For our Season 4 finale, we’re speaking with construction lawyer, Sharon Vogel, who was ranked as one of 2017’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada!
Topics: corruption in the construction industry; Ontario’s new Construction Act; division of powers issues between federal and provincial legislation
Full Episode (33:32) Download
1. Corruption and Construction (11;21) Download
– Commission d’enquête sur l’octroi et la gestion des contrats
– Bill n°26 : An Act to ensure mainly the recovery of amounts improperly paid as a result of fraud or fraudulent tactics in connection with public contracts
– Bill n°83 : An Act to amend various municipal-related legislative provisions concerning such matters as political financing
– Bill n°87 : An Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoings relating to public bodies
2. Ontario’s New Construction Act (9:54) Download
– Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 24 – Bill 142
About the Guest:
Sharon Vogel is a Partner and acts as co-chair of Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP’s Construction and Infrastructure Law practice group.
Sharon has a thriving construction practice, working primarily on matters involving construction disputes relating to large-scale infrastructure, industrial, and commercial projects including highways, railways, tunnels, pipelines, mines, industrial facilities, hospitals, manufacturing plants, commercial buildings and condominiums in various jurisdictions.
She specializes in the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction disputes, including construction liens, breach of contract, breach of trust, delays, surety bonds, construction insurance, and architects’ and engineers’ errors and omissions. She has appeared at all levels of court, including the Ontario Superior Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She also has extensive experience drafting construction contracts on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.
Sharon acted as co-counsel for the Ontario Government in conducting a review of Ontario’s Construction Lien Act and prepared a report, Striking the Balance: Expert Review of the Construction Lien Act. She and Bruce Reynolds then worked closely with the Ministry of the Attorney General in drafting Bill 142, which included 98 out of the 101 recommendations presented in their report. Bill 142 “An Act to Amend the Construction Lien Act” was recently proclaimed in the Ontario Legislative Assembly.