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Construction Dispute Resolution Seminar Series

Construction Dispute Resolution Seminar Series
Calgary, December 1, 2016

Effectively Navigating and Managing the Change Order Process

It is difficult to find a construction project that encounters no changes in design, scope or costs (or all of these) after signing the primary contract and subcontracts. Change orders are therefore a common element of any project. Unfortunately, disputes regarding the meaning, scope and propriety of change orders or change requests are equally common. This seminar will discuss some of the issues that most frequently arise with respect to change orders from both the contractor’s and the owner’s perspective, and how to deal with them, including:

  • When is a change order necessary?
  • Is strict compliance with the change provisions in the contract always required? What effect does a signed change order have (even if the change order is improper)?
  • What constitutes an “extra”?
  • How will damages be assessed for failure to comply with the change terms of a contract or a breach of a change order?
  •  How do courts deal with impact or “ripple effect” costs arising from a change?


  • Breakfast and Registration: 7:30 – 8 a.m.
  • Presentations: 8 – 9 a.m.


Calgary Petroleum Club
Devonian Room
319 – 5th Avenue S.W
Calgary, Alberta