Start: March 16, 2018 at 09:00 AM End: March 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Where: Ottawa Construction Association Location: 196 Bronson Ave, Ottawa, ON View Map

This seminar will focus on the basics of Tendering and Contract law as it applies to the construction industry.

Subjects to include:

  • Basic Contract Law principles with specific discussion of the 1981 Supreme Court Ron Engineering decision – the creation of Contract ‘A’ when a contractor submits a bid and the formation of Contract ‘B’ when the Owner accepts the bid.
  • Rights and obligations of the contractor and subcontractors.
  • What are your options when confronted with an unacceptable provision or contract?
  • Rights and obligations of the owner – Privilege Clause – Can an owner arbitrarily accept any bid without giving any reason? MJB Enterprises
  • What are damages if there is a breach of a contract between an owner and a contractor? Likewise between a contractor and subcontractor.
  • Mistakes in Tenders
  • Key construction contract provisions – payment, changes, notice provisions, termination, dispute resolution. The importance of maintaining a detailed paper trail.


  • Andrew Ferguson of MBC Law Professional Corporation
  • Debbie Bellinger of Nelligan O’Brien Payne
  • John Melia of Borden Ladner Gervais