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23CE - Impact of CFTA & Construction Lien Act Changes on Architects

24 May 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

This session is being offered again on Friday, May 25, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Recent legislative updates impact architects and the way in which they advise owners on procurements and administer contracts. This session is intended to address the impacts and changes to an architect’s practice that arise from the recently enacted Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) and the pending changes to the Construction Lien Act. The Ontario Legislature is in the process of revamping Ontario’s Construction Lien Act, including changing its title to the Construction Act. This session will place particular emphasis on how the proposed amendments to the Construction Lien Act may impact the contract administration aspect of an architect’s practice.

Learning Objectives

    1. Identify changes in legislation that impact procurement processes.
    2. Gain an overview of key amendments to the Construction Lien Act.
    3. Understand the effect of the legislative changes on an architect’s practice.
    4. Learn some dos and don’ts in contract administration.


Drazen Bulat, LLB

Drazen Bulat is a partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson and is the national leader of the Procurement, Construction and Infrastructure Group. The focus of Drazen’s practice is on the development and drafting of front-end procurement and contract documents, including tender documents, RFPs and different forms of contracts. He is an expert in the procurement law and the Construction Lien Act. Drazen represents both owners and contractors/vendors in working out disputes involving a wide variety of issues. His expertise spans over 27 years and covers most areas of the construction industry, including professional services agreements for architects, engineers and design professionals.