entertaining and truly inspirational.
    The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers is pleased to announce that
the following Officers were elected at the Tenth Annual Conference:

    President:                              Jean van der Lee, Q.C.
                                            Field LLP
                                            (Calgary, Alberta)

    Immediate Past President:               George W. MacDonald, Q.C.
                                            McInnes, Cooper
                                            (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

    Vice-President:                         Daniel Ayotte
                                            Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
                                            (Montreal, Quebec)

    Secretary:                              William L. (Mick) Ryan, Q.C.
                                            (1 year term)
                                            Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales
                                            (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

    Treasurer:                              W. Andrew McLauchlin
                                            (2 year term)
                                            McLauchlin & Associates
                                            (Toronto, Ontario)

    Program Co-ordinator:                   Robert Jenkins, Q.C.
                                            Jenkins Marzban Logan
                                            (Vancouver, British Columbia)

    The Board of Governors of the College for 2007 - 2008 includes the
    Officers listed above, as well as:

    Louis-Michel Tremblay
    Miller Thomson Pouliot
    (Montreal, Quebec)

    Sandor J. Klein
    DeGrandpre Chait
    (Montreal, Quebec)

    Derek A. Brindle Q.C.
    Singleton Urquhart
    (Vancouver, British Columbia)

    Kenneth B. McCullogh, Q.C.
    Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales
    (Saint John, New Brunswick)

    Howard M. Wise
    Goodmans LLP
    (Toronto, Ontario)

    David I. Marr
    Campbell, Marr LLP
    (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

    The following Past Presidents of the College are also ex-officio members
    of the Board of Governors:

    Harvey J. Kirsh
    Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto)
    (President, 1998 - 1999)

    D. Robert Beaumont
    Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto)
    (President, 1999 - 2000)

    David H. Kauffman
    De Grandpré Chait (Montreal)
    (President, 2000 - 2001)

    J. Stephen Tatrallyay
    (President, 2001 - 2002)

    R. Bruce Reynolds
    Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Toronto)
    (President, 2002 - 2003)

    Helmut K. Johannsen
    Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP (Vancouver)
    (President, 2003 - 2004)

    Stanley Naftolin, Q.C.
    Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP (Toronto)
    (President, 2004 - 2005)

    Duncan W. Glaholt
    Glaholt LLP (Toronto)
    (President, 2005 - 2006)

For further information:

For further information: about the College and its Fellows, see the
College's website at or please contact: Jean C. van der
Lee Q.C., President, (403) 260-8520

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