Construction

Events & Seminars


  • October 5, 2016
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The 2016 Westman Human Resources Conference will provide managers and HR professionals with practical, easily implementable strategies to enhance employee productivity and avoid common HR pitfalls. Stephen Beernaert will be speaking on Common Employment Law Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.


  • October 13, 2016
    7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Join the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters in Morden on October 13. CME’s annual Southern Manitoba Manufacturers’ Summit will feature industry-leading keynote speakers, breakout presentations spotlighting local manufacturing success stories and exhibits from industry and service providers. The theme of the event is “The Sustainable Business” – Managing your pillars of sustainability in the workplace; Social, Economic and Environmental. TDS is proud to be a sponsor of this event.


  • October 13, 2016 - October 16, 2016
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

TDS Lawyer Russell Dufault will be presenting at BreakOut West, an annual music industry event held in conjunction with the Western Canadian Music Awards. He will be speaking on a panel of Canadian entertainment lawyers and will be participating in workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Construction Overview

Our firm provides services to developers, contractors, subcontractors, lenders, insurers, sureties, engineers and architects, and those engaging construction services. We draft contracts, provide advice and interpretation, and are experienced in construction litigation, insurance and enforcement issues. We are frequently involved in negotiating and structuring projects for our clients, large and small, and in resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms or litigation. Our lawyers work with appropriate financial, insurance and engineering advisors to guide our clients throughout the process of bidding, forecasting, planning and execution of contracts within the tight time frames required in the construction field. The placement and enforcement of construction liens, bonds and sureties for clients completes the total service offering of our construction law practitioners.

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  • Municipalities are granted powers of expropriation under The Municipal Act and other empowering legislation. Expropriation is the taking of land that belongs to another.

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  • The Manitoba Legislature is considering a bill to consolidate the regulation of various types of equipment. The Technical Safety Act will replace a series of equipment-specific statutes with a single regulatory framework. The Act creates the office of a director of technical safety with broad powers of administration and enforcement. Penalties for violations will be significantly increased. The Bill has received second reading and is proceeding through the committee stage.

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  • Effective September 4, 2013, the Government of Manitoba proclaimed into force The Public-Private Partnerships Transparency and Accountability Act. The Act applies to all major capital projects undertaken by public sector entities in which a P3 procurement method is used. The term “public sector entity” includes municipalities and other local government entities as well as the Government of Manitoba.

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  • Join the Canadian Bar Association in beautiful Banff, Alberta on April 1-2, 2016 for the CBA’s Construction and Infrastructure Law Conference.

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  • Jonathan Woolley will be doing a Construction Law: Builders' Liens as part of the Winnipeg Construction Association Construction Law Breakfast Series.

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  • This event is part of the Construction Law Breakfast Series with Jonathan Woolley, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP.

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  • Rob will be speaking at the Western Canadian Construction Labour Relations Forum in Calgary, AB on September 25-26, 2013. His session titled “Case Law Updates from Manitoba - Legal Developments and Ramifications for Unions and Employers” will provide an overview of the latest updates in Manitoba’s Labour Relations law; Discussion of relevant recent cases and decisions; Ramifications of legal developments for unions and employers; Workers’ Health & Safety regulations for criminal liability; and Labour and employment issues generally for construction industry in Manitoba.

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  • TDS will be presenting via video conference to the Manitoba Heavy Construction's Expo North event on procurement. This course is designed to teach and familiarize owners, managers, supervisors, and project managers with construction contracts and contract law; liabilities and responsibilities of all parties to a Contract, compiling and submitting proper extras and claims, and ways and means for leaders to avoid conflict with contracts, owners, trades, and labour. This course will provide participants with the tools to help them.

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