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Nov 19
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In Person

Introduction to Contract Law

Workshop Objectives

You  will gain a thorough grounding in the laws governing municipal construction and rehabilitation projects, and will learn about the most common types of contracts used for municipal projects, and become familiar with the risks, liabilities, and consequences of substandard performance, liens and claims. Participants will also learn about the rights, limitations, and obligations affecting their relationship with contractors and the public and be able to set ethical ground rules for dealing with contractors.

Workshop Content

  • Formation of a contract including offer, acceptance, consideration, capacity and legality
  • Factors affecting the contractual relationship including mistake, misrepresentation, duress, undue influence, conditional contacts, privity of contract and assignment
  • The end of the contractual relationship including performance, breach, discharge by agreement, frustration, remedies for breach of contract
  • The court system including adjudication and alternative dispute resolution
  • The 3 most common types of contracts
  • How to read, interpret and administer the contract
  • Parts of a typical contract
  • Performance bonds, warranties, & letters of credit
  • Liability and insurance
  • The best ways of dealing with substandard performance problems
  • Ethics in the workplace and your relationship with contractors

Who Should Attend

This workshop is recommended for new managers/inspectors and those with 1-5 years of experience administering contracts for municipal construction and rehabilitation projects.


This course is recognized by:

  • This course may be used as credit for technical specialists programs only. Please contact OACETT to make sure that this course satisfies your particular examination program for certification. Point Value = 2
  • The Engineering Institute of Canada awards 7 Professional Development Hours to this workshop.


Through lecture, class discussion, case studies and small group exercises, participants will review examples of case law that illustrate how the courts have applied the principles discussed in this course. Attention will be given to the factual situations of each case, along with the lessons that can be learned from the related judgments. The court process will be introduced and will include the benefits of alternative dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation and arbitration.



Schelley Hiebert is a mediator and trainer in private practice. She holds a B.A. from the University of Waterloo, an M.A. from Central Michigan University, mediation certificate from the University of Windsor School of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School and has attended other specialized training in mediation and arbitration. She was among the first mediators selected to be a Roster Mediator with the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program.

Schelley has been practicing mediation for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the resolution process. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, conflicts involving employment, contacts, family matters, disability issues, personal injury, educational matters, non-profit organizations, church and ecumenical partnerships, fire damage, transportation and shipping.

Schelley’s active profile also encompasses professional skill development courses, seminars, workshops and conflict resolution design systems for organizations.


Centre for Health and Safety Innovation
5110 Creekbank Rd
Mississauga, ON
L4W 0A1
(905) 219-0044

Room: Presentation South


November 19, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm