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Hello and welcome to Construction Law Canada! This website is a labour of love, and my side-side-side project to my day job as a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s commercial litigation group in Calgary, AB.

The purpose

The purpose of this website is to provide lawyers, industry professionals and interested members of the public resources, guides and commentary on topics relevant to modern Canadian construction law topics, covering (to varying degrees) all provinces.  This is an opinion and commentary blog, not a law firm (although every contributing author on this website is a lawyer) and not a comprehensive database or final authority on any subject addressed herein. For a much more comprehensive review on any subject, I suggest one of the fine books referenced below and on the books page.

The website author - Bryan G. West

Among other matters, I regularly act for and on behalf of clients across Canada, in nearly every province, on complex civil, commercial, infrastructure and construction mandates (including during procurement, course of construction and dispute stages). You can learn more about me on my firm profile. In addition to this fine website, I am also the author of multiple legal texts including Builders’ Liens in Alberta: Procedure, Law and the Annotated Act, published annually by Carswell Thomson Reuters, the co-author of Heintzman, West and Goldsmith on Canadian Building Contracts, 5th Edition also published quarterly by Carswell Thomson Reuters. Check them out wherever fine legal texts are sold or on WestlawNext Canada in the “Pro-View” site.

Please check out the bio’s for the many other talented contributors to this website below.

Bryan West

Bryan G. West, Litigation Partner with McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Background - Thomas G. Heintzman

Thomas G. Heintzman O.C., Q.C., LL.D. (Hon.), FCIArb May 16, 1941 – Oct 24, 2019

This website was originally created by the late Thomas G. Heintzman, OC, QC, LLD (Hon.), FCIArb. Tom was a prolific lawyer, author, and arbitrator in the area of construction law. Among the many contributions Tom made to the area of construction law was his authoring of the seminal text, Heintzman & Goldsmith on Canadian Building Contracts, which he co-authored with Immanuel Goldsmith for 25 years until Mr. Goldsmith’s death in 2003.

Tom passed away in October, 2019, leaving an enduring legacy in many areas, including the book, Canadian Building Contracts, and this website. The contributors to this site acknowledge and thank Tom for his vast contributions and this legacy, and seek to continue to build and shape the terrific edifice that Tom worked to establish.


This site is published by Bryan G. West personally.  It is not affiliated with McCarthy Tétrault or any of its clients. This also applies to any contributing author to this website.

This site is intended to be informational only and not for the purposes of providing legal advice.  Nothing on this site should be understood to create any solicitor/client, contractual, fiduciary or other relationship.

No statements on this website constitute or are intended to be legal advice.  There is no warranty or guaranty of the accuracy or completeness of any information on this website.  There shall be no liability, in negligence or otherwise, for any damages whatsoever including special, indirect or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with the use of any information available on this website.In other words, if you really need some good advice, consult a lawyer.


As with my books and other publications, all errors noted on this website are, ultimately, mine. I am happy to hear from you if you have any questions or comments on the material contained herein.

Contributing Authors

GRAY andrea

Andrea Gray

Situated in Vancouver, BC, my primary focus is on assisting clients in the construction, infrastructure, power and energy sectors. In addition to advising clients engaged in all stages of construction (from initial contracting through to post-construction operations), I regularly advise clients on property and course of construction coverage matters. You can learn more about me on my firm profile.


Jordan Bierkos

I am a lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault. Based out of the Calgary office, I conduct a corporate and commercial dispute resolution practice with McCarthy’s Litigation Group. I assist clients with some of their most pressing and challenging problems by preventing, containing, and resolving disputes, largely in the construction industry. I have acted on behalf of parties at every level in the construction pyramid, from lenders and owners down to sub-sub-contractors and material suppliers. Prior to law school I worked in the construction industry as a general contractor and concrete finisher. You can learn more about me on my firm profile.

Turnbull Wallace Jocelyn

Jocelyn Turnbull Wallace

I am an experienced litigator based out of the McCarthy Tétrault Litigation Group in Calgary. I maintain a general corporate commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on construction law, municipal law, and expropriation matters. I also have experience as arbitration counsel in both international and domestic disputes. You can learn more about me on my firm profile.

WEST Andrew

Andrew West

I am an associate in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group in Calgary, where I maintain a general corporate commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice. I am also a member of McCarthy Tétrault’s International Arbitration Group. I assist clients in various industries including construction, infrastructure, commercial leasing and real estate, energy, and oil and gas. You can read more about me on my firm profile.

Michael Peirce

Michael Peirce

I am a lawyer with Johns Southward LLP in Victoria, British Columbia. My practice focuses on civil litigation, primarily in matters involving construction, corporate/commercial disputes, and personal injury. I regularly act for general contractors, subcontractors, and owners who need assistance with builders liens, disputes during the course of construction, and actions after the breach/termination of a construction contract. You can learn more about me on my firm profile, located here.

Erinn Wilson

I am an articling student with McCarthy Tétrault in Calgary. I received my Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University, I also hold a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. Before attending law school, I worked for two years as a paralegal for a Calgary based law firm, where I worked mainly on large class action lawsuits.


Allyson Hopkins

I am an experienced litigator at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Calgary. I have a special focus advising clients on construction and securities litigation matters. I regularly act for general contractors and owners on a range of complex construction disputes, including delay claims, breach of contract and builders' liens. I am co-author of the leading legal text on builders' liens in Alberta, Builders' Liens in Alberta: Procedure, Law and the Annotated Act published annually by Carswell Thomson Reuters. You can learn more about me on my firm profile.