Welcome to 2023-2024!

  • September 11, 2023

Andrew O'Brien

Welcome to the 2023-2024 Section. I’m honoured to be your Chair for the upcoming term and chapter.

As a National Section, it’s important for us to establish the personal connections and relationships that can be difficult to foster virtually. I’m thrilled to be back in person at our biennial conference and encourage everyone to join us in Vancouver, October 12 – 14, for what is shaping up to be a wonderful few days. We’ll spend the time learning, mingling, and getting to know each other. To that end, we are only as strong as our volunteers; so, I encourage everyone to get involved in any way that you can.

In addition to the conference, we have an exciting slate of CPD this fall and programs in the winter and spring of 2024. We welcome submissions for member articles. If there are any initiatives you would like to highlight to our Executive or the Section, please do not hesitate to reach out.

To provide insight and help educate our colleagues, we continue to monitor and track legislative changes in prompt payment, alternative dispute resolution, the evolution of contracts and procurement types, and all other issues facing the construction sector. Construction procurement and contracts in Canada are becoming increasingly complex and our Section provides a great forum for discussion.

Lastly, I want to thank Marcia Oliver for all her hard work and dedication as the outgoing Chair. It has not been easy guiding the group through a turbulent few years and she did so with grace and endless commitment to the CBA, our Section, and the executive.

I’d like to close with a sentiment from a past Chair; what brought me to CBA and the reason I continue to get involved year-after-year, is the opportunity to build relationships with the leading lawyers in our industry from across the country. I’ve made some wonderful friends over the years that I call upon for guidance and expertise and I encourage you to do the same.

Whether you’re a returning member or recently joined us, welcome to our Section. I look forward to working with each and every one of you over the coming year.


Choosing an Arbitral Procedure that suits YOUR case – September 18, 2023

One touted benefit of arbitration is the flexibility of process, yet often we see stock-standard procedural orders and timetables rolled out from case to case. The panel will consider whether (and how) parties and arbitrators can consider a more flexible, tailored approach to maximize procedural efficiency, depending on the circumstances of each case.


CBA Construction & Infrastructure Law Conference – October 12 to 14 (Vancouver, BC)

Mark your calendars! From October 12 to 14, the CBA Construction & Infrastructure Law Conference kicks off in Vancouver. It’s all about bringing together the top legal minds in the construction industry for eye-opening discussions and unique networking opportunities. The sessions will be offered in English with simultaneous interpretation available in French.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic chance to level up your professional game. Join us and be part of something truly special!



Mr. Douglas (Doug) R. Sanders is the winner of the 2023 CBA Construction & Infrastructure Award of Excellence. Doug has demonstrated high standards of professional conduct and competence, excellence and leadership at the Bar, and commitment to public service. Doug is a deserving recipient of the award. Congratulations!


The Section is pleased to announce Sara Haider as the winner of the Atrium Law Student Essay Contest for the paper “Defining Ownership in the Skies: Navigating the Complexities of Air Rights in Canada’s Urban Landscape”. Sara is a recent graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School.


If you would like to submit a member article to be featured in Skylines, please contact Conor R. O’Neil.

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The Section has a LinkedIn group! Please join us to stay connected to other Section members and receive the latest updates!

Thank You,

Andrew J. O’Brien, Chair 2023-2024, CBA Construction and Infrastructure Law Section