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2020 Construction Dispute Symposium

Collaborative & Adversarial Approaches


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Tue 2 Jun 2020
08:30 AM - 08:00 PM
One King West, 1 King Street W, Toronto, ON, M5H 1A1
9 hours CPD
Tickets available from
$490 CAD

Event Overview

This Symposium will explore global trends including historical, current and emerging approaches to dispute resolution. Presenters include leading practitioners in construction practice, construction law and dispute resolution. These thought leaders will engage in knowledge share, including practices and emerging trnds in the field of construction law and dispute resolution.

Construction professionals from across Canada will convene in Toronto to share knowledge on construction disputes, exploring collaborative and adversarial approaches. Leading subject matter experts including those with substantial international experience will explore current and emerging practises. Don’t miss this event with eminent leaders in construction disputes gathered in a historic venue in downtown Toronto.

The Chair for the Symposium will be Duncan W. Glaholt, the session chairs will be Marcia J. Oliver and Sandra Astolfo. The moderated panels will be chaired by Geza R. Banfai and Glenn W. Ackerley. The chairs and moderators will be joined by other eminent leaders in construction disputes as this Symposium follows the hugely successful 2019 Construction Adjudication Symposium, also held in Toronto.

This event is brought to you jointly by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Both the RICS and the CIArb are renowned for the training, development and continuing professional development of professionals that have experience in construction disputes.

Construction Dispute Symposium
The 2020 Construction Dispute Symposium

Topics to be covered:

Symposium from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Global trends in dispute resolution
  • Adjudication
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Other collaborative and adversarial approaches
  • Emerging trends in alternative dispute resolution
  • Litigation
  • The role of experts
  • Achieving the ADR needs of stakeholders
  • Aligning ADR needs in contract drafting

The symposium concludes with a reception and dinner* from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during which there will be an Award of Excellence.

Keynote dinner speaker:

  • The Honourable Warren K. Winkler

 Confirmed speakers:

  • Glenn W. Ackerley, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP Panel
  • Matt Ainley, Chair, General Contractors Alliance of Canada (GCAC)
  • Jason Annibale, Partner, McMillan LLP
  • Sandra Astolfo, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
  • Geza R. Banfai, Partner, McMillan LLP
  • Duncan W. Glaholt, Partner, Glaholt LLP
  • Karen B. Groulx, Partner, Dentons
  • Julie G. Hopkins, Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais
  • Professor Doug Jones, Arbitrator and International Judge of the Singapore Commercial Court
  • Harvey Kirsh, Kirsh Construction ADR
  • Howard Krupat, Partner, DLA Piper (Canada LLP)
  • Stephen R. Morrison, Resident Arbitrator and Mediator, Arbitration Place
  • Kenneth W. Movat, Partner, Fogler Rubinoff LLP
  • Marcia J. Oliver, Partner, Advocates LLP
  • Carina Reider, Project Manager, ODACC at ADR Chambers
  • R. Bruce Reynolds, Partner, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
  • Sandra Skivsky, Chair, National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada
  • Sharon C. Vogel, Partner, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
  • Dr. Janet Walker, Professor, Osgoode Law School
  • Howard M. Wise, Partner, Goodmans LLP
  • Richard Wong, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

*Detailed agenda will be announced, along with details of further speakers.

The Venue

One King West has a fascinating and varied history. Originally opening as a Michie & Co. Grocers & Wine Merchants, the venue was built in the mid-1800s. In 1879, Yonge and King became home to the head office of The Dominion Bank, a residency that would last an impressive 126 years. With the merger with the Bank of Toronto in 1955, the location became head office for the Toronto-Dominion Bank through the 1990’s. Ownership once again changed hands in 1999 to Stanford Downey Architects, who carefully redesigned the Dominion Bank Building, now deemed a Heritage Building, for residential use. This redesign saw the creation of the second tower adjacent to the building, aptly nicknamed “The Sliver”, due to its dramatically slender profile.

The venue is conveniently located at the intersection of King Street West and Yonge Street. It is right by the metro and is a short walk from Union Station. Limited Valet parking is available for guests at the Melinda Street entrance on a first come, first served basis, and there are self-park options available on Wellington Street. For those with limited mobility, or anyone requiring wheelchair access, a fully accessible entrance is available off of Melinda Street."

Photographs, audio, and video are often captured during events such as these. By registering, attendees hereby grant RICS, CIArb and the Event Supporters permission to photograph and/or record them at this event, and distribute (both now and in the future) the attendee's image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.

Guestroom accomodation

For delegates that require an overnight hotel stay, a limited number of Tower Deluxe Suites have been blocked for June 1-2, 2020 at the conference rate of $269 CAD per night plus applicable taxes. To make a hotel reservation, please call One King West directly at 1-866-470-KING (5464) or by email at Please request the RICS conference rate when booking to secure the exclusive rate. Reservations must be made on or before Thursday, May 7, 2020. Guestrooms are available on a first come first served basis with limited availability. Book your room early to avoid disappointment.

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  • Early-Bird Non-Member $590 CAD
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  • Reception and Dinner $170 CAD
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