Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA)

Managing Risks and Disputes in Construction Projects (Breakfast Session)
BC Housing: 2.5 Group A CPD Points
Friday, November 17th, 2017
Accent Inn Burnaby
3777 Henning Drive
Burnaby, BC
V5C 6N5
Complimentary Parking
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Registration Deadline
Friday, November 17th, 2017
Early Bird Deadline
Register on or before Friday, November 3rd, 2017 to receive special pricing.
Event Description

Risk is a key feature of every construction project. The essence of the ability to reduce the frequency and severity of claims is the identification of these construction project risk factors and dealing with them and/or providing for them in the construction and design contracts and in the administration of these contracts.  Having contractual provisions and strategies in place for how to handle risks and/or disputes if they do arise, is a key component of a successful project.  


This seminar will provide some practical advice on how to manage risks and strategies for dealing with disputes.


Course Outline:

  • An overview of the most frequently encountered construction claims/disputes
  • Tips for avoiding claims before they happen
  • Tips for keeping the situation from escalating too far
  • Ways to minimize exposure if claims are made
  • A discussion of alternative dispute resolution methods

Presenter: Vanessa Reakes is a principal of SHK with expertise in construction law and builders liens disputes.  Vanessa frequently acts as counsel for architects and engineers as well as contractors, subcontractors, developers and project managers.  In addition to traditional dispute forums, Vanessa also has significant experience in mediation, arbitration and various administrative tribunals.


Vanessa is an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association Construction section and an active member in the Civil Litigation and Insurance subsections. In 2014, Vanessa was appointed by the Province of British Columbia to the Langara Board of Governors and she also began dedicating her time to community housing in the West End of Vancouver through her board position with the Mole Hill Housing Society.


Vanessa frequently lectures and provides seminars to industry groups through Buildex BC and the Canadian Construction Institute.  For the past six years, Vanessa has been an adjunct lecturer with the UBC Civil Engineering department.


Disclaimer: The content of this presentation is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.


Contact & Support

For more information contact 604-298-7795



All prices in Canadian dollars
* Early Bird Price Special
On or before Nov 3, 2017
Regular Price
After Nov 3, 2017
Attendee Registration For Workshop
ICBA Member $70.00 $90.00
Non-Member $100.00 $120.00
Special Promotion: Group Discount
Register 2 or more employees and SAVE 10% off each additional registration!
7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast Buffet and Registration
8:00am - 10:30am
Presentation plus Q&A
Cancellation &
Refund Policy



Cancellations received at least 10 business days prior to the course date will result in a full refund.


Cancellations received less than 10 business days but more than 5 full business days prior to the course date are subject to an administration fee of $100 for full and half-day seminars, or $25 for breakfast sessions.


Registrants who do not show up for a course, and/or who do not notify ICBA at least 5 full business days prior to the course date will be assessed the full cost of the course. There will be no refunds or credits in this case.


Substitution of attendees is permitted up to and including the day of the course.




ICBA may have to postpone or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment, in which case ICBA’s liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.

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